Big Lebowski (Blu-ray)

Directed By: Joel Coen Starring: Jeff Bridges John Goodman

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Product Overview

Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski (Jeff Bridges) doesn't want any drama in his life...heck, he can't even be bothered with a job. But, in a case of mistaken identity, a couple of thugs break into his place and steal his rug (you gotta understand, that rug really tied the room together). Now, The Dude must embark on a quest with his crazy friends to make things right and get that rug back!

Specifications

Studio Universal
SKU 224754151
UPC 025192110306
UPC 14 00025192110306
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 11/15/2011
Keywords
Art/Artists
Drugs
Essential Cinema
Farce
Kidnapping And Missing Persons
Mishaps
Mistaken Identity
Mystery
Recommended
Saddam Hussein
Surreal
Theatrical Release
Thriller
Editors Note
Note The Coen brothers have done it again. Mixing in Leninist philosophy, mistaken identity, crazy characters, a kidnapping plot, and a deep love of bowling, they have unleashed upon an unsuspecting world the many glories of THE BIG LEBOWSKI. Jeff Bridges plays Jeff Lebowski, known as the Dude, a laid-back, easygoing burnout who happens to have the same name as a millionaire whose wife owes a lot of dangerous people a whole bunch of money--resulting in the Dude having his rug soiled, sending him spiraling into the Los Angeles underworld.^The film is beautiful to look at, especially the scenes in the bowling alley, which feature a vast array of bizarre characters--including Steve Buscemi, John Turturro, Sam Elliott, and the movie-stealing, riotously funny John Goodman as the Dude's crazy best buddy. As usual in Coen brothers films (BARTON FINK, RAISING ARIZONA), the dialogue is hysterically warped; the plot is confusing, complicated, and kinetic; the soundtrack is virtually another character; and the acting is weirdly stellar. THE BIG LEBOWSKI is yet another thoroughly entertaining foray into the strange and fascinating world ruled by Joel and Ethan Coen.
Plot Summary
Summary When hired goons mistake oafish, amiable bowling enthusiast Jeff "the Dude" Lebowski for their proper shakedown, eccentric millionaire the Big Lebowski, their error sets into motion a wacky chain of events that pull the Dude into a hilariously twisted mystery. The film is a high-key, fanciful farce with the same runaway-train comic sensibility as the Coens' RAISING ARIZONA--and a surreal musical number to boot.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "Nobody calls me Lebowski. You got the wrong guy. I'm the Dude, man."--The Dude (Jeff Bridges) to Treehorn's thug
Quote "That rug really tied the room together, did it not?"--Walter (John Goodman) |"Freakin' a..."--The Dude
Quote "I don't roll on Shabbos!"--Walter to Donny (Steve Buscemi), upon realizing he's scheduled to bowl on the Jewish Sabbath
Quote "All the Dude ever wanted was his rug back."--The Dude to Jackie Treehorn (Ben Gazzara)
Quote "You're entering a world of pain."--Walter to a child
Quote "Are these the Nazis, Walter?"--Donny |"No, Donny, these men are Nihilists. Nothing to be afraid of."--Walter
Quote "The Dude abides. I don't know about you, but I take comfort in that."--The Stranger (Sam Elliott)
Reviews
Sight and Sound "...The range of acting turns is rich....Best of all, in a memorably unctuous cameo, is Philip Seymour Hoffman...the best character-actor find in years..." 05/01/1998 p.38-42
USA Today "...The Coen brothers, those far-out FARGO guys, cover everything with eye-popping panache..." 3 1/2 out of 4 Stars 04/03/1998 p.5E
New York Times "...Mr. Bridges finds a role so fit for him that he seems never to have been anywhere else. Watch this performance to see shambling executed with nonchalant grace and a seemingly out-to-lunch character played with fine comic flair..." 03/06/1998 p.E31
Premiere "...Joel and Ethan Coen have crafted another shrewdly ironic valentine to Americana with this hilarious tale..." 03/01/1998 p.17
Los Angeles Times "...The Coens are able to create wickedly funny eccentrics and possess the ability to energize certain actors to inhabit them completely..." 03/06/1998 p.C1
Chicago Sun-Times "...Genial....It's weirdly engaging, like its hero..." 03/06/1998 p.37
Entertainment Weekly "...A masterpiece of anti-storytelling..." 05/23/2003 p.35
Rolling Stone Ranked #7 in Rolling Stone's "Top 25 DVDs Of 2005' -- "[T]he prize in this Coen Brothers 1998 goodie is still Jeff Bridges..." 12/01/2005 p.92
Uncut 5 stars out of 5 -- "LEBOWSKI sees the Coens embark on a delirious joyride through the great Sin City itself, executing some audacious hair-pin turns through the conventions of noir along the way." 05/01/2006 p.148
Total Film 4 stars out of 5 -- "[W]hat makes the Coens' seventh film so inexhaustibly re-watchable is its oddball range of characters so gonzo, so heroically grotesque as to be the stuff of the greatest stoner-comic book never written." 06/01/2006 p.132
Wall Street Journal "Joel and Ethan Coen's now-classic comedy is an absurdist neonoir film about mistaken identity....[A] big sweet teddy bear of an entertainment..." 12/24/2010
Directors
Joel Coen
Actors
Jeff Bridges
John Goodman
Cast & Crew
Ben Gazzara - Star
Mark Pellegrino - Star
Jeff Bridges - Star
Aimee Mann - Star
Philip Moon - Star
Philip Seymour Hoffman - Star
John Goodman - Star
Julianne Moore - Star
Steve Buscemi - Star
Jack Kehler - Star
Torsten Voges - Star
Jimmie Dale Gilmore - Star
David Huddleston - Star
Flea - Star
John Turturro - Star
Tara Reid - Star
Jerry Haleva - Star
Peter Stormare - Star
David Thewlis - Star
Asia Carrera - Star
Joel Coen - Screenwriter
Ethan Coen - Producer
Rick Heinrichs - Production Designer
Tim Bevan - Producer
Mary Zophres - Costume Designer
Tricia Cooke - Editor
Roger Deakins - Director of Photography
Carter Burwell - Composer
Eric Fellner - Producer
Sam Elliott - Narrator
Ethan Coen - Screenwriter
Joel Coen - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1998
UPC 00025192110306
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 119 minutes
Color Color
Aspect Ratio
  
Features
English, Spanish, French, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
Quotes
James Berardinelli's ReelViews ... Coen concoction with a most agreeable cast. Turturro is a standout as Jesus the bowler.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times ...a genial, shambling comedy...
Wade Major, Boxoffice Magazine ...uproariously hilarious in uniquely Coen fashion...

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