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Big Lebowski [DVD] [1998] [US Import]

Jeff Bridges , John Goodman , Ethan Coen , Joel Coen    DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, David Huddleston
  • Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
  • Writers: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
  • Producers: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Eric Fellner, John Cameron
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Widescreen, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Polygram USA Video
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Oct 1998
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305165912
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 188,351 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



The Big Lebowski, a casually amusing follow-up from the prolifically inventive Coen brothers (Ethan and Joel), seems like a bit of a lark and the result was a box-office disappointment. It's lazy plot is part of its laidback charm. After all, how many movies can claim as their hero a pot-bellied, pot-smoking loser named Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski (Jeff Bridges) who spends most of his time bowling and getting stoned? And where else could you find a hair-netted Latino bowler named Jesus (John Turturro) who sports dazzling purple footgear, or an erotic artist (Julianne Moore) whose creativity consists of covering her naked body in paint, flying through the air in a leather harness, and splatting herself against a giant canvas? Who else but the Coens would think of showing you a camera view from inside the holes of a bowling ball, or an elaborate Busby Berkely-styled musical dream sequence involving a Viking goddess and giant bowling pins?

The plot--which finds Lebowski involved in a kidnapping scheme after he's mistaken for a rich guy with the same name--is almost beside the point. What counts here is a steady cascade of hilarious dialogue, great work from Coen regulars John Goodman and Steve Buscemi, and the kind of cinematic ingenuity that puts the Coens in a class all their own. --Jeff Shannon

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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All that heaven allows...and Bowling 5 Sep 2005
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I've read that comedy is the most difficult genre to get right and probably the most difficult acting job to get laughs from, but watching The Big Lebowski, the Coens and every one of the actors involved make it all look so easy. This film's full of artists at the top of their game.
TBL's got everything, character acting, over the top character-vignettes, (see John Turturro's purple-clad bowling saviour), slapstick (John Goodman's turn as a homicidal ex-vietnam-obsessed marine who's other obsessions include bowling and his ex Cynthia's religion to which he's converted and doggedly won't now give up), terrific set pieces, mistaken identity, long-lost children, dreadful corny porn, mad feminists, its central character's steadily increasing confusion, and the most bewildering, triumphant and frequent use of the word f**k with its derivations, since Kevin Smith first put fingers to word-processor in New Jersey. Don't let the profanity put you off. Just treat those words as coughs or verbal shuffles as the characters strain to think their way out of the particular 'fine mess' they've found themselves in at that point in the film.
Make no mistake, this is a really clever piece of writing that you won't be able to take-in properly in just one viewing or even two, and with each viewing it just gets better. Clever ideas, combine with clever language and even situation comedy.
In the situation comedy stakes, check out the Dude trying to explain to the police why he's worried about a brief case that had been in his POS car, both just stolen, and his and Goodman's furiously inept attempts to interrogate the boy who stole the car while the adolescent's father lies prostrate in an iron lung that's gassing away in the background.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars World's finest comedy and the Coen's best work 10 Mar 2007
The Big Lebowski is hilarious. There are few films that have made me laugh so much on first viewing. There are no other films that have made me laugh so much more on repeat viewings.

The film starts with a rambling narrative that sets the tone for the labyrinthine but secondary plot. The mystery that underpins the film is cleverly constructed and lends a familiar Coen Brother's noir edge. This in itself would make for a good movie. However, the script is populated with engaging, believable, flawed, quirky and laugh out loud funny characters who take centre stage. The characters elevate the film to comedic greatness.

John Goodman's portrayal of Walter has always stood out for me. The character is so stupid, self absorbed and self assured and he is put in a series of ridiculous situations that bring out the worst in him to comic effect. Jeff Bridge's role as the Dude remains my favourite performance of his and he seems so natural in the part. The combination of The Dude's consummately laid back attitude and Walter's military informed approach makes for a fine pairing. The film builds it's own in-jokes slowly and carefully with characters repeating phrases they have heard and I think this mechanism is partly to credit for the film's immense re-watch value. The Coen Brother's have made several fantastic films but this remains my favourite.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the big lebowski 16 Dec 2003
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The Coen brothers ("Fargo") have done it again. Mixing in Leninist philosphy, 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". Two mobsters break into the apartment of Jeff Lebowski in the errant belief that they are accosting a millionaire - not the laid-back, unemployed, stuck in the '70s Jeff Lebowski who calls himself Dude. Through a complex kidnapping plot, the Dude and his budy are swept up in a hilarious Coenesque comedy/thriller of extortion, double-cross, deception, embezzlement, sex and dope.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This aggression will not stand, man. 11 Mar 2012
The Coen brothers `The Big Lebowski' is a bona-fide modern cult classic, a slacker epic that benefits from colourful charcterisation, a host of brilliant performances, superb casting and one of the most quotable scripts in movie history. Set during the time of the first Gulf War, the excellent Jeff Bridges plays Jeffrey `The Dude' Lebowski, an ageing, unemployed pot smoking slacker with a penchant for white Russians, who becomes embroiled in a kidnapping case after his identity is mistaken for that of a local millionaire with the same name, a man whose missing wife owes money to Pornographers. The reluctant and very lazy Dude is tasked by his namesake to act as a courier to hand off the ransom money to her captors, but is really only interested in compensation from the men who urinated on his living-room rug or going bowling with his friends Walter (John Goodman), a Jewish convert war veteran obsessed with Vietnam, and the placid Donny (Steve Buscemi), who is always several steps behind the conversation. All three actors are superb and the (F-word strewn) banter and rapport between them is often so genuine that you feel as if you are eavesdropping in on their conversation from the next lane. Indeed, all of the central performances are pitch perfect, but the minor characters are equally as good, particularly John Turtoro as fellow bowler Jesus Quintana, a Hispanic, purple jump-suit clad egomaniac and Phillip Seymour Hoffman as the millionaire Lebowski's decorous personal assistant.

The dude is ultimately an unwilling hero, a man whose focus is on minding his own business and his own problems. At a time when bombs are flying and everyone is running about in a frenzy, all the Dude wants is to take it easy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
What can you say about this film. It's a classic, pure and simple, utter genius, perfect acting, great direction, funny, clever, entertaining, engaging, the list goes on. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Robin
5.0 out of 5 stars oscar wilde would have loved it
The closest thing I can think of to "The Big Lebowski" is Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest." Both have things that look like plots . . . but plot isn't the point. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Stanley Crowe
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic comedy
This film was beautifully delivered by all the actors with believable characters although it's dated I think even younger free spirits will enjoy the story
Published 28 days ago by sharon etheridge
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
This is one of my most favorite movies. My only complaint it the language is just too much and not necessary but love the characters and the acting. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Miss Archer
5.0 out of 5 stars THE DUDE ABIDES!
CULT CLASSIC!! need i say more! brilliant movie that really makes you want to drink white russians all night long!
Published 1 month ago by Tim
5.0 out of 5 stars A 100 Word Review
The Big Lebowski is a fantastic comedy and leaves you with a smile on your face. The Coen Brothers have done a magnificent job in making the film quotable and the characters so... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Review100er
3.0 out of 5 stars 5 star film but a 3 star blu-ray
'The Big Lebowski' has to be one of my favourite flicks but this is a disappointing and underwhelming Blu Ray presentation. Read more
Published 2 months ago by mr_madiba
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent film
one of the best films of all time.

recommended to anyone with a sense of humour.

a must watch in my opinion.
Published 3 months ago by travelfan
1.0 out of 5 stars Pretty much rubbish ...
Wouldn't bother if I were you. Not his best and thats a bit of an understatement. What else can I say except the truth.
Published 3 months ago by Aud Marit Foreman
5.0 out of 5 stars THE DUDE ABIDES
See it, watch it, again and again. A multigenerational activity. A re-start for Jeff, check out his filmography, you will find some little treasures. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Cecilia Kilian
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