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The Big Lebowski [DVD] 
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The Coen brothers' seventh film is a typically bizarre mix of mistaken identity, hippy philosophy and ten-pin bowling. Jeff 'the Dude' Lebowski (Jeff Bridges) is a bowling buff, laid-back to the point of horizontal, who gets mixed up in a blackmail plot involving a millionaire namesake. Roped into delivering the ransom to secure the release of the millionaire's kidnapped wife, the Dude's karmic balance is really put in a spin when his gun-toting buddy Walter (John Goodman) decides to help out.
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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One feature that was really cool includes Jeff Bridges himself showing you a photo book that he made during the production of the film and explaining what happened between scenes that made him laugh during filming.
Another cool feature is the scene location section - which allows you to discover where certain scene's were filmed on a map; a handy tool should you wish to visit those locations.
There is an abundance of talent here, where specially John Goodman, Jeff Bridges, Julianne Morre, Steve Buscemi and John Turturro provide incredible deliveries. Watch it, you'll be not dissapointed.
Jeff 'The Dude' Lebowski is a man living a minimalistic existence. He has no job, no ambitions and no worries. His days, be they weekdays or weekends, are spent bowling, driving around or having the occasional acid flashback. His pals are Walter Sobchak, a security expert and half-crazed Vietnam vet and Donny, a humble, mousy little man who is left out of almost every conversation.
The Dude is happy with his easy-going life of nothingness until two thugs ambush him in his house believing him to the OTHER Jeff 'The Big' Lebowski, the millionaire with a trouble-making wife who owes money all over town. These thugs are none too happy with their dumb error and re-assert themselves by peeing on The Dude's rug.
This very much displeases The Dude as this rug really tied the room together and since he cannot track down the 'Chinaman' thug responsible he decides to take it out of the Big Lebowski, as it's now HIM who owes a new rug. The Dude is welcomed into the Big Lebowski's mansion by Brandt the butler, a man so appallingly sycophantic he'd make Weylon Smither's look bad. But his millionaire namesake is not so ready and willing to give hand-outs and basically tells The Dude to get lost.
At this point things become quite complicated as a bunch of ex-pop star Nihilist thugs, a powerful pornographer, a dejected feminist daughter, a Brother Seamus (NOT an Irish Monk), a joyriding teenager, a revolting pederast champion bowler, Saddam Hussein, a mysterious cowboy and a doctor who is insistent on him removing his shorts all make The Dude's life suddenly a helluva lot more interesting. The plot thickens and thickens and the dude is dragged to dozens of different places across LA, going from limo to limo, never too far from a white Russian or a doobie.
There are zillions of idiosyncrasies in this film that keeps it new and interesting every time you watch it. Every scene and every line of dialogue is so memorable that, like me, you'll be acting the film out for years. Even on a 100th viewing you'll notice dramatic ironies, character arcs and ingenious wordplay that went right over your head before.
The acting is superb. I am a fan of Jeff Bridges but he completely disappears in this film. He truly BECOMES The Dude and shows little of his recognizable self. John Goodman, in probably the most under-rated role of his career, is the world's angriest man. Bringing frustration and smart-ass arrogance to every scene (though he's almost always right). Set well over a decade after 'nam (and during the first Gulf conflict) Walter seems to be suffering from perpetual, ever-lasting post-traumatic stress syndrome as he blows up in any situation. Take a look at his 'minor' confrontation with Smokey for example.
It's not about plot, or even characters. It's about a certain moment in time, the early 90s. And the definitive man of that time was the Dude. The rug-peeing just happened to occur simultaneously.
The Blu Ray looks great in 1.85:1 1080p with DTS HD-MA 5.1 sound and loads of extras. It comes in a Digi-Book but since it's twice as thick as their US counterparts (as is the rule in the UK for some dumb reason) it looks and feels...wrong. I'm not happy about it. But an otherwise solid purchase.
The film is seen through the eyes of The Dude (Jeff Bridges) who experiences several beatings and a micturated carpet, because he is mistaken for The Big Lebowski, who happens to share the same surname. Along the way he meets an amazing collection of strange characters, many of whom want to beat him up and trash his car or his apartment. The Dude is really laid back and amiable and ambles through the film drinking White Russians and smoking joints, accompanied by his bowling buddies, Walter (John Goodman) and Donny (Steve Busceni). Walter is a Vietnam veteran, has anger issues and a tendency to make any situation far worse than it needs to be.
The plot revolves around looking for the big Lebowski's "kidnapped" trophy wife, Bunny but in reality, the plot is really incidental. It is the awful people that The Dude meets, the situations he gets into and the dialogue that really lifts the film out of the ordinary and makes it so special. The film twists and turns and you really don't know what is coming next. There are dream sequences, nihilist Germans, a woman painting naked from overhead wires and thugs peeing on his carpet. What more do you want? This is a really good film that is entertaining to watch and is interesting enough to support repeat viewing.
of truly new info .... Over the Line ... in a good way
The Dudes Life
The Dude Abides: The Big Lebowski Ten Years Later
Flying Carpets and Bowling Pin Dreams: The Dream Sequences of the Dude
Jeff Bridges Photo Book ACE!!
An Exclusive Introduction
Making of the Big Lebowski
The Lebowski Fest: An Achiever's Story
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