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VINE VOICEon 13 November 2011
It's hard to pick out one favorite line of dialogue in particular for two reasons. One-almost everything said in this film is downright hilarious. And Two-the F word is spoken 281 times so there's not many sentences that don't contain it. 144 sentences also end in 'man'. I also like how the characters unintentionally use each other's repeating catchphrases.

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.
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on 11 November 2016
A Cult Classic with some really impressive bonus features.

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.
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on 1 July 2011
As i get older the film becomes sadder. Yes indeed its one of the funniest, most quotable films of all. And every time I watch it (around 20 viewings, probably more over the last 20 years) I see some new little detail.

But its also a very poignant film, shot through with melancholy: Walter's trauma from the horrors of vietnam, funny at first, is heartbreaking in the end, and
we are shown the human cost of war, the broken man.

Its all the more powerful because its referenced obliquely.

Has anybody worked out who the Stranger really is?

A figment of The Dude's stoned imagination, perhaps triggered by Walter's reference to the Rawhide style tv series? Or as real a character as the rest in the film?
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on 12 July 2017
The film is great I'd already seen it but didn't own it on blu-ray. The thing I am disappointed with is the packaging. Not the shipping package, that was fine but the outer cardboard sleeve of the blu-ray had a round sticker on the bottom to hold it in place but this sticker was WAY too strong to be put on thin cardboard. When I carefully tried to remove it, it ripped the bottom of the cardboard and left a horrible residue that sticks to everything. It's a shame because I bought this version of the blu-ray because I liked the special case.
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on 28 May 2017
This is a comedy crime film written, directed and produced by the Coen Brothers. Its not a bad film, but
I personally preferred Guy Ritchie's 2000 film Snatch with Brad Pitt in the comedy crime genre.
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on 8 August 2016
Extremely funny film - Jeff Bridges is great in this; wonderful comic timing and writing. Do yourself a favour and watch it.
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on 10 June 2017
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on 23 July 2017
Just a great film
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on 7 March 2017
Cult classic.
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on 22 July 2017
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