Synopsis

The cult comedy classic starring Jeff Bridges and John Goodman about a stoned-out character (The Dude) who unwittingly gets involved in a kidnapping, a severed toe, White Russians and a millionaire who shares his name.

Specifications
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Universal Pictures
2018 (1998), 2160P, HDR, Rated R, Aspect ratio: 1:85:1, DTS Master Audio 5.1
Starring: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, Phillip Seymour Hoffman
Directed by: Joel Coen

Rating

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Violence: Yes (comedic)
Sex: yes
Language: yes (in spades)

Commentary

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Another Cohen brothers classic, this film is at the top of anyone’s list of outrageously funny movies. With a career defining performance by Bridges and another by John Goodman while adding hilarious turns by Steve Buscemi and John Turturro, it was fun re-experiencing this crazy movie.

The Big Lebowski

I think most buyers will have already seen the movie numerous times and the main attraction here is a 4K UHD mastering. If you haven’t seen it, be prepared to be entertained by a great ensemble cast, some crazy musical numbers and a good deal of mayhem.

Technical

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The movie has never looked better on home video. Dark scenes jump to life and the sometimes-garish colors (as they are meant to be) are really boosted by HDR. There is still visible film grain, as would be expected in a 20-year-old pre-digital movie, but seen on a large screen there is nothing to complain about here.

The DTS:X Master Audio is fine, but the film was never mixed to be a surround showcase. Music has a nice spread among the speakers and there are ambient sounds from the rear while dialog is nicely anchored up front.

Extras

The Big Lebowski Blu Ray

The extras are ported over from the 2011 Blu-ray release and there is no upgraded content. I was thinking a 20th Anniversary Edition would add some new content but Universal went the easy route and gave us the extras many people may already own.

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  • The Dude’s Life: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi and John Turturro take a look back at their performances and how their delivery of the Coen brothers’ dialog became classic movie lines.
  • The Dude Abides: The Big Lebowski Ten Years Later: A conversation with the cast about the film’s decade-long reign as a cult classic. (But of course this set should have had a 20 year retrospective)
  • Making of The Big Lebowski
  • The Lebowski Fest: An Achiever’s Story: An in-depth look at the annual Lebowski Fest, a celebration of The Dude and his world, attended by thousands each year.
  • Flying Carpets and Bowling Pin Dreams: The Dream Sequences of The Dude: A look at some of the Dude’s trippiest fantasies so fans can learn for the first time how these innovative scenes were created.
  • Interactive Map: Take a tour of the locations of The Big Lebowski, then and now. (Now being 20 years ago).
  • Jeff Bridges Photo Book: For more than 30 years, Jeff Bridges has been snapping pictures on movie sets. The accomplished photographer presents a portfolio of shots taken on the set of The Big Lebowski.
  • Photo Gallery