Few movies reach cult status like The Big Lebowski. Universal Pictures rereleased the movie on Blu-ray, and it gave us a chance to reexamine The Dude and all that he surveys.

Directed by
Joel Coen
Ethan Coen

Writing credits
Ethan Coen & Joel Coen

Cast
Jeff Bridges – Jeffrey Lebowski – The Dude
John Goodman – Walter Sobchak
Julianne Moore – Maude Lebowski
Steve Buscemi – Theodore Donald ‘Donny’ Kerabatsos
David Huddleston – Jeffrey Lebowski – The Big Lebowski
Philip Seymour Hoffman – Brandt
Tara Reid – Bunny Lebowski

Full Credit List Here

“Dude” Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it.

If you aren’t familiar with the story of The Big Lebwoski, don’t worry, there isn’t much to the story itself – “The Dude” Lebowski is mistaken for millionaire The Big Lewbowski and is sucked into a series of adventures involving all manner of being who want to mess with his life. The story itself is a weird mix of Raymond Chandler noir detective tale with comedy that only the brothers Coen can tell. And while the story isn’t something that will blow your mind or change the way you think, it is the interesting characters that the Coens introduce us to that makes the movie most memorable.

Many movies have characters that are instantly forgettable, but every character from Flea as one of the Nihilists, to the characters that populate the bowling alley, to the core characters of The Dude, Walter, and Donny, are what make this movie very special. It seems not a day goes by that i don’t run into someone who is either quoting the movie, or is trying to live the lifestyle of The Dude.  And when you listen to the Coens talk about the making of the film, you learn that these characters were created and written with the actors in mind to bring out the best performances on screen.

When it comes to the visual storytelling, the Coens once again deliver an experience that still stands the test of time. Beautiful composition and lighting bring the world of The Dude’s Los Angeles to life, and the special effects that may not seem like a lot do add that special something to the overall movie. If you haven’t seen The Big Lebowski, now is the time to get your hands on the Blu-ray edition, as the remastering looks fantastic. The blacks are deep without losing detail, and the colors pop on the screen no matter the size.  The old copies I had lost all detail in the background, but now everything looks fantastic, and sitting down to view this Blu-ray edition is like watching the movie for the first time.

Additionally, those that get their hands on the Limited Edition collection, not only get the movie on Blu-ray, but also a standard definition and a digital copy for your mobile device. There’s also a nice little booklet that examines the world of the Big Lebowski from the inspiration for The Dude, to behind the scenes look at the making of the movie, and a short essay on The Cult of The Dude. Several making ofs, including a look at the famous dream sequence are included on the disc, which are a must for filmmakers. The complete package is well put together, and having this on your movie shelf makes the world seem a little happier.


BOTTOM LINE: GET THIS MOVIE

The Big Lebowski works on so many different levels, and for student of film, this movie is worth watching again and again in a high quality transfer. Interesting characters, awesome acting, and a visual narrative that draws the viewer in make The Big Lebowski a must own movie. The movie is thirteen years old, but you can’t really tell as The Dude and his story are timeless. 5 out of 5 Stars.

Rating: ★★★★★

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Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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6 Comments

  1. August 28, 2011 at 12:24 pm — Reply

    Bu-bu-bu but, I’m the Dude, dude.

    5 of 5 any day.

  2. August 28, 2011 at 1:41 pm — Reply

    I love this movie. It’s one of those movies that seems to get better every time you see it. There is nothing like a Coen Brothers movie, their stories always seem to exist in a universe very much like the one we live in but just a little stranger.

    When I write I want my characters to sound like the characters in Lebowski, Fargo, Raising Arizona, etc…but they don’t.

  3. Kirby
    August 28, 2011 at 2:16 pm — Reply

    This isn’t Vietnam there are rules. Thrid favorite movie of all time

  4. ~wyntermute~
    August 28, 2011 at 3:30 pm — Reply

    While I enjoyed the movie, I’ve never found myself as entranced by it as.. um, practically everybody else who has seen it. I do, however, find myself occasionally saying “Ve are nihilists. Ve belief in nutzing.”

  5. August 29, 2011 at 10:13 am — Reply

    “That rug really tied the room together. ”

    One of my top 5s for sure.

  6. Alisha Mynx
    August 29, 2011 at 11:46 am — Reply

    A couple of my friends and I rented this a couple days after it first came out on VHS, not really sure what to expect. We saved it for the last movie of the night because the others expected it to be stupid. It turned out to be the only movie of the night that we all actually paid attention to. Even my friend Bill who doesn’t laugh at ANYTHING was cracking up.

    My favorite scene was the scattering of the ashes.

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