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"The Big Lebowski" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Heinonen

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Synopsis

The Dude (Jeff Bridges) lives a relaxed, strange life.  He walks around in his bathrobe, drinking white Russians, and bowling in his league with Walter (John Goodman) and Donny (Steve Buscemi).  When he’s mistaken for a millionaire also named Lebowski and a stranger pisses on his rug, he goes to the other Lebowski looking for compensation.

Turned away at first, he is drawn back into this circle when Bunny, the wife of Lebowski, is kidnapped and he needs someone to help get her back.  The Dude is recruited to make a money drop to get her back, but once he involved Walter in this mess, everything gets a bit messed up.

Specifications

  • Universal Studios
  • 1998, Color, Rated R, 1 Hr 59 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Codec: VC-1
  • 1080p
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore
  • Directed by Joel Coen
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Yes
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

Coming off of their largest commercial, and critical, success with Fargo, if the Coen Brothers were like other directors they might have played it a bit safer, but that’s not what they do.  The Big Lebowski is a strange, bizarre, wonderful film that has only seen its reputation grow over time.  Immensely quotable, suitable for continually viewing it again, and full of unforgettable characters and moments, The Big Lebowski is a wonderful film and a pleasure to now have on Blu-ray.

Technical

Overall the picture in The Big Lebowski is very good, but you can tell there is a bit of noise reduction present at times.  Foreheads and other areas of skin that should have some fine wrinkles or imperfections present and usually a little too smooth, but overall most textures are still very good.  Colors are vibrant and bold, and contrast and black level are both very good overall.  This is the best that Lebowski has looked at home.

The lossless soundtrack provided to The Big Lebowski is also a winner overall.  Though a lot of the movie is dialog driven, there are a good number of scenes that make use of the full surround effects and they come through very nicely.  Dialog is also nice and clear, bringing across the rambling nature of the film very well.

Extras

Packed in a nice Digibook case with a trivia game, a lot of featurettes and retrospective features, many of which are far more interesting than the usual PR pieces on a disc, photo gallery, and a digital copy.  However, there is no commentary track, which would have been great to hear.