The Big Lebowski - Limited Edition
Overview:From the Academy Award®-winning Coen brothers, The Big Lebowski is a hilariously quirky comedy about bowling, a severed toe, White Russians and a guy named…The Dude. Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski doesn’t want any drama in his life…heck, he can’t even be bothered with a job. But, he must embark on a quest with his bowling buddies after his rug is destroyed in a twisted case of mistaken identity.
The Dude. One cool guy who one day comes home to find two thugs have broken in and ruined his favorite carpet-the one that made the room "hang together". Thing is, they did it because he's got the same name as one of the richest men in town, Lebowski. But, no problem, he'll get even. At least he'll get someone to pay for the carpet. The first time I saw The Big Lebowski I really didn’t fully connect with it. I am a big Jeff Bridges fan and I didn’t know what to make of seeing him as this aging pothead/burnout type. I gave it another chance and came to fully appreciate the wonderfully perpetrated derision, humorous contexts and illustrated performance Bridges gives as he sells this character who becomes embroiled in a quirky case of mistaken identity that devolves into a kidnapping flim-flam with him supposedly holding the bag. As it turns out the person who seems least equipped to deal with the situation (The Dude) is the one who puts it all together. Of course this is done with the expert aid of fellow cronies Walter and Donny. There is more to the story but watching is so much more fun than telling. The Big Lebowski didn’t do well during its theatrical run but has since attained cult status with fans celebrating its idiosyncratic characters, theatric dream sequences, eccentric dialogue, and eclectic soundtrack. It holds up extremely well under repeat viewings and is among my favorite (could I pick a favorite?) Coen Brothers films. It comes to Blu-ray from Universal Studios Home Entertainment in this Limited Edition 28 Page companion Digi-book/keep case that features photos, movie quotes, trivia, character info and more. As a fan I am delighted to add it to my blu-ray library and highly recommend it.
Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )
This is a solid looking high definition Blu-ray catalog release from Universal. It boasts clean, well depicted colors that offer a good mix of secondary hues that appear natural. The softer hues and sepia tones offer spot on tonal balance. Facial complexions and skin tones are warm, with pinkish highlights that rarely appear unnatural. The level of detail present is notable and gives the video’s 1.85:1 framed image good dimension. There are minor fluctuations in apparent resolution that are more than likely related to the original photography as fidelity is rarely infringed upon. In most cases I had no trouble making out the thread patterns in clothing/furniture or the texture of surfaces. There are instances where the video takes on an edgy quality but I didn’t feel it was excessive or distracting. Black and white levels are stable which gives a fair level of pop to colors and brighter exterior sequences while keeping darker or low lit segments looking noticeably punchy with crisp, quiet blacks and visibly gradational detail in shadowy backgrounds. Grain is well preserved, even layered and unobtrusive while providing a noticeable texture that is film like and ultimately rewarding. Having owned the DVD releases I can state without equivocation that I have never seen this classic film look better on home video. Video = 86
The lossless DTS-HD MA soundtrack is presented in a front oriented mix that is highlighted by the film’s marvelous music score/soundtrack. The orchestrated elements are spread across the front of the room with subtle articulation that blends perfectly with the rest of the mix to create an evenly balanced, multi-dimensional presentation enlivened by the music. Excellent directional spacing and imaging across the main three channels enables smaller background sounds within the mix to be detectable. Dialogue is definitively authoritative with excellent clarity and room penetration through the center channel. The soundstage opens up during sequences as the rear channels add depth to the soundstage. There isn’t much in the way of deep bass however low frequency detail appropriately supports the recorded elements. This is a great sounding audio presentation that hit the high points quite well. Audio = 84
- An exclusive introduction - 4 minutes
- Scene Companion: Watch cast and crew interviews, behind the scenes footage and more during key scenes with this picture-in-picture companion.
- Mark it Dude: This onscreen counter really ties the film together. Keep track of all the “F-Bombs,” “Dudes,” and “Dude-isms” in the film with this ultimate fan guide.
- The Music of The Big Lebowski: Instantly identify the songs heard while watching the film, create a custom playlist of your favorites and even purchase them from iTunes
- WORTHY ADVERSARIES: WHAT’S MY LINE TRIVIA: Test your Lebowski knowledge by finishing lines of dialogue during the film. Play as Walter or The Dude or in two-player mode against friends.
- JEFF BRIDGES PHOTO BOOK: For more than 30 years, Jeff Bridges has been snapping pictures on movie sets. The accomplished photographer presents exclusive shots taken on the set of The Big Lebowski providing personal commentary on each photo - 17 minutes
- (HD) THE DUDE’S LIFE: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi and John Turturro take a look back at their performances and their delivery of the Coen Brothers’ dialogue that became classic movie lines. - 10 minutes
- (HD) THE DUDE ABIDES: THE BIG LEBOWSKI TEN YEARS LATER: A freewheeling conversation with the cast about the film’s decade-long reign as a cult classic, including a discussion about what ever happened to the “little Lebowski” that the Dude and Maude made that fateful night! - 10 minutes
- THE LEBOWSKI FEST: AN ACHIEVER’S STORY: An in-depth look at the popular Lebowski Festival, formed by the legion of fans in honor of the film - 14 minute documentary
- (HD) FLYING CARPETS & BOWLING PIN DREAMS: THE DREAM SEQUENCES OF The Dude -
From aerial flights over Los Angeles with his bowling ball chasing Maude on a flying carpet, to the large scale “Busby Berkley” dance sequences as The Dude goes flying through the legs of all the bowling pin headed dancers, this piece examines how these “ahead of their time” scenes were constructed. - 4 minutes
- THE MAKING OF THE BIG LEBOWSKI: A behind the scenes look featuring interviews with the Coen Brothers.
- PHOTO GALLERY: Slideshow of Jeff Bridges’ on-set photography.
- INTERACTIVE MAP: Take a tour of the locations of The Big Lebowski, then and now.
- My Scenes bookmark feature
- Digital Copy of The Big Lebowski
Blu-ray Disc release Date: August 16, 2011
AVS Forum Blu-ray Reviews
Reference Review System:
JVC DLA-RS50 3D Ready 1080p High Definition Front Projector
Stewart Filmscreen - Studiotek 130 G3 100” 16x9 Screen
Anthem AVM50v THX Ultra 2 Preamp/Video Processor
Sherbourn Technologies - 7/200 Seven Channel Amplifier
Oppo BDP-93 Universal Disc/3D capable Blu-ray Player (HDMI Audio/Video)
Panasonic DMP-BDT310 3D capable Blu-ray Player (HDMI Audio/Video)
Toshiba HD-XA2 HD DVD Player (HDMI Audio/Video)
Sony Playstation 3 Blu-ray disc Player (HDMI Audio/Video)
System Controller: Apple iPad/iRule HD Universal Remote Control
Canton "Ergo" Series speakers
Axiom Audio QS8 Quadpolar speakers
SV Sound PB-13 Ultra (Rosenut finish)
APC AV S15BLK Power Conditioner/Surge Protector
Furman SPR-20i Stable Power Regulator
Wireworld, VizionWare, Audioquest, Better Cables, Best Deal Cables - Audio/Video/Speaker Cabling
Cool Components - CP-CP102 cooling package