Movie Review: THE BIG LEBOWSKI 20th Anniversary Edition (4K Ultra HD Combo Pack)

THE BIG LEBOWSKI was written and directed by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen and stars Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, Philip Seymour Hoffman, David Huddleston andTara Reid, with John Turturro and Sam Elliott.

Jeff `The Dude’ Leboswki (Jeff Bridges) is mistaken for Jeffrey Lebowski (David Huddleston), who is The Big Lebowski. Which explains why he’s roughed up and has his precious rug peed on. In search of recompense, The Dude tracks down his namesake, who offers him a job. His wife has been kidnapped and he needs a reliable bagman. Aided and hindered by his pals Walter Sobchak (John Goodman), a Vietnam vet, and Donny, master of stupidity.

This 1998 twisted crime-comedy follows Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski who gets mistaken for Jeffrey Lebowski aka The Big Lebowski. All “The Dude” wants to do is smoke pot, take life easy and go bowling with his friends Walter and Teddy but when some thugs ruin his rug he’s forced into a messed up situation where he becomes a bagman for the other Lebowski who claims he has to pay a ransom. “The Dude” takes on the mission and it doesn’t take long for the laid back stoner to come across a number of other eccentric and charismatic characters that either want the money that actually doesn’t even exist or some pay back against the wrong guy because of this silly case of mistaken identity. It takes “The Dude” a while but he finally puts the pieces of this outlandish puzzle together and ultimately calls everybody out for who and what they really are.

There’s something special about The Big Lebowski even though it really wasn’t a box office hit when it first released twenty years ago. It’s one of those special kind of movies that slowly built its audience into a loyal army of fans, it ended up getting its own convention and even an action figure of “The Dude”. The movie kind of glorifies the slacker lifestyle but it does it in a comedic way and Jeff Bridges shines as this cool cat character who accidentally gets thrown in the middle of this chaotic situation. The Coens come up with some great stories and always deliver an entertaining watch but this cult classic is easily my favorite from the brothers. I’d also like to give a little extras props because as great as the main cast is there’s also a lot of familiar faces in supporting roles that include Peter Stormare, David Thewlis, Jon Polito, Flea, Torsten Voges and Aimee Mann.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. These Ultra HD movies all come in black keep cases which helps them easily standout from the popular blue cases that have been around since day one. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, an image and list of special features. Each disc features its own individual artwork and movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this new release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio quality. Fans will be able to experience this movie like never before with the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD) release. This features four times the resolution of Full HD and High Dynamic Range (HDR) that delivers the brightest, most vivid and realistic color and greatest contrast.

Bottom lins is, I had a blast revisiting The Big Lebowski and it’s amazing how massive of a cult status this movie has built over the past twenty years. The silly story isn’t just about this ruined rug but it’s also about the friendship between this quirky trio of friends and what they’d do for each other even if they screw it up in the process. This is easily my favorite movie by the Coen brothers and it’s also one of my favorites with Jeff Bridges who brings this laid back, likable stoner to life with perfection. John Goodman does the same thing with his over-the-top best friend who means well but screws so many things up by trying to help. Steve Buscemi’s character doesn’t say much but his character is likable just the same. The movie has an incredible cast and features some memorable performances by so many of the actors. Just think, this is a unique movie about a rug that gets pissed on, some money that doesn’t exist, a severed toe, White Russians and bowling and it delivers the laughs. The Big Lebowski 20th Anniversay Edition is now available on a 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD).

Distributor: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Run Time: 86 Minutes

Rated: R

4K Ultra HD Video: 2160P Ultra High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (1.85:1)

4K Ultra HD Audio: English DTS:X Master Audio / French, Spanish, Brazillian, Portuguese and Japanese Digital Surround 5.1

4K Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (1.85:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 / French DTS Digital Surround 5.1

Blu-ray Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: Good Stuff! There’s hours of bonus features (imported from previous home video releases) including retrospective documentaries, an interactive map, an in-depth look at the phenomenon known as the Lebowski Fest taking audiences deeper than ever before into the upside down world of “The Dude.”

  • Worthy Adversaries: What’s My Line Trivia: Let’s viewers play a game of trivia while the movie is playing.
  • An Exclusive Introduction (04:40)
  • 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. (10:08)
  • The Dude Abides: The Big Lebowski Ten Years LaterA conversation with the cast about the film’s decade-long reign as a cult classic. (10:27)
  • Making of The Big Lebowski (24:35)
  • 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. (13:53)
  • Flying Carpets and Bowling Pin Dreams: The Dream Sequences of The Dude: Alook at some of the Dude’s trippiest fantasies so fans can learn for the first time how these innovative scenes were created. (04:20)
  • Interactive Map: Take a tour of the locations of The Big Lebowski, then and now.
  • 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. (17:30)
  • Photo Gallery (03:25)
  • Digital HD Copy
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