One of the Coen brothers' finest, "The Big Lebowski" is classic. No question.
When I first saw the film, I liked it but didn't love it. The second time I watched it I didn't like it but loved it. Now out on Collector's Edition DVD, however, it is proving just how pathetic movie studios are - after all, more special features come on direct-to-video DVD sets.
"The Big Lebowski" is about a man called Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski, played superbly by Jeff Bridges, who just happens to have the same name as Lebowski the millionaire, whose wife has gotten into trouble with some gangsters. After the gangsters pee on The Dude's rug, he seeks retribution for the soiled property and ends up becoming entangled in a kidnapping plot.
There is little I need to say about this film. If you haven't seen it then you probably have no intention of ever seeing it, and if you've heard of it then you probably made up your mind long ago.
Regardless, quality acting from Bridges, John Goodman and a variety of other actors including Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi and Philip Seymor Houffman combined with cool direction from the always consistent and always quirky Coen brothers make this a must-own.
Of course, should you shell out money for this new Collector's Edition DVD when you could just as easily stick with your current copy or buy an older version off eBay for $5.00. I think the Dude would say, "No, dude!." I would say, "Hell no!" This Collector's edition offers nothing more than a making-of featurette, which I bet was included on previous DVD editions, an introduction by the person in charge of preserving the film, and new never-before-seen pictures. Honestly, does anyone look at the pictures on the DVD? Who cares about pictures on a DVD? Moving pictures are much better...
This new Collector's Edition DVD is a waste of money, but the movie itself is not; "The Big Lebowski" is one of the most entertaining Coen brothers' films.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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