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Big Lebowski, The (Blu-ray)

Director(s): Joel Coen

Theatrical Release: 1998

Cast: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, John Turturro

Genre(s): Comedy, crime, sports

Countries: USA


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Running Time: 119m.

The plot of this Raymond Chandler-esque comedy crime caper from the Coen Brothers (Joel Coen and Ethan Coen) pivots around a case of mistaken identity complicated by extortion, double-crosses, deception, embezzlement, sex, pot, and gallons of White Russians (made with fresh cream, please). In 1991, unemployed '60s refugee Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski (Jeff Bridges) grooves into his laid-back Los Angeles lifestyle. One of the laziest men in LA, he enjoys hanging with his bowling buddies, pompous security-store owner Walter Sobchak (John Goodman) and mild-mannered ex-surfer Donny (Steve Buscemi). However, the Dude's life takes an alternate route the afternoon two goons break into his threadbare Venice, California, bungalow, rough him up, and urinate on his living room rug. Why? Because Jackie Treehorn (Ben Gazzara) is owed money by the wife of a certain Jeff Lebowski. However, the goons grabbed the wrong Jeff Lebowski. With the right info, they would have invaded the home of philanthropic Pasadena millionaire Jeffrey Lebowski (David Huddleston). The Dude looks up his wealthy namesake, manages to get a replacement for his rug, and meets the millionaire's sexy young wife Bunny (Tara Reid). Later, Jeffrey ("The Big") Lebowski calls in the Dude to deliver a $1 million ransom for the return of his kidnapped wife. Fine -- except that Walter intrudes and botches the ransom drop. As events unravel, the Dude gets caught up in the schemes of Lebowski's daughter, erotic artist Maude (Julianne Moore), encounters both cops and bad guys, and drifts through an elaborate bowling fantasy sequence titled Gutterballs. The soundtrack includes Bob Dylan, Yma Sumac, Moondog, Captain Beefheart, and the Sons of the Pioneers. (allrovi.com)

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Blu-ray Disc Special Features:

! The Dude's Life

! The Dude Abides: The Big Lebowski ten years later

! Flying Carpets and Bowling Pin Dreams - the dream sequences of the Dude

! Making of The Big Lebowski

! The Lebowski Fest: An achiever's story

! Jeff Bridges photo book

! Interactive map

! Photo gallery

! Scene Companion - watch behind-the-scenes footage, interviews and more during key scenes with this picture-in-picture companion

! Mark It, Dude - This on-screen counter really ties the film together and keeps track of the "F-bombs," "Dudes," and Lebowski-isms

! Music of The Big Lebowski - instantly identify songs heard while watching the film and create a custom playlist

! Worthy Adversaries: What's My Line? Trivia - test your Lebowski knowledge during the film by finishing lines of dialogue in this interactive game

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