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The Big Lebowski [DVD Boxset] [10th Anniverary Edition; 2-Disc Set]

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  • 2 discs
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Theatrical release: March 6, 1998. THE BIG LEBOWSKI features numerous references to the 1946 film THE BIG SLEEP, directed by Howard Hawks and starring Humphrey Bogart as a man who gets involved in a similarly chaotic mystery. Bob Dylan performs "The Man in Me," the song played over the opening credits; Shawn Colvin performs "Viva Las Vegas" over the closing credits. Other artists whose songs appear in the film include Townes Van Zandt, Elvis Costello, Nina Simone, Yma Sumac, and Kenny Rogers. The Dude is based partly on real-life producer Jeff Dowd. The Jackie Treehorn film clip shown in the film is called LOGJAMMIN'; real-life porn star Asia Carrera plays the lead role in the fake film. Shooting took almost 12 weeks, finishing in April 1997. BRANDED, the television show that Arthur Digby Sellers is credited with writing in the film, was a TV Western series that starred Chuck Connors; the Dude thinks it starred Mike Connors, of MANNIX fame. "I suppose there's a side of me that, had I not been an actor, might have lived his life like the Dude," Jeff Bridges said about the role he played in the film. "All those half-finished sentences, all those ers and ums and ehs, they're all scripted in. You can't be relaxed about it. The dialogue is like music. All the characters have their own score and it takes practice and timing to get it right. You can't slack off," Steve Buscemi said about the screenplay. John Turturro's role was cut out of the edited television version, possibly because almost everything he says includes curses. Rock musicians Aimee Mann and Flea (of the Red Hot Chili Peppers) appear as members of the Nihilists. Country rock musician Jimmie Dale Gilmore plays Smokey, one of Walter's bowling opponents. One of the reasons why bowling was chosen as the centerpiece of the film, Joel Coen told the Boston Phoenix, was that "it's the only thing that calls itself a sport where you can smoke and drink beer." The film screened at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on March 5, 1998.
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    • Rating - For pervasive strong language, drug content, sexuality, and brief violence
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 61105455

  • Credits
    Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore
  • Critic Reviews
    "...The range of acting turns is rich....Best of all, in a memorably unctuous cameo, is Philip Seymour Hoffman...the best character-actor find in years..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...The Coen brothers, those far-out FARGO guys, cover everything with eye-popping panache..." 3 1/2 out of 4 Stars
    USA Today

    "...Mr. Bridges finds a role so fit for him that he seems never to have been anywhere else. Watch this performance to see shambling executed with nonchalant grace and a seemingly out-to-lunch character played with fine comic flair..."
    New York Times

    "...Joel and Ethan Coen have crafted another shrewdly ironic valentine to Americana with this hilarious tale..."
    Premiere

    "...The Coens are able to create wickedly funny eccentrics and possess the ability to energize certain actors to inhabit them completely..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...Genial....It's weirdly engaging, like its hero..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "...A masterpiece of anti-storytelling..."
    Entertainment Weekly

    Ranked #7 in Rolling Stone's "Top 25 DVDs Of 2005' -- "[T]he prize in this Coen Brothers 1998 goodie is still Jeff Bridges..."
    Rolling Stone

    5 stars out of 5 -- "LEBOWSKI sees the Coens embark on a delirious joyride through the great Sin City itself, executing some audacious hair-pin turns through the conventions of noir along the way."
    Uncut

    4 stars out of 5 -- "[W]hat makes the Coens' seventh film so inexhaustibly re-watchable is its oddball range of characters so gonzo, so heroically grotesque as to be the stuff of the greatest stoner-comic book never written."
    Total Film

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