The Big Lebowski

(1998)

Jeff Lebowski (Jeff Bridges) is the victim of mistaken identity. Two thugs break into his apartment in the errant belief that they are accosting Jeff Lebowski, the Pasadena millionaire--not the laid-back, unemployed, `stuck in the 70s' Jeff Lebowski who calls himself the Dude.

The Dude's first mistake is paying a visit to his wealthy namesake in the hopes of getting a replacement for his soiled carpet. But instead of a Persian loaner, our reluctant hero and his buddy Walter (John Goodman) are swept up in extortion, double-cross, deception, embezzlement, sex and dope. It takes guys as simple as the Dude and Walter to make a story this complicated...and they'd really rather be bowling.

‘The Big Lebowski’ Cast Reunion Footage and Photos

Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Julianne Moore, John Turturro and T-Bone Burnett attended the celebration for the worldwide Blu-ray release of The Big Lebowski at the Lebowski Fest on August 16, 2011 in New York. The Fest featured a special cast reunion, Q&A and film screening for fans. check out some video footage and photos from the event below.

The Big Lebowski was released March 6th, 1998.

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‘The Big Lebowski’ Blu-ray Debuts on August 16th

Bowling, nihilists, a stolen rug and the occasional acid flashback have never been funnier when one of the most popular cult classics in history, The Big Lebowski Limited Edition, debuts on Blu-ray August 16, 2011 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. From the Oscar-winning Coen Brothers (True Grit, Fargo) and starring Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges (True Grit, Crazy Heart), this acclaimed comedy has been newly remastered in high definition to provide longtime fans and first-time viewers alike with the ultimate Lebowski experience.

Available for a limited time with an all-new 28-page companion book featuring an exclusive interview with Jeff Dowd - the real-life inspiration for The Dude - Jeff Bridges' personal, on-set photography, a film timeline, trivia and much more, The Big Lebowski Limited Edition Blu-ray is a must-own addition to any collection. In addition to all-new features exclusive to the Blu-ray™ release, The Big Lebowski Limited Edition Blu-ray also offers a digital copy of the film that can be viewed anywhere at any time on the consumers' choice of devices including laptops, tablets, smartphones as well as Internet-connected TVs and set-top boxes.

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EXCLUSIVE: ‘Lebowski’, The Big Retrospective: An Interview with Jeff "The Dude" Dowd

Me, personally? I like crap. And any "out of the norm" picture is automatically put on my must see list. That's pretty much why nothing has ever escaped me. I've never had to fain oblivious when it comes to a so-called cult film. And usually, when it comes to these types of entertainments, I can tell right away that it's going to take on a life of its own years after its theatrical release. Except for one film, and that was The Big Lebowski.

This Tuesday, Universal is releasing a special edition DVD for the Big Lebowski. And, quite honestly, I can't tell you to run out and double dip the disc if you already own the version released by Polygram back in 1999. Why? Because there's not much of a difference between the two seperate copies (with the exception of the cover; I like the original better). The print looks as immaculate as it always has. Because it was digitally preserved early in its career. And the special features are pretty much the same, except for one glaring non-treat. The 30-minute behind the scenes featurette with the Coen brothers hasn't been changed a bit. Neither have the production notes. But there are some cool black & white photos taken by Jeff Bridges on the set that weren't available that first go-around. I'm not sure where, but I had seen most of these before. The real capper and the most substantial thing to note is a new little three minute piece entitled Mortimer Young's Exclusive Introduction. Yikes.

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