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-rayâ„˘ August 16, 2011 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Â From the OscarÂ®-winning Coen Brothers
(True Grit, Fargo) and starring Academy AwardÂ® 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 â€“ the real-life inspiration for The Dude â€“ Jeff Bridgesâ€™ personal, on-set photography, a film timeline, trivia and much more, The Big Lebowski Limited Edition Blu-rayâ„˘ is a must-own addition to any collection. Â In addition to all-new features exclusive to the Blu-rayâ„˘ release, The Big Lebowski Limited Edition Blu-rayâ„˘ also offers a digital copy of the film that can be viewed anywhere at any time on the consumersâ€™ choice of devices including laptops, tablets, smartphones as well as Internet-connected TVs and set-top boxes.
â€śSince its creation by Ethan and Joel Coen in 1998, The Big Lebowski has transformed from a fan favorite into one of Hollywoodâ€™s most celebrated cultural phenomenons,â€ť said Craig Kornblau, President of Universal Studios Home Entertainment. â€śThis spectacular new Limited Edition Blu-rayâ„˘ combines the most extensive behind-the-scenes materials to date with the latest Blu-rayâ„˘ technology, giving devoted fans and newcomers alike a chance to experience the brilliant all-star cast, outrageous storyline and unforgettable quotes like never before.â€ť
Its now iconic characters and instantly recognizable dialogue have made The Big Lebowski â€śthe number-one cult film of all time,â€ť according to The Boston Globe. Since its release, the Coen Brothersâ€™ affectionately addled riff on film noir has snowballed in popularity, becoming â€śan undeniable pop-cult forceâ€ť and even, for many, â€śa way of life,â€ť in the words of the Los Angeles Times. â€śA masterpiece of anti-storytellingâ€ť according to Entertainment Weekly, The Big Lebowski has become a cultural touchstone for fans around the world.
Starring Bridges as the filmâ€™s delightfully unlikely hero, â€śThe Dude,â€ť the hilariously twisted comedy thriller also features unforgettable performances by an all-star cast including Golden GlobeÂ® winner John Goodman (â€śRoseanneâ€ť), four-time OscarÂ® nominee Julianne Moore (The Kids are Alright), Golden GlobeÂ® winner Steve Buscemi (â€śBoardwalk Empireâ€ť), OscarÂ® winner Phillip Seymour Hoffman (Doubt) and Golden GlobeÂ® nominee John Turturro (O Brother, Where Art Thou?).
BLU-RAYTM EXCLUSIVE BONUS FEATURES:
Â· Â Â Â Â Â U-CONTROL: Universalâ€™s exclusive feature that lets the viewer access bonus materials without leaving the movie!
o Â Scene Companion: Watch cast and crew interviews, behind the scenes footage and more during key scenes with this picture-in-picture companion.
o Â Mark it Dude: This onscreen counter really ties the film together. Keep track of all the â€śF-Bombs,â€ť â€śDudes,â€ť and â€śDude-ismsâ€ť in the film with this ultimate fan guide.
o Â The Music of The Big Lebowski: Instantly identify the songs heard while watching the film, create a custom playlist of your favorites and even purchase them from iTunesÂ®!
Â· Â Â Â Â WORTHY ADVERSARIES: WHATâ€™S MY LINE TRIVIA: Test your Lebowski knowledge by finishing lines of dialogue during the film. Play as Walter or The Dude or in two-player mode against friends.
Â· Â Â Â Â Â BD-LIVETM: Access the BD-Liveâ„˘ Center through your Internet-connected player to watch the latest trailers and more.
Â· Â Â Â Â Â pocket BLUâ„˘: The groundbreaking pocket BLUâ„˘ app uses iPhoneÂ®, iPodÂ® touch, Androidâ„˘, PC and Macintosh to work seamlessly with a network-connected Blu-rayâ„˘ player. Also available on the iPadâ„˘, owners can enjoy a new, enhanced edition of pocket BLUâ„˘ made especially to take advantage of the tablet’s larger screen and high resolution display. Consumers will be able to browse through a library of Blu-rayâ„˘ content and watch entertaining extras on-the-go in a way that’s bigger and better than ever before. Â pocket BLUâ„˘ offers advanced features such as:
o Â Advanced Remote Control: A sleek, elegant new way to operate your Blu-rayâ„˘ player. Users can navigate through menus, playback and BD-Liveâ„˘ functions with ease.
o Â Video Timeline: Users can easily bring up the video timeline, allowing them to instantly access any point in the film.
o Â Mobile-To-Go: Users can unlock a selection of bonus content with their Blu-rayâ„˘ discs to save to their device or to stream from anywhere there is a Wi-Fi network, enabling them to enjoy content on the go, anytime, anywhere.
o Â Browse Titles: Users will have access to a complete list of pocket BLUâ„˘-enabled titles available and coming to Blu-rayâ„˘ Hi-Def. Â They can view free previews and see what additional content is available to unlock on their device.
o Â Keyboard: Entering data is fast and easy with your deviceâ€™s intuitive keyboard.
Â· Â Â Â Â uHEARâ„˘: Never miss another line of dialogue with this innovative feature that instantly skips back a few seconds on your Blu-rayâ„˘ disc and turns on the subtitles to highlight what you missed.
ADDITIONAL BONUS FEATURES:
Â· Â Â Â Â JEFF BRIDGES PHOTO BOOK: For more than 30 years, Jeff Bridges has been snapping pictures on movie sets. Â The accomplished photographer presents exclusive shots taken on the set of The Big Lebowski providing personal commentary on each photo.
Â· Â Â Â Â THE DUDEâ€™S LIFE: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi and John Turturro take a look back at their performances and their delivery of the Coen Brothersâ€™ dialogue that became classic movie lines.
Â· Â Â Â Â THE DUDE ABIDES: THE BIG LEBOWSKI TEN YEARS LATER: A freewheeling conversation with the cast about the filmâ€™s decade-long reign as a cult classic, including a discussion about what ever happened to the â€ślittle Lebowskiâ€ť that the Dude and Maude made that fateful night!
Â· Â Â Â Â THE LEBOWSKI FEST: AN ACHIEVERâ€™S STORY: An in-depth look at the popular Lebowski Festival, formed by the legion of fans in honor of the film.
Â· Â Â Â Â FLYING CARPETS & BOWLING PIN DREAMS: THE DREAM SEQUENCES OF
THE DUDE: From aerial flights over Los Angeles with his bowling ball chasing Maude on a flying carpet, to the large scale â€śBusby Berkleyâ€ť dance sequences as The Dude goes flying through the legs of all the bowling pin headed dancers, this piece examines how these â€śahead of their timeâ€ť scenes were constructed.
Â· Â Â Â Â THE MAKING OF THE BIG LEBOWSKI: Â A behind the scenes look featuring interviews with the Coen Brothers.
Â· Â Â Â Â PHOTO GALLERY: Slideshow of Jeff Bridgesâ€™ on-set photography.
Â· Â Â Â Â INTERACTIVE MAP: Take a tour of the locations of The Big Lebowski, then and now.
Â· Â Â Â Â AN INTRODUCTION: Featuring Mortimer Young, a practitioner of â€śnon-uptightâ€ť film preservation. Â His restoration of the famous â€śtoe sceneâ€ť will blow your mind.
From the Academy AwardÂ®-winning Coen brothers, The Big Lebowski is a hilariously quirky comedy about bowling, a severed toe, White Russians and a guy namedâ€¦The Dude. Â Jeff â€śThe Dudeâ€ť Lebowski doesnâ€™t want any drama in his lifeâ€¦heck, he canâ€™t even be bothered with a job. Â But, he must embark on a quest with his bowling buddies after his rug is destroyed in a twisted case of mistaken identity. Â Starring Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Turturro, experience the cultural phenomenon of The Dude in the â€ś#1 cult film of all time!â€ť (The Boston Globe)