Achievers, rejoice. The No. 1 bum of all moviedom gets a brilliant Blu-ray makeover in a special, limited edition, hardcover book-bound package that is a must for all devotees of TheDude.
Jeff Bridges as slacker extraordinaire Jeffrey Lebowski — aka His Dudeness, Duder or El Duderino “if you’re not into the whole brevity thing” — never looked more righteously rumpled in this visually vivid version of Joel and Ethan Coen’s 1998 comedy about mistaken identity, kidnapping, cannabis, bowling and carefree unemployment in sunny Los Angeles.
Following the misadventures of The Dude is, for many of us, more fun with each successive viewing as we watch witless thugs mistake him for a shady millionaire of the same name, thus dragging him into a Raymond Chandler-esque intrigue that also involves his best friends and bowling teammates, Walter (the priceless John Goodman), a pistol-toting Vietnam vet and Judaism convert with anger issues, and Donny (a hilariously sad-sack Steve Buscemi), a naive and easygoing loser who is constantly interrupting Walter’s tirades, which prompts one of the film’s many oft-quoted lines, “Shut the (bleep) up, Donny.”
But for the true “achiever” (that’s what we Lebowski fanatics have been dubbed), the uniquely uproarious Lebowski experience is enhanced in this limited edition with a 28-page book containing profiles of all the off-the-chain characters (such as John Turturro’s one-of-a-kind Jesus Quintana, a Cuban-American convicted pederast who is The Dude’s intimidating, purple-clad bowling rival), the recipe for the White Russian, which is The Dude’s adult refreshment of choice, and an interview with film promoter Jeff Dowd, the real-life inspiration for The Dude and the man who helped distribute the Coens’ first film, “Blood Simple.” And exclusive to the Blu-ray disc is “Worthy Adversaries: What’s My Line Trivia,” a two-player game that challenges achievers to finish iconic lines of dialogue from the film, such as “Hey careful, man, there’s a beverage here!” and the immortal “Oh, the usual. I bowl. Drive around. The occasional acid flashback.”
— Gene Triplett