USHV Press Release: The Big Lebowski - Collector's Edition

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    JOEL AND ETHAN COEN'S HILARIOUS CULT COMEDY CLASSIC STARRING JEFF BRIDGES, JOHN GOODMAN AND JULIANNE MOORE

    THE BIG LEBOWSKI:
    COLLECTOR'S EDITION

    ROLLS ONTO DVD OCTOBER 18, 2005 WITH A DIGITALLY
    REMASTERED PICTURE
    PLUS ALL-NEW BONUS FEATURES
    FROM UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT

    Universal City, California, August 23, 2005 - "The Dude" is back! The Big Lebowski, the zany existential comedy from Academy Award(r) winners Joel and Ethan Coen (O Brother Where Art Thou?, Intolerable Cruelty) returns in a Collector's Edition DVD and "Achievers Edition" gift set October 18, 2005. The Coens' follow-up to their Oscar(r)-winning film Fargo, The Big Lebowski is a whacked out film noir about life, death, bowling and slacking off. Jeff Bridges stars as the unforgettable Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski, an unrepentant L.A. stoner who just wants someone to pay for his stained rug. Bridges is joined by a spectacular ensemble cast including John Goodman (Monsters Inc., "Roseanne"), Julianne Moore (Hannibal, The Hours), John Turturro (Anger Management, Mr. Deeds), Steve Buscemi (Fargo, Reservoir Dogs), Philip Seymour Hoffman (Magnolia, Cold Mountain), Tara Reid (American Pie, Van Wilder), Sam Elliot (The Hulk, Mask) and many more.

    Since its theatrical release in 1998, consumer appreciation for The Big Lebowski's subtly subversive humor has snowballed, transforming it from a cult favorite into a cultural phenomenon. The Big Lebowski's faithful followers have created dozens of Web sites devoted to the film, and every year flocks of fans attend "Lebowski Fests" in cities across the U.S. to bowl, sip White Russians and, of course, enjoy their favorite film. The October 18, 2005 release of The Big Lebowski: Collector's Edition DVD will offer the uninitiated a chance to find out why this film has made its mark on popular culture. The disc is priced at $19.98 SRP. The Big Lebowski: Collector's Edition DVD is also available in "Achiever's Edition" gift set ($49.98 SRP) featuring eight exclusive Jeff Bridges' photographs taken from the set, a bowling towel and coasters. The pre-order deadline for both editions is September 13, 2005.

    BONUS FEATURES THAT WILL BOWL YOU OVER
    Fans of "The Dude" will be bowled over by the DVD's bonus features including:
    * An introduction to the film by Mortimer Young - Produced and directed by the Coen Brothers.
    * Jeff Bridges' On-Set Photos - A brilliant photographer, Jeff Bridges captures life on the set of "The Big Lebowski."
    * The Making of The Big Lebowski - Fans will get an inside glimpse into the making of this timeless favorite.

    SYNOPSIS

    When thugs break into L.A. slacker Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski's shabby apartment, stick his head in the toilet and ruin his favorite rug, he decides someone has to pay - for the rug at least. Especially when he realizes the gangsters have mistaken him for one of the richest men in town, a wheelchair-bound millionaire who also happens to be named Lebowski. So "The Dude" and his bowling buddies Walter (John Goodman), a devoutly Jewish Vietnam vet with a salty vocabulary, and Donny (Steve Buscemi), a pensive surfer, set out to solve a mystery that only seems to deepen as they uncover more clues. Along their uproarious journey they encounter Lebowski's sexy trophy wife (Tara Reid), an artist who paints in the nude (Julianne Moore), a flamboyant, trash-talking Hispanic bowler (John Turturro), a ruthless porn kingpin (Ben Gazzara) and a rapacious funeral director.



    CAST & FILMMAKERS
    Director: Joel Coen
    Screenwriters: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
    Producer: Ethan Coen
    Executive Producers: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner
    Director of Photography: Roger Deakins
    Production Designer: Rick Heinrichs
    Editor: Roderick Jaynes, Tricia Cooke
    Costume Designer: Mary Zophres
    Original Music: Carter Burwell, Elvis Costello, Townes van Zandt
    Cast: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, David Huddleston, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Tara Reid, Philip Moon, Peter Stormare, Flea, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, John Turturro, Ben Gazzara

    TECHNICAL INFORMATION
    DVD
    Street Date: October 18, 2005
    Pre-Order Date: September 13, 2005
    Copyright: 2005 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
    Price: $19.98 SRP; $49.98 Gift Set
    Selection Numbers: 26741 (Anamorphic Widescreen); 27543 (Full Frame); 28380 (Gift Set)
    Running Time: 1 Hour and 58 Minutes
    Layers: Dual Layer
    Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1, Full Frame 1.33:1
    Rating: R (For pervasive strong language, drug content, sexuality and brief violence.)
    Technical Info: English Dolby Digital 5.1/Captioned; Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1/Subtitled; French Dolby Digital 5.1/Subtitled
     
  2. Mark Cappelletty

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    So no Lebowskifest footage, eh? Unless the "Making Of" is a real documentary (it sounds like just a repackaging of the Joel & Ethan discussion on the previous disc), I'm gonna pass. And where's the great trailer that's on the previous disc?
     
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    I'll upgrade for improved A&V, extras dont interest me.
     
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    Really? I've watched the movie 30 or 40 times and I never noticed.


    ' the fuck you talkin' about?

    Rob
     
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    That's really a shame - why couldn't they get the Coen Bros and/or Bridges, Goodman to at least do an audio commentary?
     
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    I might write Universal a check for $0.78 for that Special Edition. I'll wait until this one shows up in some local used shops, where I can trade in my old version and get the new one for a few extra bucks.

    This is the funniest movie of the last 10 years in my book, but this SE is underwhelming to say the least.
     
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    I agree that the announced extras on the SE don't add up to much. It would have been nice if Universal had taken the time to dig up and license more meat on TBL. It's gotta be out there. Also, given the involvement and interest that some of the film's actors (including Jeff Bridges) have dished out for Lebowski Fest, I think an interesting and fun commentary track could have been produced even without the participation of the Coens.

    That being said, I'll still buy the SE if the transfer has been redone properly. The current DVD looks pretty bad. Improved video would really tie the room together.
     
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    I just re-read that release and it mentions an "Achiever's Gift Edition". Wonder what that contains? The Collector's Edition is $19.98 and the Achiever's Edition is $40 ?
     
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    unless you're rounding up to the nearest $10 it's only a $20 difference. Still not worth it IMO though.
     
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    Mat was basing his number on the SRP which are $19.98 and $49.98. It will be closer to $20 to the actual consumer, but either way that's a horrible price for a lousy towel, some coasters, & some photos.
     
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    I don't know if any brick and mortar stores will have better prices than Deep Discount DVD - probably not. They're listing the SE at $13.99 and the Achiever's Set at $38.99 - a $25 difference.

    You know, the more I think about this the more disappointed I get. There are very few contemporary films that are more suited to proper Special Edition treatment than The Big Lebowski. It has a HUGE following, a multi-event annual festival, and actor participation in said festivities 7 years after the film's release. Despite this, the best that Universal can come up with for the release are the very few extras on the disc and the, ahem, "collectibles" included with the Achiever's Set. The effort and creativity that went into the production of these DVDs are mind-boggling. [​IMG] What a wasted opportunity. [​IMG]
     
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    I'm a little annoyed.

    I WILL be buying one of these edition, just for the better picture and sound. I don't care all that much if the extras ae bare bones.

    What annoys me if that the cover art sucks, the old version was much better. I almost feel tempted to buy the rip-off acheivers edition for the better packaging.

    Typical of Universal these days/
     
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    Basically Universal found out the movie has a cult following and figured they need to cash in...what a crock...I'm sticking with my original DVD until a HD-DVD or Blu-Ray version comes along.
     

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