'The Big Lebowski' Blu-ray Dated & Detailed!

Posted Tue May 24, 2011 at 07:00 AM PDT by

The Dude finally comes to Blu-ray in a limited edition digibook release this August!

In an early announcement to retailers, Universal has revealed 'The Big Lebowski' will have a Blu-ray release on August 16.

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 re-mastered in high definition to provide longtime fans and first-time viewers alike with the ultimate Lebowski experience.

“Since its creation by Ethan and Joel Coen in 1998, 'The Big Lebowski' has transformed from a fan favorite into one of Hollywood’s most celebrated cultural phenomenons,” said Craig Kornblau, President of Universal Studios Home Entertainment. “This spectacular new Limited Edition Blu-ray™ combines the most extensive behind-the-scenes materials to date with the latest Blu-ray™ technology, giving devoted fans and newcomers alike a chance to experience the brilliant all-star cast, outrageous storyline and unforgettable quotes like never before.”

Its now iconic characters and instantly recognizable dialogue have made 'The Big Lebowski' “the number-one cult film of all time,” according to The Boston Globe. Since its release, the Coen Brothers’ affectionately addled riff on film noir has snowballed in popularity, becoming “an undeniable pop-cult force” and even, for many, “a way of life,” in the words of the Los Angeles Times. “A masterpiece of anti-storytelling” according to Entertainment Weekly, 'The Big Lebowski' has become a cultural touchstone for fans around the world.

Starring Bridges as the film’s delightfully unlikely hero, “The Dude,” the hilariously twisted comedy thriller also features unforgettable performances by an all-star cast including Golden Globe® winner John Goodman (“Roseanne”), four-time Oscar® nominee Julianne Moore ('The Kids are Alright'), Golden Globe® winner Steve Buscemi (“Boardwalk Empire”), Oscar® winner Phillip Seymour Hoffman ('Doubt') and Golden Globe® nominee John Turturro ('O Brother, Where Art Thou?').

The Blu-ray will feature 1080p video, a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack, and supplements will include: Jeff Bridges Photo Book: Exclusive shots taken on the set of The Big Lebowski by Jeff Bridges himself; The Dude'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 Brothers' dialogue that became classic movie lines; The Dude Abides- The Big Lebowski Ten Years Later: A conversation with the cast about the film's cult classic status; Flying Carpets and Bowling Pin Dreams- The Dream Sequences of the Dude: Featurette on the making of the surreal sequences in the film; The Making of The Big Lebowski; The Lebowski Fest- An Achiever's Story: An in-depth look at the popular Lebowski Festival, formed by the legion of fans in honor of the film; An Introduction: Featuring Mortimer Young; Photo Gallery; and an Interactive Map.

New material includes: Scene Companion: A picture in picture mode that features cast and crew interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and more during key scenes; Mark It Dude: On-screen counter that keeps track of all the "F-Bombs", "Dudes" and "Dude-isms" in the film; The Music of The Big Lebowski: Instantly identifies the songs heard while watching the film, and allows the creation of custom playlists; Worthy Adversaries- What's My Line Trivia: Trivia that tests your Lebowski knowledge by finishing lines of dialogue during the film. Play as Walter or The Dude or in two-player mode against friends; U-CONTROL; pocket BLU; Mobile-To-Go; uHEAR; and BD-LIVE.

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.

Suggested list price for the Blu-ray is still undetermined at this time.

You can find the latest specs for 'The Big Lebowski' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where it is indexed under August 16.

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The Big Lebowski (Blu-ray)
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