And that's just fine. We have more than enough "blockbuster" material without worrying about what those kooky Coen boys are working on.
But of all the excellent films the siblings have sewn together, none of 'em seem to have the cable flick / cult classic status like THE BIG LEWBOWSKI does. (Personally, I don't think the film ranks among the Coens' top 5, but it's still a damn fun movie.) Much of the film's success can be attributed to the drop-dead perfect lead performance by Jeff Bridges as Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski, a completely lazy and shiftless pot-smoker who rolls with every punch and never loses his cool. (Well, almost never.)
Supporting Mr. Bridges is a fantastic ensemble of actors (John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Philip Seymour Hoffman, David Huddleston) -and- the Coens' uniquely off-kilter approach, both in the screenplay and in the flick's rather unique visual stylings. It's an arthouse flick and it's a pothead comedy ... and it's a modern-noir semi-whodunnit that'll keep you guessing (even though you know the kidnapping mystery isn't even really all that important.)
THE BIG LEWBOWSKI is enjoyably odd, consistently funny, and more than a little intelligent. The fact that so many movie fans have grown to love and embrace this bizarre little movie gives me hope for the future.
Prior to the movie you'll be treated to a 5-minute film preservation introduction, which is nothing more than a straight-faced joke. Cute, but I'd have preferred this bit to appear in the Extras Menu, and not attached to the actual movie.
Ported over from the earlier DVD release is a 25-minute behind-the-scenes featurette, which features several interviews and movie clips. It's a darn solid little piece, if only because we generally don't get to hear the Coen boys talk about their films. (They've yet to record a commentary track.)
There's also a slide show of Jeff Bridges' rather impressive photography, some production notes, and if you buy the pricier, swanker "Achiever's Edition," you'll also get some coasters, photographs, and a bowling towel. (I'll just stick with the cheaper version, thanks!)