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The Big Lebowski (HD-DVD)


Picture: B+†††† Sound: B†††† Extras: C†††† Film: C+



When The Coen Brothers began making films, they were the most formidable duo around with gems like Blood Simple, Millerís Crossing and Barton Fink.Still formidable, they decided to change course leaning more towards their own special brand of demented humor.With The Big Lebowski in 1998, that sensibility took over and sometimes to the detriment of their edge as filmmakers.There are some who enjoy that and others who do not.


First, an enthusiastic previous review:





Though it is a professional, well-rounded and even funny film, it just never worked for me.I want to see any filmmakers grow, but this was more of one of their lightweight films for me.The cast performances by Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi and John Turturro are good, while The Coens have made a well-rounded film, but it is an acquired taste and one that has achieved a cult status that is growing.


The 1080p 1.85 X 1 VC-1 digital High Definition image is just enough of an improvement from the previous DVDs to justify this HD-DVD edition, though the print copy still has its issues after what The Coens went through to save the film.The Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 mix is only a tad better than its standard Dolby mix from the DVD, showing the age of the sound and soundmaster materials.I only wondered if this might have been better in DTS.Except for the Achieverís Edition bonus bowling towel, et al, the extras are the same here as the previous Universal DVD edition at the above link.



-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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