The Dude is Back on September 9, 2008 in ‘The Big Lebowski: 10th Anniversary Edition’

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Aug. 11 /TMRZoo.com/ — The quirky comedy that became a worldwide cultural phenomenon debuts in a brand new commemorative DVD set when “The Big Lebowski: 10th Anniversary Edition” arrives in stores September 9, 2008 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. A deliciously twisted comedy-thriller starring Jeff Bridges (Iron Man), John Goodman (Speed Racer), Steve Buscemi (I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry) and Julianne Moore (Children of Men),

“The Big Lebowski 10th Anniversary Edition” will bowl over long time fans and neophytes alike with its hilariously freewheeling plot and exclusive new bonus features, including retrospective documentaries, an interactive map and an in-depth look at the phenomenon known as the Lebowski Fest. Also available in an individually numbered, limited edition, two-disc set encased in specially designed “bowling ball” packaging, “The Big Lebowski 10th Anniversary Edition” will take audiences deeper than ever before into the upside down world of “The Dude.”

In 1998, Academy Award(R) winners Joel and Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men, Fargo) created a comic film noir about a lovably addled slacker who is mistaken for a multimillionaire businessman. In the decade since “The Big Lebowski,” the film has continued to grow in popularity, achieving cult status around the world.

“‘The Big Lebowski’ has been an unprecedented fan favorite since it made its theatrical debut a decade ago and its popularity shows no signs of slowing down,” says Craig Kornblau, President of Universal Studios Home Entertainment. “The film’s devoted followers are among the most avid and loyal we’ve ever seen. This special 10th Anniversary Edition is both a tribute and a response to their unbelievable support for the film.”

ALL-NEW BONUS FEATURES

“The Big Lebowski 10th Anniversary Edition” features several all-new bonus features, including:

— The Dude’s Life: In this all new bonus feature, Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi and John Turturro take a look back at their performances and how their delivery of the Coen brothers’ dialog became classic movie lines.

— The Dude Abides: “The Big Lebowski” Ten Years Later: A never-before-seen conversation with the cast about the film’s decade-long reign as a cult classic.

— The Lebowski Fest: An Achiever’s Story: An in-depth look at the annual Lebowski Fest, a celebration of The Dude and his world, attended by thousands each year.

— Flying Carpets & Bowling Pin Dreams: The Dream Sequences of The Dude: A look at some of the Dude’s trippiest fantasies so fans can learn for the first time how these innovative scenes were created.

— Interactive Map: Take a tour of the locations of “The Big Lebowski,” then and now.

— Jeff Bridges’ Photo Book: For more than 30 years, Jeff Bridges has been snapping pictures on movie sets. The accomplished photographer presents a portfolio of shots taken on the set of The Big Lebowski.

Additional bonus features include:
— The Making of “The Big Lebowski”
— Introduction by Mortimer Young: Mortimer Young, a practitioner of
“non-uptight” film preservation showcases his mind-blowing restoration
of the infamous “toe scene.”
— Production Notes
— Original Theatrical Trailer

SAN FRANCISCO LEBOWSKI FEST

Since 2002, thousands of fans have flocked to Lebowski Fests around the country, celebrating all things Dude-like. The next Lebowski Fest will take place in San Francisco on September 5 and 6, 2008. Featuring a screening of the film, unlimited bowling, trivia contests, 10th Anniversary Limited Edition DVD giveaways and more, fans of this iconic film can join their fellow “Achievers” in enjoying The Dude’s beloved White Russians, sarsaparillas, and oat sodas in this unforgettable weekend adventure. For more information on the Lebowski Fest, please visit: http://lebowskifest.com/sf08.asp.

SYNOPSIS

From the Academy Award(R) winning Coen Brothers comes “The Big Lebowski” — the hilariously quirky comedy-thriller about bowling, avant-garde art, nihilistic Austrians, and a guy named … The Dude. Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski doesn’t want any drama in his life … heck, he can’t even be bothered with a job. But, in a case of mistaken identity, a couple of thugs break into his place and steal his rug (you gotta understand, that rug really tied the room together). Now, The Dude must embark on a quest with his crazy friends to make things right and get that rug back!

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TECHNICAL INFORMATION
DVD
Street Date: September 9, 2008
Pre-Order Close: August 5, 2008
Copyright: 2008 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Price: $19.98 SRP (10th Anniversary Edition) $34.98 SRP (10th Anniversary
Limited Edition Gift Set)
Selection Number: 61105455 (10th Anniversary Edition); 61105454 SRP (10th
Anniversary Limited Edition Gift Set)
Running Time: 1 hour 58 minutes
Layers: Dual
Rating: R — pervasive strong language, drug content, sexuality and brief
violence
Technical Info:
— Sound: English/French: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround; Spanish: Dolby
Digital 2.0
— Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French