The Big Lebowski: 20th Anniversary Edition 4K Ultra HD

Featured In Issue 234, December 2018

WSR Score5
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Joel Coen
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"The Big Lebowski" is a quirky comedy about bowling, a severed toe, White Russians and a guy named...The Dude. Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski (Bridges) doesn't want any drama in his life...heck, he can't even be bothered with a job. But, he must embark on a quest with his bowling buddies after his rug is destroyed in a twisted case of mistaken identity. (Gary Reber)

Special features include "An Exclusive Introduction"; five featurettes: "The Dude's Life (HD 10:08), "The Dude Abides: The Big Lebowski Ten Years Later" (HD 10:27), "Making Of The Big Lebowski" (HD 24:35), "The Lebowski Fest: An Achiever's Story (HD 13:53), and "Flying Carpets And Bowling Pin Dreams: The Dream Sequences Of The Dude" (HD 04:20); an Interactive Map; Jeff Bridges' Photo Book; a photo gallery; and "Worthy Adversaries:Z What's My Line Trivia" (HD 04:40),

The 1.85:1 1080p AVC picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, upconverted to 2160p with greater resolution and luminance, was photographed on Kodak 35 mm film stock using Arriflex cameras and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. The picture is terrific with a very filmic appearance. Film grain is light throughout but never objectionable. Color fidelity is excellent, exhibiting a wide color gamut with fine shadings. Throughout, colors are rich and warm with natural saturation. Fleshtones are supremely natural. Resolution is soft in backgrounds and at times foregrounds, but close-ups are finely resolved, such as facial features, the Dude's beard and long straggly hair, clothing, and objects. Realism is terrific. Roger Deakins' cinematography is wonderful with a great lighting design. Production design also is terrific, especially during The Dude's dream sequences. HDR contrast is nicely balanced with deep, grain-free blacks and good shadow delineation. This is a really wonderfully engaging visual experience that delivers a lot of fun. (Gary Reber)

The DTS:X/DTS-HD Master Audio™ 7.1-channel soundtrack is dialogue focused with excellent spatial integration throughout. Surround energy occurs in the four channels with touches of atmospherics, but mainly it is the music, which extends spatially and provides a nice feel. Deep bass energy really is not a strong element, but fidelity is very good. There is no Immersive Sound element. This is basically an excellent classic comedy genre soundtrack, The sound elements nicely come together to deliver an outrageously fun time. (Gary Reber)