First off, let me say I love The Big Lebowski. I have attended local Lebowski events and had a blast at them. It’s one of those movies that you watch the first time and you’re just confused. You get some of the obvious jokes, but you’re mostly left going wtf was that? Pretty soon you’ll end up watching it again, and then you really start catching the little things. All of the tiny details in the dialog and in the background and you find yourself cracking up through out the whole thing. It’s easily one of my favorite movies.
For this reason I knew I had to rent The Achievers: The Story of the Lebowski Fans when I heard about it.
First I’ll get in to ways that it was good: It burnt an hour and 10 minutes up of my borring night.
Next let’s get to ways that it was lame: There is no menu system. You put the disc in and the movie starts playing. Seriously, I can make better DVD’s on my computer with free software. The movie was also not widescreen, parts of it are letter-boxed, parts of it are full screen (4:3). It’s like they couldn’t pick a format. Not a good start already.
They thoroughly interviewed the guy who played Saddam and the guy who played the Corvette owner. The check out girl (on screen for 4 seconds), and her twin sister are in there too. Oh yeah, and Liam (not a single speaking part). Wow, great, you got people that were on screen for a combined total of less then a minute. REALLY? You couldn’t get any of the actual actors in the movie that had real parts?? Well, they DID talk to Jeff Bridges… what looked like outside a night club at 3am for 30 seconds. What was weird though was Jeff Bridges was at a Lebowski event, and they have footge of him there. But they couldn’t sit him down for a real interview? Pretty crappy.