Sofia Coppola's award-winning Lost in Translation comes to DVD in a wonderful package from Universal Pictures and Focus Features. The film comes in an anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen picture (a full-screen edition is also available), with full and rich sound options that come in both Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 tracks. Special features on the disc begin with the brilliant "'Lost' on Location" behind-the-scenes documentary. Shot handheld by a small crew during the shoot in Tokyo (including Coppola's husband-at-the-time Spike Jonze), the footage offers a rare inside look at a production that itself seems lost within the same very foreign land as its two main characters. Capturing a few stellar moments between Murray and the crew, the footage is a welcome surprise amidst the hype-driven studio featurettes that too often litter DVDs. Though not quite as solid, the ten-minute conversation with Bill Murray and Sofia Coppola feature does give the viewer a bit more background on the production (which a commentary would have covered if it'd been included), though some will no doubt be looking for more out of the two than an on-the-fly Q & A on a balcony in Rome. Thankfully, the disc isn't done yet, as it continues with the entire clip from Matthew's Best Hit TV show, featuring a hilarious bit with Murray and a box of live eels that needs to be seen to be believed. The music video for Kevin Shields' "City Girl" is also supplied, along with a section of five extended and deleted scenes that serve as a nice complement to the film but offer little else. The original theatrical trailer rounds out the extras on this fine disc.
A conversation with Bill Murray and Sofia Coppola
"'Lost' on Location" behind-the-scenes documentary
"City Girl" music video by Kevin Shields
Extended and deleted scenes
Bill MurrayBob Harris
Catherine LambertJazz Singer
Brian ReitzellComposer (Music Score)
Anne RossProduction Designer
KK BarrettProduction Designer
Mayumi TomitaArt Director
Mitch GlazerAssociate Producer
Francis Ford CoppolaExecutive Producer
Fred RoosExecutive Producer
Nancy SteinerCostume Designer
Drew KuninSound/Sound Designer
Richard BeggsSound/Sound Designer
Brian ReitzellMusic Producer
Callum GreeneLine Producer
Kiyoshi InoueLine Producer
Psychological Drama,Comedy of Manners
Lost in Translation
Year of Release
Dolby Digital w/ sub-woofer channel, Digital Theater Systems (akin to 5.1)
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Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Bill Murray Should have Won the Oscar!
Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.
What a great film this is! Sofia Coppola does an outstanding job directing Bill Murray and Scarlet Johansen and the other actors. Good stuff!
This is a timeless classic from Sofia. The relationship between and ScarJo's and Murray's characters looks and feels incredibly real and true to life. The Japan setting and its capture on film is mesmerizing. The ending of the film was cinema perfection. BluRay quality works great on this movie.
This is one of my favorite films of all time. The sadness in the characters meshes perfectly with the feeling of isolation you get from the Tokyo setting. The Blu Ray is beautiful, too. Absolutely one of the finest examples of the format.