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Lost in Translation [WS] [DVD] [2003]

  • SKU: 6191186
  • Release Date: 02/03/2004
  • Rating: R
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.

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    83% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (14 out of 17)

    Special Features

    • 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


    Lost in Translation
    After making a striking directorial debut with her screen adaptation of The Virgin Suicides, Sofia Coppola offers a story of love and friendship blooming under unlikely circumstances in this comedy drama. Bob Harris (Bill Murray) is a well-known American actor whose career has gone into a tailspin; needing work, he takes a very large fee to appear in a commercial for Japanese whiskey to be shot in Tokyo. Feeling no small degree of culture shock in Japan, Bob spends most of his non-working hours at his hotel, where he meets Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson) at the bar. Twentysomething Charlotte is married to John (Giovanni Ribisi), a successful photographer who is in Tokyo on an assignment, leaving her to while away her time while he works. Beyond their shared bemusement and confusion with the sights and sounds of contemporary Tokyo, Bob and Charlotte share a similar dissatisfaction with their lives; the spark has gone out of Bob's marriage, and he's become disillusioned with his career. Meanwhile, Charlotte is puzzled with how much John has changed in their two years of marriage, while she's been unable to launch a creative career of her own. Bob and Charlotte become fast friends, and as they explore Tokyo, they begin to wonder if their sudden friendship might be growing into something more. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Bill Murray
      Bill Murray - Bob Harris
    • Scarlett Johansson
      Scarlett Johansson - Charlotte
    • Giovanni Ribisi
      Giovanni Ribisi - John
    • Anna Faris
      Anna Faris - Kelly
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      Fumihiro Hayashi - Charlie

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    Rating 4.2 out of 5 stars with 17 reviews

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Funny & Witty/


      This is a great follow up film to Coppola's The Virgin Suicides. As in TVS, Coppola continues the theme of isolation from society, but sets the story in Japan. This time, Bob and Charlotte are confined to their Tokyo hotel and go through a question of their purpose in life. Bob is not getting any younger and he hasn't yet found himself. Charlotte is young and confused...she doesn't know what she wants, but begins to find out as she and Bob begin their adventure. This film is a great addition to Coppola's growing body of work and proves that this young director can deliver a funny and intelligent film while never veering off course. It cements her as a serious director and exhibits the control she has over her actors. This is not a movie to miss and I highly recommend it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      a work of art

      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      This is one of those movies you'll either love or hate, and you definitely have to be in the right mood for it. Most moviegoers will find themselves incredibly bored and disappointedly say "nothing happened." But if you're the kind of person who loves mood pieces and wonderfully crafted films, then you'll definitely enjoy Lost in Translation. This movie is about 2 lonely and isolated people who end up finding each other and forming a strong bond (some might say love). Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson give amazing performances as the two characters, Bob and Charlotte. They were able to portray the sadness of each character quite effectively. I also have to give kudos to Sofia Coppola, the writer/director, for telling such a moving piece and the cinematographer for his use of backgrounds and unique shots to enhance the film.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A Beautifully shot, real life story

      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Sofia Coppola presents one of her best films here. It's an interesting piece that can be compared to another film that she made after it called Somewhere. Although, I prefer this film to Somewhere. Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson give excellent performances in this story of a washed up actor who is shooting a commercial in Japan and the wife of a photographer who is also in Japan. They end up meeting and despite their age differences, fall for each other and both basically bond over the fact that they're having midlife crisis' at completely different points in their lives.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Tokyo Bliss

      • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

      A great movie about real life and relationships. Bill Murray plays an excellent role of an aging actor and Scarlett lights up the screen with her perfect smile. For anyone that likes Wes Anderson movies and the like, this is right up your alley. Feel free to reflect on your own life experiences as this movie ends and consider it another lesson.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

      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.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      One of my favorite films.

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      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.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Alone, together

      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      The most emotional film I've ever seen. This film simply brings about the entire array of human emotions one can feel and amplifies them. A triumphant rumination of the human condition rendered in a universal language.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Critics Liked It


      Critics raved about this picture, but I still don't get what the big deal was, because I saw it, and didn't find it either interesting or funny. One of Bill Murray's worst. Widescreen with decent extras.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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