Lost in Translation

Lost in Translation

3.8 59
Director: Sofia Coppola

Cast: Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Giovanni Ribisi


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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 theSee more details below

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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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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The undisputed sleeper hit of 2003, this utterly captivating little drama richly deserves its critical and commercial success, and we're happy to report that, if anything, it's even more bewitching when seen on a small screen. Lost in Translation tells a deceptively slight story, but under the direction of Sofia Coppola (The Virgin Suicides) it becomes an unusually engrossing tale of the basic human longing for connection. Bill Murray, in what is surely his best screen performance to date, portrays a middle-aged movie star whose career is on the wane. Sent to Tokyo to shoot a high-paying series of commercials, the severely jet-lagged actor befriends a commercial photographer's young wife (Scarlett Johansson), who's feeling extremely dislocated and having second thoughts about her hastily arranged marriage while her husband (Giovanni Ribisi) is off on various shoots. The unlikely friendship that springs up between actor and wife -- he's old enough to be her father -- animates this film, which perfectly conveys their simultaneous feelings of loneliness, alienation, and exhaustion. Coppola's script is remarkably short on dialogue, and her direction is preternaturally sensitive and understated. The leading characters' intensity of feeling is conveyed with the simplest of looks and gestures, and there's an almost voyeuristic thrill of discovery to be had while watching their relationship develop from sequence to sequence. Murray's performance is commendable in its restraint, but Johansson's is even more remarkable, especially since she's playing a character who is several years older than she is. Supporting players Ribisi and Anna Faris (as a ditzy blonde actress, reportedly modeled on Cameron Diaz) do fine work; but this show belongs to its two stars. It's extremely rare for such a modest film to be so affecting, but Lost in Translation has beaten the odds, proving yet again that a movie doesn't need lavish special effects, big-name stars, or elaborate action scenes to etch itself forever in your memory.
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation is a low-key but emotionally penetrating story that contains a multitude of feelings. Simultaneously delicate and assured, the film is about two people who find each other at the right time in their lives. Scarlett Johansson's confused and lonely Charlotte is smart enough to know that her marriage may be a mistake, but she is not emotionally equipped to know how to handle the problem. Her outstanding performance balances sadness, intelligence, vulnerability, and self-possession. Bill Murray gives the finest performance of his career as the actor who is, thanks to an emotionally stunted marriage and a sell-out career move, suffering from a mid-life crisis. Bob Harris could keep people at a distance with his comedic armor, much like Bill Murray, but he is at a phase in life where he is tired of acting that way. Murray delivers a disciplined, nuanced performance that deserves the highest forms of praise. Coppola herself shows that The Virgin Suicides was not beginner's luck. She frames Japan so that the audience feels how "foreign" it is for her two protagonists, while still showing great respect for the people and the culture even when her characters, in their more selfish moments, do not. With two films to her credit, Sofia Coppola has proven herself to be a master of tone and indirect characterization. The natures of the people in this film are revealed through behavior and through conversations that usually have very little to do with the plot. We get a glimpse of the depth of Charlotte's unhappiness in a phone call to a friend, and Bob's karaoke performance reveals his contained emotions for this young woman who has touched him in ways he believed were untouchable. Lost in Translation is a beautiful film. It is beautifully shot, but most importantly what passes between Bob and Charlotte is beautiful. Their time together will stay with each of them, and the viewer, for a very long time.
Entertainment Weekly - Lisa Schwarzbaum
What's astonishing about Sofia Coppola's enthralling new movie is the precision, maturity, and originality with which the confident young writer-director communicates so clearly in a cinematic language all her own.
New York Times - Elvis Mitchell
Here he (Murray) supplies the kind of performance that seems so fully realized and effortless that it can easily be mistaken for not acting at all.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert

I loved this movie. I loved the way Coppola and her actors negotiated the hazards of romance and comedy, taking what little they needed and depending for the rest on the truth of the characters.
Los Angeles Times - Kenneth Turan
The fact that this kind of serious material ends up playing puckishly funny as well as poignant is a tribute both to Coppola and to her do-or-die decision to cast Murray in the lead role.
New York Post - Lou Lumenick
It's impossible to conceive of this ruefully funny entertainment without Bill Murray, who is nothing less than brilliant.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Focus Features
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital, DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Lost on location; "Matthew's Best Hit TV"; Kevin Shields' "City Girl" music video; deleted scenes; a conversation with Bill Murray and Sofia Coppola; theatrical trailer.

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bill Murray Bob Harris
Scarlett Johansson Charlotte
Giovanni Ribisi John
Anna Faris Kelly
Fumihiro Hayashi Charlie
Catherine Lambert Jazz Singer

Technical Credits
Sofia Coppola Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Lance Acord Cinematographer
Air Score Composer
KK Barrett Production Designer
Richard Beggs Sound/Sound Designer
Francis Ford Coppola Executive Producer
Sarah Flack Editor
Mitch Glazer Associate Producer
Ross Katz Producer
Takahide Kawakami Asst. Director
Ryoichi Kondo Casting
Drew Kunin Sound/Sound Designer
Towako Kuwajima Set Decoration/Design
Roger Joseph Manning Score Composer
Tomomi Nishio Set Decoration/Design
Brian Reitzell Score Composer
Fred Roos Executive Producer
Anne Ross Production Designer
Stephen Schible Co-producer
Kevin Shields Score Composer
Nancy Steiner Costumes/Costume Designer
William Storkson Score Composer
Mayumi Tomita Art Director

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles [1:08]
2. Welcome to Tokyo [4:57]
3. Charlotte Can't Sleep [2:23]
4. Suntory Time [3:28]
5. Charlotte Wanders [4:05]
6. Premium Fantasy [3:56]
7. The Photo Shoot [6:13]
8. Kelly! [4:28]
9. Jet Lag [5:54]
10. Drinks with Kelly [4:48]
11. Night Out with Charlie [6:55]
12. Karaoke Time [6:56]
13. Calling Home [2:10]
14. Black Toe [1:04]
15. At the Hospital [1:16]
16. Are You Awake? [6:01]
17. Kyoto [7:29]
18. Matthew's Best Hit TV [4:09]
19. The Jazz Singer [4:34]
20. The Worse Lunch [2:12]
21. Fire Alarm [1:33]
22. So This Is Goodbye [3:13]
23. Hey, You! [2:52]
24. End Titles [3:56]

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