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Lost In Translation
Genre: Comedy Drama

Reviewed In Issue 82 (Mar 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Giovanni Ribisi, Anna Faris & Fumihiro Hayashi

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: 3.5
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Critics' Composite Score: 4.5
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Special Features
Includes a 30-minute Lost On Location behind-the-scenes featurette, a five-minute extended clip of Matthew

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Universal Studios Home Video
(Catalog Number): 23957
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Some sexual content
(Retail Price): $26.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 102
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2003
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 02/03/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Sofia Coppola
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
In Tokyo while shooting a whiskey commercial, actor Bob Harris (Murray) discovers that he has a bad case of culture shock. The things people are trying to convey to him somehow get Lost In Translation. Choosing to spend his free time in his hotel, he wanders into the bar one night and strikes up a conversation with a young American woman. Charlotte (Johansson) is in the city with her photographer husband, who leaves her alone to fend for herself most of the time. As the two start talking, they discover that as unlikely as it seems they have a lot in common in the strange land they find themselves in. And as they explore the city together, they are surprised to learn that they have become the kind of friends who only come along once in a lifetime. Sofia Coppola's engageing film has been nominated for three Academy Awards. (Tricia Littrell)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD picture visually delivers the mood of the story, with isolating cool hues and dim settings. Colors are nicely balanced, with accurate fleshtones and deep blacks. The picture is sharp and nicely detailed, though some scenes appear a bit soft at times. Viewing in a completely blackened room is recommended to fully appreciate the lovely cinematography. Edge enhancement is rarely noticed, if only in a few of the higher contrasted scenes. There is little in the way of pixelization for a nicely rendered, stylish visual experience. (Suzanne Hodges)

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