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Lost In Translation DVD Review

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by Phil Hinton Feb 1, 2004

    Lost In Translation DVD Review
    SRP: £27.98

    Picture

    Presented in anamorphic widescreen (1.85:1) the image is pleasing to look at for such a low budget effort. The cinematography is a central character to the films feel and emotion and it is captured in all its glory here. Detail is good throughout but maybe not as sharp as it could be, however flesh tones look natural and the colour palette including the neon coloured city streets appears free from bloom or bleed. There is a large amount of grain present in the print and this appears deliberate with the production using differing film stock throughout. Viewers will be pleased that there are no signs of edge enhancement or digital artefacts present, instead we can sit back and enjoy the stunning images on show. Not an outstanding transfer but no all that bad either.
    Lost In Translation Picture

    Sound

    Presented in both DTS and Dolby Digital you may not be overly surprised when I tell you this is a dialogue heavy movie. However the soundtrack is a perfect example of subtle envelopment with rich dialogue and the score uses the surrounds effectively. There is nothing to separate the two sound formats here, instead it's a case of put the disc in and enjoy in whatever flavour.
    Lost In Translation Sound

    Extras

    The extras here are a little disappointing, but seeing the movie winning awards may mean we get a more comprehensive edition later in the year. Presented here is a video interview with both Bill Murray and Sofia Coppola, a behind the scenes featurette, some deleted and extended scenes, a TV Moment feature and a theatrical trailer.
    Lost In Translation Extras

    Verdict

    This is by far the best movie I have seen this year and I can heartily recommend it, although it may be “Lost” on some. The disc provides a pleasing presentation of the movie if the extras are a little light. Buy this now.

    The Rundown

    Movie

    10

    Picture Quality

    7

    Sound Quality

    7

    Extras

    5

    Overall

    8

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