A key to enjoying this movie is to avoid falling into the trap of taking it too seriously and attempting to figure out the great statement that it might be trying to get across. It certainly doesn't fall into the usual structure of a film and too often, a film that tries to be different is dismissed as "artsy-fartsy" hoopla. LOST IN TRANSLATION never really sets a definite goal for itself, wandering aimlessly much like its characters. Neither does it move at a regular pace, attempting to keep a certain story in place. It's very simply a look into a few days of the lives of some very interesting people who seem to wonder out loud about many of the questions we all have, but rarely bother to ask. It really bears witness to Coppola's sense of observation.
There's also the matter of the environment in which the movie takes place. Tokyo is a world a way both literally and figuratively. The non-stop lights, noise and movement make it hard to imagine how anyone could ever sleep in the city, let alone people who are alone and slightly depressed. There are some downright hilarious moments courtesy of the huge cultural gap between Murray and his hosts, chief among them his appearance on a show hosted by some insane dude in a rainbow suit (Matthew Minami) who in real life is apparently a well-known talk show host. Murray exploits those differences in his usual dry-wit manner in a very funny way. All these great things being said though, this is really a film you have to connect with in order to appreciate and it could easily go right over one's head. It's not for everyone and don't be surprised if two people watch it together and end up with entirely different opinions. There's nothing wrong with that, it just comes with the territory when you make an unusual movie. It'll end up being unusually good for some and unusually bad for others.
"Lost" on Location (30 mins.): This handheld feature follows Coppola and producer Ross Katz on location during pre-production and filming. It's pretty interesting for a little while, but soon ends up making you either nauseous or confused about why it's going on for so long. You definitely get to pick up a few more tidbits about the movie though.
Matthew's Best Hit TV (5 mins.): This is the fake shoot made by Murray on Matthew Minami's TV show, excerpts of which are used in the film. Matthew is probably the only dude in the world who could make Pee Wee Herman look like as boring and mature as my accountant and he's flat out, pedal-to-metal hilarious. Murray really reacts well to him though and pretty soon, it looks like a real talk show going on.
Kevin Shields' "City Girl" Video (3 mins.): This is a pretty cool song that was used in the film and that pretty much defines its tone. The video contains some clips from the movie as well. Not too familiar with Mr. Shields' work, but this is a pretty good sample of it.
Deleted Scenes (10 min.): Five scenes are included, but none that really break any ground as far as the film goes. They're mostly extended scenes that just would have run too long.
A conversation with Bill Murray and Sofia Coppola (10 mins.): Every movie that gains a certain amount of recognition, usually reaches the Oscars with one predominant story about it which becomes its "thing". By the time this gets posted, we'll probably all be sick of hearing about how Coppola wrote this part specifically for Bill Murray and wouldn't have shot the movie if he hadn't been a part of it. It's a cute story that's discussed here among other topics between Sofia Coppola, Bill Murray and Bill Murray's beard.
The Theatrical Trailer is also included.