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Release: 12.12.2020
Price: 29,99€
Shops: Pretz-Media, MediaMarkt, BMV-Medien, OFDb
Limitation: 444 (A), 222 (B) and 333 (C)

 

Normally, Birnenblatt is one of these labels that has a couple of releases, streched over the year. This year, the output is pretty high. Besides Better Watch Out and Get Out, there is another movie that Birnenblatt has just opened for pre-orders a day ago: "Lost in Translation". As listed above, there are three covers and all of them have known artworks, so no new comissioned or drawn artworks as we have seen with the other two mediabooks. Yet they look good, and unfortunately they are rather limited in numbers, and the first shop already sold out on all three (Saturn). So if you want one of these, please be fast - I listed all shops that carry them because I don't know how long all shops will have all the covers. Just today Birnenblatt posted, that Cover A got really low and B and C are already sold out on some shops.

Here are these Covers:

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As for the content, not much is known, except for this little fact: Instead of a DVD or UHD copy, this release is coming with a Bonus disc, that will contain a exclusively produced movie analysis by Wolfgang M. Schmitt, Jr. - again something that might only interest German buyers, and probably not even most of them. Schmitt studied Literature and is currently working on his PhD. Beside his studies he started working as freelancer for different news papers and used to focus on Literature as well, but somehow stumbled upon movies, and as a side-project started the German YouTube Channel "Die Filmanalyse", which, with up to 200.000 views on some videos is probably one of the largest German movie YouTubers - yet he is actually hated by many, for his highly intellectual and scientific way of presenting and analysing movies, and his often harsh and not that popular positions. Still his reviews are worth watching.

Other than that we know nothing about this release - it's a bit of a shame not having the technical and bonus information available up front :( But Birnenblatt already sells them just with their insane beautiful artworks. Also a little heads up! - this will also come in an exclusive Steelbook which will have 4000 copies and a new and exclusive watercolor artwork, that'll probably look totally insane. However, that will be a one-disc set, so probably the extra Blu-ray is missing - but for most of you international buyers that will not carry any additional value anyways.

As for the movie, I guess you can already call it a classic, even though it was released in 2003 (but well, let's face it: I always think the 2000's where yesterday, until someone reminds me, that it's already been 20 years...). It's the second film by Sofia Coppola, daughter of the famous Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather trilogy, Apocalypse Now), and already won an Oscar for that movie (the best original screenplay). The romcom-drama starrs Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson, who are supported by Giovanni Rbisi and Anna Faris, and has earned widespread critical acclaim.
 

 

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Love Lost in Translation and was gutted that I wasn’t able to get a copy of Cover B as that at least has unique front cover art vs the other two covers that have been seen before. I did message Pretz as soon as it went on sale but they never replied.

 

Oh well, I’m interested in the new box art release they are doing to replace the steelbook edition that now can’t be made

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On 11/11/2020 at 1:32 AM, Lordpercy said:

Love Lost in Translation and was gutted that I wasn’t able to get a copy of Cover B as that at least has unique front cover art vs the other two covers that have been seen before. I did message Pretz as soon as it went on sale but they never replied.

 

Oh well, I’m interested in the new box art release they are doing to replace the steelbook edition that now can’t be made

 

Oh I am really sorry to read that you couldn't get it :( As you already mention, the planed steelbook will not be released, due to the new mutated Corona outbreak in mink farms in Denmark, which put the area into quarantine where the steelbook manufacture is located. This is especially sad, as Birnenblatt was already preparing for preorders and they even posted an Artwork (probably the inner print) of the Steelbook, plus the fact that they already had one of their hardest year with a lot of postpoinings and cancellations. Unfortunately, now they are again getting a lot of hatemails for it 😟  People in Germany are mad and crazy 😟


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There is already one image for their new box which they call "Piece of Art Box", which of course raised a lot of questions, some of which Birnenblatt already answered. I'll subsumize everything we already know. And I'll do it here, because, you've mentioned the box, @Lordpercy and becasue we don't know what and how exactly the box will look, and where else it would fit the best. So let's start:

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In their initial posting, Birnenblatt called this the "plainer package" comapred to the Mediabook. Release date will be 12.12.2020, but pre-orders will start end of this week. Birnenblatt mentioned, it could be this thrusday (which is actually today!), but I haven't seen it anywhere yet, so maybe this weekend. Keep your eyes open. This being the alternative to the Steelbook and intended to be a "plainer" version, it only comes with one disk and no bonuses. Some are angry on Facebook, and maybe Birnenblatt might change this in future, but for now, they always did it this way - making the Mediabook their "premium" version, that comes with all the extra disks, and their Steelbooks/Futurepacks/Tape-Editions to only include one disk.

 

Someone asked about the prices, and Birnenblatt answered that the POAB is at least always planned to be the cheaper variant. No idea, what that actually means, because this way they keep it open to be more expensive? Maybe they still don't know what to expect from the production costs?

 

Another one asked two questions, a) if it Digipack, and b) as a follow up to Brinenblatts answer, if it has plastic trays. The answer from Birnenblatt: The box will be out of sturdy card board, it will be hinged to be opened, and the insides will also have artwork printing. The disc will be on a separate inlay that can be removed. Regarding the dimensions we'll be oriented towards the size of our Mediabooks and Tape editions. The inlay will be without plastic trays. Everything else, we have to check ourselves with the comming product pictures.

 

Again this seems to me like Birnenblatt themselves are not quite sure about how this product will be looking like in detail.

 

Another question was if this will also come in an Amaray release and Birnenblatt said no. This will be their cheapest release of the movie, Keep cases will not be done by them.

 

And last but not least someone asked about the FSK seal, and Birnenblatt responded that it will not be sticked directly onto the package, instead it will either be a J-Card OR a sticker on the shrink wrap.

 

 

 

On 11/11/2020 at 11:08 AM, Casiusco said:

I like all options, speciallty A & B....

 

...but I'll also always wait a true collectors edition of this film :) 

 

 

 

Well, I feel that Mediabooks are a "true collectors edition" - at least for some labels they used to be and still are. Birnenblatt is one of them, with all the special and exclusive extras, the high quality texts the beautiful artwork (well this time they did not commision anything new and fancy, unfortunately), their limitation and the fact that once it is sold out, it's sold out for good - not re-released in Covers J, K, L, M, N, etc. (like some other labels do). But yeah, everyone as he likes :)

 

 

23 hours ago, Veum said:

Ordered box “A” in our German GB hey!😊

 

 

I also went for Cover A, I liked it best from the composition and front and back. However I also enjoy the water color artwork on the new box. So probably I'll get one, I guess :D

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5 hours ago, pygospa said:

 

 

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I didn't know this "piece of art", but I really like that style and that cover for "Lost in translation". If I had more specific details of the characteristics, or at least some good beauty shots, I would surely buy it.

 

I really like the edits that are made with the film in mind, its resonances, and that they are careful when designing or setting it up.

 

As for what you say about mediabooks, I think they are very good editions. And once I regretted not having bought one. The only negative is that I don't know German to be able to read the texts, I think I'm the only one in my family who doesn't know German...

 

Of course, what is undeniable is that this film deserves better editions than it has had at least so far.

 

Update: Finally, I'm with this edition in the Germany GB. Let's see this edition face to face...

 

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32 minutes ago, Casiusco said:

The only negative is that I don't know German to be able to read the texts, I think I'm the only one in my family who doesn't know German...

 

Okey, I totally get that. I am not a fan of texts I cannot read, either, and unfortunately in Germany you cannot sell English text (different to countries like Asia, obviously). Unfortunate for international buyers :( 

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Today just 2 hours ago Birnenblatt announced that pre-orders for the box are open. However no additional information, what to expect, no product images, etc. from Birnenblatt 😐

 

However, the USPs on the shops have two pieces of information:

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  • veredelte Box
  • Booklet: "'Lost in Translation' - Mit Scarlett Johansson und Bill Murray durch die Einsamkeit" (24 Seiten) - limitiert und durchnummeriert

 

My translation:

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  • ennobled box
  • Booklet: "'Lost in Translation' - Walking with Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray through solitude" (24 pages) - limited and numbered

 

The other thing we do know, however is the price: 19,99€, so rather decently priced, and given that it even includes the booklet, probably the better deal (in regards to the Mediabook). I have already contacted Birnenblatt about product pictures and descriptions so that one knows what one is getting, and I also asked for the limitation of the edition. Let's see what they'll answer (probably tomorrow/after tomorrow). Until then, for those willing to jump into the unknown, here are the three shops that Birnenblatt listed who are going to carry this edition:

Please be aware, that some (unfortunately especially international buyers?) seem to have problems with Pretz (if you are from Germany however, they are one of the shops with the best service and shipping that I know of and instant response on questions), which is renewed by what @Lordpercy has experienced. I just add them to be complete. I don't know about international shipping regarding Media Markt/Saturn, but as far as I know there is some kind of Group Buy for German products on this forum, somewhere (maybe someone can link it here? 🙂).

Best of luck everyone trying to get their hands on this one!


PS: They did also link a short documentary Arte (which is a French-German-TV station) to their announcement, on director Sofia Coppola, seen from "the view of music". It's in German, but you can of course auto-translate subtitles on YouTube. Just adding it, in case you are interested (I wasn't, to be honest :D ). [Click me]

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On 11/17/2020 at 1:28 AM, pygospa said:

Today just 2 hours ago Birnenblatt announced that pre-orders for the box are open. However no additional information, what to expect, no product images, etc. from Birnenblatt 😐

 

However, the USPs on the shops have two pieces of information:

 

My translation:

 

The other thing we do know, however is the price: 19,99€, so rather decently priced, and given that it even includes the booklet, probably the better deal (in regards to the Mediabook). I have already contacted Birnenblatt about product pictures and descriptions so that one knows what one is getting, and I also asked for the limitation of the edition. Let's see what they'll answer (probably tomorrow/after tomorrow). Until then, for those willing to jump into the unknown, here are the three shops that Birnenblatt listed who are going to carry this edition:

Please be aware, that some (unfortunately especially international buyers?) seem to have problems with Pretz (if you are from Germany however, they are one of the shops with the best service and shipping that I know of and instant response on questions), which is renewed by what @Lordpercy has experienced. I just add them to be complete. I don't know about international shipping regarding Media Markt/Saturn, but as far as I know there is some kind of Group Buy for German products on this forum, somewhere (maybe someone can link it here? 🙂).

Best of luck everyone trying to get their hands on this one!


PS: They did also link a short documentary Arte (which is a French-German-TV station) to their announcement, on director Sofia Coppola, seen from "the view of music". It's in German, but you can of course auto-translate subtitles on YouTube. Just adding it, in case you are interested (I wasn't, to be honest :D ). [Click me]

 

Thank you very much for this information, @pygospa

 

The truth is that I really want to have the "Piece of art box" edition in my hands; the more I see the design the more I like it. In fact, I like it better and find it "more special" than the Mediabook designs. In my opinion, of course.

 

I have ordered it in the German GB.

 

As for Pretz, I have never bought anything directly from them, especially now that I have found this German GB; but the problem they have -at least buying from Spain- is that the shipping costs are exaggeratedly expensive. € 30 for shipping a usual-size edition from Germany to Spain is overkill. Before COVID I could almost go to buy it in person with some crazy offer from Ryanair ...

 

PS: I love "Arte" documentaries and other contents. They do a great job, and give you access to content that is not trending today but is equally important and interesting. For a couple of years they have had an app on Smart TVs including subtitles in Spanish, and I have really enjoyed some documentaries.

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1 hour ago, Mattrivers95 said:

Can someone tell me how to locate the group buy for this? I’m having trouble finding GBs that aren’t listed on the main page. Thanks in advance.

 

@Mattrivers95 here you go Media Markt General MEDIA MARKT / SATURN and Germany Exclusives Group Buy : [ OPEN ] [GERMANY]😊

 

I ordered this earlier from this great GB my friend  Lost in Translation - Mediabook - Cover A [Blu-ray] !😉

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2 hours ago, Veum said:

 

@Mattrivers95 here you go Media Markt General MEDIA MARKT / SATURN and Germany Exclusives Group Buy : [ OPEN ] [GERMANY]😊

 

I ordered this earlier from this great GB my friend  Lost in Translation - Mediabook - Cover A [Blu-ray] !😉

That’s great thanks, can I choose the art box edition simply by stating that edition instead of cover a,b, or c?

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2 hours ago, Mattrivers95 said:

That’s great thanks, can I choose the art box edition simply by stating that edition instead of cover a,b, or c?

 

@Mattrivers95 I’m not sure because I’m not seeing this?🤔

 

2 hours ago, Mattrivers95 said:

Also do I need to copy and paste the url for this page where it says edition url on the request page?

 

I use my iPad and when you go to whatever retailer you are on I copy the top page then paste it in the GB for the edition url

 

and then copy the title then paste it in the GB edition title!😉

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38 minutes ago, Veum said:

 

@Mattrivers95 I’m not sure because I’m not seeing this?🤔

 

 

I use my iPad and when you go to whatever retailer you are on I copy the top page then paste it in the GB for the edition url

 

and then copy the title then paste it in the GB edition title!😉

Thanks. Does the edition url have to be the actual retailer’s product page or the release thread on media psychos?

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18 minutes ago, Mattrivers95 said:

Thanks. Does the edition url have to be the actual retailer’s product page or the release thread on media psychos?

 

I use the retailers product page For the edition url (however you could copy/paste a members if it is the exact product you want, I suppose?🤔), then MP turns it into what it reads on the GB page, if that makes sense!☺️

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Thanks I’ve just submitted a request form using the retailers product page so fingers crossed I did it right. Also could you tell me how to navigate to a retailer’s group buy request section so I’ll know for next time ? I’m sure it’s really obvious but I can’t find the section anywhere. Thanks again for all the help.

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28 minutes ago, Mattrivers95 said:

Thanks I’ve just submitted a request form using the retailers product page so fingers crossed I did it right. Also could you tell me how to navigate to a retailer’s group buy request section so I’ll know for next time ? I’m sure it’s really obvious but I can’t find the section anywhere. Thanks again for all the help.

 

Saw your request & it looks good except you needed your Country UK added lets get either @thomue1987 @icewire to update, for your consideration gents!😊

 

As far as our retailers GB, here is a list of MP’s GBs Media Psychos Group Buys & steelbooks here Steelbooks!😊

 

As when it come to the niche ones just look them up and see which country they are in and request like you did in that specific GB for that area, an example Media Markt would be Germany... also keep a look out from our great members as they list some niche items (this is how I find out a lot of ones I order, hey!) and the retailers!!😇

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1 hour ago, Veum said:

 

Saw your request & it looks good except you needed your Country UK added lets get either @thomue1987 @icewire to update, for your consideration gents!😊

 

As far as our retailers GB, here is a list of MP’s GBs Media Psychos Group Buys & steelbooks here Steelbooks!😊

 

As when it come to the niche ones just look them up and see which country they are in and request like you did in that specific GB for that area, an example Media Markt would be Germany... also keep a look out from our great members as they list some niche items (this is how I find out a lot of ones I order, hey!) and the retailers!!😇

Bollocks I always forget to include my destination country! 
 

Thanks, it was the niche titles I was referring to when I said I couldn’t find them. I didn’t realise general retailers like Zavvi were included in the list linked above, I thought just premium ones . Thanks again.

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Thank you @Veum for posting that Group Buy link (I also didn't know where it was - due to my lack of Group Buying German articles for obvious reasons :D ).

Birnenblatt answered me regarding my questions:

  • Product pictures will follow as soon as possible and before release date
  • They are not yet fixed on the limitation and will finalize their decision based on the preorders. They hope and plan for a 4000 units limitation but it could also just be 3000 copies.

Regarding their answers, I think it will be safe to wait a bit, for everyone that is still curious about the packaging and don't want to buy a "pig in a poke" (funny - in Germany we'd say "to buy a cat in a sack"). Given that 3000 copies is also quite high, especially if this release follows a 1000 units Mediabook release, this will not sell out during preorder time. I am still curious as I have no idea of what to expect here. I'll keep you informed :)

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