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Helvetica (Documentary) (Blu-ray)

Released on 26 May 2008

Format: Blu-ray | Rating: Exempt from Classification

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Helvetica is the feature-length independent film about typography, graphic design and global visual culture. It looks at the proliferation of one typeface, which celebrated its 50th birthday in 2007, as part of a larger conversation about the way type affects our lives. Helvetica encompasses the worlds of design, advertising, psychology, and communication, and invites us to take a second look at the thousands of words we see every day. Helvetica was filmed entirely in high definition.

Blu-ray is the best way to experience the acclaimed documentary that has surprised and delighted so many fans around the world. Since its world premiere at the 2007 South by Southwest Film Festival, the film has been shown at festivals, theatres, museums and special events in over 200 cities, and continues to screen worldwide.
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 Saw this on the TV

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Watched the documentary a few months ago on the broadcast on the TV. Fantastic documentary, well shot and had some great designers. Facinating look into the overall of graphic design as a concept, stemming from the world of Helvetica.

It would suprise many, though not to designers, how much of a Helvetica designed world we live in.

On the strength of the content alone, I give this 5 stars. Get this and you won't be dissapointed. First year graphics student at Uni? You must watch this...

 Interested in design? Watch this.

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This is a very well-put-together disc of a very unusual movie. It's a documentary about a typeface. It examines why Helvetica caught on, how it's become so ubiquitous, and interviews some of the leading lights of the design world to find out what they think about it, both good and bad: "You can't get annoyed about it. It's like getting angry about air."

Examining the world of print on film cries out for crisp, high-definition photography and the blu-ray doesn't disappoint. The picture looks immaculate. There's plenty of additional interview footage thrown in for good measure (and it's worth watching just for the interview with Professor Erik Spiekermann which ranges from typomania - "I won't read anything until I've identified the typeface" - to finding out why Microsoft software uses Arial instead of Helvetica.)

If you've got any interest in graphic design or typography you'll find the whole thing fascinating. Even if you haven't, you may find yourself thinking about the movie the next time you catch a bus, read a sign in a shop window, or see a company logo...

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DirectorGary Hustwit
CertificateExempt from Classification
Year2007
ScreenWidescreen 1.78:1
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (5.1)
SubtitlesEnglish ; German
Duration1 hour 20 minutes (approx)