Anyone got their limited edition Helvetica DVD yet?

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Anyone got their limited edition Helvetica DVD yet?
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Michelle in my group received her regular edition, but the ltd we ordered hasn’t arrived yet. Would be cool to see some 'unboxing' pics like you see on the blogs.

Cheers, Si

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My regular edition hasn't shown up -- that's probably because Canada Customs is holding it up (and likely for ransom, thinking I'm a desperate cross-border shopper). :-(

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I'm looking forward to seeing the movie on the big screen tonight here in Winnipeg. The movie was brought back by popular demand; apparently, people were lined up around the block to see it. No riots, though. :)

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Mine arrived today. For Si:

http://gallery.mac.com/marksimonson#100008

It was great seeing it at TypeCon and meeting and talking with Gary. I haven't watched the DVD yet, but I'm looking forward to seeing it with my family. Believe it or not, they were jealous that I got to see it before them.

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Thanks Mark - that is so cool!

Cheers, Si

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As much as folks diss Winnipeg, it's not the end of the earth (um, although if you stand on a large dune at Grand Beach.....)

Mark: those are great pix -- it's almost like seeing a sequential still version of Gypsy Rose Lee in her prime, y'know? ;-)

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Heh--I was thinking the same thing when I was taking the pics. :-)

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> As much as folks diss Winnipeg, it’s not the end of the earth

True, but it's not exactly in the middle, though, is it.

:)

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So would this be a movie that someone like me, who has an interest in fonts but not a lot of training or historical background, would want to watch?

(And I had no idea it was going to be shown in the Peg or I might have tried to get to it...)

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My neighbors, who are not graphic designers, much less type nerds, but interested in the arts, saw it when it was shown at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. I happen to bump into them when I was out for a walk the next day. Knowing I'm a type designer, they stopped me to ask if I had seen it. They said they really enjoyed it and we stood there on the sidewalk talking about it for a good half an hour.

It's very entertaining and accessible. If you're expecting some kind of dry historical survey you might struggle to stay awake through in an art history class, it's nothing like that.

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They sent an email saying they had problems with printing and that they will send them 2 weeks late.

Simon Daniels's picture
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May have been a font problem?

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Yeah, everything defaulted to Arial.

Simon Daniels's picture
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See, I keep throwing you these easy pitches and you hit them out of the park. Well done :-)

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"They sent an email saying they had problems with printing and that they will send them 2 weeks late."

That e-mail referred to the earlier release date of 11/6. If I understand the film blog correctly, pre-ordered DVDs (regular and limited edition) have started shipping already.

http://www.helveticafilm.com/blog/2007/10/30/dvd-release-date-changed-to...

"Yeah, everything defaulted to Arial."

:)

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Anyone planning on doing someting with their metal piece? You could incorporate it into a personal stamp (assuming you got one matching your name), or have it encased in plastic for a nice paperweight

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Mine arrived...

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We used to throw those metal pieces in the hellbox. Who would have guessed they'd be worth packaging someday?

Gerald

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Oh, maaaan! They're sold out.......pffft!

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I saw the movie. It was okay. I reviewed it.

Winnipeg kind of is in the middle.

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Perpetually in the middle of winter, yeah.

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Not really. Middle of global climatalogical data, however. A lot of design gets done in the winter I hear. :)

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Your IMG broke broke - http:///deckchairs.net/images/deck_idea5.gif

/// indeed

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Thanks, Simon!

I thought /// would make me look Web 3.0.

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How can i get my hands on a dvd now? I'd like to get it for my college filmclub!

shreyas

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The regualr edition can be ordered from the usual sources eg http://www.amazon.com/Helvetica-Luke-Geissbuhler/dp/B000VWEFP8/ref=pd_bb...

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Yaaay, mine has arrived too. I can't remember how much I paid for it. Any ideas how much it cost?

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oh and Limited edition too so get your hands on it quick and fast and a signed poistcard off the director.

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I got the lowercase 'i' and a different postcard to Mark but alls good.

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Wait people, is it worth it? Will Gary Hustwit's signature be worth alot in the long run? How many years do I have to wait to make my million on it? haha

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I think your best bet would be unload it via eBay immediately, you may top $150 if there are people out there desperate to give it to their designer spouse for Xmas. Although limited to 1000 copies, DVD is an obsolete medium, the HD DVD / BR version will be out next year, and I'm sure they'll be a limited edition of that too.

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But do you think it has been worth it? This limited edition package? I hope so. Amazon are selling the DVD and I guess I may have paid too much. What do you all think? Are Limited Edition items worth it?

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My two copies of the regular edition (one for me, one as a gift) arrived while I was out of town on Wednesday. Can't wait to check out the extra footage...

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I'm still waiting for the regular edition :^(

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My regular edition arrived in the UK today.

Which badge to wear tomorrow…

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Value = $5?

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It also describes it as "Promo" so perhaps the $5 is just the postage, but I'm sure I had to pay for the DVD too.

Now to persuade my wife that she wants to watch it with me this evening.

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I'm getting the regular edition. How much was the limited? it was all sold out when I before I could get it. :(

Chase Langdon

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The regular edition arrived yesterday. Now all I have to do is to find some time to watch it in peace. Can't wait!

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My regular edition showed up today, so I'm faced with a serious decision tonight: Canadiens @ Toronto, or Herr Spiekermann saying the "f" word. :-)

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75 wasn't that bad, I was thinking it was going to be about $125.

Can't wait for my regular edition to get here though. Can I get a big Hell Veah?

Chase Langdon

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Sure, $75 isn't out of order - "wayback" does reveal some interesting diffs

August - "A limited-edition package in a custom box that includes the retail DVD, three letterpressed mini-posters, a color C-print of a still from the film (one of ten different stills) signed by director Gary Hustwit, two love/hate Helvetica buttons, and a letter of actual Helvetica metal type! We might even throw more cool stuff in there too."

Today - "A limited-edition package in a custom box that includes the retail DVD, three letterpressed mini-posters, a color C-print of a still from the film (one of four different stills) signed by director Gary Hustwit, two love/hate Helvetica buttons, and a letter of actual Helvetica metal type."

>We might even throw more cool stuff in there too.

Or we might not ;-)

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The David Carson posters (at the Helvetica film store) are hilarious. He didn't even use Helvetica, though you might not notice it right away.

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always with that damn risk and suspense.

Chase Langdon

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>you might not notice it right away.

People either did notice, or perhaps Mr Carson doesn't have the draw he once had, as the limited run of 50 isn't yet "sold out".

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If people are not buying because he "used the wrong font," that would be a shame. I'm sure he did it on purpose as a joke.

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Hey, I have one question for the lucky owners: how many languages are available as subtitles?

dr

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"English & German subtitles."

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thanks

dr

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Checking out the extras now.