Helvetica: The home version

You’ve heard about it, you’ve read about it, some of you baked a birthday cake, maybe you were even lucky enough to catch a screening of Gary Hustwit’s documentary marking the 50th anniversary of everyone’s favorite font — Helvetica. Soon you’ll be able to take a copy home!

A press release Monday announced the details and release date of the DVD: “The DVD edition of Helvetica is now available for order. The DVD includes the full 80-minute feature film, plus over 90 minutes of additional interviews with Massimo Vignelli, Matthew Carter, Erik Spiekermann, Hermann Zapf, and many more. 16×9 anamorphic widescreen presentation, with English and German language subtitles, and a 12-page color booklet.”

November 6 is the scheduled release date, but the limited-edition box set (above) is available for pre-order now. It includes the 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! Limited edition of 1,000 copies, available for order here.

There’s a regular DVD offer too, without all the cool stuff, that runs 20 bucks, but we all know which one The Blog wants for Christmas this year, so get to it.

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4 thoughts on “Helvetica: The home version”

  1. These lower-profile movies can be a little hit or miss on Netflix, but I was glad to just find out that it’s available for rental on the site.

  2. Trust me, this one is definitely worth a Netflix “rental” if you have any appetite at all for typography, type history or even city planning history. It’s quite interesting and very worthwhile.

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