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Van Gogh: A Brush with Genius (IMAX) [Blu-ray] (2009)

Francois Bertrand , Peter Knapp  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Francois Bertrand, Peter Knapp
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • DVD Release Date: November 2, 2010
  • Run Time: 40 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0041I97C4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,842 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Dive into the heart of Van Gogh s paintings. For the first time, discover in IMAX the fantastic colors and passionate brushwork of a great genius as they take on a new life before our eyes. Relive Vincent s life journey through his letters, see the places that inspired him, and the paintings. The film retraces the artist s footsteps, leading us through the painter s subject matter and sources of inspiration. From the Netherlands, to Arles, to Saint Rémy and Auvers-sur-Oise, we rediscover the places and landscapes that have inspired some of the most essential works in art history. From the dazzling yellow of the cornfields to the deep blue of the sky, the entire palette of one of our most flamboyant painters explodes to light up the screen.

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars saw it at the IMAX theater in Raleigh September 29, 2010
Excellent production! I saw this at the IMAX theater in Raleigh, NC.

A unique back and forth between research, on site locations where Vincent painted, and acting of various scenes. The close-ups of brushstrokes are so vivid you can feel them in your mind. And then to have the painting(s) at the same geographic sites in France gives a sense of what Vincent was feeling when he created some of his masterpieces.

My only wish was that the film was longer, but IMAX films tend to be short.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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"Moi Van Gogh Brush With Genius" is a 40-minute feature film originally created for exhibition in IMAX Theaters, and is now available in this gorgeous Blu-ray format. I first watched this film on September 2009 at Ft. Lauderdale's Museum of Discovery & Science IMAX theater, and had been wishing to have a format to watch at home ever since. Kudos to Image Entertainment for this spectacular transfer to High-Definition.


Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen 1.78:1
Audio: English DTS-HD 5.1 master audio/ French DTS-HD 5.1 master audio/ Japanese DTS-HD 5.1 master audio/ Spanish DTS-HD 5.1 master audio.
Subtitles: None.

Chapters: 1) Paris today. 2) Peter Knapp. 3) the letters. 4) Auvers-sur-Oise. 5) Theo. 6) 7 year road. 8) Arles. 9) Gaugin. 10) St. Remi. 11) Doctor Gachet. 12) the end.

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This films pays homage to Van Gogh, the painter. The filmmakers have done a terrific job capturing Van Gogh's spirit, his love of painting and life. By having Vincent narrate the film, they have created a very pleasant experience. We feel him nearby, or as co-author Marie Sellier would say "as a friend". Visually the film is a treat. Image is clear and sharp, colors vibrant. The paintings (as well as sketches and drawings) are superbly displayed, either on canvas or with the use of close ups. You can almost "feel" the paint's texture & thickness, as well as brush strokes. It's truly amazing.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for Wallpaper; Nearly Useless for Understanding March 13, 2013
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Recently, I bought and watched Paul Cox' 1987 documentary, "Vincent". All of the extensive narration is voiced by actor John Hurt (wonderfully) and lifted verbatim from Vincent's letters to his brother, Theo. Excellent idea. We learn much chronologically about the painter's life, struggles, doubts and inspirations. I was enthralled by how Vincent wrote about his paintings. His descriptions of the colors themselves were nuanced and, in themselves, make you want to view his work.

The problem with the DVD (apparently not with the film as it was originally screened) was the transfer. The paintings as shown were nothing like the descriptions we hear from John Hurt's reading of the letters. I decided to research and learn whether anyone has or was slated to remaster this film and hopefully release a Blu-Ray version of "Vincent". I found no sign of any such project. I did, however, learn that a Blu-Ray of this Imax documentary, "Van Gogh: A Brush with Genius" was available and that's what led me to buy it instead. I watched it tonight.

For what it depicts in its 40-minute length of Van Gogh's work, it is wonderful, really beautiful. The concept and script, though, is appalling. We get a voice-over provided by someone with a heavy French (or Dutch) accent which, in itself, isn't much of a problem. The problem is the script for this narrator who is portraying Vincent himself speaking from beyond the grave. Vincent's ghost apparently very much likes this film's director and says that the director really understands his paintings.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life with Van Gogh November 30, 2010
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Beautiful and so informative. The music is haunting. The DVD gives one a real understanding of the depth of Van Gogh's love of life.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Five star paintings December 22, 2011
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This blu-ray contains a bonus feature in which you may view 25 paintings of Vincent van Gogh. Each image is displayed for about 11 seconds and this slide show lasts for 4 minutes, 15 seconds, with pleasant music. You may also play it in a continuous loop. These wonderful paintings are five stars.


In addition, there is the main feature which lasts for 38 minutes. This is a brief and wandering biographical portrait of Vincent van Gogh, painted in slow strokes, of differing and uneven hues, textures and palettes, framed in an unusual artistic and interpretive French documentary.

The film is done in the 1st person narrative with Vincent van Gogh discussing his life, letters, family and work. The narrator is understandable, although you may have to listen carefully.

Paintings are from the Van Gogh Museum (in Amsterdam) and we see the beautiful objects and fanciful places, including incredible landscapes, from which Mr. van Gogh took inspiration.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Stand by: One can spend days, weeks just ...
Stand by: One can spend days, weeks just staring at one painting of Vincent's. More later.
Published 17 days ago by Theodore Cerame
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A bit short, focus mostly on HD images. Made for a medium level public.
Published 2 months ago by Flabius
5.0 out of 5 stars Step Into The World of Van Gogh
Exciting way of experiencing his art and the landscapes that came from it. This is a must for any serious impressionist.
Published 2 months ago by John H. Heilman
2.0 out of 5 stars Van Gogh Diluted.
I don't hate anything, so I gave it 2 stars. I do not recommend this for the educated artist or anyone who has studied Van Gogh. It's extremely simplistic. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Angelica
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by Chris
2.0 out of 5 stars It could have been better.
The treatment of the subject was disappointing. The film seemed to be about the filmmaker and his obsession with the woman working in the basement of the Van Gogh Museum; this was... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Pierson Voorhees
2.0 out of 5 stars Ruined beauty
This movie is hard to rate because all aspects of the visuals are amazingly beautiful but the audio is horrendous. Read more
Published 5 months ago by I Teach Typing
5.0 out of 5 stars A special way to show you VAN GOGH
I watched this film earlier since one of my friend lent it to me. I am Van Gogh's big fan, of cause I fall in love with him as I faced to his work when I was in Paris... Read more
Published 9 months ago by wenlepore
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking and gorgeous
I am an elementary art teacher and this will work well for 5th and 6th grades after some introduction. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Shae Rowell
5.0 out of 5 stars Two years filming well spent.
Extremely well done. 92 Million Dollars for one painting! His brother, who financed his painting was surely right about his skill and vision, but neither lived long enough to... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Wayne
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