Van Gogh: A Brush with Genius (IMAX) [Blu-ray]
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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.
"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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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World's most annoying narrator with cloyingly thick French accent, irritatingly tricky special effects, jerky "artsy" story line. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Freeman
I have 10 Van Gogh reproduction paintings thank to this my first glimse at Van Goghs life..Published 8 months ago by juan jaime
This DVD is very uninteresting, and lacks 'Starry, Starry Night' , obviously.Published 9 months ago by Richard M.
A interesting way of understanding Vincent's work and used technics.Published 11 months ago by Vandewiele daniël
The use of a French speaking narrator in English needlessly marred an interesting glance at a great artistPublished 13 months ago by John Marsilia