IMAX: Van Gogh: A Brush with Genius
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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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"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. The same can be said about the views of cityscapes, museums, buildings, landscapes & environments (Auvers-sur-Oise church, the Musée d'Orsay view from the Siene, Paris views, Amsterdam views, Van Gogh Museum exterior, wheat fields & vibrant sunflowers are a few examples). Video & narration are perfectly complemented by the film's magnificent score. Although melancholic at times, it is first and foremost a vibrant and energetic tune. I found the film to be not only informative and delightful, but also invigorating.
For those looking for an overview of Van Gogh's life and oeuvre, this film is an excellent choice. You may be inclined to learn more about this great painter after watching it. This film also makes a great educational resource (4 language audio option & run time makes it very handy). And finally, if you are already familiar with Van Gogh, you will most likely enjoy this film the most since, as I mentioned before, I believe it has captured his spirit. Van Gogh is one of my favorite painters and I absolutely loved this film.
Although some will probably wish it were longer, rest assured you will enjoy 40 minutes of accomplished film.
Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen 1.78:1
Audio: Uncompressed PCM Stereo.
Behind the scenes: Interview with producer and director François Bertrand, director of photography Vincent Mathias, co-author Marie Sellier & composer Armand Amar. Approximately 20 minutes.
Van Gogh's art: Slideshow featuring selected paintings and accompanied by Armand Amar's beautiful score. Approximately 5 minutes.
Festival de la Géode 2009: Grand Prix.
GSCA 2009: Grand Prix (Best film of the year exclusively for the Giant Screen), Prix du meilleur film educatif (Best film for Lifelong Learning), Prix de la meilleure musique original (Best Original Score).
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.
On the plus side, a look at gorgeous scenery of painting locations accompanied by Armand Amar's beautiful musical score along with the extra slideshow of Van Gogh's paintings (more properly lit, but still lacking image quality - perhaps it was better at iMax?) also accompanied by Amar's music made it occasionally enjoyable. I could see the slideshow being useful in an instructional setting or for those with limited access to museums (although the slideshow lacks titles and dates, so maybe not so useful after all). There is better coverage of his work in the many books available.
Overall, after one viewing, I've decided to donate the DVD to the local library rather than keep. There was so much potential here. I really did like the idea of comparing the locations to the paintings while hearing Van Gogh's words, but it missed the mark for me.
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Enjoyable story of the life of Van Gogh along with outstanding scenery.