Girl With a Pearl Earring [DVD] [2003]

Peter Webber's drama Girl With a Pearl Earring, containing a Golden Globe-nominated performance by Scarlett Johansson, arrives on DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The film's cinematography is one of its most appealing aspects, and this transfer does a loving job of replicating the cinematic experience. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include an episode from the Sundance series Anatomy of a Scene concerning the making of the film, and trailers. This is a fine release from Lion's Gate Home Entertainment.

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    Special Features

    • Anatomy of a Scene (Sundance Channel)
    • Trailers
    • Closed Captioned


    Girl With a Pearl Earring
    The subject of one of Johannes Vermeer's most enduring portraits becomes the focus of this biographical period piece from director Peter Webber. Girl With a Pearl Earring is told from the point of view of Griet (Scarlett Johansson), a teenaged girl who leaves her family's care in the country to become a servant for the Vermeer household in the comparatively bustling, canal-laden burgh of Delft. When she arrives, she finds herself at the low end of the servant totem pole, until she's allowed to clean "the master's" painting quarters. There, she catches the eye of the taciturn, reclusive Vermeer (Colin Firth), and over a period of time, he begins to craft her portrait. Of course, this does little to further his relationship with his jealous, pregnant wife, Catharina (Essie Davis), or with his most vocal benefactor, van Ruijven (Tom Wilkinson), who often dictates what portraits Vermeer should paint. Meanwhile, Griet navigates a sweet, tentative relationship with a peasant boy her age (Cillian Murphy). Girl With a Pearl Earring had its North American premiere at the 2003 Toronto Film Festival. ~ Michael Hastings, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Colin Firth
      Colin Firth - Johannes Vermeer
    • Scarlett Johansson
      Scarlett Johansson - Griet
    • Tom Wilkinson
      Tom Wilkinson - Van Ruijven
    • Judy Parfitt
      Judy Parfitt - Maria Thins
    • Cillian Murphy
      Cillian Murphy - Pieter

    Customer rating

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A New Classic


      It is a beautifully made movie. It's based on the painting, Girl with a Pearl Earring, done by Dutch painter Vemeer. He was a very gifted artist, and the movie was based on his most famous work. Scarlett Johanssen really captured the character and gave her depth that went beyond what she said and does in the movie. When you see her in the movie, you truly believe she is the maid she plays. The movie visually is incredible. It shows the different sides of the city and the different things the different classes experienced, all without over-explanation or over-telling it. The dirtiness of the city that the lower classes experienced is shown but not stressed. In some scenes, you see Greete's hands are red and raw, showing exactly how hard she had to work, all while the 'master and mistress' sit around and watch, all without lifting a finger. The opposites cannot be better told than through the two women, Greete and the 'mistress' of the house (Vermeer's wife). While the mistress is sitting around, playing with her hair, barking orders, and treating Greete like she was a pebble in her shoe. Greete however, showed Vermeer she cared and that she was interested in his craft, something his wife never bothered to do. In one scene, Greete asks the mistress if she may clean the windows in the studio, and after the mistress gets exasperated and says condescendingly "You don't have to ask about such things," Greete says, "but, it may change the light". The mistress suddenly understands, and instead of comprehending what it might do to the light in the studio, she says in a spiteful way, "clean them." This one scene shows the beginning of the hatred between these two women. This is a fantastic movie for anyone who has any interest in art whatsoever. Also, anyone who enjoys a good story and visually expressive drama will really like this movie. A must-have for any movie collection to be complete.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great movie

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      A 2004 movie with Scarlett Johansson and Collin Firth about a Johannes Vermeer a Dutch painter.

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