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Girl With a Pearl Earring [DVD] [2003]

Release Date:05/04/2004
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

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