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SPHE Press Release: Tim's Vermeer (Blu-ray)

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#1 of 4 ONLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted April 21 2014 - 06:38 AM



"Grade A! Exquisitely fun!"

- Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly


Penn & Teller’s Film Festival Favorite




A Fascinating, Entertaining & Unexpectedly Funny Chronicle of 
Inventor Tim Jenison’s Attempt to Solve one of the Art World’s Greatest Mysteries

Debuting on Blu-ray Combo Pack* & Digital June 10



CULVER CITY, Calif. (April 21, 2014) – Discover the mystery behind Johannes Vermeer’s photo-realistic paintings on June 10, when Sony Pictures Home Entertainment releases TIM’S VERMEER on Blu-ray Combo Pack* and Digital.  An official selection at the Telluride, Toronto International and New York Film Festivals, TIM’S VERMEER is a compelling documentary that follows inventor Tim Jenison as he tries to reveal the tools and techniques used by Vermeer to create his life-like works of art 150 years before the invention of photography.  Jenison’s wildly ambitious quest stretches across the globe and culminates with his attempt at recreating Vermeer’s masterpiece, “The Music Lesson.” In the process something magical happens. Rolling Stone’s Peter Travers raves, it’s “a stimulating detective story that holds you in thrall.”


Available on the TIM’S VERMEER Blu-ray Combo Pack is more than two and a half hours of deleted, extended and alternate scenes, as well as commentary with Teller, Jenison, Penn Jillette & Farley Ziegler, and a special “Toronto International Film Festival Q&A” showcasing the film’s talented team. The film was written by magician-duo Penn Jillette & Teller, directed by Teller, and produced and narrated by Penn Jillette.  Featured in the film, in addition to Jenison, is English artist David Hockney and actor-painter Martin Mull.



*Combo Pack includes Blu-ray™ and DVD



Tim Jenison, a Texas-based inventor, attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in the art world: How did Dutch master Johannes Vermeer manage to paint so photo-realistically 150 years before the invention of photography? Spanning a decade, Jenison’s adventure takes him to Holland, on a pilgrimage to the North coast of Yorkshire to meet artist David Hockney, and eventually even to Buckingham Palace. The epic research project Jenison embarks on is as extraordinary as what he discovers.


Blu-ray Special Features:

·  Commentary with Teller, Tim Jenison, Penn Jillette & Farley Ziegler

·  More than two and a half hours of deleted, extended & alternate scenes

·  Toronto International Film Festival Q&A


TIM’S VERMEER has a runtime of approximately 80 minutes and is rated PG-13 for some strong language.



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#2 of 4 OFFLINE   McCrutchy


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Posted April 21 2014 - 10:19 AM

Two-and-a-half hours of deleted and extended scenes?


Too bad it comes in just under my requisite for a purchase: I need at least three hours of deleted and extended scenes before I purchase. 

#3 of 4 OFFLINE   Peter Neski

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Posted April 21 2014 - 11:23 AM

This is not the first documentary trying to prove all you need is a camera obscura then you can make a Vermeer, I sure hope that's not what this film is about the camera obscura been around for year and so has the camera ,yet there's never been another vermeer

#4 of 4 OFFLINE   Neil S. Bulk

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Posted April 21 2014 - 11:49 AM

This is a wonderful movie. One of the very best I've seen recently. And a terrific music score, too.

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