Blu-ray/DVD Release: Tim's Vermeer

Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: June 10, 2014
Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo $40.99
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Tim's VermeerA Texas-based inventor goes on a hunt to solve a 300-year-old mystery in documentary Tim’s Vermeer.

Dutch master painter Johannes Vermeer is lauded for his use of photo-realistic painting techniques, but he created his paintings 150 years before the invention of photography.

Inventor Tim Jenison takes on the challenge, traveling to Holland, visiting artist David Hockney in Yorkshire and even going to Buckingham Palace, all over a decade to discover how Vermeer created his works. As he learns, Jenison then tried to recreate Vermeer’s masterpiece “The Music Lesson.”

Tim’s Vermeer was written by magician duo Penn & Teller. Teller directed the film, while Penn Jillette produced and narrates.

The movie was screened in a limited number of theaters, grossing $1.5 million and garnering high praise from critics and moviegoers. Detroit News‘ Tom Long calls the film “unexpectedly dazzling.”

The Blu-ray/DVD Combo pack comes with these special features:

  • commentary with Teller, Tim Jenison, Penn Jillette and producer Farley Ziegler
  • more than 1.5 hours of deleted, extended and alternate scenes
  • Q&A from the Toronto International Film Festival.

Have a look at the documentary’s fascinating trailer:

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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.