Girl with a Pearl Earring
is lovely--I recorded it, though I'd seen it on rented DVD not that long ago. The transfer is not particularly sharp, but the colors are amazing. I think that it's intended to resemble a Vermeer. Scarlett Johansson (Lost in Translation
, another visual-treat flick) is perfectly cast as "Girl". Here's a very good example of a film that would be criminal to chop anything out of any frame.
As I recall, the DVD had a cool music video on it featuring Scarlett--coming to life, walking out of a painting, of course. I don't recall who the song was by or what it was called. (I looked it up--it was called, appropriately, "Girl With A Pearl" by some unknown singer-songwriter billed as simply "Truman". You can see some caps from the video here
Just a few days back I commented in this
post that many people bought their widescreen sets partly in an effort to eliminate the black bars. So sad.