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Vatican Museums 3D in DVD and Blu-ray

After the great success in movie theaters around the world


(Blu-ray 3D/2D & DVD –  dur.: 60’)


With the authoritative commentary of prof. Antonio Paolucci
Director of the Vatican Museums


It is a world technological first and an extraordinary journey out to discover the most evocative works of art collected by the popes in two millennia: THE VATICAN MUSEUMS IN 3-D, an original production by Sky 3D in collaboration with Sky Arte HD, for the first time brings Ultra HD 4K/3D television cameras inside the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, showing the masterworks of faith and the priceless pieces of the artistic history of the world in an unprecedented format.
Pictures never seen before, realized for the first time in 3-D using the cutting-edge technology of Ultra HD 4K, with an operation that marks Sky’s production primacy in the utilization of both shooting techniques.

From Classical statues to the Last Judgement, a unique, spectacular and riveting film, a story that has changed us all, whether art aficionados or not, believers in religion or not: the story of one of the world’s most famous and admired museums, the story of us all.

A mega-production that lasted 4 months, with a troupe of 40 professionals and 3,000 km travelled in the magnificent setting of the Vatican Museums, including evocative night time shooting, with the use of the latest-generation cinema technology, going through the rooms where some of the world’s rarest and most valuable works are kept, encompassing all cultures and all ages, from classical to modern, with the tour culminating in the Sistine Chapel.  For the first time in the world, with THE VATICAN MUSEUMS IN 3-D, thanks to three-dimensional technology, members of the viewing audience will be able to immerse themselves in the great masterpieces that narrate over 500 years of history, art and culture; they will be able to “enter” into the paintings by Caravaggio, to touch with unprecedented realism Hellenistic works such as the Belvedere Torso and to feel enveloped by figures of the Sistine Chapel never so real.
The film, thanks to an intimate and emotional narration of striking breadth, relates, contemplates and enhances the beauty of already extraordinary works, from the School of Athens by Raphael to Michelangelo’s frescoes of the Sistine Chapel, including the Creation of Adam and the majestic Last Judgement. In addition, there are the works by Raphael, Leonardo, Giotto and Caravaggio, as well as by artists closer to our time, such as Van Gogh, Chagall, Dalì and Fontana. These are the stages of a unique and emotional journey, conducted under the authoritative guidance of the Director of the Vatican Museums, Prof. Antonio Paolucci, through past, present and future.

The original Sky production puts technology at the service of art and celebrates history, while at the same time grasping and offering the audience the true essence of the Vatican Museums in the form of an emotional visionary journey far from the ordinary guided tour, being supported by a modern approach with a filmic flavour. In The Vatican Museums in 3-D one fully experiences the emotional and tormented dialogue between works of different periods nonetheless joined by a deep bond: what they have in common is that all of them were created by great artists who had the courage to overcome personal limits by making themselves an instrument of God so as to reflect His greatness and His message.
Thus, in this extraordinary exclusive document, art is shown as a sublime means for making emerge the tie between artist and faith, or, better yet, a whole of faiths, ranging from Giotto’s Christianity to Chagall’s Judaism, that of tormented Salvador Dalì and that of highly refined Raphael, in a journey characterized by incisive potent elements.

The Vatican Museums thus represent a declaration of love for humanity and at the same time house an unsurpassable collection of the whole of “human artistry” as Prof. Paolucci puts it, which is to say the beauty created by God is present the world round and intrinsic to everything. And with THE VATICAN MUSEUMS IN 3-D the grandeur of these works comes to life thanks to the extraordinary dimensionalisation technique applied to the pictures. This innovative technique involves the decomposition of the planes previously used by the great Hollywood directors, which Sky 3D has realized for the first time in our country, applying it to over 40 frescoes and paintings, and availing itself of a 100% Italian team. This decomposition of the planes valorises the perspective, literally making it possible for viewers to immerse themselves in the works.

Vatican Museums 3D is the most seen art documentary in theaters around the world. This Sky 3D and Sky Arts HD production in collaboration with the Vatican Museums has been so far distributed by Nexo Digital in 2,000 cinemas in 56 countries and reached over 160,000 spectators with a boxoffice of more than 1.5 million Euros. In Italy, distributed in 150 theaters in a single day, November 4, has gained 26,000 viewers and EUR 250,000.

The movie is available in 5 languages (Italian, English, French, German and Spanish) on DVD and Blu-ray 3D for a more exciting and engaging screening. The Blu-ray 3D can be viewed in 2D version also.

Roberto Cepparo, CEO of Cinehollywood, expresses his satisfaction: "I am particularly pleased and proud of editing the Vatican Museums 3D for the home video market in Italy and France, both for the exceptional quality of the product, and because it perfectly  fits with  our editorial strategy covering all the great themes of history, art and spirituality. It is a product that can not be missed in the homes of those who love beauty."

Available from 11th March /2015
DVD retail price: € 9.99 (VAT 22%)
Retail price BLU-RAY 3D / 2D: € 14.99 (VAT 22%)

Dimensionalisation techniques have been applied to all the works, thus giving them depth and allowing viewers to immerse themselves within.

Works by Michelangelo:
Pietà: it was 27 August 1498 when Michelangelo committed himself to realizing for French Cardinal Jean de Bilhères de Lagraulas, former abbot of Saint-Denis, a marble Pietà in the form of a life-size clothed Virgin Mary holding the dead Christ in her arms. In the documentary it is explained that the Pietà kept in the Vatican Museums is the splendid cast of a work destined to influence generations of artists and their works.

Sistine Chapel:
Vault, with particular focus on the fresco Creation of Adam: It took the artist from July 1508 to October 1512 to complete the frescoes of the Vault. Along the centre Michelangelo placed nine scenes from Genesis. On the sides are the Ignudi,  nude figures bearing medallions with scenes taken from the Book of Kings. At the base of the architectural structure are twelve Seers, namely Prophets and Sibyls, seated on monumental thrones. Depicted in the lunettes below them are the forerunners of Christ. Finally, in the four corner spandrels the artist represented some scenes of the miraculous salvation  of the people of Israel. In August 1510, Michelangelo finished the first half of the vault, that is from the entrance wall to the Creation of Eve. The work had to be completed by 31 October 1512, since on 1st November the Pope was scheduled to celebrate Mass in the chapel.

Last Judgement: the grand composition, done by Michelangelo between 1536 and 1541, is centred on the dominant figure of Christ, captured just before the moment when He will pronounce the verdict of the Judgement .

Works by Raphael:

Rooms of Julius II: the four rooms now known as the Raphael Rooms formed part of the apartments situated on the  upper floor of the Papal Palace, chosen by Julius II of the della Rovere family (pontiff from 1503 to 1513)  as  his residence, and also used by his successors. The pictorial decoration was done by Raphael and his assistants between l508 and 1524.

Transfiguration: commissioned by Cardinal Giulio de’ Medici, the altarpiece depicts two scenes narrated in succession in the Gospel According to St Matthew: the Transfiguration (above), with Christ in glory between the prophets Moses and Elias, and (below) the meeting of the Apostles with the young man possessed, later miraculously healed by Christ upon his return from Mount Tabor. The painting is the last executed by Raphael and is considered the artist’s spiritual testament. In the biography written by prominent sixteenth-century painter, architect and art historian Giorgio Vasari, the work is described as "most celebrated, most beautiful and most divine."

Works by Leonardo da Vinci:

St Jerome: unfinished work by Leonardo, supremely versatile man of art and science, that gives an emotional and human sense to form and space never seen before that time, and which represents a profound elaboration of Giotto’s work. While not completed by Leonardo, St Jerome was probably one of the paintings he did in Florence prior to departing for Milan (1482). The work, which once belonged to painter Angelica Kaufmann, was rediscovered by Cardinal Joseph Fesch in the nineteenth century and purchased in 1845 by Pius IX for the Vatican Museums.

Laocoön sculptural group: work by sculptors Agesander, Athenodoros and Polydoros, datable to the first century BC and kept in the Pio-Clementino Museum of the Vatican Museums. Forming a complete whole, the group illustrates the famous episode related in the Aeneid that sees the Trojan Laocoön and his sons attacked by sea serpents. This work influenced Michelangelo: upon seeing it he finally understood his mission as a sculptor: to free the life entrapped within the marble.

Belvedere Torso: the celebrated marble torso, well-known in Rome beginning from the XV century, is the work of Athenian sculptor  Apollonios. It is one of the sculptures of antiquity most admired by artists down to our day. Over the centuries the statue has been subject to various interpretations. The hypothesis currently most credited identifies it as the Hercules of myth captured at the time when he is gathering his strength after resting from the famous labours. As is true of the Laocoön, the Belvedere Torso  influenced the artistic career of Michelangelo, helping him find his way.

Augustus of Prima Porta: the statue, datable to the early first century AD, was found in the Villa of Livia, wife of Augustus, at Prima Porta along the Via Flaminia. It portrays the emperor in the act of making a speech to soldiers. He is wearing a cuirass and mantle.

Room of the Biga: this room is named for the marble chariot drawn by two horses kept there. The body of the chariot is a Roman fragment dating from the first century AD, while the horses date from 1788.

Stefaneschi Triptych: the altarpiece by Giotto was made for the Old St Peter’s. Quite apart from the gold background typical of the period, it incorporates all of Giotto’s revolutionary artistic advances, ranging from reflections on the doctrine of St Francis to the realism that creeps into the bodies of saints and angels.

Descent from the Cross: work by Caravaggio, who, like his great masters Giotto, Leonardo and Michelangelo, changed the art of his time in an epoch-making break with the past by bringing the most violent realism to the most disquieting religious scenes ever seen. Caravaggio’s tormented relationship with religion paved the way to the separation of art and religion. The Descent from the Cross is considered to be one of his greatest masterpieces. Caravaggio does not really depict the Interment or the Descent in the traditional way, inasmuch as Christ is not represented at the time when he is lowered into the sepulchre, but when, in the presence of the devout women, He is laid down with care by Nicodemus and John on the tombstone with which the sepulchre will be sealed.

Forgotten Pietà by Van Gogh: committed to an insane asylum, Van Gogh obsessively copied a Pietà by Delacroix, inspired by Michelangelo. It is Van Gogh’s only work with a religious theme, one of the last before his death, moving and private.

Red Pietà: work by Chagall, a Russian artist of Jewish background, who elaborated his own poetic artistic world that made him one of the most characteristic painters of the twentieth century. His painting is based on a masterly synthesis of objective and subjective imagery. This is exemplified in the picture in question. The objective component of the scene of the Pietà consists of a few bold black outlines that delineate the principal figures. But the wholly subjective interpretation of this non-Christian artist emerges immediately in the absolute predominance of the red, which recalls the blood shed by Christ, and the tangle of lines in back of the main scene, perhaps representing massed people or possibly a heap of ruins. In this work Chagall expresses his personal vision of the Pietà by setting it amid the horrors of World War II.

Crucifixion by Salvador Dalì: anticlerical like all Surrealists, Dalì nonetheless came to search for a point of contact with religion; in the 1950s he produced a set of paintings where the religious theme is forced to grapple with his dark and disturbing world.

Madonna by Lucio Fontana: striking elaboration of Michelangelo’s Pietà by one of the great masters of the twentieth century. Fontana’s Virgin Mary is rough and unfinished, as though moving and breathing.

Available on Blu-ray 3D and DVD from 11th March /2015
DVD retail price: € 9.99 (VAT 22%)
Retail price BLU-RAY 3D / 2D: € 14.99 (VAT 22%)
Audio tracks: italian, english, german, franch, spanish

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