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Baraka [Blu-ray]

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Product details

  • Directors: Ron Fricke
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Arrow
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Jan. 2013
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0092HOMK6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,443 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

Product Description

Baraka is a non-narrative visual poem addressing, according to director Ron Fricke, 'humanity's relationship with the eternal.' The title means 'breath of life' or 'a blessing' and the film unfolds into a tapestry of global images shot over 13 months in 24 countries, comparable to, but far more ambitious than Koyaanisqatsi (1983) which Fricke also wrote, edited and photographed. Like Bernardo Bertolucci's similarly meditative Little Buddha (1993), Baraka was designed as a powerful audio-visual experience, one of a handful of films made in the 1990s to revive the immensely cinematic 70mm process. Filled with staggeringly beautiful vistas which are striking, rich in detail and immaculately composed, the screen is complemented by an immersive Dolby Digital soundtrack fusing natural sounds with a haunting world music score. (At one point composer Michael Stearns combines Japan's Kodo Drummers, a Scottish bagpipe ensemble and a Tibetan water music orchestra.) Baraka encourages the audience to think or be entranced, and depending on mood and circumstance it can enthral or bore. With its epic, trans-human scale, vast formal grandeur, depersonalised abstraction, startling juxtapositions and avowed ambition to be the ultimate non-verbal film, Fricke has created a visionary experience akin to 2001: A Space Odyssey. On the DVD: Baraka is accurately transferred at the original 70mm theatrical ratio of 2.2:1, not as the packaging says as 2.35:1. The picture quality is superlative, with virtually no flaws and razor-sharp images. The Dolby Digital 5.1 sound is equally outstanding. The extras are presented at 4:3 with letterboxed clips, and being video based offer lower image quality. These special features play for approximately 25 minutes and, apart from the original theatrical trailer, are divided into three sections containing significant overlaps between the material. The 'making of' documentary and the collection of to-camera comments from members of the production team are both interesting, but the behind the scenes location filming footage adds little substance. --Gary S Dalkin

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Baraka is a non-narrative visual poem addressing, according to director Ron Fricke, "humanity's relationship with the eternal." The title means "breath of life" or "a blessing" and the film unfolds into a tapestry of global images shot over 13 months in 24 countries, comparable to, but far more ambitious than Koyaanisqatsi (1983) which Fricke also wrote, edited and photographed. Like Bernardo Bertolucci's similarly meditative Little Buddha (1993), Baraka was designed as a powerful audio-visual experience, one of a handful of films made in the 1990s to revive the immensely cinematic 70mm process.

Filled with staggeringly beautiful vistas which are striking, rich in detail and immaculately composed, the screen is complemented by an immersive Dolby Digital soundtrack fusing natural sounds with a haunting world music score. (At one point composer Michael Stearns combines Japan's Kodo Drummers, a Scottish bagpipe ensemble and a Tibetan water music orchestra.) Baraka encourages the audience to think or be entranced, and depending on mood and circumstance it can enthral or bore. With its epic, trans-human scale, vast formal grandeur, depersonalised abstraction, startling juxtapositions and avowed ambition to be the ultimate non-verbal film, Fricke has created a visionary experience akin to 2001: A Space Odyssey.

On the DVD: Baraka is accurately transferred at the original 70mm theatrical ratio of 2.2:1, not as the packaging says as 2.35:1. The picture quality is superlative, with virtually no flaws and razor-sharp images. The Dolby Digital 5.1 sound is equally outstanding. The extras are presented at 4:3 with letterboxed clips, and being video based offer lower image quality. These special features play for approximately 25 minutes and, apart from the original theatrical trailer, are divided into three sections containing significant overlaps between the material. The "making of" documentary and the collection of to-camera comments from members of the production team are both interesting, but the behind the scenes location filming footage adds little substance. --Gary S Dalkin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Justaprofile on 20 May 2006
Format: DVD
I felt like one well walked elephant after watching this film! It never fails to captivate the eye and ear; using visuals and music only, it takes you on a journey around the tips of the world and back.

You can see that Fricke has almost put his life into the cinematography, which will endlessly take you closer to the edge of you seat; with every shot revealing a new and astounding outlook of this beautiful world. I have never felt such an array of emotions from a single movie! From sand desserts, to forests, waterfalls, volcanoes, the sky, people at prayer, to people at war; each shot is uniquely precious with a character of its own.

The music is elegantly wrapped around the visuals; sounding similar to God Speed You Black Emperor and Explosions In The Sky, which alone would take you on a journey of a lifetime. This inspired soundtrack adds the extra dimension to the stunning photography.

I would recommend you find the biggest TV and the best sound system, turn up the volume, shut the curtains and swell into your surroundings. Never to return.
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77 of 78 people found the following review helpful By J. Spybey on 7 Nov. 2001
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Perfect! If you enjoyed Koyannisqatsi then this is an absolute must. It is that film made much much better. How? First of all, it is shot on 70mm not 35mm so there quality is multiplied by four. Secondly, motion control tracking was used, which means that all those clever speeded up pieces of film now get to move at the same time. Thirdly, the cameraperson/director just got better at his art. EVERY shot in this movie is a piece of artwork. It is that amazing. Of course, if you are wanting plot and drama you will have to look elsewhere. What holds this film together is awe. Everytime a new shot appears it is like opening a new christmas present and wondering what is inside, gradually peeling off the layers until you see it. If you want to see the world in all its extremes, to see the beauty in Peru, India, Indonesia and pretty much everywhere, you just got to see this movie. Cannot be recommended high enough.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By KM #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 21 Jun. 2012
Format: Blu-ray
My kids bought me this for fathers day. What an absolutely stunning blu ray!

Baraka (a Sufi term for 'blessing') takes us on an audio visual kaleidoscopic journey on an epic scale at times through 150 different locations throughout the world. Filmed on 70mm to give a brilliant picture resolution which is outstanding on this remastered version as is the music. Audio is very good. Lots of religious chanting, singing and sounds of nature. Colours are so vibrant and detail extraordinary! There is no narration or talking in this film, just imagery and a beautiful music score. You can make your own mind up as to what is being conveyed here.

The opening scene of a snow monkey sitting so peacefully in a hot spring in Nango, Japan is fantastic. Not a ripple on the water, so relaxed and at peace. I felt like getting in myself! There's a cracking piece of the Kekac monkey chant, hypnotic.

I won't go on about the locations so as not to spoil it but I had to look some of them up which was interesting. One thing. . .keep an eye out near the end for the Imam Mosque Isfahan in Iran. A masterpiece of Persian architecture with it's seven colour highly polished tile mosaics. They almost look like diamonds. Breathtaking images indeed.

This is a must have bluray for your collection.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Mr Ghostface VINE VOICE on 11 Oct. 2008
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I was lucky enough to see this wonderful piece of work in advance, and viewed it on a Samsung 100hz 1080p TV through a PS3. It is, without doubt, the best image I have ever seen on a TV screen of any sort. To date, I would say Blade Runner is the best transfer from a non-digital source, and that was shot on 35mm and scanned in at 4K resolution, which is a far "finer" definition than can be displayed on domestic television sets at present. Well, Baraka was shot on 70mm, and has been scanned in at 8K, and the result is absolutely knock-out.

When I first moved to HD, I was hoping that Baraka would get the treatment it so rightly deserves, but knowing the high costs involved, I thought it would never happen. Well, obviously someone out there has deemed it worthy of that cost, and I can only thank them for it.

If you haven't seen Baraka but are interested in seeing it, you really should pick up a copy. It's the perfect demonstration of HD, although that is secondary to the work done by Ron Fricke and his crew.

If you're already familiar with Baraka and wondering simply whether this is a Blu-ray worth picking up, please, take my word for it, it'll be a while before this is beaten. I just hope you have TV with the specs needed to really get the best out of it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Currie on 27 Jan. 2011
Format: Blu-ray
I am only leaving this review as it amazes me how much some people can over analise, criticise and generally be negative about a movie that in my view was made with some degree of passion and good intention, and also that some reviews are recent but the movie is over a decade old so a little unfair.
I have a book titled Enough is Enough published in 1975 that deals with the excesses and greed of the developed world and mess the developed world is making of this planet. Rather than criticise it, I see it as a sign that it seems to take an age for anybody to do anything to improve things as these issues are still argued over.
Not so long ago the media slagged the motorway protesters, remember Swampy? Guys like that stuck thier neck on the line...and what have we got now, governments hijacking the whole be green issue and making it appear like they are leading the way when it was being begged for by the few many years ago.
If you are a well read or educated, or even a well travelled person, then yes Baraka may not have a profound or even meaningful impact on you admitedly, but i first saw it about 10 years ago when i began to think alot more about stuff outside of my bubble, and for that reason i am emotionally attached to it. It opened me up to many new avenues of thought.
I think it should perhaps be shown in schools, and maybe the images of the children looking for scraps of food in the rubbish tips would with a little luck give some sense of perspective of their own lives.
All I have left to add is...if you do not buy it for yourself, buy it for your kids, but dont buy a KFC bargain bucket to eat while watching.
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