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Baraka: Remastered [Blu-ray] [1992]


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  • Directors: Ron Fricke
  • Format: Dolby, Original recording remastered
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Second Sight
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Nov 2008
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DN7IX0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,325 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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74 of 75 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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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By words with wonder 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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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Mr. David Solomons on 22 Nov 2003
Format: VHS Tape
I saw this film a long time ago, and spent years looking for it. Now, thankfully, it's readily available. I have shown it to lots of people of all ages and from all walks of life, and every one of them, without exception, has agreed that it is brilliant. Any review will give you a description of this film, so I won't bother repeating them. Suffice to say, it's once seen, never forgotten. I defy anyone not to find this movie one of the best pieces of cinematography ever. The musical score alone is worth the price. I also have koyaaniqatsi by the way, which although great in its own right, doesn't match this masterpiece. Absolutely breathtaking.
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20 of 21 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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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Sep 2001
Format: DVD
BARAKA is an ancient Sufi word used by mystics to define man's inter-Connectedness to the universe. It simply translates as the breath Or essence of life from which the evolutionary process unfolds.Anther meaning is bless. This is a unique documentary filmed in 70mm film . Dazzling landscapes, curious people, fantastic creatures. A must see for all the nature enthusiasts. You will be amazed.
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5 of 5 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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