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Baraka: Remastered - 2 Disc Special Edition DVD

Ron Fricke    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Ron Fricke
  • Format: Dolby, Original recording remastered, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • 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 (133 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DN1U98
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,284 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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From Amazon.co.uk

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

Product Description

A visually stunning film shot over 13 months, in 24 countries; Baraka is an overwhelming experience that spans the geographical, cultural and social diversity of our changing planet. Set to an atmospheric sountrack inspired by various rituals and nature itself, the film captures the very essence of man's relationship with the earth, both harmonious and catastrophic. Baraka is a journey of rediscovery. It is the power, the beauty and the rage of life itself. It is the world we live in.

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW.....what a beauty! 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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74 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If ever DVD was invented for a movie... 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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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody Brilliant 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
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 21 Jun 2012
By KM #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Socially aware and thought provoking
Loved this socially aware and very interesting movie. One to watch again and again.
Published 5 days ago by Frankie Rushe
2.0 out of 5 stars The camera work is very good but the content in places is pretty...
If you were depressed when you start to watch this you will be deeply depressed when you have finished it. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Mary
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great!
Published 19 days ago by erik vandam
5.0 out of 5 stars The MUST-BE-SEEN Movie
One of the most remarkable and most important movies I have ever seen in my life - life changing indeed ( ex equo with book "Five People You Meet In Heaven" ) !!! Read more
Published 21 days ago by Moon Eclipse
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A strange but compelling film to watch once.
Published 25 days ago by DGNB
5.0 out of 5 stars ... Ray release is without a doubt the most jaw-droppingly beautiful...
Not sure if it's the 4k upscanning of my TV but I have watched this in various formats and THIS specific Blu Ray release is without a doubt the most jaw-droppingly beautiful... Read more
Published 1 month ago by C. New
5.0 out of 5 stars such views
what a talented photographer and the views shown are wonderful. It really takes you to places you had never seen before
Published 6 months ago by Mary Kersey
1.0 out of 5 stars BEWARE DOESNT WORK IN UK WRONG REGION
*** WRONG REGION DVD USELESS *** Ordered this copy of Baraka and delivery was very quick but when I put DVD into player it didn't work as it was wrong region. Read more
Published 8 months ago by D1111
3.0 out of 5 stars Not too sure of what this film is trying to convey.
This film does contain some great visual moments. As at least one other reviewer stated, one of the major faults with this film is the sequences do not tell the viewer where they... Read more
Published 8 months ago by JLH
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful experience
I decided to order Baraka after watching Samsara, which is the newer film by Ron Fricke. This film is absolutely stunning. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Dee
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