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Samsara/Baraka [Blu-ray]

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  • Directors: Ron Fricke
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Arrow
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Jan. 2013
  • Run Time: 194 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009D509QI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,001 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Samsara - Hollywood Reporter calls it 'Soul-stirring' Independent on Sunday says 'A fascinating, clever and thought-provoking statement on the world we live in.' Flickfeast gives it 5 stars and says 'Phenomenal. A life affirming cinematic experience. A spiritual awakening in 70mm!' Samsara takes the form of a non-verbal, guided meditation that will transform viewers in countries around the world, as they are swept along a journey of the soul. Through powerful images prisitinely photographed in 70mm and a dynamic music score, the film illustrates the links between humanity and the rest of nature, showing how our life cycle mirrors the rhythm of the planet. 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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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Kenkonti TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 Dec. 2012
I have recently seen Samsara at the cinema and it is superb. As the title suggests, it's about birth, life, and death. A collection of images from around the world set alongside an excellent musical soundtrack. The images you see are wonderfully shot and varied: some beautiful, some imaginative, some shocking, all are thought provoking. Images such as: Buddhists and Buddhist Temples, scenes of the natural world, tribes from remote corners of the world (highlighting the contrasts of lives in the world today), a muscular tattooed man tenderly holding a baby, mass consumerism in the West, technology, fascinating images of people's faces (some not quite what they first seem), and some truths about the food industry that every Human Being should see. I could list hundreds but better just to let you watch the film. When the film ended at the cinema the audience stayed glued to their seats, unable to move as they tried to take in and come to terms with what they had just experienced. In an industry that nowadays seems largely to be about making as much money as possible by churning out shallow trash, how refreshing to have people like Fricke, doing it for the love of art, for the love of producing something worthwhile. I would say the best place to see Samsara is at the cinema but if you missed the opportunity then the next best thing would be to watch it on a large sized plasma/LCD screen with a good speaker set up. And on this occasion it's worth paying out the extra and getting it on blue-ray. Then get yourself comfortable, sit back, and enjoy a fantastic sensory experience.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By baze on 28 Jan. 2013
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Both discs are essentially state of the art Blu-ray transfers that could serve as a reference in terms of home theatre visual quality. I remember Baraka from my college years - it's a great, unusual and contemplative movie. Samsara takes things even further with bolder and at times more disturbing imagery. These films will leave you reflecting on your very existence. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Juno on 4 Mar. 2013
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I thought the photography was beautiful and the music in both films great.
I did find the flow from image to image not quite what I expected and I was a little disappointed
In Samsara the chicken and pigs were confronting I guess that is a typical reaction by someone who really doesn't know nor really wants to know how the food gets to the shop !!! ignorance is bliss
Having said that the overall enjoyment was great as I keep telling my children 21 24 27 it is just an accident of birth that we all were born into a relatively free society and we didn't have to suffer the depravation and suffering that is depicted in those images, we ought to be far more thankful of our situation than we are.
I found the movies made me humble.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By richard on 7 Dec. 2013
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To put it bluntly, Samsara is by far the most stunning piece of film you can see on Blu Ray. Shot in 70mm, scanned at 8K, and mastered at 4K the result is breath taking. The level of detail is far greater than anything else out there, never before would you have seen mountains or Dubai looking as stunning as this on your TV. Baraka being over 20 years older doesn't have quite the breath taking image quality of Samsara but being filmed in 65mm and restored with an 8k UltraDigital HD Process it is still a visual masterpiece.

I wont go into detail about the actual film side of them both as most people know that they are both a collection of images and sounds from around the world in dramatic and breathtaking style, but my personal preference was Baraka

Both are wonderful films though and this 2 film release is a must own for any high definition collection, Samsara has a few scenes that could be hard to watch for some but don't let this put you off seeing these 2 masterpieces
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. Anderson on 27 Jan. 2013
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A stunning visual display but a must in Blu Ray as the film was shot in 70mm and even Blu Ray doesn't do it justice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Kozicki on 4 Mar. 2013
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Beautiful pictures, great music, strange places and people.
After watching the movie I had a lot of things to Think about.
Samsara is very similar to Baraka.
The same idea with little different pictures.
It is good idea to sell these movies together.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rodrigo E. Toledo on 20 Mar. 2013
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The price of the package was a good opportunity to aquire two excelent movies in a good price. Both movies on BR has an excelent quality of image and sound.

The product was delivered according to schedule.
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By D. Hepburn on 11 Sept. 2013
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Having seen Baraka a long time ago and been totally blown away by it, I was really excited to hear about the release of its "sequel" Samsara. This double release of the two films in one was an ideal purchase for me. Both films capture some of the most amazing and beautiful sights you could ever see in this world as well as some of the most shocking and concerning situations that people have endured and continue to endure on a daily basis. The quality of the production and cinematography is simply stunning and the various scenes have been expertly woven together to tell the story of the best and worst aspects of humanity. I'd recommend these films to everyone.
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