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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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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
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.
The product was delivered according to schedule.
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Great Films.....as a practicing Buddhist,these film are a great way to help others understand , birth up-to death.... Highly recommendedPublished 23 days ago by Annette Tomlinson
I like it. Value for money was good and excellent film...
To me... I;d still go for Koyanisqaatsi every time - despite the overbearing 70s music. Read more
hypnotic visualstudio with good soundtrack support. Stunning picture qualityPublished 10 months ago by mWaltari
These two films are incredible. They are both so visually stunning. I love that it is simply moving images with music. Simple yet very powerful. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amalie
Visual experience with some scenes which may upset very young children, but they're all part and parcel to the beauty and reality of life.Published 14 months ago by Hadouken