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Samsara [Blu-ray] [2011] [US Import]

Ron Fricke    Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Ron Fricke
  • Format: Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: NR (Not Rated) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Mpi Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Jan 2013
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008N9AAQ4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,566 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful sensory experience. 9 Oct 2012
By K. P. Borley TOP 500 REVIEWER
I have recently seen this film 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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Samsara 19 Nov 2012
By Churps
The best film I've seen in all my life. It is mind blowing visually and the music is very good. I saw it at the cinema, but if you have a big screen HD TV I expect it will still be well worth it. It's something I'd like to see again. I couldn't fault the film. It takes you on a kind of journey across the world and shows you every aspect of life in an incredibly stunning way. It's a kind of documentary however there's no commentary and you are left to freely come to your own conclusions. My friends went to see and they said it was great too. We're all quite critical and so it has passed the test of discernment. Samsara (DVD & Blu-ray)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful transfer 29 Jan 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Like Baraka this is not a disc one can compare with regular releases. You either love it or it floats over your head. I loved them both and like Baraka the video and audio transfer is exceptional. A friend showed me this on a DVD and then I watched this magnificent Blu-ray. Knocked the DVD for 6! Fantastic disc. Treat yourself and if you have not seen Baraka get that too as they are now both available as a pair on Blu.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnifique ! 26 Mar 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
If you want to be in an a dream , buy this DvD. Love the colors, sounds, etc ...

Your HD TV will thank's you.

(sorry if i have made some mistakes in my sentences, but i'm french ;o) )
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On Par with Baraka 15 Jan 2013
I just watched Baraka and Samsara back to back, Samsara story is a little more up to date and uses a little more shock factor in its images compared to Baraka.
Picture quality is faultless, watched it on Samsung 55 inch tv and did not notice any deterioration in picture. Sound was also great.
Overall I was extremely pleased with the content, picture quality and sound.
A superb BluRay and a fantastic thought provoking film that sits alongside Baraka.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Baraka 2.0 15 Jan 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
For those of us that have had the privilege of basking in the beauty of Baraka in high definition for some time now, Samsara may actually come as a minor disappointment, but then again, how exactly do you follow a masterpiece of film and sound?

Well, simply put, you don't, but you CAN get extremely close, and close they get.

Samsara is another gorgeous film from Ron Fricke and Paul Magison. It's a world filmscape/soundscape for those that haven't had the pleasure of Baraka, Chronos, Koyaanisqatsi & Powaqqatsi. Describing it as a documentary would undermine it in reality. Shot on 65mm film throughout, nearly every single sequence will magically keep you rooted to your favourite armchair, blending haunting organic sound with cinematography that will simply melt your eyeballs. It's about as good as being there.

Samasara is ostensibly an up to date Baraka, showing the human condition as it has developed over millenia. There are many, many similar sequences such as rubbish tip scavenging, ancient ruins timelapsed against starry skies, waterfalls, ancient architecture, volcanoes, the brutality and power of nature and the like but many are quite new, such as the Cebu prison piece (bizarre to say the least) and the night shots of Rio's high rises and other electricity devouring cities (stunning).

Five stars no question, this captivating look at us and our planet should take top spot in any decent natural history film collection. Buy, own and enjoy.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oversampling is majestic 16 Jan 2013
By Leo
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Got this yesterday as I had pre-ordered it.

The image quality is exceptional. No other blu ray (besides Baraka) come close. It's this why I give it 4 stars rather than 3. I just didn't enjoy the film as much as Baraka. Many of the shots were uninteresting and too often seen (even though never with such good quality).

The music also was uninspiring at times. I just did not feel engaged like I did with Baraka even though I really wanted to.

The 70mm film, like for Baraka, has been sampled at 8K (4320p) then transferred to Blu Ray (1080p). This oversampling really bears fruits.
The colours are so intense... it's a marvel to behold.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars All perfect!
Thank's for a great purchase! 10+++ I love this motivational videos... It's a good meditation with only images and music... Great!
Published 23 days ago by Pau Elias Mondelo
1.0 out of 5 stars THIS DVD DOES NOT RUN!
Bought the English Version of the DVD (European one) and it does not run on my MacBook, neither on my DVD player. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Stefano Consiglio
5.0 out of 5 stars unforgettable
If you are considering Samsara you probably roughly know what to expect in terms of cinematography: it's colorful and flawless. Read more
Published 3 months ago by P. Vandevenne -. Datarescue
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Stunning
This is quite simply a stunning watch. It doesn't tell a story in the conventional sense, but it does have a narrative that runs unspoken through the film. Read more
Published 5 months ago by M. Brookes
4.0 out of 5 stars If you liked Baraka you will like Samsara
From the same creatores of Baraka this is a must have.
Liked the fact i came both with DVD and Blu-Ray - Great price
Published 6 months ago by Pedro Graça
5.0 out of 5 stars A visual masterpiece
On the face of it a film without narrative and seemingly without a story doesn't sound like a great premise for a film. That said I could not leave it for a moment. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Al Campbell
4.0 out of 5 stars Jaw dropping images
But what does it all mean? We have discussed it in great detail, but we can't fathom a meaning. Each scene is a beautiful picture. Read more
Published 7 months ago by S Lakin
5.0 out of 5 stars best movie-report idéal for demo
best movie-report idéal for demo video;
look like "home" but better than home.
music is wonderful and no speak .
Published 8 months ago by olivier
3.0 out of 5 stars thought provoking
Now circulating amongst my yoga friends! an easy viewing if the content interests you and you have time. thank you
Published 8 months ago by june rowlands
4.0 out of 5 stars Great visuals and an OK watch
Excellent disc to demonstrate HD. Overall not my cup of tea however the visuals where absoltley stunning. Read more
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