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Samsara/Baraka [Blu-ray]
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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
on 28 January 2013
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
on 4 March 2013
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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on 7 December 2013
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
on 27 January 2013
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
on 4 March 2013
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
on 20 March 2013
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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on 11 September 2013
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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on 21 May 2014
I watched these unusual films on the big screen and had own a DVD copy of BARAKA. Made the mistake of lending it to an undeserving person, he never returned it to me. This is the reason I decided to buy the box on blue ray and the sensation is absolutely breathtaking. It is one of the greatest acheivements in cinema ever. No words, just visual experience of the World diversity and wanders. Everybody should own a copy of this amazing DVD. Any words of recommendation does not give it enough credit. It is beyond words. It is unique emotional, spiritual and intellectual experience! I am extremely respectful of the makers. Genius!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 February 2013
What a beautiful experience this movie is. Just sit back and bask in the most peaceful, meditative and thought provoking movie to be made without words.
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