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4.0 out of 5 stars TRIAL RUN FOR BARAKA CONTAINS ASTONISHING IMAGES
It is impossible to do justice to Ron Fricke's CHRONOS if you haven't seen it in its original IMAX format. You might have the largest home cinema and audio system around, but it simply can not compete with the overwhelming power of the film in its original incarnation. A US movie mag review from 1985 (the year it was released) said it perfectly: "The high projection...
Published on 19 Dec 2010 by Barry Unlikely

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3.0 out of 5 stars Lost the plot
Ancient, beautiful, haunting places, juxtaposed with the equally awe-filled modern world of lights and movement. But, sadly, some gadget loving man, with his hand on some technical camera-time-lapse-trickery, had to spoil it with excess. I lost the point; I'm afraid there's only so much blurred images of Grand Central Station anyone can take before boredom sets in.
Published on 8 Jun 2008 by Paul


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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars TRIAL RUN FOR BARAKA CONTAINS ASTONISHING IMAGES, 19 Dec 2010
This review is from: Chronos [1985] [DVD] (DVD)
It is impossible to do justice to Ron Fricke's CHRONOS if you haven't seen it in its original IMAX format. You might have the largest home cinema and audio system around, but it simply can not compete with the overwhelming power of the film in its original incarnation. A US movie mag review from 1985 (the year it was released) said it perfectly: "The high projection system allows Fricke to create an experience so real it seems more like some private interior vision."

Thematically and narratively, it does indeed fall short of the more thoughtful and interesting QATSI series and Fricke's later BARAKA. Given the huge advances in imaging technology that have occurred since his self-built 15 perf. 65mm camera began clicking away in 1984, it does look a little dated. And frankly the editing loses its focus after the first 25 minutes.

But to this day there is still nothing like the jaw droppingly beautiful tilt-down inside the basilica of St. Peter's in Rome, the almost overwhelming tension and release of the 'Escalator' sequence, and the truly ethereal final shots.

And powering it all is, with the exception of BLADE RUNNER, the finest electronic film score of all time, and one of the finest scores period. Michael Stearns soundtrack remains a classic. The purity and serenity of ESSENCE AND THE ANCIENTS is perfectly balanced against the fury of ESCALATOR; the moving and minimal PORTRAITS precedes the gigantic splendour of THE RIDE, to produce an overall experience that really was like sharing someone's interior vision. Not even a Blu-ray release could really showcase this film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth watching, 17 Feb 2013
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This review is from: Chronos [1985] [DVD] (DVD)
Very good film and cinematography. Baraka is first film I watched by Fricke. Not seen Samara yet, but came across this. Worth watching, good time lapse work too pre digital era!
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37 of 46 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lost the plot, 8 Jun 2008
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This review is from: Chronos [1985] [DVD] (DVD)
Ancient, beautiful, haunting places, juxtaposed with the equally awe-filled modern world of lights and movement. But, sadly, some gadget loving man, with his hand on some technical camera-time-lapse-trickery, had to spoil it with excess. I lost the point; I'm afraid there's only so much blurred images of Grand Central Station anyone can take before boredom sets in.
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17 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, very poor transfer to HD, 3 April 2008
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andrew (London, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This is a great movie, but I am here commenting on the HD version... in short, it is not worth buying if you already have the DVD, the picture quality thru a HD player is quite poor, nothing like I have seen from other HD DVDs (like Planet Earth), in my opinion the DVD is actually better!
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not so interesting, in fact rather dull, 30 Jun 2012
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Unfortunately this doesn't live up it's pedigree (or the reviews, for that matter), having been directed by Ron Fricke who was the cinematographer of the excellent Koyaanisqatsi (1982). A waste of time, if you pardon the pun.
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3 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chronos, 25 May 2009
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absolutely stunning, but must be viewed A= A projection telly at least 8ft+4ft and B= Several glasses of wine. you'll watch again and again.
Oh, and of course the best sound system you can afford.
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