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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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From the creators of the award-winning film BARAKA, Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson, comes a new non-verbal masterpiece. Filmed over a five-year period in 25 countries across five continents, SAMSARA transports us via stunning Super Panavision 70 cinematography to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders. By dispensing with dialogue and descriptive text, SAMSARA subverts our expectations of a traditional documentary. It encourages our own interpretations, inspired by breath-taking images that infuse the ancient with the modern and set against a mesmerizing musical score featuring the work of Lisa Gerrard, Michael Stearns and Marcello De Francisci.
BARAKA: A challenge, a warning, a gift, a blessing. In the ancient Sufi language, ‘BARAKA’ translates as ‘the thread that weaves life together’. In the pantheon of modern cinema, it remains one of the most unique and acclaimed motion picture events of our time. Shot in breath-taking 70mm in 24 countries on six continents, ‘BARAKA’ is a transcendent global tour that explores the sights and sounds of the human condition like nothing you’ve ever seen or felt before. These are the wonders of a world without words, viewed through man and nature’s own prisms of symmetry, savagery, chaos and harmony.
SAMSARA Cast: Balinese Tari Legong Dancers, Ni Made Megahadi Pratiwi, Puti Sri Candra Dewi, Putu Dinda Pratika, Marcos Luna, Hiroshi Ishiguro, Olivier De Sagazan, Ladyboys of Cascade Bar, Kikumaru, Crisanto Neire, Robert Henline, Tai Lihua and Collin Alfredo St.Read more ›
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
To me... I;d still go for Koyanisqaatsi every time - despite the overbearing 70s music. This may have blu-ray quality but I thin it is a tad over-rated and does not advance the genre that Koy/Powa created way back.
If you love these then go for it.
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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 6 months ago by Annette Tomlinson
hypnotic visualstudio with good soundtrack support. Stunning picture qualityPublished 15 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 16 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 20 months ago by Hadouken
just fantastic. there's a couple of standout moments and i am still able to recall the images and feelings years laterPublished 21 months ago by jodiboy