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Samsara [Dual Format Blu-ray + DVD]
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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.
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As with Baraka the cinematography is superb and the countries visited are wide and varied. However the themes in the film are far darker than Baraka; some being quite disturbing. The scenes in the chicken and pork factory farms are probably enough to turn some people in to instant vegetarians.
The landscape scenes are mostly beautiful but are counter balanced with scenes of extreme poverty and extreme wealth.
Probably the most bizarre scene involves a man in a suit, repeatedly covering his face in grey/green clay and then apparently stabbing himself in his eyes and cutting has face. This particular sequence is extremely surreal somewhat reminiscent of Un Chien Anadlous by Salvador Dali and as equally disturbing.
The music accompanying the video is good but, for my taste, not as good as that of Baraka.
I'm glad that I've added it to my collection.
It is worth noting that this is a double disk issue containing both normal DVD and Blu-Ray versions.
Overall I enjoyed it very much with a few reservations......
Picture and sound quality are awesome (this is a review of the UK release by Arrow). This is why you wanted that large TV monitor and that expensive surround sound system. On a large cinema screen this must have been overwhelming.
Additionally, the extras feature a series of informative interviews with the film-makers and the composers on how they made the film, which are in themselves very interesting and which add value to your understanding and appreciation of the film.
Wonderfully photographed & produced,
it is a great cinematic experience, & it also gave me a lot to think about.
On the whole, I enjoyed the movie, & I would recommend it
When the disk arrived, I asked my kids (then 8 and 11) to have a quick look at the opening scenes. Somewhat amazingly, my noisy Disney Channel fed kids remained silently glued to their seats for the next 100 minutes or so. I can't fathom what their thoughts were, but it must have been interesting.
Note: the film apparently has a 13PG rating and some scenes could be considered by some parents as inadequate for younger children. I would have hesitated if I had seen the movie alone before seeing it with them, but we all let ourselves go with the flow and no one was shocked. For example I did not explain the ultimate purpose of the wonderful dolls the factory was producing and my daughter just saw wonderful dolls being made...
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