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Baraka: 2-Disc Special Edition (2008)

n , a , Ron Fricke  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (681 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: n, a
  • Directors: Ron Fricke
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Special Edition, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: October 28, 2008
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (681 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CDLAT4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,362 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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FULLY RESTORED - THE FIRST MOVIE EVER TRANSFERRED IN 8K ULTRADIGITAL HD!

Shot in breathtaking 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, harmony and chaos.

BARAKA produced by Mark Magidson and directed and photographed by Ron Fricke, award-winning cinematographer of KOYAANISQATSI and creators of the IMAX® sensation CHRONOS has now been fully restored from its original camera negative via state-of-the-art 8K UltraDigital mastering to create the most visually stunning Blu-ray ever made.

INCLUDES OVER 80 MINUTES OF ALL NEW BONUS FEATURES:
Baraka: A Closer Look
Baraka: Restoration

Eco-friendly packaging
-100% recyclability.
-20% post-consumer waste.
-Prints using soy based inks.
-Greatly reduces green house gases.
-Forest Stewardship Council (FCS) certified
-Weighs less than conventional plastic and therefore costs less to ship

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Awesome --The New York Times

Magnificent --The Los Angeles Times

Extraordinary --The Washington Post

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222 of 234 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VASTLY IMPROVED VIDEO AND SOUND QUALITY! November 20, 2001
Format:DVD
I will not attempt to extol the virtues film itself (what more can I say than has already been said?), but of the new collector's edition: I too have the original DVD release, and the VHS release. This new transfer is AMAZING, and is exactly what the first DVD release should have been... PRISTINE video (very few artifacts, little or no pixelation), and IMMACULATE audio (crisp, clean, and great presence without sounding "over-processed"). If you have both versions and can't tell the difference, then it's time to watch it on a large screen TV, and clean yer ears out! The improvements are painfully obvious. This is a truly incredible film, and finally justice has been done with the fantastic quality of the consumer version. Like someone else said, give your old copy away, and BUY THIS VERSION now! I'm glad I picked it up, and you will be too.
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251 of 272 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing, beautiful, astounding . . . December 20, 2002
Format:DVD
The words mesmerizing, beautiful and astounding cannot begin to describe this wonderful DVD. Ron Fricke is to be commended highly for this moving work of art. I have a wide-screen HDTV and found the DVD to be much more moving than the VHS version I had seen on old TV in the past. If you have a choice--definitely go to the widescreen DVD version. The Dolby sound also was much enhanced over the previous version.
I firmly believe ALL PEOPLE should view this film at least once in their lifetime--free from all external encumbrances--this film requires your undivided attention.
All of a sudden, the world becomes a much smaller planet--one in which we all live in our own way and one in which every living being is important.
If you are prone to cry at beauty--have a box of tissues handy. If you are not prone to cry at films, have a box of tissues handy anyway. You will probably need them. This is a very moving film.
I was particularly impressed with the burning oil field scene because of the intense feeling the film created.
Viewing this film should be a requirement for living on the planet.
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79 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch on the largest screen you can! September 6, 2003
Format:DVD
And crank down the bass a little (if you have a subwoofer).
This movie gives the person with their DVD players, SUV and well- paying job to see something in this world that the viewer most likely has not seen, which is an intimate look at cultures, environments and nature the world over. With no concern of SARS or an expensive plane ticket, you feel afterwards that you truly experienced a global tour.
Baraka begins at a rather cautious pace, and as each scene passes by your vision, the intensity and depth slowly but steadily increases. It's a bit hard to describe, but I feel in a way that it causes the viewer to look inward at his/her own view of what the world is about and what life means. In a way, it compells you to ask yourself some deep questions. Make sure to keep your attention on watching the movie with NO interruptions to get the full effect. Pausing for phone calls, snacks or bathroom breaks is verboten, so get everything done first!
Baraka unfolds in the early morning and as the film passes through the first 10 minutes or so, you see examples of different beliefs and religions mixed with clips of nature. Eventually the two collide. And by the end, you're amazed at the solar eclipse and lunar starfields. Yet Ron Fricke's intent wasn't to make any statement at all.
There are elements of almost every type mixed into the film from peaceful co- existance to conflict (no graphic footage, don't worry), faith, technology, beauty and struggle. In some ways you may feel helpless after watching the slow decay/destruction of the world at the hands of mankind, yet Fricke also inserts visions which somehow reassure that nature ultimately holds the key to the fate of human beings since she is infinitely more powerful (and is much more patient).
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75 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best movie I've ever bought January 10, 2003
Format:DVD
This is an incredible, serious, and beautiful film. The imagery is astounding and often thought-provoking. The music is also great and matches the film very well -- if you like Peter Gabriel's "Passion" (the instrumental soundtrack to The Last Temptation of Christ), you will like the score for Baraka.
I disagree with the reviewer who said that Baraka is just an imitation of Koyaanisqatsi. If you'd bother to read the credits, Ron Fricke (the creator of Baraka) was also responsible for ALL of the filming for the -qatsi trilogy (which includes Koyaanisqatsi). Baraka is a different kind of movie, with a different, more subtly communicated message.
Baraka was shot in the (very expensive) 70mm format, which yields a very high quality picture, especially when transferred to DVD. Ron Fricke is a master of the 70mm format, and he actually designed many of the camera rigs used in Baraka (including the very high quality time lapse footage). Give Fricke some credit for having learned something in the almost 10 years since Koyaanisqatsi was filmed.
If you are expecting vapid, New Age eye candy, this is not the movie for you. If you want a beautiful film that will change you, a film that you can watch again every 6 months without getting tired of it, then buy this DVD. I have the original DVD (very hapy with it), so I can't say whether the film transfer quality in the Collector's Edition is on par. Maybe one of these days I'll buy the Collector's Edition and see which one I like best.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent film. I recommend to all culture and history fans
Published 4 days ago by Alireza Mani
1.0 out of 5 stars Hmm...Not
I guess I just don't get these kind of movies, they bore me to tears. I can't say I abhor the genre, I did love winged migration but every iteration Ive seen since bores me to... Read more
Published 4 days ago by C. Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful video with music
An outstanding video with beautiful music. Not one word is spoken. Images and music tell it all!
Published 10 days ago by R Malcolm Brown, Jr
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Visuals
Inspired after watching Samsara, I checked out this earlier film. I was not disappointed.
Published 17 days ago by Josh
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect, I wish a narrator
Perfect, I wish a narrator, might have explained the beauty, as well as location of where this all took place.
Published 17 days ago by Joyce Sole
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the Best
Published 19 days ago by EDUARD ARUTYUNYANTS
3.0 out of 5 stars Help, WHERE & WHAT AM I LOOKING AT?
Help! I'm captivated, but I'm going crazy because I DON'T KNOW WHAT I"M LOOKING AT. There are no explanations or references on this DVD. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Faxgirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Beauty around the globe!
Art as life exists in all corners of the world. Baraja takes you places you've never imagined!
Published 26 days ago by Lorraine Cange
4.0 out of 5 stars BEAUTIFUL video
Bought this to show off my new top of the line TV. Needed something with a crazy nice picture and resolution, and this is definitely it. I've never seen a crisper picture. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Christopher T. Gorab
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Arrived well packaged, on time and exactly as described. Thank You
Published 1 month ago by Steven Kennedy
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Baraka blu-ray vs. remastered blu-ray?
I have the "8K scan fully restored 70mm source Baraka" on Blu-ray and it works on region A US/Canada, even has the little stamp on the back cover.
Baraka [Blu-ray]
The Amazon listing doesn't say it is remastered when it lists search results, but the product is... Read More
Dec 19, 2010 by Anders Blom |  See all 4 posts
For Those Who Own The Cardboard Packaging Version
Thanks for the info. I emailed them and hope to get a reply :)
Jan 23, 2010 by cone gobbler |  See all 2 posts
What is that sparkling Cathedral near the end of Baraka?!
Thanks for answering the same question I was very curious about Shipper ! -- Thanks to YOU again !
Mar 17, 2011 by Dusty Roads |  See all 5 posts
Will they ever change to a regular BD case?
I've read on blu-ray.com that they've switched to a standard case but the one I just received from Amazon (12/30/08) is in the paper case. It appears to be unharmed but I'm transferring it to a proper case anyway.

edit: Nevermind. As soon as I posted this the disc froze up at 1hr5min.... ... Read More
Dec 30, 2008 by Matadore |  See all 3 posts
Region
Nope, it is region coded. Movietyme changed their mind after I ordered it. So if you can't trust the information from the sites like Movietyme no more BD from Amazon for me then.
Nov 14, 2008 by Jody Fanning |  See all 7 posts
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