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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.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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).Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
this is a gorgeous and very moving film…picture quality fabulous ! no spoken words..just photography which tells you everything…highly recommended to people who enjoy great... Read morePublished 19 days ago by mary in new york city
A great video experience, I just let it recycle on my player. Makes for a great evening.Published 19 days ago by Norbert H.
This has to be my favorite movie of all time. The subtle storytelling of a society out of balance is second to none. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nathan
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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.
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
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 8 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
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