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Samsara [Blu-ray]

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Prepare yourself for an unparalleled sensory experience. Filmed over a period of almost five years and in twenty-five countries, SAMSARA explores the wonders of the world from sacred grounds to industrial sites, looking into the unfathomable reaches of man s spirituality and the human experience. Photographed entirely in 70mm and transferred to 4K digital projection format, SAMSARA s mesmerizing images of unprecedented clarity illuminate the links between humanity and the rest of nature, showing how our life cycle mirrors the rhythm of the planet. Neither a traditional documentary nor a travelogue, SAMSARA is a guided meditation on the current of interconnection that runs through all of our lives.


Filmed over five years, in locations in 25 countries, it is the kind of experience you simply sink into. --Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times

A ridiculously ambitious cinematic experiment, a poetic and impressionistic visual essay shot entirely on 70mm film under exceptionally difficult conditions in dozens of locations scattered across five continents. --Andrew O Hehir,

SAMSARA is gorgeous --Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

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  • Actors: Balinese Tari Legong Dancers, Ni Made Megahadi Pratiwi, Puti Sri Candra Dewi, Putu Dinda Pratika, Marcos Luna
  • Directors: Ron Fricke
  • Writers: Ron Fricke, Mark Magidson
  • Format: Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: January 8, 2013
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (405 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008N9AAQ4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,876 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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125 of 134 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 15, 2012
Format: DVD
Just about 30 years ago, "Koyaaniqatsi" was released, a visually overwhelming movie of "life out of balance", and now we get a 21st century update of sorts in this movie.

"Samsara" (2011 release; 99 min.) is a movie in a similar vein as the previously mentioned "Koyaanisqatsi", bringing powerful and at times stunning visuals of our world. The film was made over a 4 year period in over 20 countries, and when I saw it this weekend in the theatre, I was nothing short of amazed of what I saw. I witnessed images I never thought I would see, none more so than the footage of the gathering of hundreds of thousands Muslims gathering in Mecca, brought in stunning visuals, including some time-lapsed footage. Wow, just wow. But there is a lot more. Beware, there are scenes in the movie that are not for the weak of heart, including a number of consumer-oriented scenes (too hard to explain in words, you'll have to see it for yourself). I enjoyed this movie from start to finish, and it rolled by in no time.

As in any of these types of documentaries, the music plays a significant role, since there is no dialogue. The soundtrack is quite nice, mostly by now 62 yr. ambient musician Michael Sterns but it's not quite at the same level of Philip Glass's memorable music in Koyaanisqatsi. But it's a minor quibble. This movie premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September, 2011, and I don't know why it has taken a year to reach the movie theatres, but better late than never. This movie is MILES away from your standard Hollywood commercial fare, but if you are in the mood for something different, "Samsara" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED,
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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Gerard D. Launay on September 13, 2012
Format: DVD
I made the right choice. I went to see "Samsara" in 70mm at the theater and was shocked how breathtaking the film was. The film begins with Balinese women performing a sacred ritual dance and ends with a group of other dancers duplicating a many-armed goddess of an Eastern religion.

There is no narration...just one image bleeding into another - of both the sacredness of life and its opposite. Although quite a few of these images are familiar to us....they are photographed in such a stunning way - with such depth of field - that they feel fresh again. Examples would be architectural long shots of Gothic Cathedral interiors with multi-colored, perfect stained glass windows, the Hall of Mirrors of Versailles lit by chandeliers, a gorgeous shot of Bryce Canyon National Park, a widescreen view of dozens of ancient Indonesian temples in a lush background of green, or time lapse photography of night Los Angeles with its sparkling lights and streaming cars. is truly similar to "Baraka", done by the same cinematographer - but I actually prefer "Samsara". It moved me more profoundly.

Yet, there are troubling - even terrifying images of what mankind is doing to our earth - the reckless creation of enormous rubbish piles of discarded electronics, the mechanized slaughter of mass numbers of chickens and cows in agribusiness, the frightening journey of miners who must hand carry sulfur out of a pit of hell, the senseless distribution of modern guns to the remotest regions of the planet. Alas, the pictures that disturbed me the most were ones in which hordes of people are wearing the same brightly colored uniform, doing the same task over and over again...from Chinese factory workers to Hispanic prisoners. Totalitarianism...or a brave new world.

This is a film that will make you think, and perhaps most important, make you choose. What environment do you want to live in?
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67 of 77 people found the following review helpful By jolbac on September 2, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Yes it's a beautiful film about life the struggle between man and nature.ideological based strife
And those that have a lot materially and those that don't. It's shot at 65mm then processed onto 4k digital. The opening shots of a lava eruption both day and night shots are simply stunning. There are some disturbing shots that have to do with slaughter of chickens and pigs so keep this in mind. There are tender shots too so do not despair. The breadth of imagery is so rich, powerful and really unforgettable it will enrich you 4.5 stars
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53 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Author/Reviewer Geri Ahearn TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 5, 2012
Format: DVD
This amazing Special Interest Documentary was filmed over a four year period in twenty-five countries on five continents, which produces breathtaking visual effects of natural wonders, sacred grounds, and other exciting places. Director Ron Fricke transports us all around the globe through lush, gorgeous images as each incredible photo tells a story of the world we live in. This fascinating trip around the world onscreen takes us to mysterious places we have never seen, from the mundane to the miraculous. We experience the ultimate, appealing wordless meditation, an unforgettable experience. This captivating film chronicles birth, life, death, and destruction. The cycles of life are witnessed through silent, visual mind-blowing storytelling. In addition, there is an emotional power behind each image as the film reflects on society, humanity, and nature. Soothing music, such as a harp infuses the ancient with the modern, illuminating the connection between humanity and nature. As we continue to travel, we will see Chinese factory workers, the freeways of L.A.,and the moon traveling over a desert sky. However, this thrilling ride doesn't stop there as we view a young African mother and child, a chicken factory, destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina and much more. Some beautiful images will uplift our spirits, and other photos will have us asking silent questions. The ride is inspiring and enjoyable. Technical achievements are remarkable. Overall, refreshing, and very interesting!
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what's the audio specs for this?
The Blu-ray audio is DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 (96kHz, 24-bit) according to the review on, which said "This is your new high definition demo disc. It's as simple as that." Both the picture-quality and the audio-quality received the highest possible scores.
Jan 15, 2013 by Neal Vincent |  See all 2 posts
Someone confirmed in another thread here (the one about Instant Video vs Blu-Ray) that the Blu-Ray does not have any bonus material (I was hoping). I'll ask the question there if it has location info in the subtitles.

BTW, the Netflix subtitles only indicate sound and music descriptors for the... Read More
Oct 13, 2013 by Whetstone Green |  See all 2 posts
Samsara--Amazon Instant Video or Blu Ray?
bluray video is the best. this blu sometimes comes in @ 36+mbps in video, amazon instant i believe tops out at 7-8 mbps. so while amazon might have 1080p, you get less frames per second, no deep color... i must say this is the best picture quality i've seen on a blu ray. absolutely amazing. maybe... Read More
Mar 17, 2013 by Mike |  See all 5 posts
Region Locked?
Can someone please confirm?
Jan 24, 2013 by Mohd Jafar |  See all 2 posts
Are you suppose to play Samsara at 1080p? Be the first to reply
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