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Samsara okay, not as good as Baraka,
This review is from: Samsara [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
I saw Samsara about a week ago in the theater. It was originally released back in September 2011 at the Toronto International Film Festival. I had checked out the critics reviews and most gave the thumbs up. Let me say I have seen Baraka and have it on blu ray and was blown away the first time I saw it. When I heard that Samsara was in production starting in 2007 I eagerly awaited it's release for 4 years. After watching Samsara, I came away disappointed. It did not have the same powerful emotional or visual effect on me that Baraka did and still does. I have watched Baraka many many times. Samsara seems to be image without coherence like one other reviewer has stated. To me the music also did not have that powerful emotional kick that Baraka does. The images are very good in Samsara and some of the music is good. I will buy Samsara on blu ray, but for me Baraka will always be the litmus test.
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Initial post: Dec 20, 2012 3:17:19 AM PST
I would argue that they are apples and oranges. The titles of each film suggest exactly what they are about, and each is so definitive for its focus. Any movie about samsara would not be quite as lovely as a movie about baraka. But of course, "lovely" wasn't the aim of samsara because samsara reflects the suffering, the pain, the "dirtiness" of the universe, death basically. The show had to be painful to watch, because the filmmaker wanted to (hopefully) jolt the systems of the viewers, cause needed change in the world that way. As far as the star rating, I would say this movie was the most powerful representation of earthly samsara I could imagine. I think it's a five star type deal, considering its success in its particular goal. Also, I'm sure you could imagine that if Ron Fricke had done a Baraka 2, it would likely be better than the first. The guy is so good. Just my opinion tho.
Posted on Feb 19, 2013 12:43:22 AM PST
i totally concur with L. Wright! Samsara is visually very nice and adds to some of the scenes from Baraka. Both the music and the cultural scenes were more profound in Baraka than Samsara. I bought Samsara out of respect and support of the director/producers and personal curiosity. Furthermore i expected to see more visual effects and enhancements as so much new CGI technology has evolved. if we didn't know any better, it appears that those 2 documentaries were made back to back in the same year.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 19, 2013 5:39:16 AM PST
Your last statement is an interesting point. As to "i expected to see more visual effects", I don't get that. Why would ron fricke forge CG imagery for samsara?
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2013 6:35:18 AM PST
George D. Gates says:
I think these movies are the exact of opposite of CGI. Not sure where you came up with that.
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