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  • Directors: Ron Fricke
  • Writers: Ron Fricke, Mark Magidson, Bob Green, Constantine Nicholas, Genevieve Nicholas
  • Producers: Mark Magidson, Alton Walpole
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.20:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Phase 4
  • Release Date: Nov. 4 2008
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,953 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

Product Description

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FULLY RESTORED - The only movie ever transferred with an 8K HD Scan

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.

Baraka: A Closer Look
Baraka: Restoration

The word Baraka means "blessing" in several languages; watching this film, the viewer is blessed with a dazzling barrage of images that transcend language. Filmed in 24 countries and set to an ever-changing global soundtrack, the movie draws some surprising connections between various peoples and the spaces they inhabit, whether that space is a lonely mountaintop or a crowded cigarette factory. Some of these attempts at connection are more successful than others: for instance, an early sequence segues between the daily devotions of Tibetan monks, Orthodox Jews, and whirling dervishes, finding more similarity among these rituals than one might expect. And there are other amazing moments, as when sped-up footage of a busy Hong Kong intersection reveals a beautiful symmetry to urban life that could only be appreciated from the perspective of film. The lack of context is occasionally frustrating--not knowing where a section was filmed, or the meaning of the ritual taking place--and some of the transitions are puzzling. However, the DVD includes a short behind-the-scenes featurette in which cinematographer Ron Fricke (Koyaanisqatsi) explains that the effect was intentional: "It's not where you are that's important, it's what's there." And what's here, in Baraka, is a whole world summed up in 104 minutes. --Larisa Lomacky Moore

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Natalie Baker on July 14 2004
Format: DVD
I can gaurantee this is unlike any film you've ever seen before. Baraka is not a movie with a plot or words, but it is one massive work of art, a composition with the scenery as the main "characters". This movie will open your eyes to the fact that there is a whole world of different cultures, religions, and rituals out there. It will give you chills, make you smile, make you gasp, and make you appriciate diversity. Baraka is not a film for everyone. If you are ethnocentric, you might not see the point. If you have a passion to learn and become enlightened, you will love it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By david mc quaid on Feb. 20 2009
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
If there was a reason to upgrade from a regular TV to a hi-def TV and Blu-Ray machine Baraka is it. This film now remastered in 8K, how holds the title of being the most visually stunning movie ever released on any video format. 8K is the highest level of film transfer in existence, and Baraka is the first film to go through this transfer.

There is no Blu-Ray or HD DVD on the market today anywhere that has a visual image that compares to this film.

But to fully appreciate it and all its 1080p glory watch it on a 1080p TV and Blu-Ray 1080p output machine. It's like being blind and seeing colour for the first time.

This film includes how they remastered the film, and the best and longest behind the scenes documentary on the film's making. With old footage and brand new interviews with all those involved.

The greatest film ever made? Not at all. The greastest viual film in the world today, at this time, yes.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Matthew King on July 11 2004
Format: DVD
Baraka is a visual feast like no other, a film that begs to be seen on the largest screen possible so the viewer can absorb the grandiose feel of the images. This is the type of film that IMAX was made for. Filmed on a 70mm camera in a total of 24 countries, it is a dialogue-free film that takes the viewer around the globe into uncharted lands. The first half of the film shows us the natural beauty of earth as we are shown striking images of mountain ranges, deserts, tropical rain forests, volcanoes, solar temples, exotic animals. The whole thing is done to the tune of a spellbinding soundtrack of ambient music, Gregorian chants, flutes and other exotic sounds by world music artists such as Harmonic Choir and Dead Can Dance.
But Baraka is much more than just National Geographic for the visually inclined. Its purpose is to give us a view of the world good and bad. And as the second half of the film unwinds, the tone of Baraka becomes increasingly dark and pessimistic as we are exposed to some of the harsh realities of the world like homelessness, poverty, slave labour, hunger. Horrifying images of tree-chopping, sweatshops, subway-cramming in Tokyo and scenes in a chicken factory will make many cringe and think twice about eating chicken for a while. But sometimes even within these backdrops of despair can be found things that are beautiful such as the joy and happiness on children's faces despite growing up in poverty-stricken 2nd world countries. These kids grow up with practically no material possessions yet they seem so HAPPY, much happier than kids of first-world countries who grow up with any material object their heart desires.
Baraka is certainly not the kind of film we are used to seeing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steven Aldersley TOP 50 REVIEWER on Feb. 29 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Baraka (1992)
Documentary, 96 minutes
Directed by Ron Fricke

There are few films that I think everyone should watch at least once, but Baraka may be one of them. Perhaps it should be shown in schools too? It's arguably the strangest choice on my list.

Baraka is a word in the ancient Sufi language meaning "the thread that weaves life together" and the film contains no dialogue and no explanation. It's a series of images taken from 24 different countries. Some of the images show scenes of animal life or extreme beauty; others show human rituals and the effects of war or poverty. The result provokes a lot of thought if you are open to such things.

Shot on 70mm film, the Blu-ray presentation is among the best live action films the format has to offer. Some of the images are located in places that are not normally accessible to people. An image of an underground cavern springs to mind.

If you follow the film closely, you are likely to be moved. The beauty is breathtaking, but some of the sadder scenes could take your breath away for a different reason. The contrast between good and evil is one of the themes running throughout the documentary. You might also question the path you have chosen in your life when you realize that most humans are continually racing toward something and few stop to appreciate the beauty in their lives.

The special features are informative and almost as interesting as the film itself. If you are curious about where the images came from, the special features answer most of your questions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By carminaburana TOP 500 REVIEWER on Feb. 22 2009
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I just watched Baraka first the first time and I can only think how great it is. It is somehow true that you need a nice big HD Tv and a good system for the sound to fully take advantage of the stunning images and the beautiful music.
I bought the blue ray version, and the only thing I didn't like was the flimsy, cheap packaging.
But the movie is simply breathtaking.
The sequence I loved most was the one showing the Japanese Zen priest meditating in the street. Pure expression of the sacred and the profane coexisting in real life.
This is an extraordinary story about everyday life, with its more or less tragic actions, expressing universal faith and beauty.
The disc is loaded with 2 bonus features offering a story of the making of Baraka and another one about the restoration process. I would say that after listening to the story behind the movie you end up better understanding and enjoying the main movie.
I had no problems with the disc played on a PS3 station.
I recommend this film to everyone for a better understanding of our life as whole, transcending boundaries and time.
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