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Baraka (Widescreen) [Import]

Ron Fricke    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews)
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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

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Cultural Enlightening July 14 2004
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing look at life Feb. 29 2012
By Steven Aldersley TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Jamie MacDougall TOP 500 REVIEWER
Shot entirely without dialogue, Baraka is a stunning film that allows its extraordinary images and sounds to transport the viewer all around the world and tell of the formation and evolution of earth, man’s rise to power, life & death, religion, war and the consequences of technology. The film was shot on 70mm film on six continents in 24 countries.

The movie takes viewers on a journey around the world to explore the busiest streets of the largest cities to the most remote corners of the globe. It’s really easy to lose oneself in the grand voyage that offers many sights and sounds that not only highlight the different plights of man and nature, but also offers a clearer and more vivid picture of planet earth and its inhabitants than ever before.

Baraka was restored with an 8k Ultra Digital HD process and the video and audio presentations are both truly reference quality as a result. The colors are vivid and detail is absolutely breathtaking. Special features include a fascinating making-of documentary (77 min) and a short featurette showcasing the restoration process undertaken for the film (7 min).

The film is a great disc to pop in to showcase to friends and family how stunning the Blu-ray format can be. With reference quality video & audio, a couple truly interesting special features and a film that should be experienced by everyone, Baraka easily earns my highest recommendation. It’s an unforgettable experience.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible. July 8 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
If you love the Earth, and if you love Humanity, and if you appreciate the sacredness of life, and if you respect symbols of what is humanity's most profound aspects of being, you will want to view Baraka.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant Jan. 10 2013
By vayda
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
this is the third copy i've purchased. i keep giving them to people and saying they can have them!
if you haven't seen this...it's brilliant.
filmed in so many countries over so much time..and put together seamlessly...with some of the most powerful imagery i've ever seen...
just brilliant
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timely Dec 11 2012
By Julia
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I received the movie within a week and a half of ordering it, and that was around Christmas time. I was very happy with how quickly they were able to get it to me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic film Nov. 21 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Still stands the test of time, made over 20 years ago, the images are stunning, captivating and sometimes more then chilling
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5.0 out of 5 stars A spectacular cinematographic feast Nov. 22 2007
By Aeneas
This is a very powerful film, which is a visual feast. It portrays without any words both the creative principle as well as the destructive principle of the human spirit. A voyage that in pictures and accompanying music shows a multitudes of cultures, landscapes, religious practices and beliefs that has a profound impact. It is both celebratory and sobering at the same time.

Highly recommended and especially on a big screen if possible to get the most from the stunning visuals!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This movie should be experienced by all!
This is an excellent documentary of the wonders of nature, faith and society while also exploring the dark corners of humanity. Read more
Published on July 6 2011 by G. Bent
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning video and sound
After buying Baraka on DVD, I upgraded my system to Blu-ray and toyed with buying the blu-ray version. Read more
Published on Jan. 10 2010 by Stephen Lum
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
What else is there to say the other 149 (to date) 5 star Siskel & Ebert's haven't. Watching this on a 62" widescreen in Blu-ray format just doesn't get any better... Read more
Published on July 7 2009 by je64
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing experience!
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... Read more
Published on Feb. 22 2009 by carminaburana
5.0 out of 5 stars Baraka - It's like being blind and seeing colour for the first time.
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... Read more
Published on Feb. 20 2009 by david mc quaid
3.0 out of 5 stars Ron Fricke ventures on his own...
It is a beautiful film, I admit that. I own it because I love the visuals.
The only problem I have with this film is that it lacks the feeling and flow of Koyaanisqatsi... Read more
Published on Oct. 7 2008 by Jaselyn Poirier
5.0 out of 5 stars oeuvre superbe!
Les images et le son a sont meilleur,
pour les vraies amateurs de cinéma maison.Les images des 24 pays wow!les
arches dans l'etat de l'Utah,les galapagos etc... Read more
Published on Jan. 27 2008 by Carl Martin
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