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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.
INCLUDES OVER 80 MINUTES OF ALL NEW BONUS FEATURES:
Baraka: A Closer Look
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 --This text refers to the VHS Tape edition.
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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.
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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The copy I received had many artifacts, and needed to be returned. I think it was just that disc. I have seen a friends and it was excellent.Published 9 months ago by Bob Unger
one of my fav movies. if you like conventional movies, you may dislike it or fall asleep.Published 11 months ago by Nicolle C