Baraka [Blu-ray] [1993]

  • SKU: 9090271
  • Release Date: 10/28/2008
  • Rating: NR
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Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (11 out of 11)

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Synopsis


Baraka
Named after a Sufi word that translates roughly as "breath of life" or "blessing," Baraka is Ron Fricke's impressive follow-up to Godfrey Reggio's non-verbal documentary film Koyaanisqatsi. Fricke was cinematographer and collaborator on Reggio's film, and for Baraka he struck out on his own to polish and expand the photographic techniques used on Koyaanisqatsi. The result is a tour-de-force in 70mm: a cinematic "guided meditation" (Fricke's own description) shot in 24 countries on six continents over a 14-month period that unites religious ritual, the phenomena of nature, and man's own destructive powers into a web of moving images. Fricke's camera ranges, in meditative slow motion or bewildering time-lapse, over the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, the Ryoan-Ji temple in Kyoto, Lake Natron in Tanzania, burning oil fields in Kuwait, the smoldering precipice of an active volcano, a busy subway terminal, tribal celebrations of the Masai in Kenya, chanting monks in the Dip Tse Chok Ling monastery...and on and on, through locales across the globe. To execute the film's time-lapse sequences, Fricke had a special camera built that combined time-lapse photography with perfectly controlled movements of the camera. In one evening sequence a desert sky turns black, and the stars roll by, as the camera moves slowly forward under the trees. The feeling is like that of viewing the universe through a powerful telescope: that we are indeed on a tiny orb hurtling through a star-filled void. The film is complemented by the hybrid world-music of Michael Stearns. ~ Anthony Reed, Rovi



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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Must See!

    Posted
    Olech13

    This review is based on the DVD version of this film. I'm eagerly awaiting the release of the Blu-Ray. From what I've heard, it's gonna be the pinnacle of picture and sound. This film has no plot and will have a different meaning for all that watch it. There's no script or narration just picture, sound, and music. The film is about life. The most incredible cinematography showing the many beautiful and ugly sides of the world we live in. This is not your typical movie, nor is it a typical documentary. If you appreciate amazing photography and want a feast for your eyes and ears, I urge you to give this film a look.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A stunning cinematic achievement.

    Posted
    varmintx
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    Putting "Excellent" for plot and acting is kind of cheating since there isn't any plot or acting. That is likely the biggest hurdle most people will have to get over to enjoy this stunning film. Shot in 70mm, there is no dialogue, not even a narrator; the film is entirely comprised of just the audio and video of what was shot. But oh, what incredible wonders the camera did capture. And despite there not being a traditional story, there are certainly many themes touched upon throughout the film's runtime. The blu-ray's audio/visual quality is impeccable. It is truly a demo-worthy disc.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The "Coffee Table Book" of DVDs

    Posted
    Andreb11

    Being a subscriber to Netflix, I have no real reason to own a DVD collection. After reading Baraka reviews, I made an exception and I am glad I did. This DVD was produced using the highest of production values regarding audio and video. You are taken on a journey to some wonderful, far away places that any well traveled person will recall and appreciate. Great for meditation and to simply escape. If you can rent the BR DVD and I am pretty sure that you will not only want to add (or start) to your collection, you will want to share the experience with friends and family.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Stunning visuals, meditative film

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    Polythenesian
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    This film will not be for everyone, as it is a story told through visuals, without dialogue. This does not mean that it is non-narrative. There is a definite point of view and linear progression to the film. The cinematography is absolutely stunning, and the juxtaposition of images are quite startling and innovative at times. My only quibble, and a minor one at that, is the lack of disc extras, outside of an informative making-of documentary.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Simply mesmerizing!

    Posted
    Drew4MD

    I just recently purchased this film on Bluray after reading a intriguing review of it how wonderful both the audio and video experience were. I wish I would have purchased this sooner. It is simply wonderful. For a movie with no conventional plot, I was enthralled. It is a wonderful experience, and I'd imagine each viewer would take something different from their viewing. Simply a powerful statement of life on our planet.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Videography, Cultural History

    Posted
    HealingBalance

    The Videography and Cultural History was top notch. I having a new Samsung 720P Plasma was blown away. This was played on My PS3 using Monster lightspeed 100 Audio (Optical) and Monster M series HDMI cable for Picture. Not to mention some nice audio quality as well. Most audio was front stage but a couple surprises from rear. Enjoy

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Something Different, Something Amazing

    Posted
    cbono
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    A showcase blu-ray. Mastered in 8K ! If you let it happen, this unusual film taps into a different part of the brain. It can be watched again and again and you will have a different experience each time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    breathtaking

    Posted
    alwayshd
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    this is one of the blu-ray's that is a must watch for everyone, it is simply breathtaking, the picture quality is the best, it was scanned at 8k, this is the movie you show someone to convince them why blu-ray is the best

    I would recommend this to a friend



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