New York Times - 09/24/1993
"...An awesome cinematic world tour....BARAKA makes dazzling use of time-lapse photography..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 11/12/1993
"...It is a meditation on the planet....The movie has the power of a dream, from which we awaken, instead of a warning, to which we respond..."
Empire - 12/01/2008 5 stars out of 5 -- "[A] masterpiece. Dialogue free, it's brilliant in its simplicity; a series of slow-moving shots mesmerise the audience into a meditation on life on Earth."
Total Film - 12/04/2012
"[A] gorgeous travelogue shot in 24 exotic countries across 14 months on 77mm film stock, the idea being to map the interconnectivity between man and planet."
From Nepal to Kenya, from Australia to Brazil, people try to cope with the changes that have altered their landscape, crowding them together and speeding up daily life. The film shows us these alienated people, but also images of traditions--whirling dervishes and Tibetan monks--that offer different, peaceful ways of existence. Shot in 70mm in 24 countries, this awesome musical and visual montage in the tradition of KOYAANISQATSI expresses the global existence of nature and man in the broadest sensory terms.
Description by MPI Home Video:
"The restored 2008 Blu-Ray DVD is the finest video disc I have ever viewed, or ever imagined."
"'Baraka' by itself is sufficient reason to acquire a Blu-ray player."
"If man sends another Voyager to the distant stars and it can carry only one film on board, that film might be "Baraka."
"It is like a prayer."
- Roger Ebert
"?the film represents the current zenith of Blu-ray picture quality"
"?the peak of home video imagery"
"There may be nothing better than Baraka, visually, available to the public today."
"When it comes to visual fidelity, Baraka sets a new standard on Blu-ray disc." - Home Media Magazine
"?one of the most breathtaking Blu-ray titles available" - Home Theater Magazine
"?this high definition presentation is a magnificent reminder what your equipment is capable of." - DVD Authority
"Baraka vividly shows what hi-def picture and sound is all about." - Video Business
"Baraka cuts no corners in the visual department"
"?as precise and uncompromising as films get"
"Baraka looks absolutely fantastic from start to finish."
"?a compelling look at the world around us."
"?bar-raising visuals" -Big Picture Big Sound
"AWESOME"? THE NEW YORK TIMES
"EXTRAORDINARY" - WASHINGTON POST
"MAGNIFICENT" - THE LOS ANGELES TIMES
FULLY RESTORED - THE FIRST MOVIE EVER TRANSFERRED IN 8K ULTRADIGITAL HD! 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.
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Ron Fricke, who shot, edited and developed the conception of the film, formerly worked as a cameraman for Geoffrey Reggio, whose films "Koyaanisqatsi" and "Powaqqatsi" similarly set images to music to examine contemporary life.
The film was shot with specially developed 70mm cameras.
Filmed in Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, China, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Hawaii, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, Nepal, New York, Poland, Thailand, and Turkey.
Music extracts: "Sanya" and Honshirabe" performed by Kohachiro Miyata. "Mantra" from "Mantra/Stbat Mixer" by Somei Satoh. "African Journey" from "Exotic Dance" performed and written by Anugama and Sebastiano. "Rainbow Voice" from "On Hearing Solar Winds" by the Harmonic Choir/David Hykes "Wandering Saint" from "Expressions of Impressions" written and performed by L. Subramaniam "Host of Serafim" written and performed by Dead Can Dance. "Drovela"/"Wipala" from "Land of Incas" by Gonzalo Vargas. "Triste" by Ciro Hurtado, performed by Ciro Hurtado, Julio Ledezma, Cindy Harding and Libby Harding. "An Daorach Sheag" performed by Brother, Hamish Richardson, Angus Richardon, and Fergus Richardson. "The Offerings for General Protectors," "A Prayer of Kala Rupa," "A Traditional Comosition for Gya Ling, Dung Chen" from "Sacred Ceremonies" performed by the Monks of the Dip Tse Ling Monastery.
Film score by Michael Stearns. Music research by Grant Wakefield.
Rated BBFC PG by the British Board of Film Classification.