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Old 12-02-2012, 07:52 AM   #1
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From the creator of Baraka and Chronos Ron Fricke's Samsara is available for pre-order on Blu-ray with a released date 8 January 2013!!! Filmed in 25 countries/5 continents over a 4-5 year span. The 65mm negative of the film/movie was scanned in at 8k and then reduced to 4k for the 70mm theatrical release prints.

I was unable to see this in the theaters but I expect this will be nothing but phenomenal on Blu-ray!!!!!!



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Wikipedia- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samsara_%282011_film%29
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Rotten Tomatoes- http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/samsara_2012/
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BarakaSamsara.com- http://barakasamsara.com/samsara/about
SpiritofBaraka.com- http://www.spiritofbaraka.com/samsara
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Old 12-02-2012, 08:47 AM   #2
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I am actually not very excited for this Blu.

I have heard from several people who have said after watching this in theaters (70mm) it looses a lot of its luster in home viewing.
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Old 12-02-2012, 11:11 AM   #3
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I am actually not very excited for this Blu.

I have heard from several people who have said after watching this in theaters (70mm) it looses a lot of its luster in home viewing.
70mm films look great on blu!!

Yeah, it's not the theatrical experience, but it's the next best thing. Do you have Baraka on blu? It's a demonstration quality disc.
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Old 12-02-2012, 11:18 AM   #4
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70mm films look great on blu!!

Yeah, it's not the theatrical experience, but it's the next best thing. Do you have Baraka on blu? It's a demonstration quality disc.
I think Arrow are re-releasing Baraka as well, here is hoping we get a new print with no DNR, artificial sharpening and compression artefact's..........but it still looks great.
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Old 12-02-2012, 03:13 PM   #5
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I unfortunately have never been able to see these in the theater but I can only image how wonderful they would look after seeing Baraka on Blu-ray
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Old 12-11-2012, 07:34 AM   #6
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I am very excited about this release. I owned Baraka and it was incredible. Then I saw Samsara at the Seattle Cinerama and it smoked Baraka!

In four weeks this is gonna be a great great Blu to buy.
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damn wish I would have seen this before I used my Amazon $5 off $25
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This one isn't anywhere near as good as Baraka or Chronos (their previous projects). This one delves more into material that tries to push certain agendas onto its viewers. Their previous films (mentioned above) were very much "observation for the viewer to make up their own minds." This one crosses the line multiple times in trying to tell you what you should think. Not a fan of the manipulative nature of this one. I'll be happy without it in my collection.

P.S. However... this will look F-ING PHENOMENAL on Blu-ray!!!
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The transfer looks absolutely amazing. No DNR or EE like on Baraka. Only a clear and film like image.

I feel like Baraka needs another remaster now.

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Old 12-22-2012, 04:01 AM   #10
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I am actually not very excited for this Blu.

I have heard from several people who have said after watching this in theaters (70mm) it looses a lot of its luster in home viewing.

actually this wasn't released in 70mm - it was only distributed in 35mm, 2K and 4K DCP.

Along with the amazing visuals, I hope the bluray has the 7.1 audio mix that was featured as such in the theaters, 96kHz audio would be the icing on the cake too!!
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I am actually not very excited for this Blu.

I have heard from several people who have said after watching this in theaters (70mm) it looses a lot of its luster in home viewing.
Well, in all fairness, every 70mm will lose some "luster" on BD, has it can't match the exact resolution...how much could be a matter of opinion.

I know I'm looking forward to seeing this!
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Old 12-22-2012, 02:12 PM   #12
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This one isn't anywhere near as good as Baraka or Chronos (their previous projects). This one delves more into material that tries to push certain agendas onto its viewers. Their previous films (mentioned above) were very much "observation for the viewer to make up their own minds." This one crosses the line multiple times in trying to tell you what you should think. Not a fan of the manipulative nature of this one. I'll be happy without it in my collection.

P.S. However... this will look F-ING PHENOMENAL on Blu-ray!!!
Like most agenda driven films, I like to formulate my own opinion. As you said, I think most are in this for the stunning technical merits it puts forth...not the creator's agenda.
Heck every news article you read could be an editor's agenda. Every news show you watch is a producers agenda. Every commercial you watch is a marketing agenda.
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Review up over on dvdactive

http://www.dvdactive.com/reviews/dvd/samsara.html
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Like most agenda driven films, I like to formulate my own opinion. As you said, I think most are in this for the stunning technical merits it puts forth...not the creator's agenda.
Heck every news article you read could be an editor's agenda. Every news show you watch is a producers agenda. Every commercial you watch is a marketing agenda.
Having seen the film myself, the film definitely tries to take advantage of juxtaposition. But I never truly felt that it explicitly was trying to push a political or social agenda. That two relatively unrelated clips could be placed together and create an emotional response represents the creator's primary goal, to create a movie without any words without it just being a travelogue.
You as the viewer can choose to see an attempt to shape your political views... Or you can see it as simply saying "The world is so big, and yet so small. Things can be so different... And yet at the same time totally the same." The film is very interesting and the visuals are stunning.

If some people are ok with buying Transformers 2 for the PQ while not paying attention to the plot... I think there's even more reason to pick up Samsara. It's likely to have some of the best PQ out there, and there's no plot or story at all. Just a unifying theme.

But just a disclaimer: with Baraka I think the saddest things you saw were ruins, skulls, etc. But Samsara has quite a bit more "disturbing" imagery that do make certain segments hard to watch. It's definitely a darker film, though it ends on a very positive note.
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But just a disclaimer: with Baraka I think the saddest things you saw were ruins, skulls, etc. But Samsara has quite a bit more "disturbing" imagery that do make certain segments hard to watch. It's definitely a darker film, though it ends on a very positive note.
Well can you please tell me a bit about those scenes? I dont mind anything spoiled about it. I want to know about such things before watching this movie. Thanks!
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I saw Samsara in 4K version in an AMC theater in Boston. Great for a cinema, but I was not blown away. I feel watching Baraka on my JVC DILA projector (RS40) with a 115" 2.35:1 screen is a better experience, so I expect Samsara will best the theater experience as well. Even though the resolution is technically 4 times lower.
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I've never noticed any DNR, EE, artificial sharpening, etc. of any kind while watching Baraka. Could someone please give me an indication of what times these instances occur so that I can see it for myself?
I'm not doubting it, I just have always watched in awe as Baraka unfolded before my eyes.
Even the review on this site neglects to mention any forms of image manipulation.

Looking forward to Samsara and hoping the AQ is nearly as impressive as Baraka!
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I'm really looking forward to this on blu!

Unfortunately, I DID see it in the theaters and it was a terrible experience. I caught it at the Fiesta Five in Santa Barbara while on vacation in October and one of the right speakers was fuzzy/buzzing the whole time and the print itself was terrible. Full of lines on one side and bad sound. It just goes to show that the big screen isn't always the best.

I can't wait to see it at home.
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I'm really looking forward to this on blu!

Unfortunately, I DID see it in the theaters and it was a terrible experience. I caught it at the Fiesta Five in Santa Barbara while on vacation in October and one of the right speakers was fuzzy/buzzing the whole time and the print itself was terrible. Full of lines on one side and bad sound. It just goes to show that the big screen isn't always the best.

I can't wait to see it at home.
that's horrible - I assume that you saw a 35mm print and not a digital presentation - I would have complained to the theater's manager.
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Well can you please tell me a bit about those scenes? I dont mind anything spoiled about it. I want to know about such things before watching this movie. Thanks!
The scenes that really struck me were:

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Any scenes that involved the food industry. There isn't anything violent or gory, but it is kind of disturbing seeing what happens to farm animals. Though it's all kept PG, I personally felt a bit uncomfortable.

Following a sequence that shows American's gun culture, they cut to a portrait of a war veteran who was horribly scarred, I'm guessing from burns. I believe he has received multiple skin grafts. It's very disturbing to me, since films rarely show the ways that war can physically change people.
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