Samsara and Baraka | Ron Fricke’s breathtaking cinematic odysseys bring the world’s great wonders into your living room

Samsara and Baraka

With cinematographer Ron Fricke’s seminal 1982 documentary Koyaanisqatsi coming to Blu-ray alongside 1988’s Powaqqatsi for the first time in the UK on Monday 12 May (from Arrow Films), here’s a gallery of images from Fricke’s most recent endeavour, 2011’s astonishing Samsara.

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Filmed over four years, Samsara visited some 25 countries to capture via HD cinematography the magical beauty of sacred grounds, natural wonders and vast cityscapes. Set to a mesmerising score featuring vocals from Lisa Gerrard, Samsara is total visual immersion, infusing the ancient with the modern and the slightly surreal, and is best served on a very large HD TV screen. And, if you’re a dedicated world traveller like me, its also food for thought for your next big adventure.

Joining Samsara on Arrow Film’s 2013 Blu-ray box-set is director Ron Fricke’s Baraka, a 1992 cinematic collage on global events and human activity that (in 2007) became the first film to be restored and scanned at 8k resolution (as shown in the trailer below).

Together, these two works from a master craftsman form an inspiring visual tapestry on the wonder of life on Earth and make ideal companions for Arrow’s forthcoming Koyaanisqatsi/Powaqqatsi box-set.

 

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About Peter Fuller

Peter Fuller is an award-winning print, radio and television journalist and producer, with over 30 years experience covering film and television, with a special interest in world cinema and popular culture. He is a leading expert on the life and career of Vincent Price and actively promotes the actor's legacy through publications, websites and special events.

Posted on May 9, 2014, in Documentary, Must-See, World Cinema and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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