Baraka (Blu-ray)

January 28, 2012 5 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

While Baraka has no traditional narrative, this incredible movie does indeed tell a grand tale. As filmed in 70mm in 24 countries on 6 continents, Baraka tells the story of our world and all that is within it. A 97 minute tour de force of Earth’s greatest visual delights, Baraka takes us on a cinematic journey unlike any other. The sheer volume of cultural sights is impressive, as we’re taken to some of the world’s most remarkable locales, as seen in a most unique presentation. Baraka shows us not only the modern world and what man has accomplished there, but also the more untouched segments of the world, with both the contrasts and shared elements all explored. If you’ve ever wanted to travel around the world, this is as close as you can get without leaving your home, as Baraka is a true one of a kind experience.

This is one of the most beautiful movies you will ever see, so of course, it is a natural choice for release in high definition. None of the DVD releases were able to do this material justice, but thanks to Blu-ray’s technology and a skilled restoration, Baraka finally gets the treatment it so richly deserves. The main draw of Baraka is the visuals, which show off some of the worlds most unique sights, so this enhanced transfer really brings it all to life. This kind of project had been done before and has been done since, but few can even come close to the level Baraka reaches. This is not a nature documentary, this is a visual journey through mankind’s world that doesn’t need narration or labels, just the raw experience. Baraka is simply a majestic production that lets us see the world in ways few could ever imagine, so this release is well recommended. And of course, if you’re going to seek out Baraka, this Blu-ray release is the best way to see it all.

Video: How does it look?

Baraka is presented in 2.20:1 anamorphic widescreen. This is easily the best looking home video presentation of this movie, as this new transfer is excellent. The visuals sparkle with impressive depth, with even the smallest of details standing out and that adds so much to the experience. Not just closer shots either, every scene displays remarkable detail levels, even in longer and wider shots, which is impressive. I found color to be natural, but also quite vivid and contrast is spot on, simply superb. This transfer is terrific and the film’s visuals have been so memorable on home video.

Audio: How does it sound?

This DTS HD 5.1 option is great, but keep in mind, the audio consists of either musical score or natural sound elements. So there might not be much of a range of audio ingredients, but they all sound good here. The surrounds ensure that we’re enveloped in whatever locale we see, which enhances the experience more than a little. The ambient audio from the locales is smooth and natural, as it should be. The music has a lot of life as well and adds to the presentation. Not much else to talk about here, just a terrific soundtrack. This disc also includes a Dolby Digital 5.1 option.

Supplements: What are the extras?

Baraka: A Closer Look is a feature length peek inside the production, with extensive behind the scenes materials. This is an in depth journey through the process of how Baraka was created, quite insightful. This disc also includes a seven minute featurette that looks at the recent restoration work done.

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