"Baraka" Fully restored for Blu-ray
The first movie ever transferred in 8k ultradigital HD! -
"Baraka": Blu-ray In Stores October 28th, 2008
The 70mm Newsletter
by: MPI Media Group
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.
“AWESOME”– THE NEW YORK TIMES
“EXTRAORDINARY” - WASHINGTON POST
“MAGNIFICENT” - THE LOS ANGELES TIMES
"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 DVD
• Available for the first time ever on Blu-Ray in 8k UltraDigital HD
• Includes over 80 minutes of all new bonus features – "Baraka: A
Closer Look", "Baraka: Restoration"
• Full restored in state-of-the-art 70mm High Definition
• The original "Baraka" has sold over 300,000 units to date
• Will feature Eco-friendly packaging
• 2,21:1 Todd-AO aspect ratio
in 70mm reading:
"Baraka" cast and
"Samsara" - in Panavision Super 70 / System
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& Cinematographer, Ron Fricke. Publicity still by Magidson Films, 1992. Image
by: Rita Haft
In the ancient Sufi language, it is a word that translates to ‘the
thread that weaves life together.’ In the pantheon of modern cinema, it
remains one of the most unique motion picture events of our time. Now
sixteen years after its 70mm theatrical release that redefined the
documentary genre, the original creative team behind "Baraka" has
collaborated with MPI Media Group and Hollywood’s top digital masters to
redefine the visual possibilities of Blu-ray DVD.
Originally shot in 24 countries on six continents, "Baraka"
brought together a series of stunningly photographed scenes to capture
what director/ cinematographer Ron Fricke calls “a guided mediation on
humanity.” It was a shoot of unprecedented technical, logistical and
bureaucratic scope – detailed in the disc’s extensive documentary Bonus
Features – that would take 30 months to complete, including 14 months on
location, with a custom-built computerized 65mm camera. “The goal of the
film,” says producer Mark Magidson, “was to reach past language,
nationality, religion and politics and speak to the inner viewer.” The
result was a global cultural perspective unlike anything seen before by
Critical reaction was both immediate and unparalleled. “"Baraka"
has the power of a dream,” wrote Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun-Times.
“It is claimed that there are no longer amazing, exotic, beautiful and
fearsome places to discover. A movie like "Baraka" gives hope. It
makes the earth and its inhabitants seem touchingly fragile.” The
Washington Post raved, “"Baraka" fulfills the ‘magic
carpet’ promise of the movies to a previously unimagined degree.
Nothing in this
epic visual poem is less than extraordinary.”
Mark Magidson. Publicity still Magidson Films, 1992. Image by: Rita Haft
Audiences would soon
discover the film’s remarkable emotional power, making it one
top-grossing international 70mm releases of its time. A 2001 DVD release
featuring a new 16x9 transfer and digitally re-mastered 5.1 SurroundSound became one of the most popular and acclaimed discs in the
format’s history. But as Fricke and Magidson began to explore the
capabilities of new digital technology, they would soon seize the
challenge to capture the film’s 70mm theatrical impact in the ultimate
high definition DVD.
For the first time in history, a 65mm feature film camera negative would
be mastered at 8192 pixels of resolution, creating a digital file in
excess of an astounding 30 terabytes in size. This frame-by-frame
scanning process – designed specifically for "Baraka" by FotoKem
Laboratory – has produced a detailed HD image unlike any ever seen.
“This is the best and most advanced technology available in the world
today,” says DVD Restoration Producer Christopher Reyna. “We were able
to repair damage that had occurred to the original negative during
production in the Himalayas, in the jungles of Brazil, as well as in the
lab over the years. The dynamic range, color saturation, sharpness and
contrast ratio of "Baraka" in the home environment now far
exceeds anything in the industry. Nothing comes close.”
For the home entertainment industry, "Baraka" represents a
digital breakthrough that will change the way we watch DVDs. “Creating
the new DVD master for "Baraka" was a once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity,” says FotoKem Vice President Andrew Oran. “It is arguably
the highest quality Blu-ray DVD that has ever been made.” For the
filmmakers, the 8K Ultra-Digital restoration now fulfills the promise of
"Baraka" for an entire new generation to discover. “To be talking
about a state of the art re-release of the film after so many years is
remarkable,” says Mark Magidson. “"Baraka" has truly stood the
test of time.”
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