About Baraka

Originally shot in 25 countries on six continents, Baraka brought together a series of stunningly photographed scenes to capture what director Ron Fricke calls "a guided mediation on humanity." It was a shoot of unprecedented technical, logistical and bureaucratic scope 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."

Baraka was one of the most acclaimed international releases of its time. A 2001 DVD release featuring a new  transfer and digitally re-mastered 5.1 surround sound 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 techology, they would soon seize the challenge to capture the film‘s 70mm theatrical impact in the ultimate high definition DVD, resulting in the widely acclaimed Blu-ray release of Baraka.

DIRECTED AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY

Ron Fricke

PRODUCED BY

Mark Magidson

MUSICAL DIRECTION & ORIGINAL MUSIC COMPOSED BY

Michael Stearns

SUPERVISING PRODUCER

Alton Walpole

EDITED BY

Ron Fricke
Mark Magidson
David E. Aubrey

CONCEPT & SCENARIO BY

Ron Fricke
Mark Magidson
Bob Green

PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY IN TODD-AO 70MM

 

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Praise for the Baraka Blu-Ray

“There just aren't enough superlatives to discuss the visual power and prestige of this presentation.”

Martin Liebman of Blu-Ray.com

"The finest video disc I have ever viewed or ever imagined. ’Baraka’ by itself is sufficient reason to acquire a Blu-ray player.""

Roger Ebert

“...bar-raising visuals ... yielding an experience much like living, breathing pages out of National Geographic."

Chris Chiarella of Big Picture Big Sound