Blu-ray-Only Demo — "Baraka"
One of the last films shot in the large Todd-AO 70 format
, this 1992 tone-poem of a documentary contains some of the most beautiful images ever caught on film.
That extra-wide film was scanned at 8k (2k and 4k are the norms) to produce what Roger Ebert called "the finest video disc I have ever viewed or ever imagined." I agree. I have simply never seen anything on a TV set that looked as good as this film.
This won't entertain folks looking for fast and exciting action. Lacking a story, characters, or narration, Baraka simply presents and juxtaposes moving images of nature, humanity, and the relationship between the two. Not everyone's cup of tea, but worth watching if you can give yourself over to it. Recommended Scenes
Almost any scene will do, but I'll go with:
Chapter 1: After some stunning shots of mountains, the camera zeros in on a monkey sitting in a hot spring, surrounded by snow. I found myself looking at one hair wiggling in the wind.
Chapter 4: As the camera slowly moves across terraced gardens, you feel the movement. When it glides through a tunnel, people's voices seem to come from all around you. When it finds a large crowd of men performing a "monkey" chant, it just stuns you. Spectacular Audio
To fully enjoy the beautiful musical score, select the DTS-HD Master Audio option.