Baraka is my favorite film. Period. I’ve watched it on standard def DVD countless times and had the great privilege of viewing a 70mm print of it once. If you have not seen this film, go see it. The BluRay (which came out about a year ago) is the first ever film to be over-sampled at 8k (8192 x 3723) for restoration, specifically for the BluRay format. The film looks gorgeous, sounds great and demands to be watched on the best system available to you.
Read about the new transfer and restoration here:
Synopsis of the film (from Wikipedia):
“The movie was filmed at 152 locations in 24 countries:Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, China, Ecuador,Egypt, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel,Italy, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, Nepal, Poland, Saudi Arabia,Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States. It contains no dialogue. Instead of a story or plot, the film uses themes to present new perspectives and evoke emotion purely through cinema. The film was the first in over twenty years to be photographed in the 70mm Todd-AO format.
The title Baraka is a word that means blessing in a multitude of languages. The score by Michael Stearns and featuring music by Dead Can Dance, L. Subramaniam, Ciro Hurtado, Inkuyo, Brother and David Hykes, is noticeably different from the minimalistone provided by Philip Glass for Koyaanisqatsi. The film was produced by Mark Magidson, who also produced and directed the film Toward the Within, a live concert performance by Dead Can Dance. A sequel to Baraka, Samsara, is planned to be released in 2011.”