Found it here on Blu-ray.com and absolutely fell in love with it!
19 December 2013
Excerpt: So, one day I decided to search on this website for documentaries. I saw this one with a great rating and was like "I should see it". I watched the trailer and I felt really excited. So, I bought it. Words cannot express how much I LOVE this documentary. It is the best documentary I have seen in my entire life. I have been recommending it to all of my friends, all of my family, my co-workers. A lot of them have agreed with me. It is a masterpiece.
Excerpt: Another mind-blowing masterpiece from the filmmakers who gave us "Chronos" and "Baraka." The subject of this documentary film is the beauty, grandeur, and horror of life on earth today. The audio and video are reference quality; this is one of the best looking blu rays ever. Excellent music including some by Lisa Gerrard. Highly recommended!
Summary: I'm doing Samsara a disservice by comparing it to Chronos and Baraka (which the film revisits on several occasions) but also felt underwhelmed by the end; I can't help but feel that it's missing something; a mesmeric otherworldliness that Baraka had (though maybe it's the soundtrack). Still, a work like Samsara is still worlds away and more meaningful than most films.
Summary: This movie falls in the very select category of non-verbal films. It is not made for everyone. Most movies present a story to the viewer and the viewer has no reflection to make about the storyline until the movie is over. Samsara gives images to the viewer, but barely reflects a concrete scenario and therefore it demands that the viewer must think and make a personal interpretation of the images. In this sense, it is like a painting.
Summary: Saw a trailer for this on Reddit and thought to myself "Hmm, that must be something interesting." Think of this as a visual documentary film. Absolutely STUNNING shots, and there seems to be multiple messages (if you want to think of it that way) that the director and producers are trying to send. The main one that I have figured out was that we once started out as a basic society, and have evolved a ridiculous amount...Unbelievable.
Summary: Beautiful film. Bookending the film with the creation and destruction of the sand mandala captures the beauty of life on Earth, the fragility of all things, and the courage to continue living despite the impermanence of everything around us. This film is a journey worth taking, and everyone will have a different, albeit incredible experience.
Excerpt: A spectacular documentary, unbelievable image really shocked me. PQ is amazing! One of the best transfer I've ever seen! 8K transfer of 70mm film made the crystal clear image, I can't see a single noise. AQ is fantastic as well. The DTS-HD MA 7.1 track of 96kHz presents us amazing and shocking music. For extras, there is a 50-minute-long Behind the Scenes featurette, pretty good for a documentary, but longer will be better.
Summary: Shot over 5 years in 25 countries on 65mm film stock and then scanned at 8K you can imagine this film looks absolutely incredible! There is no dialogue or story, but just a cool flow of beautiful tracking- and/or time-lapsing shots put to ambient music with perfect vocals by Lisa Girrard. Like Baraka or Koyaanisqatsi you will either be utterly borred or almost be moved to tears.
Summary: My review is based on my own thoughts. Please respect my opinion, as I do respect yours. I have to start by saying I loved Koyaanisqatsi. On the other hand i did not like Baraka. My problem with this STUNNINGLY beautiful and very MEANINGFUL movie is that: it becomes preachy about the "western civilization" in a very negative way. Yes our "western civilization" is FAR from being perfect or even good. I do not like what happens in our world either!!!
Summary: This was a great movie, I saw it twice just to take my other friend. Whoever these critics are need to be FIRED. This was a beautiful movie, there's couple parts that were a bit odd and a little strange. But this is a very good, well done, beautiful movie. Also all done without speaking a word. Well done.