The 2012 Ron Fricke directed documentary “Samsara” is coming to Blu-ray Disc on January 8th, 2013 via MPI Home Video. The director Ron Fricke is best known for his previous two documentaries “Chronos” from 1985 and “Baraka” from 1992. Just like those films this was shot entirely on Panavision Super 70 (70MM film). It’s been scanned in an 8K resolution. Tech specs and bonus materials for the release have not yet been detailed but stay tuned. The title is already available for PRE-ORDER over at Amazon with a $31.48 price tag. Below after the break you’ll find the trailer for the film and some quotes regarding how the film was shot from the official website.
SAMSARA is one of only a handful of feature films, including its predecessor Baraka, to be shot in the 70mm format in the last forty years.
The 70mm to digital conversion process required that each frame be scanned at 8k resolution, creating a massive data file (in excess of 20 terabytes!) which was then reduced in size to create the final film. The filmmakers extensively tested this method to confirm the benefits of oversampling in the scanning of film to digital. The result is an unparalleled viewing experience with extraordinary levels of detail, clarity, and vibrance.
This method was originally pioneered in the creation of BARAKA’s acclaimed Blu-ray DVD, and has since become a widely adopted industry practice. The achievement of the BARAKA Blu-ray marked the first time 70mm analog quality was successfully introduced into a digital format.