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MPI Press Release: Samsara (Blu-ray)

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#1 of 2 Ronald Epstein

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Posted December 05 2012 - 06:11 AM



The Long-Awaited Follow-up to the Smash 'Baraka,' Presented in Ultra-High-Definition, Arrives on Blu-ray and DVD From MPI on January 8, 2013, with Freestyle Digital Media Simultaneously Releasing on all VOD Platforms


New York, NY (November 29, 2012) - The world of nature, and mankind's place in it has never been so beautifully and dramatically presented as it is in SAMSARA, the breathtaking new feature shot on five continents over five years and created by Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson, the makers of the critically acclaimed Chronos and Baraka. SAMSARA (a Sanskrit word meaning "continuous flow," referring to the cycle of birth, life, death and rebirth) premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and went on to a successful theatrical release.

This one-of-a-kind look at our world, from the peaks of the Himalayas to the depths of Yosemite Valley and 25 countries in between, will be available for eye-popping home presentation when it comes to Blu-ray and DVD from MPI Media Group on January 8, 2012, with SRP, respectively, of $34.98 and $27.98. The film will also be available on all digital platforms the same day from Freestyle Digital Media.

This unparalleled sensory experience was filmed over five years in 25 countries on five continents. SAMSARA explores the wonders of the world from sacred grounds to industrial sites, looking into the unfathomable reaches of man's spirituality and the human experience.

Photographed entirely in 70mm and transferred to 4K digital projection format, SAMSARA's mesmerizing images of unprecedented clarity illuminate the links between humanity and the rest of nature, showing how our life cycle mirrors the rhythm of the planet. Neither a traditional documentary nor a travelogue, SAMSARA is a guided meditation on the current of interconnection that runs through all of our lives.

The Chicago Sun-Times' Roger Ebert said, "It is the kind of experience you simply sink into." "You'll be moved, amazed, mystified," raved Salon.com's Andrew O'Hehir," who added it's "a poetic and impressionistic visual essay [that] offers some of the most rapturous images in recent cinema."

"SAMSARA stares at Asian temples, African tribesmen, and chickens bound for slaughter with the same blank eye," said Lisa Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly. "Visually breathtaking. Unlike anything you will ever see," raved Katie Walsh of Indiewire.com. And the New York Daily News' Elizabeth Weitzman said, "Fricke and Magidson have found some extraordinary beauty."

About MPI Media Group

MPI Media Group is a privately held global entertainment company with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and releasing, home entertainment, digital and international sales and licensing. The Company has established itself as a leading independent producer and distributor with a history of successes such as "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer", "Stake Land," from director Jim Mickle and "The Innkeepers" from director Ti West, the legendary television show Dark Shadows and theatrical releases of Americano and Little White Lies.Founded in 1976, MPI Home Video remains one of the largest independent companies producing and distributing a compelling slate of the world's most respected cinema, documentaries, performances and television programs. . MPI Media Group's wholly owned subsidiaries include MPI Pictures, MPI Home Entertainment, Dark Sky Films and the WPA Film Library.www.mpihomevideo.com 

About Freestyle Digital Media
Freestyle Digital Media, LLC was launched in November 2011 by its CEO Susan Jackson who is Co-President and founder of independent theatrical distributor Freestyle Releasing, LLC and North American sales company Turtles Crossing, LLC. Freestyle Digital Media supplies quality commercial film and TV content directly to all US VOD/SVOD rental DVD/Kiosks, Television and theaters using the latest cloud-based technologies to automate digital workflow.  Freestyle's goal is to provide fresh, well-marketed product and stay on the cutting edge of the ever-compressing windows to ensure that their partners benefit from a platform that delivers an anytime-anywhere capability in the medium of their choice and a positive digital viewing experience on any device in any location.

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Street date: January 8, 2013

Prebook: December 3, 2012

SRP: $34.98 (Blu-ray), $27.98 (DVD)

Running time: 101 minutes

Rated PG-13

http://www.amazon.co...samsara blu-ray

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#2 of 2 Colin Dunn

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Posted April 08 2013 - 03:13 PM

This was a visually stunning and thought-provoking movie. Really good sound track too; this Blu-ray will test the limits of your home theater. I recommend it...

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