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An unorthodox work in every way, Godfrey Reggio’s Koyaanisqatsi was nevertheless a sensation when it was released in 1983. The film wordlessly surveys the rapidly changing environments of the northern hemisphere. The director, cinematographer Ron Fricke, and composer Philip Glass created an astonishing collage; the film shuttles the viewer from one jaw-dropping vision to the next, moving from images of untouched nature to others depicting human beings’ increasing reliance on technology. Often using hypnotic time-lapse photography, Koyaanisqatsi looks at our world from an angle unlike any other.
Five years after Godfrey Reggio stunned audiences with Koyaanisqatsi, he joined forces again with composer Philip Glass and other collaborators for a second chapter. Here, Reggio turns his sights on third world nations in the southern hemisphere. Forgoing the sped-up aesthetic of the first film, Powaqqatsi employs a meditative slow motion in order to reveal the everyday beauty of the traditional ways of life of native people in Africa, Asia, and South America, and to show how those cultures are being eroded as their environment is gradually taken over by industry. This is the most intensely spiritual segment of Reggio’s philosophical and visually remarkable Qatsi Trilogy.
Godfrey Reggio takes on the digital revolution in the final chapter of his Qatsi Trilogy, Naqoyqatsi. With a variety of cinematic techniques, including slow motion, time-lapse, and computer-generated imagery, the film tells of a world that has completely transitioned from a natural environment to a human-made one. Globalization is complete, all of our interactions are technologically mediated, and all images are manipulated. From this (virtual) reality, Reggio sculpts a frenetic yet ruminative cinematic portrait of a world that has become officially postlanguage.
I have to say I really click with this guy.
I have seen both the original IRE DVD transfer, as well as the MGM transfer of Koyaanisqatsi, and this Blu-Ray release blows both of those versions out of the water.
That it's a wide and diverse thing(s), and that it's often changing, and that some things appear very vital yet are fading.
Great series. Awesome precursor to Chronos, Baraka and Samsara. I thoroughly enjoyed watching this series.Published 4 months ago by Paul D. Ward
the trilogy itself is excellent, I've seen it before, however the version you sent me will not play on my dvd player...Published 7 months ago by L. John Daniels
loved the first one, found it hypnotic. The second and third were like someone had picked up the clippings from the first one and created the 2nd and 3rd. Read morePublished 8 months ago by ariel rock
Godfrey Reggio completed these films years ago, but I never saw his face or heard him speak until the special features on this. I have to say I really click with this guy. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Becky
I purchased this for the soundtrack and am very satisfied with it.
This is a quality package containing vintage Phillip Glass. Read more
An absolute must have - no questions asked.
Too bad the ANIMA MUNDI short has not been giver the proper treatment. Read more
Both the cinematic imagery and the music of these films are creatively stimulating and thought provoking. They merit multiple viewings/listenings.Published 11 months ago by J. C. Matthews
These movies are pure art. The cinematography and ideas expressed without dialogue are truly impressive. Anyone can find something meaningful by watching these.Published 11 months ago by Juli