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MUCH better than the older MGM DVDs
on December 20, 2012
People will argue the value and meaning of these three films forever, so instead I'm going to focus on the Criterion Collection DVD set "The Qatsi Trilogy".
1) The prints look better. The MGM DVD prints looked really good, but these DVDs look even better. In particular, the opening sequence of "Koyannisqatsi" is so perfect that it takes away a bit from my original experience of the film. On previous viewings, I couldn't grasp the scale of each cave shot, so I didn't know if I was looking at the side of a cliff or a tiny cave painting. That loss of a frame of reference was very important to my interpretation of the rest of the movie. Unfortunately (or fortunately?), the picture is so clear on this print that I can see the grain in the rock and can instantly ascertain the scale. Clarity takes away a bit for me, but the tradeoff is that the entire film looks stunning.
I've never seen "Powwaqatsi" in a bad print, and this one doesn't disappoint. And "Naqoyqatsi" finally looks OK, though there is still some stretching in aspect ratios, but at least it's part of the director's intent.
2) There are more extras than on the MGM DVDs, including rough pre-Glass cuts of "Koyannisqatsi" and a long overdue interview with Ron Fricke, the guy with the camera. For "Qatsi" fans, this stuff is golden.
Worth every penny. Give your old MGM DVDs to someone who hasn't seen these films.