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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.
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on March 15, 2013
So I wasn't sure if this was the same thing I rented from Netflix, because I remember that looking pretty good...

But in about, literally, 3 seconds? I knew it wasn't the same thing. In this Criterion Collection version of this, they have stabilized the video (in most of the scenes they are 100% successful), and everything is a million times better. This is definitely the way to go. Like some other reviewers said, give your old discs to some friends who haven't seen it before.
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on January 7, 2014
I purchased this for the soundtrack and am very satisfied with it.

This is a quality package containing vintage Phillip Glass. A pleasant surprise is the chronology of Glass's music over the three decades this trilogy took to complete.

Well done, period.
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on September 7, 2015
BIG FAN of this genre of film/documentary/visual art - first two parts amazing, sort of lost it's visual impact somewhere by the third one - might be more to do with the intended display field than the topic and commentary on society
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on December 17, 2013
These movies are pure art. The cinematography and ideas expressed without dialogue are truly impressive. Anyone can find something meaningful by watching these.
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on July 3, 2013
The Qatsi Trilogy shows the madness of our modern culture in a dynamic visually incredible way. Everyone should see it.
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on February 16, 2016
Fascinating Time Lapse photography and interesting musical scores make for a unique collection. Key themes include environmental preservation, cultural interaction, pace of life, variety of religious experiences, and a feeling that modern life is out of balance due to society's hectic pace without pause for reflection..
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on March 24, 2014
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. Glad it came with explanation book.
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on April 15, 2013
Great packaging, beautiful transfers, and probably some of the most facinating supplements in any Criterion set in recent memory (including Regio's early PSAs and other Glass collaborations).
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