Koyaanisqatsi

Koyaanisqatsi

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Director: Godfrey Reggio

Cast: Godfrey Reggio, Philip Glass

     
 
Godfrey Reggio's visual style is prominently displayed in his 1983 film Koyaanisqatsi. MGM has done a very nice job at making sure this 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen print is sparklingly clean and crisp. With bold colors and dark black levels (and only the slightest amount of edge enhancement in the image), this transfer of Koyaanisqatsi comes very close

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Godfrey Reggio's visual style is prominently displayed in his 1983 film Koyaanisqatsi. MGM has done a very nice job at making sure this 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen print is sparklingly clean and crisp. With bold colors and dark black levels (and only the slightest amount of edge enhancement in the image), this transfer of Koyaanisqatsi comes very close to perfection. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround in English and is top-notch. Composer Philip Glass' musical score arrives loud and clear, often enveloping the viewer from all sides. All aspects of this soundtrack are free and clear of any excessive hiss or distortion. Also included on this disc are English and French subtitles. The extra features on Koyaanisqatsi are fairly limited -- all that's included on this disc is a 25-minute interview segment with Reggio and Glass discussing the themes and technical credits of the film, plus a few theatrical trailers.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Sarah Sloboda
An idea that rejects many of the foundations of daily civilized life is radical, at the very least, and certainly hard to swallow. When a film can serve such an idea with a spoonful of sugar, even the most radical and unnerving thoughts can become more accepted. Godfrey Reggio's Koyaanisqatsi is visual music, blurring the defining lines between narrative and non-narrative filmmaking. While there is no plot and no dialogue, there is clearly a story. The brilliant cinematography of Koyaanisqatsi is woven into a magic rhythm of images, sweeping the viewer into the essence of the work of art. Once swept up, the viewer feels the ache of technological advancement in a formerly pure world, and the beauty of the film is so piercing that to argue the severity of its story would surely be an injustice to the work of art itself. Natural ebbs and flows like wind and water are juxtaposed to the flow of traffic, and of people cramming into an elevator. Panoramic deserts contrast the jigsaw puzzle of a city landscape from a god's-eye-view. A sense of peace and stillness is presented in images of nature, and then opposed with images of tumult and ill health on city streets. The film asserts its conviction with such passionate fervor, that, regardless of intellectual arguments against it, one cannot help but fall victim to its emotion. Additionally, the accompanying music (composed by Philip Glass) is integrated flawlessly, always adding depth to the experience of the film, and standing on its own as a powerful composition. Whatever stance Koyaanisqatsi takes, its presentation mesmerizes the viewer into hearing out its argument, sweetening the taste of even the worst medicine.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/17/2002
UPC:
0027616878939
Original Release:
1982
Rating:
NR
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:27:00

Special Features

New interview with the director and composer; Original theatrical trailers for the Qatsi trilogy; 5.1 Surround Sound

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Beginning [3:45]
2. Organic [7:55]
3. Clouds [4:43]
4. Resource [6:35]
5. Vessels [8:04]
6. Cloudscape [:38]
7. Pruit Igoe [7:48]
8. Clouds & Buildings [1:17]
9. Slow People [3:19]
10. The Grid [21:40]
11. Microchip [1:59]
12. Prophecies [8:51]
13. Ending [3:46]
14. Definition & Credits [5:33]

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Koyaanisqatsi 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An innovative, radical, truthful interpretation of modern days' misfortunes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The message, music, and pace of this film are all impressive. Time-lapse cinematography is gorgeous, and the crescendo at the end when humans make their modern entrance onto the pristine planet will make your head spin.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you have any concern with the world that you live in and how it effects others then this movie will send chills thru your spine. However, if you do not apprieciate art and social issues and would prefer to spend your life in cubical land and watching joe millionare then this movie will probably bore you to death. Overall, I would say that the movie will both tantalize the rivet the senses with a compelliing story...the one of our world and its people
Guest More than 1 year ago
This decade-old movie defies finite description and will probably be like nothing you have experienced before. The meaning of this unusual movie is as diverse as human opinion. Look at yourself closely in one of those magnifying mirrors. You may love what you see, you may hate it. Your friends would make startling comments if they were brutally honest! Likewise, K+12 makes you look at yourself and your fellow humans from a perspective you've probably not considered, even if you're a greenie. K+12 really isn't a environmental ''statement''. It is only one of many powerful messages that you will only be able to ponder meaningfully with yourself. The artistic cinematic aspect of the movie and the incredible score are stand-alone landmark achievements. Similar to 2001 Space Odyssey, the movie is sure to stir the emotions of all who view it...love it or hate it. It takes ''focus'' to watch, which is sometimes difficult without the junk-food star and clever-script conditioning we seem to cherish. One must tune ones brain to the visuals...listen to the evocative music. Without doing so I can see why some people find this format boring. Most will get some kind of powerful message, and some will feel uncomfortable, threatened, confused. For me this is an E-ticket ride for all senses.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The times of our world are changing...even now. Movies normally would not have significant meaning, except one: Koyannisqatsi. Koyannisqatsi (hopi translation meaning: Life out of balance) is one of the most significant movies in the history of the motion picture industry, even though it is a documentry. This is a movie that you must not put down...not even for a second. The story begins with painting on a cave, it resembles space and time and infinity. Then it shows a rocket and then plains, and our lives in total motion, from our advancement of technology to our destruction and more. In the end, there is a translation to this. But for me this is a warning to change destiny for the better or be destroyed. In my view, this movie Koyannisqatsi is a timeless classic that should have been on AFI's 100 list. But maybe a bit more, this movie serves as a ultimate warning to humanity and ourselves. I suggest you watch this movie to see for yourself!! Teachers, Priests, Even religious leaders and all should watch this movie too!! This is a MUST ABSOLUTE movie to see!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie. I made its acquaintance through an English professor who, for no discernable reason other than the fact that he loved it, made us watch his old, beat-up vhs recording and do an assigment on it. I think most of the class slept through it, but I was enthralled. Being a music major, I already knew a little about Philip Glass...but I was unprepared for the impact the film would have on me. It filled my thoughts for days afterwards, and soon I began my quest to own a copy of the movie or, at the very least, the soundtrack. Alas, at the time both were hopelessly out of print, and I thought I had taken for granted my only chance to see and hear it. Thankfully, only a few years later the soundtrack became available, which I snatched up, and a little while later, the DVD! The point of the story? You don't know how lucky you are to have this movie within easy grasp. It will change the way you see the world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My first acquaintance with this film was during college, and the message it conveyed resonates even more so today. Eschewing dialogue altogether, it brilliantly juxtaposes the serene and frenetic, whilst offering up a cautionary tale of "Let us not allow things to spiral too greatly out of control, lest we pay too heavy a price". Godfrey Reggio's direction and Philip Glass's score serve to anchor the film, and also allow it to get its point across with masterful aplomb.
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Stationed Okinawa 1987. Watched 100's of movies at the USO. ''What movie you guys want to watch?'' ''Doesn't matter.'' ''Anything.'' Dozens of times this movie would get put into the VCR. We were never able to sit through more than the first 15 - 20 minutes before we were climbing the walls out of boredom. After 15 years, just seeing the title brings back those awful memories.