Director: Godfrey Reggio Cast: Fidel Castro, Bill Clinton
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A disturbing and visually stunning look at a modern society built on perpetual warfare, Godfrey Reggio's remarkable film makes its way to DVD courtesy of Miramax. Presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, the image is crisp and clear. Naqoyqatsi is a film in which the visual representation is essential, and the near flawless transfer makes viewing a compelling experience. Composer Philip Glass' worldly score perfectly compliments the remarkable and sometimes obscure imagery, and his collaboration with acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma is both moving and at times unnerving. Though many may assume that a film such as this speaks well enough for itself, some extra features offered on this disc offer great insight into director Reggio's vision and the manner in which it was executed. Though the all-too-brief "Life is War" featurette offers some interesting words by executive producer Steven Soderbergh, it's the N.Y.U. panel discussion that offers the most interesting bonus material here. Mediated by New York Times Arts and Entertainment Editor John Rockwell, the Q & A session finds the director, editor Jon Kane, and composer Glass discussing the importance of the titles of each film in the trilogy, the development of and difficulties in creating such an experimental trilogy, and the director and composer's working relationship, in addition to much more. A discussion with Glass and Ma is also fascinating as the two discuss how music and imagery were combined and how they collaborated with one another. Trailers for the other two films in the trilogy round out the extras.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/14/2003
UPC: 0786936220926
Original Release: 2002
Rating: PG
Source: Miramax
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:29:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; "Life Is War"; "Music of Naqoyqatsi": A conversation with Philip Glass and Yo-Yo Ma; N.Y.U. panel discussion; Koyaanisqatsi trailer; Powaqqatsi trailer; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound; Widescreen (1.78:1) enhanced for 16 x 9 televisions

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Naqoyqatsi [8:28]
2. Primacy of Number [8:18]
3. Massman [14:20]
4. New World [3:07]
5. Religion [8:58]
6. Media Weather [10:11]
7. Old World [2:22]
8. Intensive Time [8:10]
9. Point Blank [12:41]
10. The Vivid Unknown [5:22]
11. End Credits [7:12]

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Naqoyqatsi 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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This film shows best the connection between the old way of living to the new, technological way. Images of historical events, pop-culture, war and the computer age fuse into one large event that truly defines the world in which we live. Fueled by an amazing score composed by Philip Glass, the music blends together with the images to create a symphony of emotion and deep thought. Definately recommended!