The Qatsi Trilogy

The Qatsi Trilogy

DVD - 2012
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"Astonishingly photographed, and featuring unforgettable, cascading scores by Philip Glass, these are immersive sensory experiences that meditate on the havoc humankind's obsession with technological advancement has wreaked on our world"--Container.
Publisher: [New York] : Criterion Collection, 2012
ISBN: 9781604656718
Branch Call Number: DVD 301 QATSI 3DISCS
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (274 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in


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Nov 29, 2017

Koyaanisqatsi, life out of balance, is my favorite. That a film can convey so much with only music and beautiful photograph is astounding. Awe-inspiring.
Maybe I didn't like Naqoyqatsi as much because it is a painful message of domination, extermination, and destruction. But Philip Glass's dramatic music accompany's the visuals very well.
Powaqqatsi, an entity, a way of life, depicts third world labor and endless. consumption.
The shot of the boy, seemingly unaware when he is engulfed in a cloud of dust from a truck. still resonates for me.
My rating is based mostly on Koyaanisqatsi. It's a film I return to and introduce others to every so often. There's not many films I would watch more than once, but this is one of them.

Apr 05, 2016

Sit back and zone out to this hypnotic experience.
The first film, KOYAANISQATSI, is an accidental masterpiece. The producers didn't know what they were going to do, how long the film would be, and how much money they would need. What they did know was that they had as much time as they deeded to figure it out as (in their words) "Nobody was expecting a film". They ended up with a highly entertaining art film.
Unfortunately their first success led to them expecting a second.

Thus they set out to create a sequel which doesn't work. POWAQQATSI is filmed all in slow-motion in a 3rd world country with music that surprisingly doesn't match the mood of the picture. And it repeats itself. I ended up watching it is fast-motion.

The third film, NAQOYQATSI, is agreed to be their weakest, using stock footage intercut to music. I didn't make it through this one.

But I still endorse this DVD set, if only to watch the first film and learn about its history. It ran for a decade in college towns.

Jan 02, 2016

What a visual treat: the good, the bad and the ugly of humanity in HD! Don't miss the short (just under 30 minutes) Anima Mundi, with stunning wild life footage in the Powaqqatsi extras. While released in 1983, 1988 and 2002, the clips on human endeavors were dated but a bonus on those days of our past. The rest will stand the test of time, long into the future.


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