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Naqoyqatsi [Blu-ray]

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  • Directors: Godfrey Reggio
  • Producers: Godfrey Reggio, Joe Beirne, Lawrence Taub
  • Format: Import, Blu-ray, Widescreen
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 16 April 2012
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007BL634S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,783 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Using montage techniques, Naqoyqatsi combines forms of mass media altered with digital techniques to create a swirling chronicle of the influence of technology, reflecting the ever-increasing globalisation of the world and the societies contained within it.


Academy Award®-winning director Steven Soderbergh (Best Director, Traffic, 2000) presents Naqoyqatsi (“Life As War”), from filmmaker Godfrey Reggio, in collaboration with composer Philip Glass, whose original score features renowned cellist yo-yo Ma. in this cinematic concert – a follow-up to the critically acclaimed Koyaanisqatsi (“Life out of Balance”), and Powaqqatsi (“Life in transformation”) – mesmerising images are plucked from everyday reality, then visually altered to chronicle the shift from a world organised by the principals of nature to one dominated by technology, the synthetic and the virtual. Extremes of intimacy and spectacle, tragedy and hope fuse in a tidal wave of visuals and music, giving rise to a unique artistic experience that reflects Reggio’s vision of a brave new globalised world.

Customer Reviews

3.3 out of 5 stars

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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful By M. Mabberley on 6 Dec 2005
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Whilst this film may not have lived up to the expectation of fans of either of it's predecessors, KOYAANISQATSI and POWAQQATSI, it does exist in the same realm. A story told without words accompanied by the extraordinary music of Philip Glass (this time voiced in the main by Yo-Yo Ma). In NAQOYQATSI, literally Life As War, images are manipulated to demonstrate the idea that how we see things changes our perception of what we see and that the brave new world, using the film's terminology, has become a place where civilised violence is the norm.
The film relies more heavily on technology than the first two, but then with a fifteen year gap between the 2nd and 3rd films, it can be said that the technology was not available when the first two films were made. Had it been, they may not have had the impact that they have, even now. Is all progress progress? Certainly followers of Godfrey Reggio, the director, will be familiar with this quandary and in that sense alone the film does not disappoint.
Reasons to buy this DVD? The film didn't receive a wide release in the UK and the images and music are definitely worth the paltry price of the DVD. In fact they are worth a great deal more! Additionally, on the DVD is a panel discussion that took place at New York University just before NAQOYQATSI was released in the US. This feature gives a tremendous insight into the whole Qatsi trilogy and the particular contributions of the collaborators of this film. Fans of the Qatsi trilogy should buy the DVD just to see this feature. The other extras however are perfunctory.
If you enjoy this film, also look out for a short film entitled: "The Rumour of True Things" directed by Paul Bush.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. A. Reed TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Aug 2008
Format: DVD
The film, a masterpiece of film-making wider in scope than any other, manages to tie up the narrative themes of both its preceding parts (the political, the personal, the technological and environmental) and present a clear and damning portrayal of our current way of life. A world of excess, where ambition and profit has far outsripped any other consideration. With a fifteen year gap between Powaqatsi and its final part, Nagoyqatsi, much has changed. The primitive (and now dated) editing techniques from Powaqatsi, have been superceded by revolutionary and groundbreaking visuals that have dated significantly since the films completion. The narrative structure is now even less linear. The viewer, trained by the conceptual leaps and links of the previous two films, is now encouraged to take even greater leaps of faith.

Nagoyqatsi deconstructs everything : the virtual world is shown to be as real as the artificial, and self-imposed, constructs of society. Images of endless computer banks meld into endless rows of skyscrapers... footage of nature is seamlessly morphed into traffic, into people, into rows of numbers, rain, and a truly terrifying montage of nuclear explosions. Rain becomes a series of endlessly rotating Zeroes and Ones, frame graphics of houses, diagrams of nuclear explosions, and ghostly abandoned buildings. Every form of violence - both real and imagined - from the virtual world of Doom to the LA Riots.

The rule of Nagoyqatsi is not only that of "Life as war" but that mankind itself is at war with everything else. "A way of life that consumes others in order to survive". Mankind cannibalises anything and everything in its unthinking quest to reproduce like a virus.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Jason Mills VINE VOICE on 12 Mar 2005
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Hardly a frame of "Naqoyqatsi" hasn't been belted round the head with industrial-strength image-processing. The bewildering welter of images mirrors the tidal wave of images, events and information our media floods us with, and seems intended to overwhelm the audience. As is mentioned in the panel discussion also on the DVD, the film firmly inhabits the technological world that is its subject.
All this is impressive and effective, but it also makes the film difficult to understand and even to watch. Where the 'natural' images of the previous films spoke for themselves, here everything is (openly) calculated and deliberate, which in turn means that the viewer must not simply observe but also interpret - frantically. Glass's score is very fine and helps 'humanise' the imagery, but I for one am going to have to watch this again to get to grips with it. However, I believe it will be worth the effort.
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Kung Fu Panda on 2 Mar 2005
Format: DVD
I love the Qatsi film trilogy by Godfrey Reggio. I love the sound tracks that Philip Glass has created for them, and this DVD has some of my favourites. The piece called Religion is one of my all-time Philip Glass favourites.
So when the CD came out, I bought it. When the region 1 DVD came out in the US I bought that. I love them both. And when this DVD came out I bought it too. However, I immediately noticed that there was something wrong with the sound. Very simply, the 5.1 surround mix is very different from the region 1 disc. One gets the impression there is something missing. Even in comparison with the CD in stereo, the music on this DVD sounds "thin". Close comparison (2 DVD's, same player, amp, etc) shows that the centre channel on the UK region 2 version has very little content compared with the US region 1 release. There are probably other differences in balance too.
I bought the region 2 version in order to benefit from a better picture (no conversion from film to NTSC frame rates, and greater vertical resolution). However, I can only recommend that if customers are able to play and view the US version, then they go for that. The sound track is much better, and the difference more than makes up for the very slight loss of picture quality which is probably not going to be that noticable. The difference in sound very certainly is.
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