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Naqoyqatsi [Blu-ray]

Russell Lee Fine    Parental Guidance   Blu-ray
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Russell Lee Fine
  • Producers: Philip Glass, Joe Beirne, Godfrey Reggio
  • 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: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007BL634S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,956 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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.

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United Kingdom released, Blu-Ray/Region B DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Dolby DTS-HD Master Audio ), WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Behind the scenes, Black & White, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Documentary - the third of Godfrey Reggio's investigations about the state of the world that began with "Koyaanisqatsi" and continued with "Powaqattsi". It chronicles the most significant event of the last five thousand years: the transition from the natural milieu, old nature, to the "new" nature, the technological milieu. ...Naqoyqatsi ( Naqoyqatsi: Life as War ) (Blu-Ray)

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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Is all progress progress? 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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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hardest and strangest of the 3 movies 12 Mar 2005
By Jason Mills VINE VOICE
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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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great film, Great music, Shame about the DVD 2 Mar 2005
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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fitting finale 14 Aug 2008
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars thought provoking
it is interesting to see what long term influence these films have had on visual media and the ideas contained are relevant now
Published 10 months ago by Rosyparrott
3.0 out of 5 stars As it says on title
This cd was delivered very quickly But the cd is not to my taste You can watch it again & again & still see things you missed first time
Published 11 months ago by ms jaki
4.0 out of 5 stars As ordered
It is exactly what I ordered, works fine, like it.
This having to expand by adding superfluous wording seems pretty silly, and I think Amazon should stop having a minimum.
Published 14 months ago by RuthC
4.0 out of 5 stars CGI
Same as previous two qatsis,but suffering from a bunch of computer generated image nonsense. Really good tho, if you like Glass. If you like Glass. If you like Philip Glass. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Woodfinch
2.0 out of 5 stars Koyaanisqatsi Is a Masterpiece
Beautiful as Powaqatsi was to look at, and hear, the first film was the real groundbreaker. No new messages of great import are provided by the follow up films. Read more
Published on 31 May 2011 by Mr. A. R. Boyes
4.0 out of 5 stars Under-rated addition to the series
It's true that the film lacks the freshness, originality and vibrancy of the first two films of the trilogy, and suffers from an overkill of what now looks like dated image... Read more
Published on 31 Aug 2010 by Barry Unlikely
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy the world while you still have it.
Do you like shocking stuff? Do you like emotional images and up to the bone music? If you love the world where you live in, you will praise the qatsi trilogy. Read more
Published on 20 Jan 2010 by BRUZAO
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Given that Koya & Powa have lived for so so long and are beautiful masterpieces, Naqoy just isn't really up to the imagery we are used to. Read more
Published on 15 Oct 2008 by pobz
4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful but not easy...
I think film suffers the existance of the two easier-to-watch predecessors.
I think the music in this one is wonderful, the images are not as beautiful as the natural ones of... Read more
Published on 6 Sep 2008 by StrayDog
1.0 out of 5 stars Very poor
The first two films in the sequence (Koy ... and Pow ...) are excellent - probably at the top of my favourite film list. Read more
Published on 22 Aug 2008 by Deimos
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