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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark room, Big TV and Hi Fi need only apply....
Koyaanisqatsi contains and unreels some of the most breathtaking images ever committed to celluloid. Translated from the Hopi language, the title means 'life out of balance' and attempts - and very successfully - shows all of man's manifestations, usually in startling close-up but also often sped-up, juxtaposed against our own-made surroundings.

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Published on 8 May 2012 by Tim Kidner

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3.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing film, dreadful transfer
The film and its score are magnificent. What a shame that this film, in which the power of image is so important, suffers from such a shoddy transfer to Blu-Ray. It's not HD and it's covered in grain and specks. Save your money for the upcoming release of Koyaanisqatsi with Powaqqatsi blu-ray box set.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing film, dreadful transfer, 18 April 2014
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The film and its score are magnificent. What a shame that this film, in which the power of image is so important, suffers from such a shoddy transfer to Blu-Ray. It's not HD and it's covered in grain and specks. Save your money for the upcoming release of Koyaanisqatsi with Powaqqatsi blu-ray box set.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark room, Big TV and Hi Fi need only apply...., 8 May 2012
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Tim Kidner "Hucklebrook Hound" (Salisbury, UK) - See all my reviews
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Koyaanisqatsi contains and unreels some of the most breathtaking images ever committed to celluloid. Translated from the Hopi language, the title means 'life out of balance' and attempts - and very successfully - shows all of man's manifestations, usually in startling close-up but also often sped-up, juxtaposed against our own-made surroundings.

Since Dziga Vertov's 1928 Russian experimental film "Man with a Movie Camera", a few pioneering directors have attempted to show familiar, and not so familiar surroundings in a new and refreshing way. But none so much as the collaboration here between Godfrey Reggio and contemporary composer Philip Glass.

The images are always hypnotic, some unearthly beautiful and when it slowed to its climax, I was so disappointed it had finished. The comparisons between printed circuit boards to conveyor belt manufacturing to highly urbanised street scenes are magical and compulsive. Watch on the biggest screen you can and play the sound through a separate hi-fi or home cinema system.

Glass' music follows and resonates with these streams of visuals - one is the other. With executive producers Francis Ford Copolla and George Lucas, both mega directors of their day, this project has some heavyweight backing.

Koyaanisqatsi was followed by the not-quite-as-compulsive Powaqqatsi, which has a different take on human activity. Do as I did and get the two-film boxset.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerising, 13 Feb. 2014
There are no characters, there is no plot, there is no dialogue. The whole movie consists in continuous repetitious music.

And yet . . and yet . . it is quite simply the best and most profound movie I have ever seen.

It looks at the world, at the modern western way of living, and implies it's absurdity, it's ridiculousness, and yet, in seeming contrast to this, its sheer awesomeness (in the original meaning of the word). It's the perfect movie for an alien to watch to understand us and our world.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great sound, spectacular spots, 24 Jan. 2013
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Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi, and Naqoyqatsi is a trilogy that is worth to enjoy.
I expected little bit better video picture quality than it is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 14 July 2014
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I bought it for my grandson who enjoyed it
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5.0 out of 5 stars talking about Nostradamus, 27 Jun. 2010
The best example of Hollywood smartness. I saw this movie 30 times before get the obvious: this is all about 9/11 event.

I have to say that seeing the United Airline plane scenes and seeing the the buildings falling down... had a profound effect on me. This movie makes Nostradamus looks like he wasn't even in kindergarten. It served to remind me of the main theme of the film, that the world of humans is overlaying nature, and that our world is out of balance. Some times viruses (terrorism) are the wild variables in a system that can destroy it and return things to balance.

Hollywood is many things... but stupid is not one of them.
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1 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Be Aware, 16 Jan. 2012
I would have wanted to know that this DVD can only be viewed in certain regions. A complete waste of my time and yours. I am extremely disappointed.
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