Prepare to experience a truly remarkable filma cinematic masterpiece so extraordinary that it regales the senses, stimulates the mind and actually 'redefines the potential of filmmaking (The Hollywood Reporter). Celebrated director Godfrey Reggio, innovative cinematographer Ron Fricke and Golden Globe-winning* composer Philip Glass have created a 'spellbinding [film] so rich in beauty and detail that with each viewing it becomes a new and different film (Leonard Maltin). Unique profound mesmerizing and thought-provoking (Boxoffice), Koyaanisqatsi contrasts the tranquil beauty of nature with the frenzied hum of contemporary urban society. Uniting breathtaking imagery with a hauntingly evocative, award-winning score, it is original and fascinating (People) one of the greatest films of all time (Uncut). *1998: Score (with Burkhard Dallwitz), The Truman Show
First-time filmmaker Godfrey Reggio's experimental documentary from 1983--shot mostly in the desert Southwest and New York City on a tiny budget with no script, then attracting the support of Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas and enlisting the indispensable musical contribution of Philip Glass--delighted college students on the midnight circuit and fans of minimalism for many years. Meanwhile, its techniques, merging cinematographer Ron Fricke's time-lapse shots (alternately peripatetic and hyperspeed) with Glass's reiterative music (from the meditative to the orgiastic)--as well as its ecology-minded imagery--crept into the consciousness of popular culture. The influence of Koyaanisqatsi, or "life out of balance," has by now become unmistakable in television advertisements, music videos, and, of course, in similar movies such as Fricke's own Chronos and Craig McCourry's Apogee. Reggio shot a sequel, Powaqqatsi (1988), and is planning to complete the trilogy with Naqoyqatsi. Koyaanisqatsi provides the uninitiated the chance to see where it all started--along with an intense audiovisual rush. --Robert Burns Neveldine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The movie itself deserves to be seen, being what could be called "State-of-the-art Photography in motion".
A must have for those who enjoy the visual arts.
Great product, in the plastic, brand new ... also shipped pretty much the next day.
cool movie! Interesting documentary for those who love nature and are against technology.
There is no singular meaning for this movie. "To some its a work of art, to others it's a piece of s$#@," was what I believe Godfrey Reggio stated during his interview for... Read morePublished on Jan. 7 2006 by Catherine J. Hannon
I saw this movie my senior year in highschool, back in 2002. I can honestly say that i have never been moved in such a way by a film as i have been by Koyaanisqatsi. Read morePublished on June 1 2004 by Sinuhe D. Montoya
This movie is amazing. It's not for everybody or for everyday viewing, but it is truly an experience. Read morePublished on April 30 2004 by Brandon Lopez
More than anything, this is a beautiful movie. It is difficult to judge this movie on anything else because although the title is a commentary on modern day life, the actual movie... Read morePublished on Oct. 14 2003 by Leon M. Bodevin
I was 14 years old when I first watched the film. It has been a year now. Only now after watching the film a hundred times do I truly understand it. Read morePublished on Sept. 28 2003
My interest in KOYA (Koyaanisqatsi) and the Qatsi trilogy was sparked after watching a video called "Baraka" (1993) filmed by Ron Fricke, who is also the DP for KOYA. Read morePublished on Sept. 14 2003 by FrontPage
Visually, I love this movie. Ron Fricke pioneered a very poetic cinematographic technique, and went on to perfect his art in "Baraka". Read morePublished on Sept. 6 2003 by Mark Cederholm