Rent Koyaanisqatsi / Powaqqatsi (1988)

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2h 59min
Rent Koyaanisqatsi / Powaqqatsi (aka Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance / Powaqqatsi: Life in Transformation) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Synopsis:
Double bill featuring two of the films produced by the acclaimed partnership of composer Philip Glass and filmmaker Godfrey Reggio.

Koyaanisqatsi (1983)
Prepare to experience a truly remarkable film - a cinematic masterpiece so extraordinary that it regales the senses, stimulates the mind and actually redefines the potential of filmmaking. 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. Unique, profound, mesmerizing, and thought-provoking, 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.
Powaqqatsi (1988)
Hailed by audiences and critics around the world as mesmerizing, this second instalment of writer/director Godfrey Reggio's apocalyptic "qatsi" trilogy is quite simply one of the most magnificent visual and aural spectacles ever made. Combining stunning cinematography with the exquisite music of award-winning composer Philip Glass, Powaqqatsi is a breathtaking experience working on many levels - emotional, spiritual, intellectual and aesthetic! Bold, haunting and epic in scale, this extraordinary film calls into question everything we think we know about contemporary society. By juxtaposing images of ancient cultures with those of modern life, Powaqqatsi masterfully portrays the human cost of progress. It is a film that engages the soul as well as the mind - it is truly an absorbing experience.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Godfrey Reggio, Francis Ford Coppola, Mel Lawrence, Kurt Munkacsi, Lawrence Taub
Writers:
Michael Hoenig, Ron Fricke, Godfrey Reggio, Alton Walpole, Ken Richards
Aka:
Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance / Powaqqatsi: Life in Transformation
Studio:
MGM
Genres:
Documentary, Music & Musicals, Special Interest
BBFC:
Release Date:
13/01/2003
Run Time:
179 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
None
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • 'Essence of Life' Featurette with Director and Composer
  • 'Impact Of Progress' Featurette with Director and Composer
  • Original Theatrical Trailers
Disc 1:
This disc includes the following:
- Koyaanisqatsi
Disc 2:
This disc includes the following:
- Powaqqatsi
BBFC:
Release Date:
12/05/2014
Run Time:
185 minutes
Languages:
English, Hopi
Subtitles:
None
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • New, restored digital transfers of Koyaanisqatsi and Powaqqatsi, approved by director Godfrey Reggio
  • Introduction by Filmmaker and Composer Gary Tarn (Black Sun, The Prophet)
  • Interviews with Reggio and composer Philip Glass on the making of films
  • Anima Mundi (1992): Reggio's 28-minute montage of over seventy animal species, scored by Philip Glass
  • Original Theatrical Trailers for Koyaanisqatsi and Powaqqatsi
Disc 1:
This disc includes the following:
- Koyaanisqatsi
- Special Features
Disc 2:
This disc includes the following:
- Powaqqatsi
- Special Features

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Reviews (1) of Koyaanisqatsi / Powaqqatsi

Mesmorising and hypnotic - Koyaanisqatsi / Powaqqatsi review by CP Customer

Spoiler Alert
28/12/2008

Beautiful, hypnotic and, at times menacing, Koyaanisqatsi is a film of images recorded using time lapse photography set to the trance-like rhythms of a Philip Glass score. The film passes from the elemental, filmed in the vast American landscapes, and proceeds into the hurly burly cityscapes of modern American. The vast rocky expanse of the Canyonlands National Park awe through their timeless existence whilst the teaming cities rush towards exhaustion. In the modern world, the precision and dexterity of hotdog packing machines, traffic control systems and the mechanical assembly line contrast with the chaotic ballet of commuters, city traffic and assembly line workers. Throughout the film an underlying spirituality is maintained through the cathedral organ and Gregorian chants which bring calm to Glass’ hectic score, these are juxtaposed with pictograms sketched onto rocks by Fremont Indians suggesting a past unconscious of the nuclear future to come. This is a film without words but which speaks volumes.

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