Godfrey Reggio

Koyaanisqatsi

Koyaanisqatsi

An unconventional work in every way, Godfrey Reggio’s Koyaanisqatsi was nevertheless a sensation when it was released in 1983. This first work of The Qatsi Trilogy wordlessly surveys the rapidly changing environments of the Northern Hemisphere, in an astonishing collage created by the director, cinematographer Ron Fricke, and composer Philip Glass. It shuttles viewers from one jaw-dropping vision to the next, moving from images of untouched nature to others depicting human beings’ increasing dependence on technology Koyaanisqatsi’s heterodox methods (including hypnotic time-lapse photography) make it a look at our world from a truly unique angle.

Film Info

  • Godfrey Reggio
  • United States
  • 1983
  • 86 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • Spine #640

Director-Approved Special Edition Features

  • New, restored digital transfer, approved by director Godfrey Reggio, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
  • Essence of Life, an interview program with Reggio and composer Philip Glass on Koyaanisqatsi
  • New interview with cinematographer Ron Fricke
  • Television spots and a new interview with Reggio relating to his 1970s multimedia privacy campaign in New Mexico
  • Early demo version of Koyaanisqatsi with a partial scratch soundtrack featuring poet Allen Ginsberg, along with a new introduction by Reggio
  • New interview with Reggio about the film’s original visual concept, with behind-the-scenes footage
  • Trailer

Available In

Collector's Set

The Qatsi Trilogy

The Qatsi Trilogy

Blu-Ray Box Set

3 Discs

$63.96

Collector's Set

The Qatsi Trilogy

The Qatsi Trilogy

DVD Box Set

3 Discs

$63.96

Special Features

  • New, restored digital transfer, approved by director Godfrey Reggio, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
  • Essence of Life, an interview program with Reggio and composer Philip Glass on Koyaanisqatsi
  • New interview with cinematographer Ron Fricke
  • Television spots and a new interview with Reggio relating to his 1970s multimedia privacy campaign in New Mexico
  • Early demo version of Koyaanisqatsi with a partial scratch soundtrack featuring poet Allen Ginsberg, along with a new introduction by Reggio
  • New interview with Reggio about the film’s original visual concept, with behind-the-scenes footage
  • Trailer
Koyaanisqatsi
Credits
Presented by
Francis Ford Coppola
Director
Godfrey Reggio
Produced by
Godfrey Reggio
Director of photography
Ron Fricke
Music
Philip Glass
Executive producer
Dan Noyes
Music produced and recorded by
Kurt Munkacsi
Music conducted by
Michael Riesman
Music director and additional music by
Michael Hoenig
Edited by
Alton Walpole
Edited by
Ron Fricke
Associate producers
Lawrence Taub
Associate producers
T. Michael Powers
Associate producers
Alton Walpole
Associate producers
Roger McNew
Associate producers
Mel Lawrence

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