Godfrey Reggio

Naqoyqatsi

Naqoyqatsi

Godfrey Reggio takes on the digital revolution in the final chapter of his Qatsi Trilogy. Through a variety of cinematic techniques, including slow motion, time-lapse, computer- generated imagery, and found footage, the film tells of a world that has completed the transition from the natural to the artificial. Globalization has been accomplished, all of our interactions are technologically mediated, and all images are manipulated. From this (virtual) reality, Reggio sculpts a frenetic yet ruminative portrait of an era in which the cacophony of “communication” has rendered humankind effectively postlanguage.

Film Info

  • Godfrey Reggio
  • United States
  • 2002
  • 89 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.78:1
  • Spine #642

Special Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, approved by director Godfrey Reggio, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
  • New video afterword by Reggio on the trilogy
  • The Making of “Naqoyqatsi,” a brief documentary featuring interviews with the production crew
  • Panel discussion on the film from 2003, with Reggio, composer Philip Glass, editor Jon Kane, and music critic John Rockwell
  • Interview with Glass and cellist Yo-Yo Ma
  • 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 high-definition digital transfer, approved by director Godfrey Reggio, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
  • New video afterword by Reggio on the trilogy
  • The Making of “Naqoyqatsi,” a brief documentary featuring interviews with the production crew
  • Panel discussion on the film from 2003, with Reggio, composer Philip Glass, editor Jon Kane, and music critic John Rockwell
  • Interview with Glass and cellist Yo-Yo Ma
  • Trailer
Naqoyqatsi
Credits
Presented by
Miramax Films
Presented by
Steven Soderbergh
Director
Godfrey Reggio
Written by
Godfrey Reggio
Music
Philip Glass
Editor and visual designer
Jon Kane
Producers
Joe Beirne
Producers
Godfrey Reggio
Producers
Lawrence Taub
Executive producer
Steven Soderbergh
Cello solos by
Yo-Yo Ma
Music produced by
Kurt Munkacsi
Music conducted by
Michael Riesman
Director of photography
Russell Lee Fine
Additional photography
Timothy Housel
Guest cinematographer
John Bailey
Image research director
Ray Hemenez

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