Qatsi Trilogy, The: The Criterion Collection

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Qatsi Trilogy, The: The Criterion Collection

A singular artist and activist, Godfrey Reggio is best known for his galvanizing trio of films The Qatsi Trilogy. Astonishingly photographed, and featuring unforgettable, cascading scores by Philip Glass (Mishima), these are immersive sensory experiences that meditate on the havoc humankind's fascination with technology has wreaked on our world. From 1983's Koyaanisqatsi (the title is a Hopi word that means "life out of balance") to 1988's Powaqqatsi ("life in transformation") to 2002's Naqoyqatsi ("life as war"), Reggio takes us on an edifying journey from the ancient to the contemporary, from nature to industry and back again, all the while keeping our eyes wide with wonder.

Films Include:

  • Koyaanisqatsi
  • Powaqqatsi
  • Naqoyqatsi


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Sep 20 2012
  • Empire SKU 1627807
  • UPC Code 715515100618
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Custom
  • Number of Discs 3
  • Disc SS-DL


Essence Of Life: An Interview Program With Reggio And Composer Philip Glass on Koyaanisqatsi
New Interview With Cinematographer Ron Fricke About Koyaanisqatsi
Television Spots and a New Interview With Reggio Relating To His 1970s Multimedia Privacy Campaign In New Mexico
Early Forty Minute 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 Footage
Impact Of Progress: An Interview Program With Reggio And Glass On Their Collaboration
Inspiration And Ideas: a New Interview With Reggio About His Greatest Influences And Teachers
Public Television Interview With Reggio From 1989 About The Trilogy
Anima Mundi: Reggio's Twenty-Eight-Minute Montage Of Footage Of Over Seventy Animal Species, Scored By Glass
New Video Afterword By Reggio On The Trilogy
The Making Of Naqoyqatsi: A Brief Documentary Featuring Interview With The Production Crew
Panel Discussion On Naqoyatsi From 2003, With Reggio, Glass, Editor Jon Kane, And Music Critic John Rockwell
Interview With Glass And Cellist Yo-Yo Ma
Booklet Featuring Essays By Film Scholar Scott MacDonald, Rockwell, And Author And Environmentalist Bill McKibben


  • Audio
    Music DTS-HD MA 5.1
  • Video
    Widescreen 1.78:1 Color
    Widescreen 1.85:1 Color

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