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  • DVD 303.483 N217 (CEN)

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Director-approved DVD special ed.

Publication Information

[Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, [2012]

Physical Description

1 videodisc (89 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


MPAA rating: PG; for violent and disturbing images, and for brief nudity.


In the final chapter of The Qatsi Trilogy, Godfrey Reggio takes on the digital revolution. 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 portrait of an era in which the cacophony of "communication" has rendered humankind effectively postlanguage.


Originally released as a documentary in 2002.

Issued as part of 3-disc box set The Qatsi Trilogy with: Koyaanisqatsi; Powaqqatsi.

Special features: new, restored high-definition digital transfer, approved by director Godfrey Reggio ; 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 with from 2003 with Reggio, composer Philip Glass, editor, Jon Kane, and music critic John Rockwell ; interview with Glass and cellist Yo-Yo Ma ; trailer.

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