Available on DVD or Bluray

“4-Stars. Highly recommended. Editor’s Choice” – Video Librarian.

Ron Fricke’s CHRONOS is the quintessential large format film and is available in an extraordinary digitally restored and re-mastered Special Edition.  One of the hallmark titles in the canon of special venue film presentations, CHRONOS imparts a unique vision of our world – the first non-verbal, non-fiction motion picture filmed in time-lapse photography.  Presented as a visual symphony in seven movements, CHRONOS embarks on an unprecedented cinematic journey across the worlds of natural beauty and man-made monuments, as it explores the essence of time. The film was originally produced for and released for IMAX Theaters.

The film has no actors or dialogue. The soundtrack consists of a single continuous piece by composer Michael Stearns. Filmed in dozens of locations on five continents, the film relates to the concept of time passing on different scales—the bulk of the film covers the history of civilization, from pre-history to Egypt to Rome to Late Antiquity to the rise of Western Europe in the Middle Ages to the Renaissance to the modern era. It centers on European themes but not exclusively. Other time scales include the passing of seasons, and the passing of night and day, and the passing shadows of the sun in an afternoon to the passing of people on the street. These themes are intermingled with symbolic meaning.

CHRONOS shares its unique style with the film Koyaanisqatsi (1983), for which Ron Fricke was the cinematographer, as well as his later films Sacred Site and Baraka (1992). The theme of the film is “the celebration of life”, and does not include the themes of technology as the culprit for society or “life out of balance”, which were present in Koyaanisqatsi.

American Cinematographer described the film as “a musical poem praising the evolution of Western man from Cairo to Los Angeles.” 

Fricke designed and built a 65 mm camera for the film, which included a motion control system for the film’s cinematography. The director also used the system in his later films.

Michael Stearns, while composing the soundtrack for the film, used a custom-made instrument called “The Beam” to generate many of the sounds he required. The Beam was 12 feet (3.7 m) long, made of extruded aluminum with 24 piano strings of gauge 19-22.

The name of the film comes from the Ancient Greek word χρόνος, krònos, which means time and is also the source to many modern terms related to time, such as chronology, synchronous etc.

CHRONOS is “a way to see some of Earth’s natural beauty along with some of civilization’s greatest technical and architectural landmarks. It’s humbling and beautiful, and the perfect thing to envelop you and cherish before you see it all go away.” – Film School Rejects

“Time-lapse cinematography and customized film techniques carry viewers through the ages and cover all the wonders — human and natural — the world has to offer.” –


  • Grand Prize Winner – International OMNI-MAX Film Festival
  • Re-mastered under the supervision of the original Filmmakers
  • Features Digital Surround / DTS 96/24 Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital 5.1 Soundtracks / Audio Remix optimized for Home Theater by the Original Composer

Specific to the Bluray version:

  •  Columbia Encyclopedia entries with hyperlinks for your PC or MAC open new avenues of exploration including Globe Image Pop-ups illustrating each location in the film, Annotations, 1080P output,

Color / 42 minutes + bonus for a total of 68 minutes on 1 disc / PCM Stereo / Matrix Sound / Dual Layer / Region 0.


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