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The Man Who Fell to Earth (Criterion Collection) (1976)

Cast: David Bowie, Candy Clark, Rip Torn, more...
Director: Nicolas Roeg
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Studio: Home Vision Entertainment
Genre: Cult, Foreign, Science Fiction , UK, Criterion Collection
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Synopsis
The Man Who Fell to Earth is a daring exploration of science fiction as an art form. The story of an alien on an elaborate rescue mission provides the launching pad for Nicolas Roeg's visual tour de force, a formally adventurous examination of alienation in contemporary life. Rock legend David Bowie completely embodies the title role, while Candy Clark, Buck Henry, and Rip Torn turn in pitch-perfect supporting performances. The film's hallucinatory vision was obscured in the American theatrical release, which deleted nearly twenty minutes of crucial scenes and details. The Criterion Collection is proud to present Roeg's full, uncut version, in this exclusive new director-approved high-definition widescreen transfer.

Bonus features:

  • Performance, a compilation of new video interviews with actors Candy Clark and Rip Torn
  • New video interview with screenwriter Paul Mayersberg
  • Audio interviews with costume designer May Routh and production designer Brian Eatwell
  • Multiple stills galleries, including Routh's costume sketches; behind-the-scenes photos; and production and publicity stills, introduced by set photographer David James
  • Gallery of posters from Roeg's films
  • Trailers and television spots

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The Man Who Fell to Earth (Criterion Collection) (1976)
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a masterpiece from roeg by SFCineast March 13, 2007 - 3:45 PM PDT
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I saw this again after having not seen in for 25 years. It is even more impressive now than it was in 1982. Stunning too look at - The Man Who Fell to Eath tells its story the way a movie ought to - by using images, not words, and never expository dialogue. In this way it brought me into the story. And what a strory! A grand reflection on modernity, alienation, love, longing, and assimilation. Despite being a 30 year old sci fi flick it never feels dated. All this and some great sex scenes with David Bowie in the buff (and yes my dears, the Little Rock Star is quite visible in several noteworthy scenes).

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