The Man Who Fell to Earth The Man Who Fell to Earth

The Man Who Fell to Earth

Nicolas Roeg

 
The Man Who Fell to Earth (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • United States
  • 1976
  • 139 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.35:1
  • English
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  • Spine #304

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, in his acting debut, 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.

Cast

Thomas Jerome NewtonDavid Bowie
Nathan BryceRip Torn
Mary-LouCandy Clark
Oliver FarnsworthBuck Henry
PetersBernie Casey
Professor CanuttiJackson D. Kane
TrevorRick Riccardo
ArthurTony Mascia

Credits

DirectorNicolas Roeg
ProducerMichael Deeley and Barry Spikings
Executive producerSi Litvinoff
ScreenplayPaul Mayersberg
From the novel byWalter Tevis
Associate producerJohn Peverall
EditingGraeme Clifford
CinematographyAnthony Richmond
Production designBrian Eatwell
Musical directorJohn Phillips
Costume designerMay Routh

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Nicolas Roeg, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary by Roeg and actors David Bowie and Buck Henry
  • New video interview with screenwriter Paul Mayersberg
  • Performance, new video interview with actors Candy Clark and Rip Torn
  • Audio interviews with costume designer May Routh and production designer Brian Eatwell
  • Audio interview from 1984 with author Walter Tevis, conducted by Don Swaim
  • 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
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: A new essay on the film by critic Graham Fuller (DVD and Blu-ray); Walter Tevis’s original novel, reprinted specially for this release, and an appreciation of Tevis by novelist Jack Matthews (DVD only)

    New cover by Neil Kellerhouse

Film Essays

The Man Who Fell to Earth: Loving the Alien

By Graham Fuller December 16, 2008

Science-fiction drama, western, love story, metaphysical mystery, satire of modern America—The Man Who Fell to Earth is the most beguiling of the films that, in a dozen years embracing the . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Man Who Fell to Earth

By Robert Lloyd March 11, 1993

Released the year before Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Star Wars, Nicolas Roeg’s The Man Who Fell to Earth is a science-fiction film without science, a terrestrial space opera minus . . . Read more »

Clippings

Time Out with Nicolas Roeg

March 11, 2011

On the occasion of BFI Southbank’s major retrospective on Nicolas Roeg’s more than forty-year career, the Guardian’s Ryan Gilbey sat down with the director for a chat at his London home. Gilbey’ . . . Read more »


Clippings

Big-Screen Bowie

October 13, 2010

In a new Slate article titled “Cracked Actor,” critic Jessica Winter takes an enjoyable, affectionate look back at the film career of that slender shape-shifter David Bowie, on the occasion of . . . Read more »


News

Harvard Honors Seventies Sci-Fi

June 18, 2010

Some of the greatest science fiction films of all time were made in the 1970s—and we’re not talking about Star Wars. This weekend, the Harvard Film Archive begins a ten-day tribute to some of . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Man Who Fell to Earth: Loving the Alien

By Graham Fuller December 16, 2008

Science-fiction drama, western, love story, metaphysical mystery, satire of modern America—The Man Who Fell to Earth is the most beguiling of the films that, in a dozen years embracing the . . . Read more »


Announcements


Press Notes

PRESS NOTES: SEEING BLU

December 11, 2008

Criterion Blu-ray editions debut next week—with Chungking Express, The Man Who Fell to Earth, Bottle Rocket, and The Third Man—and the reviews are already coming in. “Chungking Express, . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Man Who Fell to Earth

By Robert Lloyd March 11, 1993

Released the year before Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Star Wars, Nicolas Roeg’s The Man Who Fell to Earth is a science-fiction film without science, a terrestrial space opera minus . . . Read more »

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The Man Who Fell to Earth (Criterion DVD)

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