Nicolas Roeg

The Man Who Fell to Earth

The Man Who Fell to Earth

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.

Film Info

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

Special 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

Purchase Options

Special 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

The Man Who Fell to Earth
Cast
David Bowie
Thomas Jerome Newton
Rip Torn
Nathan Bryce
Candy Clark
Mary-Lou
Buck Henry
Oliver Farnsworth
Bernie Casey
Peters
Jackson D. Kane
Professor Canutti
Rick Riccardo
Trevor
Tony Mascia
Arthur
Credits
Director
Nicolas Roeg
Producer
Michael Deeley
Producer
Barry Spikings
Executive producer
Si Litvinoff
Screenplay
Paul Mayersberg
From the novel by
Walter Tevis
Associate producer
John Peverall
Editing
Graeme Clifford
Cinematography
Anthony Richmond
Production design
Brian Eatwell
Musical director
John Phillips
Costume designer
May Routh

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