THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH REVIEWED
“The Man Who Fell to Earth” was one of those first movies that we binge watched in College. I know that the Coastal kids think they are so damn cool, but Middle Americans tend to gravitate to groups of similar-minded youths. For many of us, college was the first time finding people that were into Arthouse cinema and David Bowie. Learning that were Bowie films before “Labyrinth” was a revelation. After shuffling through “The Hunger” and “Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence”, the conversation always turns to “The Man Who Fell to Earth”. Girls awe over how skinny he was and how alien like he looked. Guys remembered Candy Clark pissing on herself.
All gross memories aside, it took me a bit to get through the disc. Not because of the insane amount of memorabilia and peripherals stuffed into the case. But, it’s because there were 2 useless bonus DVDs on top of having the Blu included. What makes things worse is that the transfer on this disc is painfully not the one from the Out of Print Criterion disc. The Studiocanal titles have been a mixed bag when released by Lionsgate. While 50/50 works for most titles, these classic films deserve better.
The audio is a slight upgrade over the old Criterion disc. What I hear is a better front channel mix and not cleaner audio. Sometimes, it just happens. Roeg films aren’t ever known for looking amazing on home video. That being said, I expected something slightly better for a cult classic film that was subject to a recent re-release. Pick it up if you missed out on the Out of Print Criterion disc.
- Vintage Interviews
- New Interviews
- New Featurettes
- Lobby Cards
- 2.35:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 2.0 master audio track
RELEASE DATE: 1/24/17
- Video - 86%86%
- Audio - 90%90%
- Supplemental Material - 95%95%
- Film Score - 93%93%
The Plot Thus Far
Thomas Jerome Newton (David Bowie) is a humanoid alien who comes to Earth to get water for his dying planet. He starts a high technology company to get the billions of dollars he needs to build a return spacecraft.