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The Man Who Fell to Earth

(DVD - 2005)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Man Who Fell to Earth
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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 Roeg's visual tour de force, a formally adventurous examination of alienation.
Statement of Responsibility: Studio Canal ; Anchor Bay ; screenplay by Paul Mayersberg ; directed by Nicolas Roeg
Title: The man who fell to earth
[videorecording]
Publisher: [United States] : Home Vision Entertainment, [2005]
Edition: Special ed
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (139 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Notes: Originally released as a motion picture in 1976
Based on the novel by Walter Tevis
Special features: new, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director Nicolas Roeg; exclusive audio commentary by Roeg and actors; performance, a compilation of new video interviews with actors; 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; production and publicity stills, introduced by set photographer David James; gallery of posters from Roeg's films; trailers and television spots; an exclusive reprint of Walter Tevis's original novel, courtesy of Vintage books, and a booklet featuring a new essay on the film by critic Graham Fuller and an appreciation of Tevis by novelist Jack Matthews
Credits: Cinematographer, Anthony Richmond ; music, John Phillips.
Performers: David Bowie, Rip Torn, Candy Clark, Buck Henry.
Summary: 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 Roeg's visual tour de force, a formally adventurous examination of alienation.
Audience: MPAA rating Not rated
System Details: DVD, region 1, widescreen (2.35:1) presentation; Dolby Digital stereo
Other Language: Closed-captioned
Subject Headings: Human-alien encounters Drama Chief executive officers Drama
Genre/Form: Feature films
Science fiction films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Topical Term: Human-alien encounters
Chief executive officers
Publisher No: CC1616D
ISBN: 1559409649
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE M
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Jul 05, 2014
  • wiredonjava rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Apparently life on planet earth will cause one to drink alcohol & watch TV excessively. Surprisingly good acting from David Bowie however was fully shocked to see his genitals displayed during one scene...surely editing was invented in 1976! lol

Feb 03, 2014
  • eusebius rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Forget about the plot--I have. Just enjoy the fabulous performances from Bowie, Rip Torn, Buck Henry and the very cool Candy Clark. A real classic.

my ex-wife in amsterdam, holland never really had a clue about this film and it's lead character david bowie, goed morgan. this film is sci-fi, ok,,boohoo, hold on.but the lead character and brilliant story teller and musician takes us on a ride through our american hell of the seventies. to our american hell of today. portraying an alien who lands on earth trying to save his family that lead a seperate life in another dimension. upon wandering on earth as a vagabond of sorts, the character goes to a pawn shop and pawns his one item he values, his wedding ring, sorry kids. the ring gives him maybe five dollaes, yet due to his ingenuity, he becomes a multi billionare. i won't give away any spoilers, but you might want to rent this movie in case you fall to earth...

Nov 27, 2012
  • Bazooka_Joe rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

The Man Who Fell To Earth was - Weird, but not wacky - Sensuous, but not sensationalistic - Odd, but not overdone - Entertaining, but not exaggerated._________ Pop idol, David Bowie (in his screen debut) played the title character, Thomas J. Newton (Tommy), an alien being who has come from the distant planet Anthea and who is now seeking a feasible way to ship a vast amount of Earth's water back to his own world which is literally dying from severe drought,_____ As things turn out for young Tommy, he soon becomes addicted to alcohol and TV (What a combo!), guzzling down high-quality liquor while endlessly viewing the boob-tube, having 20 television sets sitting out in front of him, all playing something different at the same time,_____ If nothing else, this oddly fascinating Sci-Fi/Thriller from 1976 (that's surprisingly low on gore and violence) is certainly well-worth a view just to catch David Bowie at the absolute pinnacle of his world fame as one of Pop Culture's most enigmatic idols of the post-psychedelic 70s.

Feb 26, 2010
  • bobfrombob rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

They don’t really make movies like this any more. And that’s a shame. I really enjoyed this.

The story line is disorienting, especially in the beginning. Nothing is spoon-fed to you. The story emerges little by little. Which keeps you (or at least it kept me) totally engaged. One minute he seems to be destined to scrimping just to stay alive and the next minute he seems to be a high-powered Wall Street executive.

Who better to choose to play the man who fell to earth – the alien – than David Bowie? Probably nobody. This role appears to have been written for him. And if you watch carefully, in what must have been some directorial conceit, Bowie the musician makes a sort of appearance.

The colours and cinematography in it are quite good. The special effects are kept to a minimum, which spares the film from looking dated today. Recommended.

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