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The Man Who Fell To Earth (DVD, 2005, 2-Disc Set, Director Approved Special Edition)

Nicolas Roeg, David Bowie | Rating: R (MPAA)
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In Nicolas Roeg's sci-fi tale based on the novel by Walter Tevis, a humanoid alien from a dried-up husk of a planet falls to Earth in a spaceship--and later falls again metaphorically through alcohol abuse and the manipulations of a hostile culture. Arriving as a secret ambassador from a dying world, the masquerading Mr. Newton (David Bowie) patents several basic devices, including a self-developing color film and music recordings in the shape of small silver balls, in order to amass the tremendous capital necessary to build a spaceship. Along the way he solicits the help of a crack patent lawyer (Buck Henry) and a country-fried small-town girl (Candy Clark) who introduces him to gin, which he soon begins to substitute for his customary glass of water. Newton debates the reality of returning to his dead world only to have the choice made for him when he is swept from the launchpad by government agents. After serving his time with men in black, he is released, blinded by x rays, into the world. As a last drunken hurrah, he records an album under the name the Visitor with the hope that it may someday be broadcast and heard by his family and friends back home. Connected throughout by intercut clips of television programs, classic movies, and film soundtracks, THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH is an fine example of the postmodern technique of work referring to its own medium and history. Like much 1970s sci-fi, it is heavily indebted to Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY; a scene in which an upset tray of cookies is juxtaposed with flying bodies echoes the film's flying bone and spaceship. Juxtaposing the free love enjoyed by Dr. Bryce (Rip Torn) with post-Altamont, pre-Reagan paranoia, Roeg's film manages to be at once artistically groundbreaking and a crystallization of the post-Summer of Love era.

Product Details
  • Edition: Director Approved Special Edition 2-Disc
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rating: R (MPAA)
  • Film Country: United Kingdom
  • UPC: 715515016629

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Genre:Science-Fiction/Fantasy
Format:DVD
Display Format:Director Approved Special Edition 2-Disc

Director:Nicolas Roeg
Leading Role:David Bowie
eBay Product ID: EPID47072090
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Editorial reviews

"It remains visually stunning..." -- Grade: B
Entertainment Weekly - Dalton Ross (10/07/2005)

3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Roeg is a true cinematic poet, but he's a determinedly modernist one..."
Premiere - Glenn Kenny (11/01/2005)

4 stars out of 5 -- "THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH crowned Roeg as the heir to '60s time-tweaking experimental mentalists like Godard and Resnais."
Total Film - Andy Lowe (03/01/2007)

3 stars out of 4 -- "It centers on an eerie performance by rock star David Bowie....Bowie, slender, elegant, remote, evokes this alien so successfully that one could say, without irony, this was a role he was born to play."
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert (07/13/2011)

"A kaleidoscopic jumble of images and ideas....With some bravura camera and editing tricks..."
Sight and Sound - Matthew Leyland (03/01/2007)

3 stars out of 5 -- "Entirely of its own kind, and at times mesmerising."
Uncut - Jonathan Romney (03/01/2007)

4 stars out of 5 -- "A 1976 sci-fi masterpiece....It probes environmental degradation and the corporate state in ever-relevant terms."
Rolling Stone - Peter Relic (09/22/2005)

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Review For: The Man Who Fell To Earth (DVD, 2005, 2-Disc Set, Director Approved Special Edition)

I rented this movie because I was curious about the movie. I had heard the name mentioned many times. It is about an alien that with disguise passes as human. The plot is lacking. There is some nudity and adult scenes. This movie is best watched using the fast forward button. The ending seemed more than they run out of film to shoot. Don't buy this. Rent cheaply only.

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