To mark the 40th anniversary of the UK release of director Nicolas Roeg’s iconic sci-fi odyssey, "The Man Who Fell to Earth", Studiocanal have announced that they are near to completing a new 4k restoration of the cult classic. The restoration has been in the works since late 2015, but is now especially timely given David Bowie's passing earlier this year.
The film will be released in cinemas nationwide on 9th September by Park Circus and then as a Collector's Edition, Blu-Ray, DVD or Download from 10th October by Studiocanal, complete with brand new bonus material and special packaging, as part of their Vintage Classics range.
Restored by Deluxe London, the restoration of "The Man Who Fell to Earth" is based on a 4K scan of the original camera negative, followed by a full 4K workflow, with the approval of cinematographer Anthony Richmond.
Featuring a startling and era defining lead performance from David Bowie (The Prestige, Labyrinth) in his debut feature role and based on the cult novel by Walter Tevis, "The Man Who Fell to Earth" endures as, not only a bitingly caustic indictment of the modern world, but also a poignant commentary on the loneliness of the outsider.
Thomas Jerome Newton (David Bowie) is a humanoid alien who comes to Earth from a distant planet on a mission to take water back to his home planet in the midst of a catastrophic drought. Using the advanced technology of his home planet to patent many inventions on Earth, Newton, aided by leading patent attorney Oliver Farnsworth (Buck Henry, The Graduate, Get Smart), acquires incredible wealth as the head of a technology-based conglomerate that he intends to use to finance the construction of a space vehicle to ship water back to his planet.
Newton embarks on a relationship with hotel maid Mary-Lou (Candy Clark, American Graffiti, Zodiac) and makes progress with the construction of his vehicle but soon finds his true identity at risk via his roguish colleague and confidant Dr. Nathan Bryce (Rip Torn, Men in Black, Marie Antoinette) who threatens not only his relationship with Mary-Lou, but his freedom and chances of making it home to the family he yearns for.
Full details of DVD / BD release including special Collector’s Edition to follow.
"The Man Who Fell to Earth" is re-released in cinemas from 9th September by Park Circus, opening at BFI Southbank and cinemas nationwide. 139 mins / Cert: 18
"The Man Who Fell to Earth" will be released as a Collector's Edition, DVD, Blu-Ray and Download from 10th October by Studiocanal and is part of the ‘Vintage Classics collection’ – showcasing iconic British films, all fully restored and featuring brand new extra content:
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