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.
What We Thought:
I always thought I had seen The Man Who Fell to Earth, but watching this box set showed me otherwise. Man, what an odd movie.
The late David Bowie plays an alien alone on Earth. He tries to adapt himself to Earth life while trying to raise money. I guess the plot really isn’t that important though. It’s a weird movie and I don’t know if I even liked it as a movie, but you watch it more for Bowie’s performance more than anything else.
It was Bowie’s feature role debut and he’s pretty great in it. He always mastered that androgynous, not necessarily human look and it pays off here. He was super lean and you see it in the nude scenes. He looks like an alien hiding out among Earthlings. You definitely saw the potential he had as an actor right away.
As for the movie itself, I don’t know if it’s that good. Maybe back in the mid 1970s it might have been game changing, but it’s pretty tame in today’s world. Tame in the sci-fi aspects. It’s not tame in terms of nudity and sex. To me it’s more style over substance.
This Blu-ray edition looks quite nice. The film has been remastered and it looks good because of it. It has great audio with easy to hear dialogue and score. Plus the bonus features are through the roof. It’s worth the purchase for everything that comes with it.
This new The Man Who Fell to Earth box set is pretty amazing. It’s three discs including the remastered movie on Blu-ray, on DVD and a Bonus Features Disc. There’s a 72-page bound book, press booklet, four art cards and a mini poster also in this set. I may not have loved the actual movie, but I understand its place in history especially for David Bowie.
Cast & Crew:
- David Bowie
- Rip Torn
- Buck Henry
- Candy Clark
BLU-RAY/DVD/DIGITAL HD SPECIAL FEATURES:
· David Bowie Interview – French TV 1977
· New Interview with Costume Designer May Routh Featuring Original Costume Sketches
· New Interview with Stills Photographer David James Featuring Behind-the-Scenes Stills
· New Interview with fan Sam Taylor-Johnson
· New Interview with Producer Michael Deeley
· New “The Lost Soundtracks” Featurette, Featuring Interviews with Paul Buckmaster and Author Chris Campion
· Interview with Candy Clark
· Interview with Writer Paul Mayersberg
· Interview with Cinematographer Tony Richmond
· Interview with Director Nicolas Roeg