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The Man Who Fell to Earth Blu-ray

United Kingdom
Special Edition Optimum Home Entertainment | 1976 | 139 min | Rated BBFC: 18 | Apr 11, 2011

The Man Who Fell to Earth (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Audio
English: LPCM 2.0

Subtitles
English SDH

Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

Packaging
Slipcover in original pressing

Playback
Region B (locked)

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Extras 4.0 of 54.0
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The Man Who Fell to Earth

 (1976)

The Man Who Fell to Earth Blu-ray delivers stunning video and audio in this exceptional Blu-ray release

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 Nicolas Roeg’s visual tour de force, a formally adventurous examination of alienation in contemporary life. Rock legend David Bowie, in his acting debut, completely embodies the title role, while Candy Clark, Buck Henry, and Rip Torn turn in pitch-perfect supporting performances. The film’s hallucinatory vision was obscured in the American theatrical release, which deleted nearly twenty minutes of crucial scenes and details. The Criterion Collection is proud to present Roeg’s full uncut version, in this exclusive new director-approved high-­definition widescreen transfer

For more about The Man Who Fell to Earth and the The Man Who Fell to Earth Blu-ray release, see the The Man Who Fell to Earth Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.5 out of 5.

Starring: David Bowie, Candy Clark, Rip Torn, Buck Henry, Bernie Casey, Jackson D. Kane
Director: Nicolas Roeg

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The Man Who Fell to Earth Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

Presented in an aspect ratio of 2.35:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, Nic Roeg's The Man Who Fell to Earth arrives on Blu-ray courtesy British distributors Optimum Home Entertainment.

I must admit that I am slightly disappointed that The Man Who Fell to Earth did not appear as part of the Studio Canal Collection. This year the film celebrates its 35th Anniversary and I think that it would have been great to have it one of those lovely book cases.

The high-definition transfer if very strong. I did a number of tests with Criterion's now OOP Blu-ray release of The Man Who Fell to Earth and I actually lean slightly toward this release as the better one. The most prominent difference between the two pertains to color reproduction. On the Criterion release the reds and browns are slightly stronger, while on the Optimum Home Entertainment release they are better balanced with the variety of prominent greens. Interestingly enough, the discrepancy is not easy to spot as the color fluctuations appear only during specific scenes (I have attempted to match a few screencpatures, but on most of them the color fluctuations are indeed very delicate). I am unsure if this is the case, but perhaps Criterion performed some random spot corrections. Edge-enhancement is not a serious issue of concern, though there are a few scenes, mostly during the second half of the film, where it looks like it is trying to creep in. I also did not see any traces of severe noise reduction - a layer of light to moderate grain, some of which is mixed with noise, is present throughout the entire film. Finally, there are no serious stability issue. I also did not see any large damage marks, cuts, stains, or debris to report in this review. To sum it all up, Optimum Home Entertainment's Blu-ray release of The Man Who Fell to Earth is an excellent alternative to the now OOP Criterion Blu-ray release. (Note: This is a Region-B "locked" Blu-ray disc. Therefore, you must have a native Region-B or Region-Free PS3 or SA in order to access its content).


The Man Who Fell to Earth Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

There is only one audio track on this Blu-ray disc: English LPCM 2.0. For the record, Optimum Home Entertainment have provided optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature. When turned on, they split the image frame and the black bar below it.

As far as I could tell, the English LPCM track is identical to the one found on the Criterion Blu-ray release of The Man Who Fell to Earth. The dialog is crisp, clean, stable, and exceptionally easy to follow, but it is John Phillips and Stomu Yamashta's retro-ambient soundtrack that benefits enormously from the loseless treatment. There are no pops, cracks, hissings, or audio dropouts.



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