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5.0 out of 5 stars Loving the Alien..., 3 Aug. 2002
This review is from: The Man Who Fell To Earth [1976] [DVD] (DVD)
I've been a long term appreciator of this film since it was regularly shown late at night on BBC2 in the 70's and 80's. Seeing it on DVD at its full aspect ratio is a revelation though, the composition of the images is wonderful and I kind of missed that on a 4:3 TV all those years ago. This is a quality movie with excellent performances from all the actors, even the bit parts. Anyone who ever claims that David Bowie cannot act should be forced to watch this and then to eat their words because he is quite frankly superb in the part of Thomas Newton. He conveys more 'other-worldliness' in a simple gesture than most actors achieve with the full Stan Winston latex treatment. Despite this being an SF film (with no major SFX, just intelligent scripting) it could just as easily be about anyone out of their environment and feeling alone and paranoid. They quite literally don't make em like this anymore. Instead we get MIB:2. Help!
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Initial post: 19 Feb 2012 21:46:18 GMT
Yes, one of my all time favourite films - I too stumbled upon this film one late night on BBC2 at my student digs in '94. I was blown away. Now I've got the book, soundtrack, DVD (with original artwork) and even a duffle coat like Bowie's! etc etc. This film is possessed of more creativity than any modern CGI sci-fi I've ever seen. No, they certainly don't make 'em like this anymore. Shame!

In reply to an earlier post on 14 May 2012 16:54:02 BDT
Erm..what "soundtrack" ??

In reply to an earlier post on 14 May 2012 18:42:05 BDT
You can compile your own! I think several of the tracks on Bowie's 'Station To Station' LP were intended for the soundtrack too but, for whatever rason, were not used.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 May 2012 20:02:02 BDT
Fair enough. Thought I had missed out on a genuine release ! Though I'd have thought some of the music on Bowie's "Low" would have been more appropriate for the film.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 May 2012 20:17:32 BDT
Yes, I think your right. I prefer 'Low' actually. It's got a cooler cover too!
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