The 40th anniversary of Nicolas Roeg’s and David Bowie’s cult classic, The Man Who Fell to Earth, is being marked with both a cinema re-release and DVD and Blu-Ray re-issue.
The film will be released in cinemas nationwide on 9th September by Park Circus and on Download, DVD, Blu-Ray and as a Collector’s Edition from 24th October by STUDIOCANAL, complete with brand new bonus material and special packaging, as part of their Vintage Classics range.
In addition, the studio has announced special screenings at Curzon Soho and Hackney Picturehouse.
The Curzon event will be introduced by costume Designer May Routh while fans attending the Hackney screening will be treated to an introduction by Danny Boyle.
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 Nic Roeg and the assistance of cinematographer Anthony Richmond ASC, BSC who was closely involved in the new grade.
Richmond says: “I had been disappointed with previous editions of the film for which I hadn’t been involved in the grading process.
“The colourist Steve Bearman and I have brought the new 4k restoration in line with the original film print.
“I felt that certain scenes were lacking that look and feel. Probably the biggest change is early in the film where David Bowie is sitting by the riverbank drinking water and looking at the rings.
“We warmed it up and made it match the print. I also felt the interiors all had a little too much Magenta in them so we took that out. The other changes were very subtle.”