To mark its 40th anniversary, the Nicholas Roeg directed film is being released by STUDIOCANAL as a 4K UHD edit to select UK cinemas in September.
This is second Bowie film to be emerging as a restored 4K release, after the recent UHD Blu-ray remastering of ‘Labyrinth’.
The restoration has been in the works since late 2015 and it will be released in cinemas nationwide in the UK on 9th September by Park Circus, opening at BFI Southbank and cinemas nationwide.
The Man Who Fell To Earth will also be released on DVD and Blu-ray in the UK on 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.
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 and the blessing of Nicholas Roeg.
As well as the main poster artwork, there will be a limited edition poster to celebrate the release made available through various promotions and competitions.
The movie itself grew to become a cult cinema classic and one of Bowie’s most iconic performances, showcasing the his versatility in performing arts which go beyond merely music.
‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’ tells the story of a humanoid alien who comes to Earth from a dying distant planet on a mission to save his world by bringing water from ours back home through the advanced technologies he has brought here on his voyage. His plans threaten to become derailed however when he meets and falls in love with a human woman and also finds his secret nature and purpose on Earth threatened by a roguish human business partner.
Bowie’s performance is timeless and that’s not to mention him looking absolutely incredible throughout, with and without human disguise.
Bowie was also originally slated to create the musical soundtrack for ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’, but this was shelved when director Nicolas Roeg decided that Bowie’s own music didn’t quite fit with the atmosphere of the movie. Instead, the few tracks which Bowie did create for the movie reportedly formed the basis for his own ‘Station to Station’ and ‘Low’ albums.