THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH A Lad In­sane

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re­leased OUT NOW! 1976 | 18 | Blu-ray/dVd Di­rec­tor Ni­co­las roeg Cast david Bowie, rip Torn, Candy Clark, Buck Henry

Ni­co­las Roeg’s cult clas­sic casts an out­sider’s eye on ’70s Amer­ica. His view­point char­ac­ter is a lit­eral alien, Thomas Jerome New­ton (David Bowie, in his first screen role). New­ton has ar­rived on Earth in the hope of find­ing a source of water for his bar­ren home planet. In­stead, he finds – and quickly suc­cumbs to – a sur­feit of booze, sex and TV, be­fore the mil­i­tary take an in­ter­est…

Both funny ha ha and funny pe­cu­liar, Roeg’s film is a dis­ori­en­tat­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, its plot min­i­mal and at times opaque. It’s un­ques­tion­ably dom­i­nated by Bowie, with the di­rec­tor coax­ing an as­ton­ish­ing per­for­mance from his star. Glassy-eyed and re­mote, he’s also vul­ner­a­ble and naive, be­wil­dered by this mad world and the ve­nal hang­ers-on who try to ex­ploit New­ton’s ge­nius. Iron­i­cally, he’s one of the most recog­nis­ably hu­man char­ac­ters here.

Ex­tras New to this 40th An­niver­sary re­lease: four new in­ter­views and a piece on the con­fus­ing his­tory of the score. You also get four ar­chive in­ter­views, a 2003 Mak­ing Of, and trail­ers. The Blu-ray comes with a CD of some of the score, book­let, four art­cards, press book and A4 poster. Will Salmon

A pi­lot for a Man Who Fell To Earth TV show (star­ring Lewis Smith) aired in 1987, but didn’t go to se­ries.

Tem­pers frayed in the Bake Off fi­nale.

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