"The Man Who Fell To Earth" is a modern-day allegory and visual tour de force by Roeg. It loosely follows the adventures of a space traveler (Bowie) who comes to Earth seeking water for his drought-stricken planet but gets distracted by Earthly diversions. The film is a true hallucinatory vision and watershed of the 1970s, and is included here as the original full-length 139-minute version. (Gary Reber)
This new anamorphically enhanced DVD exhibits a picture that is clearly dated, but offering decent sharpness and detail, especially when compared to the 1998-released, non-anamorphic Fox Lorber DVD. Colors have a bit of a subdued appearance, but are consistent throughout, with accurate fleshtones and generally deep blacks. While the Fox Lorber edition has no shortage of distractions in the way of aliasing problems and pixelization, there is only some image breakup and limited edge enhancement on the Anchor Bay DVD. The source element is revealing of some grain and artifacts, but nothing that should seem excessive. Both versions are framed at 2.35:1, although the Fox Lorber version appears slightly zoomed-in when compared to the newer Anchor Bay version. (Suzanne Hodges)
The DVD offers Dolby
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