4K UHD restoration of “The Man Who Fell to Earth” with David Bowie coming to theaters

by on July 9, 2016

Stephan Jukic – July 9, 2016

UK audiences have a fine nostalgic treat to look forward to by the end of summer. To mark the 40th anniversary of the UK release of the now iconic cult classic movie “The Man Who Fell to Earth”, which stars David Bowie and was directed by Nicholas Roeg, Studio Canal is releasing a 4K edit of the film to select UK cinemas, according to sources such as David Bowie’s own website itself. This is now the second Bowie film from the 80’s to be emerging as a restored 4K release, after the recent UHD Blu-ray remastering of “Labyrinth”

The editing of the 4K revamp of “The Man Who Fell to Earth” is almost complete according to Studio Canal and the project, which has been in progress since late 2015 is coming at a particularly notable time in light of the music legends fairly recent death.


The 4K restoration of “The Man Who Fell to Earth” will be released to cinemas across the United Kingdom on the 9th of September by distributor Park Circus and will then come out as a Collector’s Edition DVD, digital download and Blu-ray disc copy as of the 10th of October. The physical home entertainment release versions of the movie will also include an assortment of bonus material and special packaging as part of Studio Canal’s Vintage Classics range of movies.

The movie itself grew to become a cult cinema classic and an iconic example of a David Bowie performance, clearly showcasing the music legend’s versatility in performing arts which go beyond concerts and musical production.

“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 was also originally slated to create the musical soundtrack for “The Man Who Fell to Earth” but this further aspect of his creative capabilities was cancelled when movie 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 were reportedly the basis for his own STATION TO STATION and LOW albums, both of which were released after Man who Fell to Earth and had nothing directly to do with the film.

We don’t yet know if the October 10th Blu-ray release of “The Man Who Fell to Earth” will also be in 4K UHD but it’s looking like an unlikely thing since StudioCanal is not one of the small collection of major motion picture studios to have gotten behind the growing production and distribution of 4K ultra HD Blu-ray discs. Hopefully some sort of agreement down the road does indeed result in a 4K HDR Blu-ray version of this strange and rather haunting movie. It would definitely be a treat to also see Bowie performing on the screen of a new-release 4K HDR TV in full high dynamic range glory.

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