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Blu-ray Review: The Man Who Fell to Earth (Criterion Collection)

28 December 2008 11:05 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I never would have watched The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) had I not been sent the Blu-ray for review. Of the first four Blu-rays released by Criterion it is the one title I wouldn't have actually shelled out money for even though I was intrigued after watching the trailer. However, first impressions aren't always everything but after watching the film itself, listening to the accompanying audio commentary and watching the group of supplements included with this release I can still say it is a film I would never buy, but not necessarily because it is a bad film as much as it just isn't my kind of film. Reading the accompanying essay written by critic Graham Fuller the recognition of director Nicolas Roeg as an experimentalist pretty much says it all. In my experience experimental films are going to be a hit or miss with audiences (most often miss »

- Brad Brevet

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Criterion Collection's First Blu-ray Release Dates Announced

18 August 2008 1:19 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Late last week Criterion announced the first five titles they will release on Blu-ray high-definition discs and they will come loaded with bonus features and are already available for pre-order on Criterion's site. The first five titles include The Third Man and The Man Who Fell to Earth on November 18 and The Last Emperor, Bottle Rocket and Chungking Express the following week on November 25. I have included the specs and special features below as well as the cover art for three of the titles. The Third Man (1949) Will feature a restored high definition transfer in 1.37:1, and an uncompressed mono soundtrack. Video introduction by writer-director Peter Bogdanovich Two audio commentaries: one by filmmaker Steven Soderbergh and screenwriter Tony Gilroy, and one by by film scholar Dana Polan Shadowing "The Third Man" (2005), a ninety-minute feature documentary on the making of the film Abridged recording of Graham Greene's treatment, read by »

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