The Fly [2 Discs] [DVD] [1986]

  • SKU: 7309744
  • Release Date: 10/04/2005
  • Rating: R
  • 4.6 (152)
After spending years consigned to one half of a double-feature disc, David Cronenberg's brilliantly personalized take on The Fly has received a special edition worthy of its merits. Starting off the package is a slick new transfer; the video offers a slight but noticeable improvement on the past edition, with a richer sense of color and detail as well as mastering for high-definition. The audio portion of the disc offers effective 5.1 Dolby and DTS mixes guaranteed to give the viewer's stereo system a workout. The first disc also features an excellent commentary track from Cronenberg that covers everything from technical and aesthetic details to on-the-set memories in the director's wry, understated style. The second disc is where the real treats begin for the film's longtime fans. First up is a new epic-length documentary on the making of The Fly that covers everything one could ever want to know about the film (with the selection of optional scene extensions, it can go all the way up to two hours and 45 minutes). This might be too much of a good thing for some viewers but the producers' willingness to leave no stone unturned is truly impressive. There's also a gallery of deleted scenes that have been painstakingly reconstructed and given new sound mixes for this disc -- fans of the film will flip over the often discussed but rarely seen "Monkey Cat" sequence. The viewer's behind-the-scenes knowledge is further extended with a series of film tests, including an amusing bit where Cronenberg camps it up in a fly costume on the film's revolving set. Elsewhere, the second disc features an elaborate series of still galleries that cover everything from the expected stills and conceptual art to reproductions of script drafts and the George Langelaan short story that inspired all the Fly films. Rounding out the disc is a generous trailer collection that includes all the theatrical and television trailers for the 1986 version of The Fly as well as trailers from The Fly 2, the 1958 version of The Fly, and The Return of the Fly. In short, this is a stellar DVD package, and fans of horror and sci-fi classics will be thrilled with its thorough excellence.
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Overview

Ratings & Reviews

Overall Customer Rating:
4.6
97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (147 out of 152)

Special Features

  • Full-length audio commentary by director David Cronenberg
  • All-new documentaries covering all three stages of The Fly production: "Larva," "Pupa," and "Metamorphosis," with enhanced viewing mode
  • Deleted scenes with storyboard and script comparisons
  • Never-before-seen alternate ending
  • Rare test footage (makeup and visual effects)
  • "The Brundle Museum of Natural History" featurette
  • George Langelaan's original short story
  • Charles Edward Pogue's original screenplay
  • David Cronenberg's screenplay rewrite
  • Interactive articles (stills with video clips) from Cinefex and American Cinematographer
  • Promotional featurettes
  • Still photo galleries (publicity, behind-the-scenes, concept art, and visual effects)
  • Original teasers, trailers, TV spots, and more
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis

The Fly
Considered fairly gruesome in its day, the original 1958 The Fly looks like Mister Rogers' Neighborhood compared to this 1986 remake. Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis star as Seth Brundle, a self-involved research scientist, and Veronica Quaife, a science-magazine reporter. Inviting Veronica to his lab, Seth prepares to demonstrate his "telepod," which can theoretically transfer matter through space. As they grow closer over the next few weeks, she inadvertently goads Seth into experimenting with human beings rather than inanimate objects. Seth himself enters the telepod, preparing to transmit himself through the ether -- but he doesn't know that he is sharing the telepod with a tiny housefly. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Jeff Goldblum
    Jeff Goldblum - Seth Brundle
  • Geena Davis
    Geena Davis - Veronica Quaife
  • John Getz
    John Getz - Stathis Borans
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    Joy Boushel - Tawny
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    Les Carlson - Dr. Cheevers

Overall Customer Rating

4.6 out of 54.6
152 Reviews
97%of customers recommend this product.

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