The Fly [Blu-ray] [1958]

  • SKU: 1713858
  • Release Date: 09/10/2013
  • Rating: NR
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100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (38 out of 38)

Special Features


  • Commentary with Actor David Hedison and film historian David Del Valle
  • Biography: Vincent Price
  • Fly Trap: Catching a classic
  • Fox Movietone News

Synopsis


The Fly
Wealthy Helene Delambre (Patricia Owens) is discovered late at night in the factory owned by her husband Andre (David Hedison). Helene stands beside a huge metal press, which has crushed the head and arm of her husband. Held for murder, the near-catatonic Helene refuses to tell anyone--not even Andre's brother Francois (Vincent Price)--why she did it. Francois cannot help but notice that Helene reacts in mortal terror when a tiny flies zips through the room. Nor can he disregard the statement made by Helene's son Philippe (Charles Herbert) that the fly has a curious white head and leg. When Francois pretends that he's captured the fly, Helene relaxes enough to tell her story. It seems that Andre, a scientist, had been working on a matter transmitter, which he claimed could disintegrate matter, then reintegrate it elsewhere. After a few experiments, Andre tried the transmitter himself. Just as he stepped into the disintegration chamber, a fly also flew into the chamber. We aren't immediately shown the results of this, save for the fact that Andre afterward insists upon keeping his head and arm covered. Alone with her husband, Helene abruptly removes the covering, revealing that Andre now bears the head of a fly! His atoms have become mixed up with the fly, and now he is unable to reverse the procedure. Deciding that his transmitter will be a bogy rather than a blessing to mankind, Andre smashes the apparatus and burns his notes. He then instructs Helene, via body language, to crush his fly-like head and arm in the press. Neither Francois nor inspector Charas (Herbert Marshall) believe the story...until, while staring intently at a spider's web in the garden, they see a tiny entrapped fly with Andre's head and arm, tinnily screaming "Help me! Help me!" as the slavering spider approaches (If you're wondering why Vincent Price and Herbert Marshall do not look one another in the eye during this scene, it is because they couldn't deliver their dialogue without dissolving into laughter). Infinitely subtler than the admittedly excellent 1986 remake, the 1958 The Fly is one of the definitive big-budget horror films of its decade. Best bit: the prismatic "fly's eye view" of the screaming Patricia Owens. The Fly was adapted from George Langelaan's short story by James (Shogun) Clavell. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Vincent Price
    Vincent Price - Francois
  • Herbert Marshall
    Herbert Marshall - Inspector Charas
  • Kathleen Freeman
    Kathleen Freeman - Emma
  • Betty Lou Gerson
    Betty Lou Gerson - Nurse Andersone
  • Charles Herbert
    Charles Herbert - Philippe



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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    1958 ORIGINAL RELEASE VS 1986 RE-MAKE

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    moviefanatic
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    THIS ORIGINAL 1958 RELEASE OF 'THE FLY' IS UNIQUE FOR ITS TIME AND REMAINS THE CLASSIC VERSION OF THE STORY OF A SCIENTIST EXPERIMENTING WITH 'TELEPORTING' THAT, UNKNOWINGLY, HAS A HITCHHIKER IN HIS EXPERIMENT AS A COMMON HOUSE FLY ENTERS HIS TELEPORT CHAMBER AT THE MOMENT HE STARTS TO TRANSPORT HIS BODY TO THE RECEIVING CHAMBER ACROSS THE ROOM. THE RESULTS ARE A PHENOMENON THAT HE TRIES TO REVERSE WITHOUT SUCCESS. THE STORY-LINE IS SIMILAR TO THE 1986 RE-MAKE BUT WITHOUT THE 'HORROR AND GROSSNESS' USED IN THE RE-MAKE. BOTH ARE EXCELLENT TALES AND CHOOSING YOUR 'FAVORITE' VERSION CAN BE DIFFICULT, AS I LEARNED. MY SOLUTION . . . I BOUGHT BOTH FOR MY COLLECTION AND NOW CAN ENJOY BOTH, EQUALLY AS WELL, IN THEIR OWN RIGHT.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Blu-ray release.

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    RaynMan2142
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    Scientist Andre Delambre becomes obsessed with his latest creation, a matter transporter. He has varying degrees of success with it. He eventually decides to use a human subject, himself, with tragic consequences. During the transference, his atoms become merged with a fly, which was accidentally let into the machine. He winds up with the fly's head and one of it's arms and the fly winds up with Andre's head and arm. Eventually, Andre's wife, Helene discovers his secret and must make a decision whether to let him continue to live like that or to do the unthinkable and euthanize him to end his suffering...

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Superior Sci Fi 50's flick.

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    abrought
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    1st, the great, fabulous Vincent Price. Guess what? He isn't the mad scientist or the bad guy. Wow! In fact, there are no bad guys, just a scientist trying to do good for mankind & it backfires. Does it cause him to turn evil? No! But he does turn into something awful. If you're looking for romance & a more physical movie, shall I say, with more up to date special effects, feel free to check out the remake. If you want a better overall movie with a taut script, less lulls that also creates more sympathy for its characters, check this movie out. I liked both, this one I bought.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Not your Children's Fly !

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    Blackbelt2
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    The original Fly while not as graphic and gory as the remake of the 80's is still a nice little piece of Well Intentioned Scientist gone wrong , the story is solid and suspenseful and certain scenes may have been deemed to gory for the times ! A tribute to Vincent Price and Al(David ) Hedison before he headed on his Voyage to the Bottom of the Seas.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely a Classic!

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    This movie is a must for sci-fi/ horror fans of the fifties and sixties . The first shot of David (Al) Hedison"s Fly body in the press is pretty graphic for the time period! And how many creepy jokes have been made to lessen the terror of the final scene's human headed fly crying "Help Me...."

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A classic horror film

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    BluBuff
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    This is a classic Vincent Price vehicle that was remade in 1986. However, if you enjoy older horror and science fiction films, you should definitely check this out. This blu-ray release makes the film look and sound better than ever before.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic at Great Price

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    MichaelR
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    I've been building my Blu ray collection of classics. Each October I've been adding any new to Blu ray horror "classics." I'm not sure if this is the first time The Fly has been on Blu ray, but I happily paid this great price!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Original horror is the best

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    Halomonkey6
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    A great monster movie that makes you feel bad for the monster. An experiment gone wrong leaves a scientist horribly changed forever. A tragic end and wonderful subtlety makes this a great film for any horror fan.

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