The Fly

The Fly

DVD - 2000
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The fly (94 min.) is the story of a scientist experimenting with the transmission of matter from one place to another. When a housefly accidentally enters the machinery with him, the scientist and housefly are combined into two hybrid creatures. Return of the fly (78 min.) takes up the story of the scientist's son, who continues his father's experiments 15 years later.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2000]
Edition: Widescreen version
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE FLY
Characteristics: Laser optical
1 videodisc (Not rated)(172 min.) : sound, color, black and white ; 4 3/4 in
Notes: Includes trailers for The fly, Return of the fly, The fly (1986), The fly II (1989), Fantastic voyage and Voyage to the bottom of the sea
The fly is in color, Return of the fly in b&w
The fly originally released as a motion picture in 1958, Return of the fly in 1959


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Vincent T Lombardo Aug 16, 2015

Melodramatic, but very good. The special effects may seem primative, but this film is more character driven, less gory, and more of a morality tale than Cronenberg's remake. I prefer this to the remake because, like most old movies, it leaves more to the imagination.

laustcawz Feb 26, 2012

Poppycock!!! There actually IS a fly in the movie. Actually, there are various flies seen in the garden scenes, but the main fly in question actually is in a couple of scenes--when it's first discovered & when they're trying to catch it. They clearly attached some sort of filament or paper to its head (that must have been a next-to-impossible task!!) & the material is actually white, rather than matching the color of Andre's skin, which is an unfortunate flub. It's also mostly left to the viewer's imagination how such miniscule fly parts could become so big in the transformation. There is some mention, before the mix-up, about a "projection" device of some sort, which could serve as an explanation. Plus, according to the entomological research done for Cronenberg's remake, the preferences & methods a fly uses for eating would probably not have been well-accommodated by the meal brought to the fly-headed scientist. At any rate, otherwise, the special effects are very impressive, as is the idea to show Helene screaming through the fly head's multi-eyes. Most powerful of all is the tragedy of such an enthusiastic, idealizing scientist suicidally undone by the smallest mistake.


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