Fly Collector's Set

Overview

The Fly Collection is a considerable expansion of the two-on-one DVD edition of The Fly/Return Of The Fly previously available from Fox. It's also an impressive looking four-disc set, though not quite as ambitious as it looks, except where the original 1958 movie The Fly is concerned. The set's major special feature is a delightful commentary track accompanying Kurt Neumann's The Fly, by film historian David Del Valle and actor David Hedison; they range across the production from a vantage point almost 50 years ...
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Overview

The Fly Collection is a considerable expansion of the two-on-one DVD edition of The Fly/Return Of The Fly previously available from Fox. It's also an impressive looking four-disc set, though not quite as ambitious as it looks, except where the original 1958 movie The Fly is concerned. The set's major special feature is a delightful commentary track accompanying Kurt Neumann's The Fly, by film historian David Del Valle and actor David Hedison; they range across the production from a vantage point almost 50 years on, and the actor shares memories of the cast, crew, and director, his career, etc., in a free-wheeling conversation that's a delight to return to, as much as the movie itself. In this four-disc slipcased edition, that movie and its immediate sequel are now accompanied by Curse of the Fly (1966), a somewhat distantly related second sequel, and a fourth disc devoted to a documentary feature on the entire "Fly" franchise, plus the Biography installment on movie co-star Vincent Price, and collections of related visual documents. Fly Trap: Catching A Classic includes interviews with cast members David Hedison and Brett Halsey (star of Return Of The Fly), as well as archival interview segments with Vincent Price; the featurette also includes a long overdue defense of Curse Of The Fly, an underrated film that belongs in the franchise more by story geneology than style or content. It's disappointing that more isn't said (or known) about the two sequels to the original movie -- and one wishes that Brett Halsey discussed director Edward Bernds a bit, for example. The trailers and still-frames representing the pressbooks and related materials are included for all three movies, however; and it is curious to discover about Curse of the Fly, that after going to the trouble to cast a "name" like Brian Donlevy, the producers chose never to mention his presence in the picture in any way whatsoever in the trailer. Apparently, they recognized that the movie was going to sell by virtue of its horror effects, not its casting or its acting, or any names recognizable to older filmgoers. The transfers of all three movies -- all letterboxed (2.35-to-1) -- are excellent, incidentally, and it is difficult to imagine that there will ever be any better looking or sounding editions of any of the pictures, short of a Blue-Ray reissue.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/7/2007
  • UPC: 024543450979
  • Source: Fox Searchlight
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 3:19:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 54,055

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Fly Collector's Set: The Fly
1. Main Titles
2. Brundle's Boast
3. The Telepods
4. Not for Publication
5. It's a Joke
6. Seth's Offer
7. The Ex-Boyfriend
8. Inside Out
9. Talk to the Tape
10. The New Boyfriend
11. An Experiment With Flesh
12. Finished
13. Time to Celebrate
14. Your Discovery Is My Discovery
15. The Human Subject
16. Jealous
17. A Changed Man
18. Purified
19. Into the Plasma Pool
20. The Bet
21. Tawny's New Man
22. Something Not Human
23. The Secondary Element
24. Help Me...
25. Brundlefly
26. Seth's Baby
27. The Beast Within
28. Relics
29. Insect Politics
30. Ronnie's Choice
31. Killing Brundle
32. The Insect's Enemy
33. Help Me Be Human
34. The Final Fusion
35. Last Request
36. End Titles
Disc #2 -- Fly Collector's Set: The Fly II
1. Brundle's Baby
2. Main Titles
3. Martin
4. A New Friend
5. The Experiment
6. The Birthday Present
7. Martin's Legacy
8. Beth
9. Becoming Normal
10. The Resident Monster
11. Abracadabra
12. The Change
13. The Horrible Truth
14. Escape
15. Help Me...
16. Stathis
17. I'm Getting Better...
18. Regeneration
19. Rebirth
20. Rampage
21. Face-to-Face
22. Revenge of the Fly
23. The New Monster
24. End Titles
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Fly Collector's Set: The Fly
   Play
   Language Selection
      Language Selection
         English 5.1 DTS
         English 5.1 Dolby Surround
         French Stereo
         Spanish Mono
         Commentary by David Cronenberg
      Subtitles
         English
         Spanish
         None
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Commentary by David Cronenberg: On
      Commentary by David Cronenberg: Off
Disc #2 -- Fly Collector's Set: The Fly II
   Play
   Language Selection
      Language Selection
         English 5.1 DTS
         English 5.1 Dolby Surround
         French Stereo
         Spanish Dolby Surround
         Commentary by Chris Walas and Film Historian/Archivist Bob Burns
      Subtitles
         English
         Spanish
         None
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Commentary by Chris Walas and Film Historian/Archivist Bob Burns: On
      Commentary by Chris Walas and Film Historian/Archivist Bob Burns: Off
      Deleted Scene: Stopping for Food
      Alternate Ending: Houseboat Scene
      Trailers
         The Fly (1986)
         The Fly (1958)
         Return of the Fly (1959)
         Alien
         The Omen
         If You Liked This Movie, You May Want to Try...
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