The Fly (Collector's Edition)

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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. ...
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Overview

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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Special Features

Closed Caption; 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
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Dan Jardine
Some viewers read David Cronenberg's revitalization of the 1958 Vincent Price camp classic as a thinly veiled AIDS allegory (Cronenberg denies it), but more obviously the film attacks humans' unbridled ambition not only to understand nature but also to control and shape it in their own image. In a theme as familiar as Frankenstein (and Kafka's Metamorphosis), Cronenberg betrays his romantic heart when he shows the consequences of bending the scientific method to one's God-like schemes. Many viewers consider the film Cronenberg's best work -- fully rounded, as touching as it is gruesome, as intellectually complex as it is viscerally affecting. The performances of the two leads, Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis, are remarkably effective considering the emotional limitations that the horror genre usually places upon actors. Goldblum's Seth Brundle achieves self-awareness, but at a horrible price: as he becomes more sympathetic, he also becomes more physically repugnant. Davis is more than just a plot device, for her struggle to understand and love Seth elevates the film's motives and provides the audience with a deeper emotional stake in Brundle's fate. Cronenberg's ability to shock and disgust viewers are here married with an intelligent theme and sympathetic characters, resulting in a thinking man's horror film, almost Shakespearean in its tragic scope. And The Fly still fills the screen with enough mayhem to appeal to the traditional horror audience. The Fly rightfully won the 1987 Academy Award for Best Makeup.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/4/2005
  • UPC: 024543190851
  • Original Release: 1986
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Special Edition
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound
  • Language: English, Français, Español, English
  • Time: 1:35:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 5,496

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jeff Goldblum Seth Brundle
Geena Davis Veronica Quaife
John Getz Stathis Borans
Joy Boushel Tawny
Les Carlson Dr. Cheevers
George Chuvalo Marky
Michael Copeman 2nd Man in Bar
David Cronenberg Gynecologist
Carol Lazare Nurse
Shawn Hewitt Clerk
Technical Credits
David Cronenberg Director, Screenwriter
Deirdre Bowen Casting
Marc Boyman Co-producer
Louis Craig Special Effects
Denise Cronenberg Costumes/Costume Designer
Elinor Rose Galbraith Set Decoration/Design
Rolf Harvey Art Director
Mark Irwin Cinematographer
Shonagh Jabour Makeup
James McAteer Set Decoration/Design
Dwayne McLean Stunts
Kip Ohman Co-producer
Charles E. Pogue Screenwriter
Ted Ross Special Effects
Patricia Rozema Asst. Director
Ronald Sanders Editor
Howard Shore Score Composer
Carol Spier Production Designer
Steve Weslak Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Fly, Disc 1
1. Main Titles [:11]
2. Brundle's Boast [1:44]
3. The Telepods [:10]
4. Not for Publication [2:02]
5. It's a Joke [5:29]
6. Seth's Offer [1:52]
7. The Ex-Boyfriend [:34]
8. Inside Out [1:31]
9. Talk to the Tape [1:57]
10. The New Boyfriend [2:44]
11. An Experiment With Flesh [1:21]
12. Finished [1:24]
13. Time to Celebrate [3:00]
14. Your Discovery Is My Discovery [:24]
15. The Human Subject [2:09]
16. Jealous [1:48]
17. A Changed Man [1:54]
18. Purified [3:12]
19. Into the Plasma Pool [2:57]
20. The Bet [2:42]
21. Tawny's New Man [4:02]
22. Something Not Human [2:07]
23. The Secondary Element [1:51]
24. Help Me... [1:41]
25. Brundlefly [2:22]
26. Seth's Baby [2:29]
27. The Beast Within [5:26]
28. Relics [2:13]
29. Insect Politics [1:54]
30. Ronnie's Choice [3:53]
31. Killing Brundle [2:41]
32. the Insect's Enemy [1:34]
33. Help Me Be Human [2:09]
34. The Final Fusion [1:01]
35. Last Request [:44]
36. End Titles [3:24]
Disc #2 -- The Fly, Disc 2
01. Beginnings
02. False Start
03. Every Ending Is Also a Beginning
04. The Ultimate Family
05. Catch Me If You Can
06. Second Nature
07. Most People Would Give Anything to Be Turned Into Something Else
08. The Jaw Is Off the Fly
09. Diving Into the Plasma Pool
10. August 15, 1986
11. The Brundle Museum of Natural History [11:50]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Fly, Disc 1
   Play
   Language Selection
      English 5.1 DTS
      English 5.1 Dolby Surround
      French Stereo
      Spanish Mono
      Commentary By David Cronenberg
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: None
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Commentary By David Cronenberg: On
      Commentary By David Cronenberg: Off
Disc #2 -- The Fly, Disc 2
   Documentaries
      Fear of the Flesh: The Making of the Fly
         Fear of the Flesh: Larva
         Fear of the Flesh: Pupa
         Fear of the Flesh: Metamorphosis
         Play All (2hrs 16min)
         Play All Enhanced (2hrs 42min)
            Enhanced Viewing Mode On
            Enhanced Viewing Mode Off
            Branching Clips
               A Radical Departure
               The Rise of Marketing
               Who Wants to Die?
               All You Have to Do Is Be Passionate
               Cronenberg's Preparation
               On Cronenberg's Films
               Cronenberg As Gynecologist
               Cronenberg As Director
               On the Cannes Jury
               Carol Spier's Attention To Detail
               It Takes Time to Spread the Goop
               Glass-Break Test
               Scotch & Razor Blades
               The Pogue Draft Ending
               Winning the Oscar
               The Last Collaboration
               Haunted By the Fly
         Chapters
            Beginnings
            False Start
            Every Ending Is Also a Beginning
            The Ultimate Family
            Catch Me if You Can
            Second Nature
            Most People Would Give Anything to Be Turned Into Something Else
            The Jaw Is Off the Fly
            Diving Into the Plasma Pool
            August 15, 1986
      The Brundle Museum of Natural History (11:50)
   Deleted Scenes
      Second Interview
      Monkey-Cat
      Brundlefly vs. Baglady (Script Only)
      Butterfly Baby
      Extended Scenes
         Reconciliation
            Cut Indicator: On
            Cut Indicator: Off
         The Poetry of the Steak
            Cut Indicator: On
            Cut Indicator: Off
   Written Works
      George Langelaan's Original Short Story
         Play Boy
      Charles Edward Pogue's Original Screenplay
      David Cronenberg's Rewrite
      Interactive Magazine Articles
      DVD Credits
   Film Tests
      Opening Title Treatments (1:54)
      Pod Lighting and Effects (2:01)
      Brundlefly Make-Up (2:17)
      Exploding Space Bug (:50)
      Cronenfly (:48)
      Play All
   Promotional Materials
      Trailers and TV Spots
         Play All
         The Fly Teaser
         The Fly Trailer
         TV Spot #1
         TV Spot #2
         TV Spot #3
         The Fly II Teaser
         The Fly II Trailer
         The Fly (1958)
         Return of the Fly (1959)
         If You Like This Movie, You May Want to Try...
      1986 Electronic Press Kit - Featurette
      1986 Electronic Press Kit - David Cronenberg Profile
      One Sheet & Lobby Card Gallery
   Still Galleries
      Publicity
      Behind the Scenes
      Concept Art
      Effects
         Monkey-Cat
         Spacebug
         Arm Wrestling
         Make-Up
         Butterfly Baby
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    masterpiece

    This movies tells a powerful story that is both frightening and moving at the same time. It works well as a science fiction tale, with awesome special effects, as well as on a philosophical level. Watching a human being change slowly into a monster is bad enough but what is even more frightening is how his mind and *soul* change too. One of the most chilling quotes from the film is when Brundle says "I'm an insect that dreamt he was a man and liked it. But the dream is over and the insect is awake."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Theresa's Disapointment about this movie

    I didn't like this movie at all. I didn't like the story and the whole transformation of man to turn into the fly it was so grose and so disapointnig and I also didn't like Stethis he was so weird.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2003

    Man versus Time

    It scared the hell out of me when I was twelve, I literally had to sleep with the light on for the next three years. But to an adult mind, this film surely gives at the very least a glimpse into the genius mind of Mr Cronenberg (an even better brain than that of Mr Kronenberg, beer fans!) The film manages superbly to operate on two levels. The sci-fi story alone is probably worth 3 to 4 stars by itself - a brilliant scientist (Jeff Goldblum) has invented a near perfect teleportation system. Having suffered from motion sickness since childhood, he has always been driven toward the invention of his telepods (think Star Trek, I suppose). A predatory journalist, hungry for her career-making story, takes a shine to our geeky hero. Upon realising the true value of his invention and the vulnerability of his soul, she makes the mistake of falling in love with him. During a drunken, jealous and lonely moment, he makes the even bigger mistake of testing the machine upon himself. An equally unfortunate insect (see film title) gets into the teleportation chamber with him during his pilot transportation. The computer that controls the experiment is steeped in love after Goldblum's rose-tinted programming, influenced by his first sexual frolics with Geena Davis, and decides to mate human and fly. Their genetic patterns intertwined, Jeff steps out of the telepod... Unlike the original film, the transformation in the lead character is slow, yet painfully inevitable. Without wishing to divulge any of the details of the ensuing gorefest, I would instead prefer to hint at the second level upon which the film operates. Goldblum's transformation, from the very beginning of the film to its end, serves as an obsessively planned, and brilliantly acted metaphor for ageing, almost for life itself. The once virginal scientist reaches the peak of his physical, sexual and mental powers before ageing and disintegrating into an old, old man, desperate to propel his seed unto the next generation. The film is wonderful in its simplicity, special effects aside. It stars only three main characters, one main set (a large, creepy loft serving as a lab), and a singular theme throughout. Don't watch this if you don't like goo, or if you really like doughnuts. Do watch it if you like like your glimpses of humanity to be realistic, and your love stories heartbreakingly tragic.

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