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Fly Classic Collection [DVD] [1966] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

David Hedison , Vincent Price , Don Sharp , Edward Bernds    DVD
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  • Actors: David Hedison, Vincent Price, Brett Halsey, David Frankham, John Sutton
  • Directors: Don Sharp, Edward Bernds, Kurt Neumann
  • Writers: Edward Bernds, George Langelaan, Harry Spalding, James Clavell
  • Producers: Bernard Glasser
  • Format: Box set, Colour, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Sep 2007
  • Run Time: 252 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 167,215 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



A bonafide must-have for classic science fiction fans, The Fly Collection brings together the original 1958 chiller with Return of the Fly and Curse of the Fly, its 1959 and 1965 sequels, respectively, and treats fans to a wealth of terrific supplemental features and improved image quality. Kurt Neumann's The Fly has lost little of its punch in the 50 years since its release; though it lacks the visceral shock of David Cronenberg's 1986 remake, James Clavell's script expands upon the original source material by author George Langelaan with a maturity and depth that was rarely seen in movie science fiction from the period, and the performances by Vincent Price, Herbert Marshall, and David Hedison (billed as Al Hedison) as the ill-fated scientist whose experiments with matter transferal leave him with the human-sized head of a fly (one of the indelible images of '50s sci-fi) are tightly reined and believable. Quickly generated to cash in on The Fly's box office windfall, Return of the Fly is decidedly less solid than its predecessor--it's a basic retread of the original, with Brett Halsey as Hedison's son making the same mistake as his father--but as pure B-movie entertainment, it delivers the goods, and the returning Vincent Price lends his usual air of credibility. The final entry in the Fly franchise, the little-seen Curse of the Fly, makes its U.S. DVD debut with this set; it's pulpy fun at best, but genre veteran Don (Hammer's Kiss of the Vampire) Sharp brings some surprising moments of surrealism to the proceedings, most notably in the hallucinatory opening sequence (Carole Gray flees the grounds of a dark estate clad only in her white undergarments) and its parade of horrific failed genetic experiments.

The Fly Collection offers all three films in single discs (each featuring reproductions of the films' original poster art), as well as a fourth disc, The Disc of Horrors, which provides a barrage of related extras. Image-wise, the look of the films is top-notch; The Fly is a marked improvement over the 2000 DVD release, with the rich DeLuxe colours and vivid detail of the original CinemaScope presentation receiving a marvellous showcase. Even the lesser quality of Return and Curse's black-and-white lensing looks crisp and largely spot-free. Sound is also superior (Fly is Dolby Digital 4.0, and Return and Curse have Dolby Digital monaural and Dolby Digital Stereo options), and Hedison is featured in a commentary on Fly that's filled with production reminiscences. The Disc of Horrors is the real treat in the set; not only is Price's 1997 profile from A&E's Biography series included, but there's also Fly Trap: Catching a Classic, a solid overview of all three films featuring Hedison and Halsey, as well as film historians David Del Valle and Donald F. Glut, among others (some of the pertinent details are also covered in the set's insert booklet). Theatrical trailers for each film (and TV spots for Return and Curse), reproductions of the original press books (which can be viewed in detail), domestic and international lobby cards, promotional photos (the best of which is a shot of Hedison in full fly make-up listening patiently to co-star Patricia Owens), and a 1958 newsreel that covered the first Fly's premiere in San Francisco. -Paul Gaita

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The complete "Fly" collection. 6 Sep 2010
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The box-set includes five movies apanning over 30 years from the first "The Fly" (1958) to "The Fly II" (1989) in slim-line cases. I watched each of them in date order as opposed to the way the box was designed which gives priority to the two more modern films.
I have always loved The Fly (1958), filmed in Terror-Color and starring Vincent Price and Al Hedison (better known as David Hedison), although the effects may appear comical to modern audiences the tale is very faithful to its original source, a creepy short story by George Langelaan. It has a memorable opening sequence as a scientist's wife is accused of his grisly murder. His experiment with a teleportation device goes horribly wrong; using himself as a test subject a fly enters the device at the same time thereby fusing their atoms. As a result the scientist ends up with the head and arm of a giant fly, whilst his body parts have shrunk and become part of the fly. His family and friends try to catch the fly in an effort to reverse the transformation before he loses his mind, although we already know it will end in tragedy the last scene is pretty effective. It also features the same memorable death-ray sound effect used in War of The Worlds.
The Return of the Fly (1959) sees the scientist's son repeatng the experiment, against Vincent Price's advice. The film has several twists on the original including a dodgy lab assistant who goes to extreme lengths to cover his tracks, industrial espionage and a literal "guinea pig".
Curse of The Fly (1965) is the least well known of the three early movies. It has a memorable opening sequence as a woman, wearing only her lingerie, escapes from a home into the path of the third generation of the Delambre family who are still involved in matter transportation experiments.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Three flies 24 Jun 2011
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
NB: Amazon have once again very unhelpfully put reviews of completely different editions with similar titles together. This review refers to the US NTSC DVD release, and not the UK set.

Not to be confused with The Fly Ultimate Collection, which offers all five Fly films even if the original trilogy only has trailers as extras, this NTSC collection of the first three films gives them a rather better showcase, with an audio commentary with co-star David Hedison on the original and a few more extra features. The 1958 original feels a lot like a short story padded out to feature length, though it is interesting that it's one of the few movies where the creature never kills anyone. The Fly itself or even the infamous "Help me! Help me!" moment aren't the funniest - that honor goes to the cat's interdimensional mewing - but on the balance it's more good good than bad good.

The quickie sequel Return of the Fly loses the color but retains the CinemaScope, with the Son of the Fly carrying on where dad left off only to fall foul of a treacherous assistant who's into the odd bit of industrial espionage inbetween murders: this time the giant bug does kill, but as Arnie would later say, they were all bad. It's disposable but certainly a lot more enjoyable than the very belated 1965 Curse of the Fly, shot on the cheap with England standing in for Canada. Don Sharp offers a striking opening shot of broken glass and there's a delightfully twisted logic in having the heroine, who escapes from a mental asylum in her underwear, being the sanest person in the film, but it's a fly-free zone.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars AMAZON!!STOP CONFUSING YOUR CUSTOMERS 29 Oct 2011
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One of the reasons I purchased this collection was based on the extra
features detailed in the Amazon Review.I was disappointed to find that
there was no Vincent Price profile or extra Flytrap documentary.Amazon
have clearly confused their review with another Fly Collection entitled
The Fly Classic Collection.
Shame..Try to get it right Amazon..
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Classics of a classic era the 1950's

I love classic movies.

Who would like this anyone who likes classic movies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A "Must Have" for Fly fans 19 Sep 2007
By R. Monteith - Published on
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I figure the first thing that anyone interested in this DVD collection is going to want to know is whether the picture transfer to the original "The Fly" is an improvement over the previous Fox DVD double feature of this movie and its immediate sequel, "The Return of the Fly," released in 2000. The answer is an emphatic, Yes! The 16x9 anamorphic image for this 1958 Cinemascope movie is less grainy, slightly brighter and sharper, and has improved color with more accurate flesh tones. The 4.0 Dolby Digital and Dolby Surround stereo are also an improvement over the previous release. So, if that's important to you, you need to get the upgrade found here.

The transfer to the 1959 sequel appears to be the same one used before, but since that movie is in black & white and the 16x9 anamorphic transfer of the Cinemascope image looked fine before, this is no problem. The second sequel in the collection, 1965's "The Curse of the Fly," is making its DVD debute here and this Cinemascope film is also presented in a fine black & white 16x9 anamorphic transfer, with good sharpness and full gray scale. No one should have any major complaints about the transfers of these movies, and each film has been given enough extras to satisfy all but the most finicky of fans.

The extras, besides a small booklet that's included with the set, are all on a fourth disc in the collection (Each movie is in its own slim case with original ad art on the covers and reproductions of each film's 1-sheet poster inside.) and these include still, ad and poster galleries, original trailers, pressbooks, a new ten-minute featurette on all the movies, and a 1997 A&E Network "Biography" of Vincent Price. There's also a brief Fox Movietone newsreel segment of the original movie's premiere at the San Francisco Fox Theatre on July 16, 1958 that nostalgically captures an era in movie exploitation that's long dead.

The one extra that's included with the original film itself is a rambling, but often amusing and informative "conversational" commentary track between star and "the fly" himself, David "Al" Hedison, and film historian, David Del Valle. The two men often cut each other off, but their talk flows smoothly and keeps up with a movie both are very fond of. Hedison is actually quite amazing in his recall of a film now nearly fifty years old and, he informs us, was shot in just 18 days!

I wasn't too enthusiastic when I pre-ordered this DVD collection. "The Fly" is a good but not a great sci-fi movie -- its ending is classic, but the movie itself is rather talky -- and I wasn't sure if the transfer would be much improved over what I already owned, but I took a chance and now that I've looked at this collection, I'm glad I have it. Another very good job from Fox Home Entertainment. They've been putting out some great DVD reissues of their older titles lately and I hope they keep it up.
31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disc Breakdown Below. Curse One Very Underrated Film. The Fly One of the Best Trailers Ever. 12 July 2008
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This is a great set as is each film in it. The Fly is the all around best film of the set but it doesn't win that easily. Return of the fly changed the look by filming in black and white to give it a more artier feel which Price strongly disagreed with (I do as well)among other things during filming. Return is the funniest/campiest of the bunch. For example once I saw the guinea pig with little human hands the film had me. I also believe Return is the most suspenseful of the set. The Curse of the Fly is better than just ok as I've read from other reviewers and is the second best of the bunch in my opinion. Curse is also the most artsy picture, here there is no human fly, literally at least.

THE FLY: 5/5 (Overall Best)
I learned in the ten page book that comes with this set that The Fly first appeared in Playboy Magazine in 1957, winning the magazines best story of the year. A former soldier for Britain's Intelligence Army during World War II, George Lagelaan, wrote the Novella and actually underwent surgery while enlisted to change his identity, thought that was interesting considering the material.
A more subdued Price not yet a permanent horror staple delivers as usual as Francois Delambre, whose brother Andre Delambre has developed a way to transport matter. Most know the story, eventually Andre tries to teleport himself and a common housefly gets trapped in one of the machines, the result is a cross between a Fly and a human. The fly mask isn't the over the top part you think it will be prior to seeing this, that comes later, but I felt the simple towel used to hide Andre's head head was subtle and effective.
The Fly coming after WWII and creation of the atom bomb people had a fear of what radiation and it's effects could do. I felt The Fly's message was not to mess with nature. The ending wasn't happy but had a happy feel to it that I didn't feel fit, HOWEVER it made it all the more unsettling.

RETURN OF THE FLY: 4.5/5 (Most Suspenseful)
Filmed in black and white return as I said above is the most suspenseful and over the top, at times. Following his mother's funeral Phillippe Delambre, Andre's son wants to pursue his father's work all his family has suffered hasn't been in vein. He asks his uncle Francois (Price)for help (Price) which he eventually, reluctantly does. The plot is plausible, I remember thinking how is the exact same thing going to happen again, but the story is done well so that it makes sense.

THE CURSE OF THE FLY: 5/5 (Most Artistic)
Completely underrated. Curse begins with the smashing out of a window followed by a young attractive woman escaping from something only to stumble into a member of the Delambre clan and he helps her. They soon marry without knowing one another and he takes her back to his house/lab. The Delambres are still at work on their families invention and can actually teleport humans. There is no fly in this film literally but the young girl above is trapped in this house metaphorically like one. The film is all serious this time with no campy moments, just a feeling of dread. Great special effects and make up in this one which comes the closest to Cronenberg's version The Fly [Blu-ray] as far as an attempt to shock the viewer. I felt The Curse of The Fly had a feel of the classic Eyes Without a Face - Criterion Collection.

1997 Vincent Price Biography (originally on A/E network). Commentary during the Biography with his daughter and historians.
Fly Trap: Catching a classic Featurette
Still Galleries
Pressbooks, Posters and more.
The more, also consists of Original Trailers. I felt The Fly trailer was one of the most effective I have seen next to the original trailer for The Shining [Blu-ray] where the blood fills the halls and thats it. Both are perfect examples of less is more. I felt The Curse of The Fly's trailer made it actually look worse then it was.

Ten Page Booklet: 5/5
Great booklet and something you'd see from Criterion DVD. Interesting info on each film. This set and the booklet are all meat and no filler. Highest recommendation possible.
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling sci-fi classic with plenty of shocks and scares !! 5 Dec 2000
By P. Ferrigno - Published on
Two spine tingling horror thrillers from the late 50's starring the American prince of horror, Vincent Price, on one DVD !!
Fans of the original (and less bloody) "THE FLY" will be wrapped to see this classic film presented in glorious crystal clear color and dolby digital sound that really gets the hairs up on the back of your neck. For those who don't know the story...scientist Andre Delambre (David Hedison....later to star in "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea") develops a matter transfer device. However, on trialling the machine himself, a fly is caught inside, and Hedison emerges with fly's head and arm...and the fly now posesses Hedison's head and arm !! Film boasts plenty of classic shock moments...including the first time we see the fly in full view !! "Return of the Fly" isn't quite up to the original, but still has plenty of enjoyable moments that make it a nice companion to the original....and it still has Vincent Price on board !
Interesting anecdote from "THE FLY"...according to Vincent Price in his book "I Like what I Know", in the final sequence of "THE FLY" where Price and fellow actor Herbert Marshall are peering into a spiders web containing the fly (with human head and arm)..the two actors could not complete the supposedly sombre scene without bursting into fits of paralysing laughter. The only way they could finish the scene was by ensuring no eye contact was made with each other....otherwise the laughter just continued !!
For any cult sci-fi fan....a great addition to your DVD collection !!
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One classic, two OK sequels, and a bonus disc 10 Sep 2007
By calvinnme - Published on
Fox is releasing its series of the original "The Fly" films and even including a bonus disc of extra features in this set, most notably a biography of the great Vincent Price. Many people prefer Cronenburg's 1986 remake with Jeff Goldblum, but to me the original will always be best because the result was one of the creepiest horror films ever made without the capability of doing the kinds of special effects that were possible by the the time the 1980's remake was done. The contents are as follows:

Disc One - The Fly (1958) - This one is a classic of 1950's sci-fi/horror, and weds traditional horror - the idea of something half human/half insect - with the science of the atomic age that made it possible. It deals with the psychological issues of madness, of what it means to be human, and therefore with what it means to murder. Top acting jobs by everyone, including Vincent Price in a supporting role here, turn what could have been very campy material into one of the creepiest films ever.

Disc Two - The Return Of The Fly (1959) - This film takes a step down from the first film mainly because there is nothing novel going on here as there was in the first film, but you still have the great Vincent Price reprising his role as the dead scientist's brother, this time trying to convince his nephew not to follow down the same path as his father. In this film the half fly/half human output of the teleportation machine is a murder attempt rather than an accident, and there is more emphasis on action rather than the psychological angles of the first.

Disc Three - The Curse Of The Fly (1965) - Vincent Price is not in this one since by this time he was under contract to another studio. However, I found this film to be better than its reputation. The Delambres, despite what has happened in the two previous films, have continued to experiment with the teleporter. The result has been more subtle but just has horrific. Now the Delambres are a family with various physical and mental ailments that are in danger of disintegration if an answer cannot be found. Oddly enough, after all the tragedy, they still think the answer to their troubles is the the teleporter. Many people don't like this film because it is quite a departure from the first two, but I think that is its strength.

Disc Four - Bonus Disc
Vincent Price biography
"Fly Trap: Catching A Classic" featurette
The Fly bonus features:
Playboy article and gallery
Photo gallery
Lobby cards and posters
The Return Of The Fly bonus features:
Trailer and TV spots
Lobby cards and posters
Photo gallery
The Curse Of The Fly bonus features:
Pressbook gallery
Lobby cards and posters
Photo gallery
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WHAT'S THE BUZZ? 24 Sep 2000
By Thomas E. O'Sullivan - Published on
FOX is leading the way. Apart from their 5 STAR COLLECTIONS (ID4/THE SOUND OF MUSIC), they have not forgotten their minor gems and forgotten classics - and THE FLY and THE RETURN OF THE FLY, are just such pictures. Presented in anamorphic widescreen , with remastered image, each film is crisp, clean and very well packaged. The double feature does not boast much in the way of extra's - you get six previews (both THE FLY and RETURN OF THE FLY, plus the remakes, but also FANTASTIC VOYAGE and VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA - odd choices to tag onto these films, but there you go), and static, but very nice, menu screens (they come across like lobby cards). But, least you forget... you do get two movies for the price of one. THE FLY is the best of the two... it's in color (which is still vibrant), and features a superior script (written by James Clavell, author of the blockbuster bestseller SHOGUN, go figure) and fine performances all around (as well as the best opening... beautiful and gruesome... and a equally disturbing ending). Despite popular belief, Vincent Price is a supporting player here, not the lead. That honor goes to Patricia Owens who plays the solid but suffering wife of THE FLY. It is an excellent movie... very entertaining, impossible, yet thoughtful. THE RETURN OF THE FLY, produced a year later to cash in on the first, is a step or two down in quality. Flimed in black and white, it simply covers the same material as the previous film, and then waters it down. It's a revenge picture, pure and simple, and again Price is the supporting player (but he does have more to do). But it is not a total loss... it does have it's moments, and I do recommend it along side THE FLY. The disc is worth the rent, but also worth adding to your collection.
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