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The Fly/The Fly 2 [DVD]

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  • Actors: Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, John Getz, Joy Boushel, Les Carlson
  • Directors: David Cronenberg, Chris Walas
  • Producers: Stuart Cornfeld, Steven-Charles Jaffe
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 29 May 2006
  • Run Time: 192 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ERVG34
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,822 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Double bill featuring two tales of men turning into insects. In 'The Fly' scientist Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum) uses himself as a guinea-pig in his experiments with transmitting matter, but is unaware that a fly has got into the machinery. He embarks on a relationship with Veronica Quaife (Geena Davis), the journalist covering his project, and they are both surprised when his body begins to take on fly-like characteristics. In 'The Fly 2', Seth is no more, but he has left behind a gruesome legacy: the teleportation device which transformed him into a human fly, and a son, Martin, who is infected with his father's insect metabolism. Martin grows at a hugely accelerated rate, and he is soon a fully-grown man, keen to pick up the experiments where Seth left off...


The Fly
David Cronenberg's 1986 remake of the science fiction classic about a scientist who accidentally swaps body parts with a fly is both smart and terrifying: an allegory for the awful processes of slow death and a monster movie with a tragic spin. Jeff Goldblum gives a masterful performance as a sweet, nerdy scientist whose romance with a writer (Geena Davis) makes him more fully alive. Next thing you know, a tiny oversight in an experiment causes him to transmogrify, gradually, into something more like an insect than a human. This is Cronenberg (Scanners, Videodrome) country, so expect The Fly to be a gross-out, but in the way that disease corrupts the body and can make a loved one unrecognizable on every level. This is one of Cronenberg's best films, and certainly one of the important movies of the 1980s. --Tom Keogh

The Fly II
Chris Walas, the effects whiz who turned Jeff Goldblum into the gooey, grotesque Brundle-Fly in David Cronenberg's The Fly, makes his directorial debut in this equally icky sequel. Eric Stoltz is Brundle's genetically diseased offspring, a boy genius brought up in an experimental laboratory by a nefarious foster father eager to see what his inevitable metamorphosis will bring. No surprise here: like father, like son. Daphne Zuniga is his sweet young girlfriend, and John Getz reprises his role from the first film as a bitter alcoholic with a very bad fake beard. This cut-rate Son of the Fly knockoff pales next to Cronenberg's classic, degenerating into a gory revenge flick. Walas strains under a limited budget, and many of the more elaborate creatures (a monstrously mutated dog, the skeletal fly monster leaping about the warehouse-like lab) are rather shabby. The makeup is suitably gooey, slathered in ooze and pus, and the mayhem-filled finale is a nasty but impressive over-the-top frenzy of blood and gore climaxing in the nastiest piece of poetic justice since Freaks. The opening birth scene (with a look-alike subbing for mom Geena Davis) is an homage to Larry Cohen's It's Alive. --Sean Axmaker

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Puzzle box on 17 July 2014
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The Fly/ The Fly 2 is a double feature with both films on separate discs. It's a great deal especially if you cant afford the blu-ray and you basically get two great films, both which have great transfers so no complaints there. The fly remake from 1986 is still to this day a solid and creepy picture, a remake of the original Vincent Price classic which almost surpasses it in every way. Canadian director David Cronenberg was just beginning to make some of his best work and this was made at his peak of his career, flirting with the bug thing that would become a staple of his career in later films like Naked Lunch and the goo-laden Existance. Forever the co-star, Jeff Golblum seized this title role and perfectly guided Seth Brundle's descent into Brundlefly. Veronica Quaife (Gena Davis) is a journalist for a science magazine, trying to find a break-through story that can make her career and happens upon Seth Brundle (Goldblum). Brundle convinces her to come back to his lab and check out his project. It's there he reveals his life-project; his teleportation chambers, only these aren't just any normal telepods, they can transfer things from place to place. Only it has not been perfected to where it can transfer a living creature and Seth offers Veronica or as he calls her Ronnie, to stay with him and film what will happen when he perfects it. There Ronnie and Seth fall for each other and begin an affair while trying to perfect the machines. There is one little past problem of Ronnie's, her ex and boss, Stathis played by John Getz, wants Ronnie back, but she refuses and continues the project. When she's gone away from Seth, he gets drunk and goes into the telepod not even sure of the results to come, unfortunately a fly accidentally gets into the machine with him and he telepods successfully!Read more ›
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Dec 2001
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To start with, the release of these two films in a readily affordable 2 in 1 package was much welcomed by my wallet! 'The Fly' holds its own against its predecessor in many ways - its combines a simple and chilling story with all out gore and superb special effects. Jeff Goldblum is excellent as the doomed scientist Seth Brundle, who creates the teleporter and when experimenting on himself, unknowingly enters it with a housefly. His transformation from man to insect is intense as it is stomach churning. Geena Davis is more than adequate as the tormented girlfriend.
'The Fly 2' doesn't quite pull of in scary terms what the first one achieved, perhaps due to a lack of atmosphere that was so clearly present in 'The Fly', but is an excellent 100 minutes of added entertainment. Continuing from the first, Eric Stoltz is the spawn of Seth Brundle, born human but with an accelerated growth 'disease', which in turn means that he grows far quicker than average and also has remarkable intelligence. He eventually starts to realise that he will, like his father, become mutated and fights a race against time to save himself, but standing in his way is his guardian from birth, Mr Bartok, who wants his 'project' to develop so that he can attempt some form of personal legacy.
All in all, this DVD set is great value for money and great for that night in when a scare and some gore would go down a treat...'be afraid, be very afraid'!!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By TJ Doc on 3 Feb 2008
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Before I get into it, I have just one warning for you. Don't eat anything while you're watching either one of these films. Now that that's cleared up, I would like to stress just how much of a masterpiece the first Fly film really is.

Anyone who has seen the original film starring Vincent Price will have some idea of what to expect from this remake; a terrible teleportation accident in which a fly gets into the same teleportation device that the main character is in. But while in the original, the result was that the human body came out of the other device with the head and arm of the fly (vice-versa for the body of the fly), the result in this remake is much more horrible.

Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum) is the doomed scientist who is dabbling in the use of teleportation, and Geena Davis plays Veronica, the journalist who is covering his work and who is also Brundle's love interest in the film. Together, they perfect the teleportation sequence to transport organic tissue. Brundle becomes angry; however, as he believes that Veronica is still seeing her ex-partner and magazine editor, Stathis Borans (John Getz), and proceeds to test the "telepod" on himself and accidentally splices himself with a common housefly. What follows is a truly disturbing sequence of events as Brundle gradually decomposes into something far from human, while Veronica finds herself caring for him. Directed by the masterful David Cronenberg, and featuring a great cast as well as completely believable and grotesque special effects, The Fly is a terrifying romantic horror film with an underlying message in the form of aging and inevitable death.

As you would expect, The Fly 2 doesn't live up to the epic first film. Despite this, it is certainly a competent horror film in its own right.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. Hale on 20 May 2008
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This little 2-disc set differs from the previous Fly 1&2 set in that it features the disc 1's from the updated 2-disc Special Editions. So if you can't be bothered with hours of extras, then this is a great value set to get.

Disc 1 features The Fly (1986), digitally remastered version with DTS & DD 5.1 Sound, audio commentary by director David Cronenberg.

Disc 2 features The Fly II (1989), digitally remastered version with DTS & DD 5.1 Sound, audio commentary by director Chris Walas & Film Historian/Archivist Bob Burns, Alternative Ending, Deleted Scene, & Four Theatrical Trailers (original 'Fly' movies & remakes).

Definitely recommend this little set, you get the classic Cronenberg 1986 version of 'The Fly' and its very worthy sequel and you do get some extras!!!
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