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The Fly [VHS] [1958]

David Hedison , Patricia Owens , Kurt Neumann    Suitable for 12 years and over   VHS Tape
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: David Hedison, Patricia Owens, Vincent Price, Herbert Marshall, Kathleen Freeman
  • Directors: Kurt Neumann
  • Writers: George Langelaan, James Clavell
  • Producers: Kurt Neumann, Robert L. Lippert
  • Format: VHS
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: CBS Fox
  • VHS Release Date: 1 Oct 1999
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CJ08
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 267,598 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A scientist (David Hedison) is obsessed with developing a molecular matter transmitter. When he attempts to test the invention himself, he is unwittingly joined by a companion - a fly that has sneaked into the transportation pod with him. The consequences of the experiment soon become clear, as the scientist begins to take on fly-like characteristics. Remade by David Cronenberg in 1986.

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This film has the most chilling ending of any horror classic I have seen. It is worth watching for the final scene alone - be warned - it will stay with you forever!!
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The Fly - Limited Edition SteelBook [Blu-ray] [1958] When a scientist [David Hedison] attempts to transfer matter through space, things go horrifically wrong and two grotesque man-fly hybrids are created. Now, with the head of a fly and a wing in place of one of his arms, the scientist desperately hopes that he, his wife [Patricia Owens] and his brother [Vincent Price] can capture the other mutant and reverse the experiment. THE FLY [1958] Produced and directed by Kurt Neumann. Screenplay by James Clavell, based on the short story by George Langelaan.

Cast: David Hedison, Patricia Owens, Vincent Price, Herbert Marshall, Kathleen Freeman, Betty Lou Gerson and Charles Herbert

Director: Kurt Neumann

Producer: Kurt Neumann and Robert L. Lippert

Screenplay: George Langelaan and James Clavell

Composer: Paul Sawtell

Cinematography: Karl Struss

Audio: English: 4.0 DTS-HD Master Audio 4.0, Spanish: Dolby Digital Mono, French: Dolby Digital Mono and German: 4.0 DTS

Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and German

Resolution: 1080p [Color by De Luxe]

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 [CinemaScope]

Running Time: 91 minutes

Region: All Regions

Number of discs: 1

Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Andrew’s Blu-ray Review – Two scenes are indelibly impressed on the memory, thanks to late night television, home video, and horror movie anthologies: in the first, a woman removes a cloth from her husband’s head to reveal not a human face but the head of a fly; in the second, a tiny fly trapped in a spider’s web screams in a human voice, “Help me! Help me!” as the spider moves in for the kill. The film is, of course, THE FLY, released by 20th Century Fox in 1958.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wrong info 14 April 2014
By Simon
The previous review is for an entirely different film; the 1958 version of The Fly directed by Kurt Neumann. Not the 1986 David Cronenberg movie which this is...
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5.0 out of 5 stars What Blu-Ray Is All About 25 Sep 2013
By William Amazzini - Published on
20th Century Fox has finally released the Fifties cult classic Director Kurt Neumann's 'THE FLY'-1958 for Sci-Fi/Horror fans. Available in VHS in poor pan and scan faded color prints and released on DVD in 2007 as part of a 'FLY' film collection including the sequels Director Edward Bernds 'RETURN OF THE FLY'-1958 and Director Don Sharp's British production 'CURSE OF THE FLY'-1965, this Blu-Ray release is the definitive transfer and really shows what the Blu-Ray format is all about. Gone are the faded color dyes and intermittent lines on the negative, Fox has restored the film in a pristine transfer restoring the rich colors and enhances the photography by venerable cameraman Karl Struss in its proper 2.35 ratio, in short, its the best the film has ever looked since projected in theatres at that time. The beautiful music score by Paul Sawtell gets its just due finally in DTS Dolby Digital Audio so we can appreciate its subtle nuances. Watching the film in this fashion , it made me appreciate actor David Hedison's (here billed as Al Hedison) wonderful performance seemingly overshadowed by Herbert Marshall, Patricia Owens, and pre-Horror star Vincent Price all these years. Price still was not embedded in the publics eye as a Horror star as of yet but his ventures with Director William Castle would take care of that. Extras include a wonderful 45 minute biography on Price's film career , a featurette 'FLY TRAP:CATCHING A CLASSIC' already included on the DVD release , and commentary with actor David Hedison and film Historian David Del Valle. Hedison has some great memories of the shoot. All in all, a worthy purchase for film collectors and makes you appreciate the Blu-Ray format, something which many studios have taken for granted and may finally bring them to their senses in releasing older films as they were meant to be viewed. Highly recommended.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'help me' 6 Mar 2006
By John F. Frederick - Published on
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The best laid plans of mice and men, not to mention flies.

This is first rate science fiction, but of a heart-wrenching variety.

This story is a bit in the spirit of Jack London tales, where some spirited individual gets crushed (in this case, literally), by going out too far on his own.

In this case the spirited individual is a family man who happens to be a scientific genius, developing in his basement the first matter teleportation device. It works, but he fails to realize that the wilderness he confronts in it is not as user friendly as his wife and kid. It confuses him with a fly (which was in the disintegrator with him but escaping his notice). In other words he escapes nature's notice, which didn't bother to distinguish him from the fly, treating him with even more indifference than he treated the fly...

Interestingly, the 1986 remake was not a remake at all, but a spinoff. This spinoff being the opposite story, really: There, only the interpersonal relations fail to be user friendly; nature is fine. (In both films there is a love triangle, but in the first the hero is on the inside track and fine; in the second, the hero is on the outside-and it does him in.)

Acting is very good and script is flawless. Effects do what they need to do and makeup is effective (sometimes very).

One of the best acting scenes is when the wife wakes up in bed alone, clothed, and we watch her as she gradually realizes that what she slowly remembers was not a nightmare, but real-a very intense scene and executed without a word.

Another good scene is where the wife finally sees him eye to eye for the first time after the accident, expecting him to be ok by hoping against hope. She is disappointed, to put it mildly. And the audience can't help but feel for and with her. And with him.

The drama in the lab, with the lab-coat and ever-present equations on the blackboard silently in the background, is classic and captivating; in the most dramatic moment the blackboard gets carelessly rubbed out and the husband scribbles, "I love you."

Hedison's performance is unforgettable.

Though tragic, the film has its own charm and fascination. His son in the end decides that he also wants to be a scientist, and many a kid watching the film may well come to the same conclusion.


Blu-ray transfer is very good. Some minor glitches in getting it to run; resolved them by turning off the BD internet access.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent Sci Fi thriller that packs a punch 9 July 2002
By Simon Davis - Published on
I hate it when reviewers state that these types of films "still hold up quite well" or worse still "are quite dated". Dated compared to what? They weren't being made with 2002 audiences in mind and any film is "dated" after the year it is released. These types of Sci Fi efforts dont need to be viewed according to how films are made now. Simply appreciate them for the imagination they show in their special effects and story telling.
There is certainly alot to appreciate and enjoy in 1958's classic "The Fly". It is a film which I think is amazing in the story it tells which is both horrifying and very sad and at times very touching. The production as a whole is lush with beautiful Fox colour and a cast of fine, restrained performers who deliver thoughtful performances and who have an obvious respect for the material they are working with.
Heading the cast is one of my favourite actors Vincent Price playing Francois Delambre in a restrained performance which I feel is one of his finest. David (Al) Hedison who later found fame on the "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" TV Series in the early sixities plays his brother Andre, a brilliant scientist and delves into the area of matter transfer with horrifying results. He makes the fatal mistake of using himself as a Guinea Pig in his experiments with the result that his own matter becomes entangled with that of a fly unwittingly involved in the transfer experiment. The result is one of the very best special effects efforts to come out of the 1950's in that Andre acquires the head and arm of the fly and his head and arm is transferred to that of the fly. It is a horrific look which still scares me to this day so effective is it in its depiction. The unveiling scene where Andre's wife Helene (played very effectively by Patricia Owens) pulls the black sheet off Andre's head is still one of the classic scenes in Science Fiction drama as her horrified reaction is multipled on screen as she screams in discovering the terrible truth of what has happened to her husband.
Andre's descent into desperation and madness as the fly's characteristics take him over are tragically done. His efforts to eat a meal from under his black sheet, his out of control "Fly" arm taking on a life of its own, and his frantic efforts to try to communicate with others using a type writer are graphically portrayed and are very disturbing. Never though is he really viewed as some sort of deranged monster out to harm anyone, rather an unfortunate individual who was careless in his experiments for one split second. When he scrawls on the blackboard that he still loves Helene while trying to control the horrible fly claw, for one moment an essentially horrific story takes on that of a great love story and our sympathy is totally with Andre in his dilemma.
Patricia Owens also deserves special mention for her performance in "The Fly" as well. Hers could have been a thankless love interest role however she infuses her character with real strength and the scenes of her and her son Philippe trying desperately to catch the fly with the human head in the house and garden are real edge of the seat suspense.
"The Fly" is intelligently written, very smoothly produced and has a good balance between story/character development and the essential horror tale. It is without a doubt one of the very best of the Sci Fi efforts to come out of the 1950's along with the original "Invasion of the Body Snatchers", "Them" and "It Came From Outer Space". Enjoy it as intelligent drama that doesn't strick for sensation in every frame. I get new things to appreciate from it with every screening.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Science Gone Awry Creates Horror on VHS 23 Jan 2001
By gobirds2 - Published on
This film is a good example of the classic science fiction theme of the 1950s. Man through his science takes experimentation of his environment one step too far. Nature is harmony. Man's attempts to disrupt that harmony leads to destruction and horror to himself and his loved ones. This is a well intentioned, poignantly directed and produced film. The horror resulting from Al (David) Hedison's experiments gone awry are devastating and disturbingly represented in the film's images. Once seen, the viewer can never forget them. This is a powerful film even to this day. This VHS copy in pan & scan is very good. The colors are rich and the Stereo Sound is excellent. Highly recommended!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 1958 fly still holds up. 11 Mar 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Although the 1986 remake is certainly a very good one--, better than alot of remakes--The original is still a fascinating and disturbing film. In this film the scientist and the fly exchange head and arm. His wife goes through hell trying to capture the fly with the human head and after coming to the conclusion that it's hopless crushes him in a huge press. In the 1986 version the scientist is slowly transforming into a fly, with his girlgriend trying her best to cure his malady. The final scene in the 1958 film is as shocking and unsettling as ever, and it not aknowledged in the remake. What's more in regards to the last review, the 1958 film is NOT the least comical, it is down right distressing. I suggest that you watch it again. The 1986 remake is not particularly scary, but it is gross at time, but relatively restrained for a Cronenberg film (thank God for that). For a film by David Cronenberg the 1986 fly is quite an effective achievement. Most of his films are little more than disgusting gore and slime with little plot. The fly is a good story and remake with good use of slimy make up.enjoy both the 1958 and 1986 fly.
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