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5.0 out of 5 stars The Fly Blu Ray!
"The Fly" still works quite well and has surprisingly high production values for a 1958 film of this genre even including a ballet sequence in it's attempt to evoke the cultural life of Paris: as the film - true to the short story on which it's based - takes place in France.

Strongly cast with David (Al) Hedison, Patricia Owens, Herbert Marshall and Vincent...
Published 10 months ago by Adrian Drew

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1.0 out of 5 stars Great film! Awful transfer!!
I can t understand the positive reviews! The blu ray transf is simply horrible!! No better than any dvd! Poor edition of a great movie...
Published 8 months ago by CArlos Silva


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5.0 out of 5 stars The Fly Blu Ray!, 24 Sep 2013
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Adrian Drew (UK) - See all my reviews
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"The Fly" still works quite well and has surprisingly high production values for a 1958 film of this genre even including a ballet sequence in it's attempt to evoke the cultural life of Paris: as the film - true to the short story on which it's based - takes place in France.

Strongly cast with David (Al) Hedison, Patricia Owens, Herbert Marshall and Vincent Price in the leads, and some well/known faces as support players ( the maid, the nightwatchman in the factory, even a member of the audience sharing the box at the opera) what could frankly have been a totally ludicrous story, comes across with some - if limited - conviction - although film historians tell us that Price and Marshall went into paroxysms of hysteria when filming the ending which required countless takes before the cast could control themselves!

For over 35 minutes of its short running time, the film seems very much a standard murder mystery which only gradually reveals the sic-fi/horror at its core. Marshall, as ever, gives a thoroughly convincing performance as the sceptical detective and Hedison who went on to star in the series "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" gives a committed and naturalistic portrayal of the scientist victim, insisting that he wore the fly mask throughout all sequences when his character was on screen - even when covered with a black head cloth! Price and Owens however are never totally convincing as his brother and wife and Price's campness and Owens melodramatics will be definitely a plus or minus quality depending on the tastes of viewers.

The new Blu-ray comes in a solid transfer on this 50GB disc. The original elegant CinemaScope 2.35:1 ratio is thankfully
retained and there is little evidence of DNR or "sharpening". Yes the grain is rather pronounced, you have the occasional white speckles and scratch too, and there is an inherent "softness" to the image (probably in the original source material) but all in all the look of the film is very good.

The 4.0 DTS-HD MA mix is very satisfactory too and the sound of the fly buzzing across the sound-field during the opening titles of the film promises good things to come - and true enough they do. Sawtell's music score pounds out from all the speakers but never overwhelms the dialogue in the way we hear with the recent Universal release of "Earthquake" - although even here the speech is a little low for optimum comfort.

The extras are mostly the same as on the DVD release and include a fascinating documentary about Price.
Definitely a recommended purchase for fans and a cautious one for younger people wanting a full-blooded 21Century horror fix. "The Fly" is a restrained and rather dated "Hollywood" movie from a more gentle age whose horrors are limited and whose slow narrative, self-conscious acting style and traditional filmmaking technique may not appeal to everyone today.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flying Tonight!, 28 Nov 2013
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This is a much better film than the newer version with Jeff Goldlum and the picture quality is excellent for a film of this vintage. The extras are reasonable and have a trailer of Return of the Fly which amazingly is in Black and White!
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5.0 out of 5 stars top film, 23 Oct 2013
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Blu ray is top notch one of the all time horror classics best unvailing since lon chaney in phantam of the opera
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 7 July 2014
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Great film .
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Fly - Original, 15 April 2014
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I saw this original version many years ago and it has not been televised since. I would have recorded on VHS.
To get it as DVD is a plus
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Anything but cheesy, 7 July 2012
This review is from: The Fly [DVD] (DVD)
This classic science-fiction thriller from 1958 starring the king of horror Vincent Price has been misunderstood by many film critics around the world. Most people only like the 1986 remake starring Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis. That was also a great movie but it wasn't even near as good as the original. Most people think that the original is cheesy, not knowing how good it really is. The original is an entertaining, suspenseful, and well written film. And the remake is an entertaining gorefest with great acting by Geena Davis and Jeff Goldblum. Also, the original has one of the greatest movie endings of all time, which I'm not going to spoil for you. Vincent Price is great, as always, but he's not the only one who's great in this. The whole cast is excellent. The final unmasking scene is spectacular. That's the only thing I think is better in the remake than in the original: the special effects. Of course, the remake is from the 80's and the original is from the 50's. They didn't have those effects back then. But even if the original isn't filled with blood and gore, it's a classic that gets better with age.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fly in my eye, 16 Sep 2013
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Nice to have this Classic b.movie movie on b.ray at last.The transfer is just right.Nice colour tone.A nice but not Vast improvement over dvd, which is only right.Some decent extras and nice commentary.It sits nicely along side my all time favourite. ..Forbidden Planet.Now can we have The Man With X Ray Eyes, Incredible Shrinking Man and Night Of The Demon please,with a nice set of extras too boot.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE ALL TIME GREATS IN SCI-FI, 16 July 2013
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This review is from: The Fly [Blu-ray] [1958] (Blu-ray)
I was still a child when I first saw this film and have watched in numerous times over the past 50 years.It is great that it is finally coming to bluray.This film terrified audiences on its original release. The amazing finale was the most talked about scene of its day for a horror/sci-fi film.The two sequels were disappointing and the remake was nothing like the original.It is truly a classic.See it at all costs.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A BUZZING GOOD FILM..!, 13 Jun 2013
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On a comparison with the more gory 80's film with Jeff goldblum this is by far the much better version with the focus on character development and good old fashioned shock moments and not tons of gory shock tatics which made me feel sick and the one who comes off best is Al hedison (later David ) as the obsessed scientist trying to find a way of teleporting people but unkown to him a pesky fly decides to teleport with him..result..half-man half-fly and doesn't end too well for him and just you wait intill the end of the film with the cries of ( help me...help me!) this is brilliant vintage sci-fi...enjoy if you dare!
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old but gold, 31 Dec 2010
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Mrs. L. J. Mounsey (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Fly [DVD] (DVD)
This may be an old film but I find it much more thought-provoking than it's gorier remakes. The last frames in particular seem to stay in the memory, where the little fly with a human face squeaks 'Help me!' as the spider approaches!
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