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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy me... Please buy me..., 3 Feb. 2008
This review is from: The Fly/The Fly 2 [DVD] (DVD)
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. Unlike the first film, there is no underlying message, and there is certainly no strong romantic sub-plot. Instead, the film concentrates on conventional sci-fi/horror/gore techniques and in those respects it certainly succeeds and is therefore very entertaining at times. What effectively makes this film are the special effects, which have certainly been improved upon since the last film (in which the effects were great themselves) and makes the (infrequent) gory moments very convincing. The plot concerns the son of Seth Brundle and how he is being kept like some form of lab rat at Bartok Industries (the company that funded Brundle in the first film). It is not long, however, before his dormant insect genes take over, and he takes revenge on those that have kept him and lied to him over the years, making for some truly intense final scenes.

I highly recommend that you buy this set. There are very few special features aside from some satisfying audio commentaries, but the picture and sound quality of both the films has definitely been perfected, unlike many other DVD's of older films which just seem to have been copied and pasted onto a disk. Buy it for the films and not the extras and you won't be disappointed by this exceptionally good box set.

But be afraid... very afraid.
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Initial post: 4 Feb 2008 19:33:11 GMT
Luke Britt says:
Although I have not had the honour of meeting the legendary TJ Doc his reviews are excellent. He has pulled it out of the bag again. Excellent A+

Posted on 6 Feb 2008 10:28:46 GMT
TJ Doc certainly knows his stuff!

In reply to an earlier post on 19 May 2008 16:16:05 BDT
D. Moses says:
Excellent review. I want to just add that the saddest and probably the most disturbing part of a film I have ever seen is the fate of the dog in this. I find it very distressing to watch.
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