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The Fly [Blu-ray] 
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When a scientist (David Al 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.
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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.
Fox’s new Blu-ray release boasts excellent picture quality that’s easily the best the film has ever looked on home video, a truly beautiful restoration with vivid colour, strong definition and none of the usual problems associated with transferring 50s CinemaScope films to home video. There’s a good package of extras carried over from the boxed set of the three original films – a brief featurette covering the trilogy, an audio commentary by David Hedison (still billed as Al Hedison in the film) and David Del Valle, a Movietone newsreel extract of a parade of movie monsters attending the film’s premiere, the ingenious original trailer that shows virtually none of the film after Vincent Price steps in to stop the action in favour of stray lines of dialogue over graphics, and a decent Biography Channel documentary on Price that even includes footage of him as a youngster hamming it up in college home movies.
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