- Format: NTSC
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English, Spanish
- Dubbed: French, Spanish
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
- Number of discs: 4
- Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
- Studio: Tcfhe
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B000RXVNDI
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A bonafide must-have for classic science fiction fans, The Fly Collection brings together the original 1958 chiller with Return of the Fly and Curse of the Fly, its 1959 and 1965 sequels, respectively, and treats fans to a wealth of terrific supplemental features and improved image quality. Kurt Neumann's The Fly has lost little of its punch in the 50 years since its release; though it lacks the visceral shock of David Cronenberg's 1986 remake, James Clavell's script expands upon the original source material by author George Langelaan with a maturity and depth that was rarely seen in movie science fiction from the period, and the performances by Vincent Price, Herbert Marshall, and David Hedison (billed as Al Hedison) as the ill-fated scientist whose experiments with matter transferal leave him with the human-sized head of a fly (one of the indelible images of '50s sci-fi) are tightly reined and believable. Quickly generated to cash in on The Fly's box office windfall, Return of the Fly is decidedly less solid than its predecessor--it's a basic retread of the original, with Brett Halsey as Hedison's son making the same mistake as his father--but as pure B-movie entertainment, it delivers the goods, and the returning Vincent Price lends his usual air of credibility. The final entry in the Fly franchise, the little-seen Curse of the Fly, makes its U.S. DVD debut with this set; it's pulpy fun at best, but genre veteran Don (Hammer's Kiss of the Vampire) Sharp brings some surprising moments of surrealism to the proceedings, most notably in the hallucinatory opening sequence (Carole Gray flees the grounds of a dark estate clad only in her white undergarments) and its parade of horrific failed genetic experiments.
The Fly Collection offers all three films in single discs (each featuring reproductions of the films' original poster art), as well as a fourth disc, The Disc of Horrors, which provides a barrage of related extras. Image-wise, the look of the films is top-notch; The Fly is a marked improvement over the 2000 DVD release, with the rich DeLuxe colours and vivid detail of the original CinemaScope presentation receiving a marvellous showcase. Even the lesser quality of Return and Curse's black-and-white lensing looks crisp and largely spot-free. Sound is also superior (Fly is Dolby Digital 4.0, and Return and Curse have Dolby Digital monaural and Dolby Digital Stereo options), and Hedison is featured in a commentary on Fly that's filled with production reminiscences. The Disc of Horrors is the real treat in the set; not only is Price's 1997 profile from A&E's Biography series included, but there's also Fly Trap: Catching a Classic, a solid overview of all three films featuring Hedison and Halsey, as well as film historians David Del Valle and Donald F. Glut, among others (some of the pertinent details are also covered in the set's insert booklet). Theatrical trailers for each film (and TV spots for Return and Curse), reproductions of the original press books (which can be viewed in detail), domestic and international lobby cards, promotional photos (the best of which is a shot of Hedison in full fly make-up listening patiently to co-star Patricia Owens), and a 1958 newsreel that covered the first Fly's premiere in San Francisco. -Paul Gaita
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I have always loved The Fly (1958), filmed in Terror-Color and starring Vincent Price and Al Hedison (better known as David Hedison), although the effects may appear comical to modern audiences the tale is very faithful to its original source, a creepy short story by George Langelaan. It has a memorable opening sequence as a scientist's wife is accused of his grisly murder. His experiment with a teleportation device goes horribly wrong; using himself as a test subject a fly enters the device at the same time thereby fusing their atoms. As a result the scientist ends up with the head and arm of a giant fly, whilst his body parts have shrunk and become part of the fly. His family and friends try to catch the fly in an effort to reverse the transformation before he loses his mind, although we already know it will end in tragedy the last scene is pretty effective. It also features the same memorable death-ray sound effect used in War of The Worlds.
The Return of the Fly (1959) sees the scientist's son repeatng the experiment, against Vincent Price's advice. The film has several twists on the original including a dodgy lab assistant who goes to extreme lengths to cover his tracks, industrial espionage and a literal "guinea pig".
Curse of The Fly (1965) is the least well known of the three early movies. It has a memorable opening sequence as a woman, wearing only her lingerie, escapes from a home into the path of the third generation of the Delambre family who are still involved in matter transportation experiments.Read more ›
features detailed in the Amazon Review.I was disappointed to find that
there was no Vincent Price profile or extra Flytrap documentary.Amazon
have clearly confused their review with another Fly Collection entitled
The Fly Classic Collection.
Shame..Try to get it right Amazon..
Not to be confused with The Fly Ultimate Collection, which offers all five Fly films even if the original trilogy only has trailers as extras, this NTSC collection of the first three films gives them a rather better showcase, with an audio commentary with co-star David Hedison on the original and a few more extra features. The 1958 original feels a lot like a short story padded out to feature length, though it is interesting that it's one of the few movies where the creature never kills anyone. The Fly itself or even the infamous "Help me! Help me!" moment aren't the funniest - that honor goes to the cat's interdimensional mewing - but on the balance it's more good good than bad good.
The quickie sequel Return of the Fly loses the color but retains the CinemaScope, with the Son of the Fly carrying on where dad left off only to fall foul of a treacherous assistant who's into the odd bit of industrial espionage inbetween murders: this time the giant bug does kill, but as Arnie would later say, they were all bad. It's disposable but certainly a lot more enjoyable than the very belated 1965 Curse of the Fly, shot on the cheap with England standing in for Canada. Don Sharp offers a striking opening shot of broken glass and there's a delightfully twisted logic in having the heroine, who escapes from a mental asylum in her underwear, being the sanest person in the film, but it's a fly-free zone.Read more ›
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What a bargain to own this lovely set. The quality of the discs is very good, highly recommend to those who love this rather weird story.Published 9 months ago by ipjackie
Enjoyable viewing. It is interesting comparing the older films with the newer version.Published 12 months ago by Julie Pidsley