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  • Actors: Leslie Phillips, Terry-Thomas, Sue Lloyd, Frank Thornton, Sally Farmiloe
  • Directors: Bob Kellett
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.75:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 22 April 2013
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B8897NE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,363 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The screen vibrates with bounderism and caddishness when comedy icons Terry-Thomas and Leslie Phillips star as rivals in this sunny, mid-'70s sex comedy set on the Mediterranean island of Minorca. Spanish Fly is featured here in a brand-new transfer from original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.

Despite the scenery and sunshine, expat Sir Percy de Courcy feels dejected. In a cunning wheeze to make some much-needed money, he's bought 100,000 gallons of local wine, hoping to sell it at a vast profit. Unfortunately, even Sir Percy has to admit the wine tastes foul, and when he asks his chauffeur to 'improve' the taste, a certain local ingredient finds its way into the bottles, turning it into a potent aphrodisiac! Add Sir Percy's old school-friend Mike - arriving on the island to supervise a series of glamorous lingerie photo-shoots - and it seems Sir Percy is about to experience a sudden reversal of fortunes!

SPECIAL FEATURES:
[] Full-frame 4:3, as-filmed version of main feature
[] 56 minute music suite of Ron Goodwin's original score
[] Original theatrical trailer
[] Image gallery

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The opening credits of Spanish Fly promise "Leslie Phillips vs. Terry-Thomas", making this the British comic innuendo version of King Kong vs. Godzilla or Frankenstein vs. the Wolf Man, with the two masters of fnarr-fnarr lecherous English lounge lizardry pitted against each other. It's a sunstruck, terminally silly slice of fluff of the stripe that passed for a sex film in 1976 ("Go and butter yourself", someone says) but seems almost comically innocent these days. The sort of film that boasts special credits for women's fashions by Cornelia James and underwear by Janet Reger, it tells the story of a gap-toothed con man (Thomas) exiled to sunny Spain. He adds ground-up cantharides to undrinkable plonk to create a market for aphrodisiac wine, and impotent underwear tycoon (Phillips) benefits from the effects of the product as he gets to grips with four lovely models, until his wife (Sue Lloyd) shows up and a side-effect means he starts barking like a dog.

The stars are game, but the material--from a story by producer Peter James, now a horror novelist--is skimpier than the starlets' bikinis and none of the pretty girls has any comic timing (though they all get topless scenes). Students of British pop culture will note the bizarre juxtaposition of hiring an uncredited Francis Matthews, the upright voice of Captain Scarlet, to dub the roles of a gay Spanish photographer and (for one bad gag) a disgusted dog.

On the DVD: The picture is fullscreen. There are no extras.--Kim Newman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This is a must for any Terry Thomas fan, I watched it years ago and loved it, I have seen this so many times and never get bored, this re-issue comes in a slim plastic case. Buy this if you like a good comedy.
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Okay it's not the best film of all time but if you like posh public school cads such as Terry Thomas and Leslie Phillips, some 1975 girls in skimpy bikinis and bad hair styles plus some poor Spanish acting then this is a film of an idyllic life!
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I agree with the other two reviewers that this film is not great. It's true that the actors are, unfortunately, past their prime for the roles they are playing but I didn't find this film as bad as others would have you believe. It's not up their with the Gods but it's not as bad as syphilis either. If you have a liking for British comedy and understand it as a product of it's time there is definitely some fun to be had. 3 stars. Well worth buying.
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Picture: very good quality (16:9)
Sound: mono, but also very good quality.
Extra's: Fullframe version (4:3), Trailer, Music Suite with 55+ minutes of music from the movie (mono), and a gallery with 50+ pictures.
The extra's are an excellent idea, I think.
I'm quite happy to have it in my collection.
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Leslie Philips , Terry Thomas - how can it fail? By being made at a dire time for British comedy when it was felt that a smattering of nudity and a risque subject matter could make up for a lack of a funny script. The early 70s saw a large number of such films designed to take advantage of growing sexual freedom at the cinema , and unfortunately they are mostly dreadful. The later Carry on..films had the same problem. If you consider how popular the Confessions films were you can see why producers saw this as a way to drag viewers away from their TV , but 40 years later these films simply dont stand up - nudge nudge wink wink. And yes that is the level of humour on display here - oops , done it again etc etc
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If you are drawn to this film by the cast , you could regret it.
This came at the tail end of a cycle of British comedies which ran from the fifties into the seventies but by this time was looking very tired rather like its stars Leslie Phillips and Terry Thomas. The makers tried to dress up the old formula by making it slightly raunchier than before , but unfortunately the film comes over as cheap and not very funny.
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Entertaining, The silly ending tends to detract from a well made film.
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Made at the time when the only British films being made were smutty sex comedies.This ain't bad considering,2 good comic leads even if past their sell by dates.Add 4 girls whom are ready to go topless and never be heard of again and you had a winning formula,not that this ever made it to my local flea pit.You should stay awake through this unlike Networks other release of The House In Nightmare Park.
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