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Spanish Fly [DVD]
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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!
 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
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
terry Thomas is great as usual, but I was a little disappointed in the movie.Published 5 months ago by timothy jones
Hilarious Terry Thomas and Leslie Phillips at their best,,TT is dastardly as ever. Includes a lot of nudity but is not porn or smutPublished 5 months ago by Albert Neanderthal
Leslie Philips and terry Thomas great film laughing from start to finishPublished 9 months ago by Ted bates
Leslie Philips and Terry Thomas together worth watching just for that. The film itself can be watched while you rest after a hard day - mild humor at a relaxed pace.Published 12 months ago by Will
I got this film because I have the track in it by Geraldine 'Fly Me'Published 16 months ago by F A LONG