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Butterfly (1982)

Pia Zadora , Stacy Keach , Matt Cimber  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Pia Zadora, Stacy Keach, Orson Welles, Edward Albert, Leigh Christian
  • Directors: Matt Cimber
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Industrial Ent
  • DVD Release Date: September 30, 2008
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001D27GIS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,855 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Butterfly" on IMDb

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The box office hit of the controversial adaptation of the novel by James M. Cain (The Postman Always Rings Twice) comes out on DVD for the first time ever.

Pia Zadora makes a stunning debut in this hot-blooded thriller of forbidden love, murder, and revenge. Pouty and irresistible, she plays the part of naughty Kady, who makes a surprise visit to her long-lost father, Jess (Stacy Keach), by dropping in at the deserted silver mine he is caretaking. Provocative and lustful, she teases him until both give way to temptation. Together in sin, Kady and Jess dream of wealth as they mine for silver, but vultures with dreams of their own lurk in the background, watching their every move.

This DVD features the first ever interviews on home video by its stars Pia Zadora and Stacy Keach. Also included is a feature length commentary with director Matt Cimber, star Pia Zadora, and Pia's former husband and Butterfly financier M. Riklis.

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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pia on DVD! October 5, 2008
I'm gonna get a lot of heat for this, but I'm a fan of Pia Zadora. I don't think she's the greatest actress or personality or even singer, but there's something about her that makes me giggle. Sure, she's been in a lot of questionable movies (to my count, her husband financed four of them - BUTTERFLY, FAKE-OUT, THE LONELY LADY, and VOYAGE OF THE ROCK ALIENS), but she seems to have a wicked sense of humor playing in all of them, like she's in on the joke. Maybe she was or maybe she wasn't, but FINALLY her "first" film, BUTTERFLY, has been officially released on DVD. I say "officially" because JER Films has had a bootleg DVD release on the market for several years now, mastered from the early 80s Vestron Laserdisc, a better source than a VHS tape minted from the same transfer but still a poor choice considering how blurry, blown-out, and speckly the print and noisy Laserdisc pressing were.

And now the official release from Industrial Films, a label I've never heard of, in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen from a new hi-def master, complete with a 45-minute featurette and commentary track with Pia herself! To say I'm shocked is an understatement, but I felt I should let the other dozen or so people in the world who might be interested in this release know of its quality.

The mastering isn't perfect, as there is a strange ghosting issue which appears to be from poor conversion from the hi-def master (I've seen this on some other independent DVD releases), and the audio commentary is woefully out of synchronization for the first half of the film (the film's audio is mixed in low and it reveals a large 3-4 second gap in sync). I still expected FAR worse than I got, and I'm very pleased with this disc.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars can you go wrong... December 5, 2010
By Wayne
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You have to love Pia in this and with Stacy Keach and Orson Welles how can you go wrong for a couple of dollars? I saw this when I was much younger and vowed to see it again someday. For the price you can't go wrong with Pia Zadora and this cast!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy to see this on dvd March 3, 2009
I had'nt seen this since the 80's. I was happy to see ButterFly released on dvd. The interviews with everyone still alive was very interesting and fun. The movie itself is even more interesting as an adult. Before, and always, Pai was the draw.....She is gorgeous !! Now I can appreciate the acting and see the different depths of each relationship on screen. This really shows the power of a woman and how dumb men can be. Yet, there is true love and a happy ending...... Really a deeper story as I can look past Pia at the whole story now.
ANYWAY ^_^ Thanks, This was great to see again and own now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pia Zadora..... November 5, 2008
I remember reading about Pia years ago. Apparently her husband (ex ?) has millions of dollars and was willing to make her a well known movie star and invest in her career. However, there was a huge backlash of those who felt she was paying her way to stardom. Her movies were panned and many critized her abilities.

Tonight, I watched Butterfly, and I thought it was riveting. Pia stars as Kady, a young woman who returns to the father she never knew and attempts to get him to steal silver from the mine he is guarding. Stacy Keech plays the father and other talented actors like James Francisco round out the cast. Pia looks gorgeous and convinced me with her acting. She has talent, looks, ability and star quality. She is totally believable as Kady, generating heat, youth and a knowing of what she needs and how to get it all at once.

The movie includes a bonus segment where the actors talk about the movie and Pia still looks awesome 26 years later. She speaks very intelligently and represents herself well.

It seems that real fame eluded Pia... and I wonder if without the money her husband put into her career and the resentment it caused, she would have accomplished her goals.

~ Lee Mellott
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sexy movie without being trashy... September 5, 2012
By honda
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This is definately a very sexy movie without being trashy. There's a plot to the story; your might have to watch it twice to get the full meaning of what is going on. Not for children at all, because there is some nudity. I loved the movie, whenever I have guests over and they have never seen it. I put this movie on and never get tired of watching it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bravo Ennio March 22, 2009
A quirky little film with some fun and interesting supporting performances... and Pia certainly has her lolita'esque charms. But the real star of the movie for me is the excellent soundtrack by maestro Ennio Morricone.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good October 22, 2008
Back in the 80s, Butterfly was one of those movies you always heard about, but never actually saw. Men's magazines at the time talked a lot about it, and then there were all those Razzie awards. Pia won a Golden Globe, but scandal struck when it was suggested that Butterfly producer and Zadora husband M. Riklis BOUGHT the award for her. (This inuendo is discussed in the commentary and in the 44-minute featurette on this DVD.) Well, what a surprise! The movie is pretty good, in a scenery chewing, John Waters kind of way. It's short on skin, long on sleaze and NEVER BORING. Orson Welles hams it up, Stacy Keach tries his level best to rise above the material, even Ed McMahon and June Lockhart (Mom Robinson from Lost in Space) show up. Besides Keach, the only performance that rises above the material is Kate Nelligan, who seems to be acting in a completely different (high quality) movie. Director Matt Cimber frequently gets a bad rap for his pictures, mainly because lots of people like to paint him as the bad guy in his marriage to Jayne Mansfield (two sides to every story, you know), but his direction here is very effective. If you like this, you should also check out another Cimber film, The Witch Who Came from the Sea, an interesting movie that does NOT feature a witch. In Butterfly, the cinematography is splendid, the Ennio Morricone soundtrack majestic, the script so-so, the acting very uneven, but if you like good B-pictures, C-pictures and D-pictures, you'll love it. Unlike another commentator, I've never been a big fan of Pia Zadora, but I'll admit: Nobody else could play the part as well. And hats off to Stacy Keach for trying so hard to take the material seriously. Also a pat on the back to Orson Welles for his willingness to cash the check. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Forbidden fruit poisons the soul in this James Cain based flick
Good cast but a bit slow and plodding. Better to have left the tle in the hills. Much of the books ironies and contrasts were lost by miscasting of the character of Moke Blue who... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Richard L. Jackson
4.0 out of 5 stars Butterfly
The disk was in perfect shape. did not have any problems watching from and old player. Content iffy for sensitive people.
Published 5 months ago by Patricia Brownfield
5.0 out of 5 stars I have been looking for this movie for awhile
I was happy to find this movie when on a whim I decided to see in Amazon had the movie. This sick and twisted plot line makes the movie. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Donald Peppers
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT
Published 9 months ago by Donald A Garuti Jr
2.0 out of 5 stars wrong area code
we are located in Australia ... and recieved a dvd that is the wrong area code for this country . could not view it !
Published 11 months ago by toni
5.0 out of 5 stars butterfly
dvd was in good shape. the storyline was good and the acting was very good. i would definitely recommend it.
Published 13 months ago by John C. Flynn
4.0 out of 5 stars Havent seen this in a long time.
Was in the mood for something I hadnt seen in a looooong time, so I got this. Not the greatest movie, but its ok.
Published 15 months ago by collin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great to have a so so film on DVD
I've never discovered what the fuss was all about with this first major Pia Zadora film, to me it moves at a snails pace and is a basically uninteresting story even though it... Read more
Published 16 months ago by B A Kotzky
3.0 out of 5 stars good little film but lacking
this film was ok but I got if for the nude shots of pia zadora and their where some. and a couple of nice shots but not enought for me. Read more
Published 19 months ago by M. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Butterfly
I was only able to locate and purchase this item on, Thanks once again for helping to find this hard to find item it was a great product and service, A+++ Highly... Read more
Published on July 3, 2010 by WH Brooks
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