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  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Winstar
  • DVD Release Date: February 13, 2001
  • Run Time: 45 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000056MMY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #246,779 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Richard Schrock on March 1, 2011
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"Housefly: An Everyday Monster" 45 minute video by Kurt Mundl, 1994.

Nominated for the 1994 Wildscreen Award, this documentary can serve two audiences. By avoiding technical language, it can easily hold the public viewer for 45 minutes. For the teacher (from high school to graduate entomology) there is need for additional technical terminology, but the photography could not be better.

The excellent micro-photography begins with the first frames following a fly in flight and pupating. A variety of flies is briefly scanned, revealing a variety of spines, venations, etc. without technical terms. The narration is clear and in the King's English. Throughout, the housefly's close association with humans is stressed including a re-creation of Neolithic hunter's kill and later our storage of food. The African origin of the housefly is illustrated, and the viewer will realize how much flies have been an unnoticed part of those scenes. The close-ups of the sponging mouthparts are spectacular, especially if the viewer is not approaching mealtime. The following fly predators are shown eating flies: lizards, spiders, frogs, fish, preying mantids, and wasps. The close up of the fly eye identifies "facets." Halteres are called "balancers," wing veins are correctly identified as living tissues, and the sponging mouthparts, described as pharyngeal pumps, are shown in action without technical terminology. Close-up views of the tarsi show how the fly tastes with its feet. Flies take nourishment from the liquids in the birth of a calf and the placenta, and take shelter in stables. Fly mating is shown followed by accurate views of ovipositing in "cow pads" and "dung." The adult fly emerges from the pupal case using an eversible pouch.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John Ranold on September 5, 2003
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All the info you'll ever need about houseflies and more. Amazing close-ups showing the strange mouth parts of flies and footages of maggots eating a dead animal make this DVD fascinating but somewhat hard to stomach.
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This is an awesome and really entertaining documentary, fun for all. Arrived in perfect condition and in a timely manner.
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