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The Fly /The Fly 2 (1986)

Jeff Goldblum , Geena Davis , David Cronenberg , Chris Walas  |  R |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, Eric Stoltz, Daphne Zuniga, John Getz
  • Directors: David Cronenberg, Chris Walas
  • Writers: David Cronenberg, Charles Edward Pogue, Frank Darabont, George Langelaan, Jim Wheat
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • 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: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: September 5, 2000
  • Run Time: 200 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305951454
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,072 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Fly /The Fly 2" on IMDb

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The Fly
David Cronenberg's 1986 remake of the science fiction classic about a scientist who accidentally swaps body parts with a fly is both smart and terrifying: an allegory for the awful processes of slow death and a monster movie with a tragic spin. Jeff Goldblum gives a masterful performance as a sweet, nerdy scientist whose romance with a writer (Geena Davis) makes him more fully alive. Next thing you know, a tiny oversight in an experiment causes him to transmogrify, gradually, into something more like an insect than a human. This is Cronenberg (Scanners, Videodrome) country, so expect The Fly to be a gross-out, but in the way that disease corrupts the body and can make a loved one unrecognizable on every level. This is one of Cronenberg's best films, and certainly one of the important movies of the 1980s. --Tom Keogh

The Fly II
Chris Walas, the effects whiz who turned Jeff Goldblum into the gooey, grotesque Brundle-Fly in David Cronenberg's The Fly, makes his directorial debut in this equally icky sequel. Eric Stoltz is Brundle's genetically diseased offspring, a boy genius brought up in an experimental laboratory by a nefarious foster father eager to see what his inevitable metamorphosis will bring. No surprise here: like father, like son. Daphne Zuniga is his sweet young girlfriend, and John Getz reprises his role from the first film as a bitter alcoholic with a very bad fake beard. This cut- rate "Son of the Fly" knockoff pales next to Cronenberg's classic, degenerating into a gory revenge flick. Walas strains under a limited budget, and many of the more elaborate creatures (a monstrously mutated dog, the skeletal fly monster leaping about the warehouse-like lab) are rather shabby. The makeup is suitably gooey, slathered in ooze and pus, and the mayhem-filled finale is a nasty but impressive over-the-top frenzy of blood and gore climaxing in the nastiest piece of poetic justice since Freaks. The opening birth scene (with a look-alike subbing for mom Geena Davis) is an homage to Larry Cohen's It's Alive. --Sean Axmaker

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The FlyDavid Cronenberg's 1986 remake of the science fiction classic about a scientist who accidentally swaps body parts with a fly is both smart and terrifying: an allegory for the awful processes of slow death and a monster movie wi

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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Fly/ The Fly 2 March 16, 2001
By A Customer
Format:DVD
"The Fly" is one of the greatest science fiction movies of all time. Both Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis give excellent preformances, and the film has wonderful direction by David Cronenberg. Being a fan of the orginal fly series ("The Fly" and "The Return Of The Fly"), I was extremely happy to see the remakes. Overall, "The Fly" is a masterpiece that deserves a better treatment than just trailers. It has a great plotline that amazes me after watching this movie many times. You can see why it was given an oscar for make-up. Chris Walas does an amazing job. Very suspenseful and effective. 5 stars.
"The Fly II", although an OK film, does not at all live up to it's predicessor. It has a plotline that barely passes. This is an unnessicary sequel if I have ever seen one. Most of the beginning is dull, although it does have it's moments. Few. As it winds down to the end, it becomes very, very gory. The first Fly remake was gross when Stathis' hand melted off, but this is disgusting. Mostly whan the guy's head blows apart, and whan the guy's head is spat on, resulting in one of the most gory sequences ever shot. Beware. It becomes dependent on the gore. The first film maintained suspense. Even with the gore, "The Fly II" is an OK film in my opinion. Although it lookes like director Chris Walas did all he could with it, I give it 2 stars.
The combination of both films is genus, since I usually go out and buy a film and end up wanting to buy the sequel. I like to complete my colection of a series. The DVD is superior to the VHS in picture as well as sound. Buy it today. This combination on DVD gives a new meaning to the phrase "Be afraid. Be very afraid."
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth buying just for the first one... May 31, 2004
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Format:DVD
Cronenberg's masterful remake of "The Fly" is, simply put, one of the very best sci-fi movies in recent memory. Much like his "The Dead Zone," it mixes a character's terrifying journey with a powerful love story, and manages to do so successfully. Poor Seth Brundle's transformation is disturbing, suspenseful, and gory indeed, but Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis bring such conviction and sadness to their roles, your heart is pulled along for the ride. The metaphor of watching someone you love succumb to a disease which changes them utterly, is just as shocking as the mutations Brundle's body undergoes. Enough said. This is a great and powerful, albeit sad, movie experience.
"The Fly 2" is far less successful. It's always good to see Eric Stoltz, who is a strong actor with lots of appeal, and although his career has proven that he's not exactly leading man material, he comes close to pulling it off here. But the movie takes the formula from the first movie and screws it up: the gore is heaped on while the love story takes a back seat to it. Daphne Zuniga and Stoltz just don't generate the kind of chemistry and compassion that Goldblum and Davis did. Instead, the movie is basically an F/X vehicle. Once the two pretty young people hit the sack, it's pretty much downhill into head-smashing, face-peeling splatter movie territory. Too bad.
But Cronenberg's movie will live on forever; this two-movie disc is well worth the price for anyone interested in a frightening, suspense-filled human drama which doubles as a pretty darn cool horror show, even if its sequel is vastly inferior.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By matt
Format:DVD
David Cronenberg's The Fly has got to be one of the most powerful films ever made. Too often it gets praised: "good for a horror film.", that is just pure ignorance. The Fly was one of the best films of the 1980's and one of the best films ever made, for few films have the impact this one does.
Jeff Goldblum turns in the performance of his career as Seth Brundle, the brilliant, lonely scientist on the verge of a discovery that will certainly change the world. Geena Davis is also excellent giving a genuine performance as a skeptical reporter who falls for Brundle after he convinces her to check out his invention. What begins as a love story more involving and moving than any other film in the last twenty years, eventually turns to tragedy when Brundle tests his invention on himself and begins to lose all traces of his humanity. Slowly, Seth Brundle is metamorphasizing into a new breed of fly.
What really works about Cronenberg's best film are the superb actors in the leads, a series of gruesome (maybe that's an understatement) yet convincing fx and a wonderful script by Charles Edward Pogue (who also penned the brilliant and complex Psycho III). The script centers on the humanity of the whole thing and never loses sight of the focus, not once. Pogue's script is about two people in love and the tragedy that befalls them, for Brundle does turn into a fly by the finish of the film, but it's all a metaphor for disease. Made in the 1980's when the AIDS virus was still a new and mysterious disease, Cronenberg's gutsy film also tells a story of a man being consumed by a terrible disease for which there is no cure.
The Fly is a flawless film and a real treat for film lovers, horror fans, and those who just want to see a really good movie. It's just about one of the goriest movies you'll ever see, but if you're willing to go along, you won't be sorry and you'll never forget this film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile Classics!!
DVDs in great condition. Jeff doesn't disappoint in this role. Both are creepy classics and a bit sad.
Published 5 days ago by Tivvums
5.0 out of 5 stars Rapid delivery. Product as described
Enough said in the subject box.
Published 12 days ago by Megan
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I like the fly movies. It's a good combo.
Published 27 days ago by Star
5.0 out of 5 stars The Fly certainly deserves *5* stars, but the Fly 2 fails to deliver...
The Fly is a classic movie which I gave *5* stars to, HOWEVER, The sequel "The Fly 2" does not live up to the
movie "The Fly". Read more
Published 1 month ago by Robert Pylant
5.0 out of 5 stars Popcorn movies for ever.
These are awesome classic. I saw them in my youth and was blown away again decades later. These will be watched by future generations of movie lovers. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Joshua
5.0 out of 5 stars Returned to the past...
Brought back memories of sharing movies with my children on a Saturday morning.. so long ago. Just as great as I remembered!
Published 3 months ago by LELAND W. GRIFFIN, JR.
3.0 out of 5 stars Like Father....Like Son
After Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum) was "debugged", his son, Martin Brundle (Eric Stoltz), born of the human fly, is adopted by his father's place of employment (Bartok... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Taheen Lopez
5.0 out of 5 stars Movies
I bought theses movies for my husband and he loved them. They are old movies but very good ones. A very good buy.
Published 7 months ago by Tiger
1.0 out of 5 stars DVD is great, but the movie goes nowhere!
I love the DVD. Picture is great, the sound is great, the extras are fine indeed, including the documentary "The Fly Papers", which is gooey good fun! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Leslie Karen Rigsbey
4.0 out of 5 stars I love it
This movie has beautiful actors in it. It has some nice pictures in it. What a way to spend your laboratory money. Nice flies.
Published 7 months ago by Vytautas Baronas Leita
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