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The Fly (Two-Disc Collector's Edition) (1986)

Jeff Goldblum , Geena Davis  |  R |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, George Chuvalo, Michael Copeman, Leslie Carlson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Collector's Edition, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: October 4, 2005
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009X768W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,913 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Fly (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 3 production documentaries
  • Deleted scenes with storyboard and script comparisons
  • Never-before-seen alternate ending
  • Rare fest footage (makeup and visual effects)
  • "The Brundle Museum of Natural History" featurette
  • George Langdon's original short story
  • Charles Edward Pogue's original screenplay
  • David Cronenberg's screenplay rewrite
  • Interactive articles (stills with video clips) from Cinefex and American Cinematographer
  • Promotional featurettes
  • Still photo galleries
  • Original teasers, trailers, TV spots, and more

Editorial Reviews

Seth Brundle, a brilliant but eccentric scientist attempts to woo investigative journalist Veronica Quaife by offering her a scoop on his latest research in the field of matter transportation, which against all the expectations of the scientific establishment have proved successful. Up to a point. Brundle thinks he has ironed out the last problem when he successfully transports a living creature, but when he attempts to teleport himself a fly enters one of the transmission booths, and Brundle finds he is a changed man.

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79 of 91 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent showing on Blu-Ray January 10, 2008
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
If you're looking for review of the film itself, look elsewhere. As I've done previously I wish to focus on the quality of the picture and audio and leave the writing of the film review for those better suited to it.

This movie is encoded on Blu-Ray using the AVC codec and is brought in using 1080p that most expect from Blu-Ray. The video itself is less than stellar in terms of presentation. Let me qualify this. This is likely the best the movie has EVER looked for home presentation, but it's not a visually impressive movie no matter how it's presented. There is some film grain but there is plenty of detail to be seen. It's just that the movie has no "pizazz" to it so to speak. There are no blemishes on the film and no weird compression artifacts at all. This is as it should be for an HD release.

The audio is DTS-HD lossless. The problem is that there really isn't much that requires any directionality here. It's mostly dialog driven with not much else going on in the sound field. The thing is, 5.1 audio in a movie like this really isn't needed and I'm glad that Fox didn't try to dress the audio up needlessly. I may sound like a broken record but this is also likely the best The Fly has sounded in the home market.

The extras, as seems to be the case on many releases of films that already have DVD editions packed with extras, are all in standard definition. There are some Blu-Ray exclusive extras that aren't particularly noteworthy. The first is pop-up trivia during the film (you can turn this on and off) with fun production facts and so on. The other is a very boring and annoying "game" called "Flyswatter.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fly, you fools! November 23, 2006
Format:DVD
As usual, I've titled my review with a crummy pun. I have no excuse and neither did I have to reference the Lord of the Rings in doing so but it was the first thing that came to mind so... my apologies.

I'm a bit late in singing the praises of this DVD since it came out last year already but as of late, I've been watching this film a lot because of how well produced this DVD is. They really did a good job with this disc and they finally gave the film the treatment it deserves. The picture is nice and clear and the 5.1 mixes (Dolby Digital and DTS) are pretty sweet. So what that translates to is that what was disgusting before in this film is made to be utterly revolting now. Vomiting never looked and sounded so clear before now, especially as it eats through the flesh of a poor guy's hand and foot!

This disc is loaded with special features and if they release this down the road with more stuff, I won't believe it. You get a Cronenberg commentary which is nice because his commentaries are always an enjoyable and informative listen. There are great featurettes, interesting deleted scenes, scripts, texts, pictures and a fantastic, lengthy making-of documentary which is worth the price of the disc alone. If I had to complain, I would've liked to see something said about Howard Shore's music for the film but they really don't make any mention of it. It's a very minor complaint and nothing that hurts the disc overall.

The Fly is a pretty nasty film and I think on that we can all agree on that. Few movies are as revolting as this one, that's for sure. But underneath the viscera, you have a very intelligent, thoughtful and genuinely moving film that has great performances by Jeff Goldblum in the title role, Geena Davis and John Getz. I really appreciate this film and I'm glad that they took the time to produce this edition to properly compliment it. Highly recommended, especially if you're a fan or even if you haven't seen this film at all.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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I'm someone who loves horror movies but I never had affection for this movie. It's not because The Fly was a bad horror film. On the contrary the opposite was true. When I first saw it at 12 it was SO scary I could not even watch the final transformation sequence at the end. This is the ONLY horror film which I could not watch from start to finish. Even to this day I never look at flies the same way. I've discovered that I like horror films that are scary enough to get my adrenaline pumping but not enough to make me feel disturbed for a long time afterwards.

The acting is superb, the special effects look real, and the script is good. In fact, if anything it is too perfect because if it wasn't I wouldn't have to take it so seriously! The reason why I'm giving it 5 stars is because, quite frankly, it deserves it as it is a genuine horror movie that does exactly what it sets out to do: scare you and disgust more in 2 hours than what your imagination could do in 2 years.

If you are looking for a GOOD horror movie this is right place to look. But be afraid. Be very afraid.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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A scientist on the verge of a technical breakthrough, is stymied by his failure to understand the body in other than intellectual terms. His affair with the reporter who enters his life to document his discoveries awakens him to the power of the flesh -- but the flesh is nothing if not unpredictable and irrational and a "fly in the ointment" changes the outcome of a pivotal experiment, leading to disastrous concequences. The Fly represents a perfect blend of Cronenberg's b-horror sensibility and his obsession with the overlap between man and machine, flesh and technology. It takes what might have been a fairly campy remake of a fairly campy horror film and elevates it to a whole new level, giving it an intriguing science fiction premise and a horrific conclusion. Jeff Goldblum gives a brilliant performance, among his best, as a cerebral scientist who is gradually overcome by the flesh in the form of libidinal urges. The special effects are just right -- not enough to overwhelm the story, but sufficiently convincing to horrify. I saw this with a large group very recently, many of whom had never seen it before, and there were uncomfortable laughs and gasps in all the right places. What is even better, as we talked about the film afterwards there was a lot to say. The Fly is right up there with Alien and Blade Runner and Total Recall and the Thing as one of the very best genre films of the 1980s (or of any decade for that matter -- I can't think of anything in the 90s, except for the Matrix, and maybe Pan's Labyrinth in this decade, that matches these in terms of the combination of both thrills and intellectual excitement).
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Fly is a *5* star film....
Okay, what can you say but this is a *5* star film. Jeff Goldblum
plays an over-ambitious scientists who when he teleports himself,
he does not know there is a fly on... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Robert Pylant
5.0 out of 5 stars BZZZZZZZZZZ!
Such a better movie than so many horror flicks of today! The quality of the recording is great! The story and make up is fantastic. Read more
Published 4 days ago by navy ima
2.0 out of 5 stars Both better and worse than the original
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In a moral sense, this movie is worse than the original. Read more
Published 7 days ago by The Great White Father
4.0 out of 5 stars HELP ME AGAIN!
This is a great creepy gross-you-out horror movie. I'm only giving it 4 Stars because with the passage of time, the special effects are a bit stale. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Hernando DeSoto
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
for collection
Published 13 days ago by clyde
3.0 out of 5 stars Oops, there' s a fly in my genes.
A remake from the Vincent Price/David Hedison movie, but this one has its moments with Jeff Goldblum/Gina Davis. Some differences, but, basically the same idea. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Entertained
5.0 out of 5 stars Transfixed with creeping horror.
The Fly is a very successful horror/sci-fi movie. At the same time, it is a very atypical specimen in the genre. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Privateer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great movie in great condition. thanks!
Published 23 days ago by Denee Petracek
5.0 out of 5 stars spoiler alert In the end, his fly was opened
the guy was too cheap to afford plane tickets and invented some gadget to get him to far away destinations without dealing with he TSA. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gary C. Crockenberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Cronenberg Madness
Gus Van Sant's 1998 film Psycho is an extreme example of the needlessness of Hollywood remakes. Too often are they bereft of their own identity which is a key component for any... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Collin O'Donnell
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