The Fly [Blu-ray]
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There is certainly alot to appreciate and enjoy in 1958's classic "The Fly". It is a film which I think is amazing in the story it tells which is both horrifying and very sad and at times very touching. The production as a whole is lush with beautiful Fox colour and a cast of fine, restrained performers who deliver thoughtful performances and who have an obvious respect for the material they are working with.
Heading the cast is one of my favourite actors Vincent Price playing Francois Delambre in a restrained performance which I feel is one of his finest. David (Al) Hedison who later found fame on the "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" TV Series in the early sixities plays his brother Andre, a brilliant scientist and delves into the area of matter transfer with horrifying results. He makes the fatal mistake of using himself as a Guinea Pig in his experiments with the result that his own matter becomes entangled with that of a fly unwittingly involved in the transfer experiment. The result is one of the very best special effects efforts to come out of the 1950's in that Andre acquires the head and arm of the fly and his head and arm is transferred to that of the fly. It is a horrific look which still scares me to this day so effective is it in its depiction.Read more ›
This is first rate science fiction, but of a heart-wrenching variety.
This story is a bit in the spirit of Jack London tales, where some spirited individual gets crushed (in this case, literally), by going out too far on his own.
In this case the spirited individual is a family man who happens to be a scientific genius, developing in his basement the first matter teleportation device. It works, but he fails to realize that the wilderness he confronts in it is not as user friendly as his wife and kid. It confuses him with a fly (which was in the disintegrator with him but escaping his notice). In other words he escapes nature's notice, which didn't bother to distinguish him from the fly, treating him with even more indifference than he treated the fly...
Interestingly, the 1986 remake was not a remake at all, but a spinoff. This spinoff being the opposite story, really: There, only the interpersonal relations fail to be user friendly; nature is fine. (In both films there is a love triangle, but in the first the hero is on the inside track and fine; in the second, the hero is on the outside-and it does him in.)
Acting is very good and script is flawless. Effects do what they need to do and makeup is effective (sometimes very).
One of the best acting scenes is when the wife wakes up in bed alone, clothed, and we watch her as she gradually realizes that what she slowly remembers was not a nightmare, but real-a very intense scene and executed without a word.
Another good scene is where the wife finally sees him eye to eye for the first time after the accident, expecting him to be ok by hoping against hope. She is disappointed, to put it mildly.Read more ›
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Timeless movie with a couple of great extras on the life of Vincent PricePublished 1 month ago by JKT
The picture and sound are very good. It could have a few special features. Very lacking in that department.Published 6 months ago by Rich
The Fly (1958) is a good 'horror' movie that can drag a bit at times, possesses a somewhat thin plot, but still manages to entertain with a few nostalgic scenes from movie history. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Todd7
First, I must admit that I am a big Vincent Price fan. I can watch almost any movie with him in it. I love this movie. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Debra Poore
I mainly bought this on Blu-ray to eliminate the black bar frame surrounding my DVD version not compatible with HDTV. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Mark A. Ward