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The Fly Collection (The Fly / Return Of The Fly / The Curse Of The Fly)

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Disc 1: THE FLY 1958 Disc 2: THE RETURN OF THE FLY 1959 Disc 3: THE CURSE OF THE FLY 1965 Disc 4: BONUS DISC


A bonafide must-have for classic science fiction fans, The Fly Collection brings together the original 1958 chiller with Return of the Fly and Curse of the Fly, its 1959 and 1965 sequels, respectively, and treats fans to a wealth of terrific supplemental features and improved image quality. Kurt Neumann's The Fly has lost little of its punch in the 50 years since its release; though it lacks the visceral shock of David Cronenberg's 1986 remake, James Clavell's script expands upon the original source material by author George Langelaan with a maturity and depth that was rarely seen in movie science fiction from the period, and the performances by Vincent Price, Herbert Marshall, and David Hedison (billed as Al Hedison) as the ill-fated scientist whose experiments with matter transferal leave him with the human-sized head of a fly (one of the indelible images of '50s sci-fi) are tightly reined and believable. Quickly generated to cash in on The Fly's box office windfall, Return of the Fly is decidedly less solid than its predecessor--it's a basic retread of the original, with Brett Halsey as Hedison's son making the same mistake as his father--but as pure B-movie entertainment, it delivers the goods, and the returning Vincent Price lends his usual air of credibility. The final entry in the Fly franchise, the little-seen Curse of the Fly, makes its U.S. DVD debut with this set; it's pulpy fun at best, but genre veteran Don (Hammer's Kiss of the Vampire) Sharp brings some surprising moments of surrealism to the proceedings, most notably in the hallucinatory opening sequence (Carole Gray flees the grounds of a dark estate clad only in her white undergarments) and its parade of horrific failed genetic experiments.

The Fly Collection offers all three films in single discs (each featuring reproductions of the films' original poster art), as well as a fourth disc, The Disc of Horrors, which provides a barrage of related extras. Image-wise, the look of the films is top-notch; The Fly is a marked improvement over the 2000 DVD release, with the rich DeLuxe colors and vivid detail of the original CinemaScope presentation receiving a marvelous showcase. Even the lesser quality of Return and Curse's black-and-white lensing looks crisp and largely spot-free. Sound is also superior (Fly is Dolby Digital 4.0, and Return and Curse have Dolby Digital monaural and Dolby Digital Stereo options), and Hedison is featured in a commentary on Fly that's filled with production reminiscences. The Disc of Horrors is the real treat in the set; not only is Price's 1997 profile from A&E's Biography series included, but there's also Fly Trap: Catching a Classic, a solid overview of all three films featuring Hedison and Halsey, as well as film historians David Del Valle and Donald F. Glut, among others (some of the pertinent details are also covered in the set's insert booklet). Theatrical trailers for each film (and TV spots for Return and Curse), reproductions of the original pressbooks (which can be viewed in detail), domestic and international lobby cards, promotional photos (the best of which is a shot of Hedison in full fly makeup listening patiently to co-star Patricia Owens), and a 1958 newsreel that covered the first Fly's premiere in San Francisco. -Paul Gaita

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  • Actors: David Hedison, Vincent Price, Brett Halsey, David Frankham, John Sutton
  • Directors: Don Sharp, Edward Bernds, Kurt Neumann
  • Writers: Edward Bernds, George Langelaan, Harry Spalding, James Clavell
  • Producers: Bernard Glasser
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Mono), French (Mono), Spanish (Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: September 11, 2007
  • Run Time: 260 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,486 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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By R. Monteith on September 19, 2007
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I figure the first thing that anyone interested in this DVD collection is going to want to know is whether the picture transfer to the original "The Fly" is an improvement over the previous Fox DVD double feature of this movie and its immediate sequel, "The Return of the Fly," released in 2000. The answer is an emphatic, Yes! The 16x9 anamorphic image for this 1958 Cinemascope movie is less grainy, slightly brighter and sharper, and has improved color with more accurate flesh tones. The 4.0 Dolby Digital and Dolby Surround stereo are also an improvement over the previous release. So, if that's important to you, you need to get the upgrade found here.

The transfer to the 1959 sequel appears to be the same one used before, but since that movie is in black & white and the 16x9 anamorphic transfer of the Cinemascope image looked fine before, this is no problem. The second sequel in the collection, 1965's "The Curse of the Fly," is making its DVD debute here and this Cinemascope film is also presented in a fine black & white 16x9 anamorphic transfer, with good sharpness and full gray scale. No one should have any major complaints about the transfers of these movies, and each film has been given enough extras to satisfy all but the most finicky of fans.

The extras, besides a small booklet that's included with the set, are all on a fourth disc in the collection (Each movie is in its own slim case with original ad art on the covers and reproductions of each film's 1-sheet poster inside.) and these include still, ad and poster galleries, original trailers, pressbooks, a new ten-minute featurette on all the movies, and a 1997 A&E Network "Biography" of Vincent Price.
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This is a great set as is each film in it. The Fly is the all around best film of the set but it doesn't win that easily. Return of the fly changed the look by filming in black and white to give it a more artier feel which Price strongly disagreed with (I do as well)among other things during filming. Return is the funniest/campiest of the bunch. For example once I saw the guinea pig with little human hands the film had me. I also believe Return is the most suspenseful of the set. The Curse of the Fly is better than just ok as I've read from other reviewers and is the second best of the bunch in my opinion. Curse is also the most artsy picture, here there is no human fly, literally at least.

THE FLY: 5/5 (Overall Best)
I learned in the ten page book that comes with this set that The Fly first appeared in Playboy Magazine in 1957, winning the magazines best story of the year. A former soldier for Britain's Intelligence Army during World War II, George Lagelaan, wrote the Novella and actually underwent surgery while enlisted to change his identity, thought that was interesting considering the material.
A more subdued Price not yet a permanent horror staple delivers as usual as Francois Delambre, whose brother Andre Delambre has developed a way to transport matter. Most know the story, eventually Andre tries to teleport himself and a common housefly gets trapped in one of the machines, the result is a cross between a Fly and a human. The fly mask isn't the over the top part you think it will be prior to seeing this, that comes later, but I felt the simple towel used to hide Andre's head head was subtle and effective.
The Fly coming after WWII and creation of the atom bomb people had a fear of what radiation and it's effects could do.
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Two spine tingling horror thrillers from the late 50's starring the American prince of horror, Vincent Price, on one DVD !!
Fans of the original (and less bloody) "THE FLY" will be wrapped to see this classic film presented in glorious crystal clear color and dolby digital sound that really gets the hairs up on the back of your neck. For those who don't know the story...scientist Andre Delambre (David Hedison....later to star in "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea") develops a matter transfer device. However, on trialling the machine himself, a fly is caught inside, and Hedison emerges with fly's head and arm...and the fly now posesses Hedison's head and arm !! Film boasts plenty of classic shock moments...including the first time we see the fly in full view !! "Return of the Fly" isn't quite up to the original, but still has plenty of enjoyable moments that make it a nice companion to the original....and it still has Vincent Price on board !
Interesting anecdote from "THE FLY"...according to Vincent Price in his book "I Like what I Know", in the final sequence of "THE FLY" where Price and fellow actor Herbert Marshall are peering into a spiders web containing the fly (with human head and arm)..the two actors could not complete the supposedly sombre scene without bursting into fits of paralysing laughter. The only way they could finish the scene was by ensuring no eye contact was made with each other....otherwise the laughter just continued !!
For any cult sci-fi fan....a great addition to your DVD collection !!
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