The Fly

The Fly

Blu-ray Disc - 2013 | 1958 version Blu-ray edition
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Experimental scientist Andre Delambre attempts to transfer matter through a space, using himself as the test subject. But things go horrifically wrong when a housefly buzzes into the machine, resulting in two grotesque man-fly hybrids--one of them being Andre. Now, with the head of a fly and a wing in place of one of his arms, Andre desperately hopes that he, his wife Helene and his brother Francois can capture the other mutant--the human-headed, one-armed fly--in hopes of reversing the experiment.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2013.
Edition: 1958 version Blu-ray edition
Characteristics: video file,Blu-ray video
digital,optical,DTS-HD MA
1 videodisc (94 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary: Experimental scientist Andre Delambre attempts to transfer matter through a space, using himself as the test subject. But things go horrifically wrong when a housefly buzzes into the machine, resulting in two grotesque man-fly hybrids--one of them being Andre. Now, with the head of a fly and a wing in place of one of his arms, Andre desperately hopes that he, his wife Helene and his brother Francois can capture the other mutant--the human-headed, one-armed fly--in hopes of reversing the experiment.

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Vincent T Lombardo Aug 16, 2015

Melodramatic, but very good. The special effects may seem primative, but this film is more character driven, less gory, and more of a morality tale than Cronenberg's remake. I prefer this to the remake because, like most old movies, it leaves more to the imagination.

laustcawz Feb 26, 2012

Poppycock!!! There actually IS a fly in the movie. Actually, there are various flies seen in the garden scenes, but the main fly in question actually is in a couple of scenes--when it's first discovered & when they're trying to catch it. They clearly attached some sort of filament or paper to its head (that must have been a next-to-impossible task!!) & the material is actually white, rather than matching the color of Andre's skin, which is an unfortunate flub. It's also mostly left to the viewer's imagination how such miniscule fly parts could become so big in the transformation. There is some mention, before the mix-up, about a "projection" device of some sort, which could serve as an explanation. Plus, according to the entomological research done for Cronenberg's remake, the preferences & methods a fly uses for eating would probably not have been well-accommodated by the meal brought to the fly-headed scientist. At any rate, otherwise, the special effects are very impressive, as is the idea to show Helene screaming through the fly head's multi-eyes. Most powerful of all is the tragedy of such an enthusiastic, idealizing scientist suicidally undone by the smallest mistake.

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