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The Fly / The Fly 2 (Widescreen)

Jeff Goldblum , Geena Davis , David Cronenberg , Chris Walas    R (Restricted)   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth buying just for the first one... May 31 2004
By A Customer
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Have you ever heard of Insect Politics? April 4 2004
By Darko
Format:DVD
The Fly must have been one of the single greatest films of the 1980's because it left us with quotes, parodies, and astounding visuals that would change special FX in moviemaking forever. Besides the makeup effects, It had terrific acting especially from Jeff Goldblum whose performance as Seth Brundle sparked my interest in theater. People ask me when i'm interviewd "What got you into acting and production?" my usual response is "The Fly". Sometimes I say Jeff Goldblum but this is the one that made me realize I had to become an actor. The humanism is astonishing in the screenplay by Charles Edward Pogue whom I would hire to write for a project any day. It takes a modern turn from the 1958 version in which the teleportation booths are now Telepods. The names and locations have been changed. The forging of the characters is also different and there is a better conflict between Seth and Stathis Borans. Seth and reporter Veronica meet at the Bartok industries party where new inventions for that year are being unveiled. The first shot of the film besides that terrific title sequence with the cell like colors and the beautiful main title begins with a shot of Seth saying "What am I working on? Uh I'm working on something that will change the world and human life as we know it." Then we cut to Veronica asking if it will change it a lot or just a bit. They then go back to Seth's lab for a demonstration with her stocking as the subject of teleportation. She is clearly astonished and starts to get quotes when he gets excited and says she can't write a story. Luckily for him, her boss doesn't buy it. Seth then propositions for her to live with him and record his process. They fall in love and make love like 3 times in which once after merging with the fly he gets her pregnant leading up to part 2. Read more ›
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3.0 out of 5 stars SWAAAAAAAT !!! Jan. 18 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Let's start with the bad side ~ Part 2. Saw this one in the theatre with high expectations - but what a let down, even down to the Geena Davis lookalike birthing in the first reel. BUT like the Cronenberg re-make of the 1958 classis - only the Originals hold substance - the sequels to both the classic and the Cronenberg are somewhat insulting .... to everybody.
Cronenberg's 'obsession' with the disfigurement of the human shape ["The Brood", "Scanners", "Crash"] has never been more brilliantly flung into the audience's face as with THE FLY, and the casting, acting and most of the rest of the movie is really superior. The love between Davis and Goldblum forms the backdrop to this tale of terror and metamorphosis - and the auditotrium squirmed many a time and looked the other way during the eating, and conversion sequences .... not even mentioning those who just left their seats for a few moments - then returned - shall we say 'lighter'?
NO, stick to Cronenberg's remake - this one goes way beyond five stars .... a classic in our time.
[As is the 1958 original] the rest?
Get some imagination guys and write something worthy!
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3.0 out of 5 stars SWAAAAAAAT !!! Jan. 18 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Let's start with the bad side ~ Part 2. Saw this one in the theatre with high expectations - but what a let down, even down to the Geena Davis lookalike birthing in the first reel. BUT like the Cronenberg re-make of the 1958 classis - only the Originals hold substance - the sequels to both the classic and the Cronenberg are somewhat insulting .... to everybody.
Cronenberg's 'obsession' with the disfurement of the human shape ["The Brood", "Scanners", "Crash"] has never been more brilliantly flung into the audience's face as with THE FLY, and the casting, acting and most of the rest of the movie is really superior. The love between Davis and Goldblum forms the backdrop to this tale of terror and metamorphosis - and the auditotrium squirmed many a time and looked the other way during the eating, and conversion sequences .... not even mentioning those who just left their seats for a few moments - then returned - shall we say 'lighter'?
NO, stick to Cronenberg's remake - this one goes way beyond five stars .... a classic in our time.
[And the 1958 original] the rest?
Get some imagination guys and write something worthy!
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4.0 out of 5 stars i thought it was as good as the original,but definitely not for the...
this sequel to "The Fly" isn't all that bad,all things considered.it is
however,more disgusting,believe it or not. Read more
Published on Aug. 30 2007 by falcon
3.0 out of 5 stars "The Fly" launches Cronenberg as a director to watch
Forget about "Fly II", but the classic sci-fi movie "The Fly" is worth watching (about once every five years) as it's a truly romantic story, sensitively... Read more
Published on July 30 2004 by John Colville
5.0 out of 5 stars The Legacy Lives On...
I'm addicted to these movies. I didn't know what to expect, seeing as I had only seen the original with Vincent Price. This is definitely now one of my favorite movies of all time. Read more
Published on April 13 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 wonderful masterpieces for the price of one!
"The Fly"
A scientist creates a telepod, goes in, comes out fine, but slowly mutates into a freakish fly-being out of my worst nightmares. Read more
Published on March 23 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid
The 5 star rating is mainly for the first film which is the best horror film of the 80's. Its dramatic music, grousome special effects and fantastic acting (especially on... Read more
Published on Sept. 25 2003 by Graeme Loveridge
4.0 out of 5 stars WOW! It's like you buy THE FLY and get the sequel free.
..I say this because this DVD is at such an affordable price. You get The Fly (1986) on one side of the DVD and THE FLY II (1989) on the other side. Read more
Published on Sept. 3 2003 by Moviebuffer101
5.0 out of 5 stars An Icky, Gooey, Slimy Love Story...
David Cronenberg directed the remake of "The Fly". Actually, it bears little resemblance to the original. Read more
Published on July 19 2003 by Bindy Sue Fr°nkŘnschtein
4.0 out of 5 stars The Fly (1986) and The Fly II (1989) on one DVD disc.
This DVD is a double feature. The Fly (1986) is on one side of the disc and its sequel The Fly II (1989) is on the other side. Both films are in Widescreen. Read more
Published on April 27 2003 by James McDonald
4.0 out of 5 stars Maltin Type Review(s)
The Fly (1986) ****
Many people argue which one's better, the 1958 classic or the incredible 1986 remake. For me, it's the latter. Read more
Published on April 20 2003
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