Fly-Special Edition

Directed By: David Cronenberg Starring: Geena Davis Jeff Goldblum

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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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Studio Foxvideo
SKU 40719333
UPC 024543190851
UPC 14 00024543190851
Format DVD
Release Date 10/4/2005
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Keywords
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Mutants
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Science-Fiction
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note This version of THE FLY is an update of the original horror classic about a brilliant scientist who develops a machine that molecularly transports objects in seconds, but inadvertently combines his DNA with that of a fly. Jeff Goldblum gives an outstanding performance as Seth Brundle, the heart-wrenching victim. David Cronenberg's classic won an Academy Award for Best Makeup.
Plot Summary
Summary David Cronenberg's remake of the 1958 classic transcends its genre to become a moving portrait of a man and his lover attempting to come to terms with his physical disintegration. "The Fly" stars Jeff Goldblum as a spaced-out scientist who invents a genetic teleportation machine and accidentally transforms himself into a fly. In the horrifyingly graphic detail that is his trademark, Cronenberg depicts the scientist's painful mutation from human into insect. What gives the film its tragic dimension is the emotional depth of the relationship between the scientist and his journalist girlfriend (Geena Davis) as she witnesses his slow, painful metamorphosis.
Reviews
Variety "...[Cronenberg] is expertly able to create some shocking scenes....Visually intriguing..." 08/13/1986
Los Angeles Times "...THE FLY plunges deeper into the forbidding realm of genetic dysfunction with genuinely unsettling results....It unfolds with such eerie grandeur that it will leave you stoked with a creepy high for hours after you've left the theater..." 08/14/1986 p.C1
Total Film "[T]ouching and humorous." 01/01/2004 p.134-5
New York Times "THE FLY explores hidden fears of sex and reproduction, but it also allows a tenderness to blossom between Mr. Goldblum and Ms. Davis that is touching and exceptional in his work." 10/18/2005 p.E3
Empire "[T]his is a perfectly structured film....Typical of Cronenberg is the combination of graphic sickness and good humour that accompanies Brundle's metamorphosis..." 05/01/2008 p.161
Ultimate DVD 5 stars out of 5 -- "Davis delivers one of her finest performances....It's easy to see how this masterpiece established Cronenberg as a bastion of the body-horror genre." 05/01/2008 p.83
Directors
David Cronenberg
Actors
Geena Davis
Jeff Goldblum
Cast & Crew
Carol Spier - Production Designer
David Cronenberg - Director
David Cronenberg, et. al. - Screenplay
Denise Cronenberg - Costume Designer
Geena Davis - Actor
George Langelaan - Writer/Story
Howard Shore - Musical Score
Jeff Goldblum - Actor
John Getz - Actor
Joy Boushel - Actor
Mark Irwin - Director of Photography
Ronald Sanders - Editor
Stuart Cornfeld - Producer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1986
Catalog ID 2240524
UPC 00024543190851
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 95 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Awards
Oscar (1987) Stephan Dupuis, Chris Walas, Winner, Best Makeup
British Academy Awards (1988) Jon Berg, et. al., Nominee, Best Special Effects
Reviews
ReviewSource VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever
Review A sensitive, humanistic remake of the 1958 horror film about a scientist whose flesh is genetically intermixed with a housefly via his experimental transportation device. A thoughtful, shocking horror film, with fine performances from Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis and a brutally emotional conclusion.
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ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
Review Jeff Goldblum is just right as slightly crazed scientist who tests himself in a genetic transporter machine--and starts to evolve into a human fly. Extremely intense, sharply written remake of the 1958 movie that (unfortunately) goes over the line to be gross and disgusting.
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Reviewer Leonard Maltin
ReviewRating 7
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, English, Spanish, Subtitled, Sensormatic
Product Attributes
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Leonard Maltin Extremely intense, sharply written remake...
VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever ...sensitive, humanistic...

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