The Fly Collection Shout Factory 2019 Review
Whew, this is why we love movies. It never ceases to amaze me what Shout Factory and Scream Factory can do with their catalog of films. This time we review the epic The Fly Collection which features all of The Fly films including The Fly 2 on Blu-ray Disc for the first time and it is worthy of the wait. I personally have never seen the original sequels to the original Fly before or the sequel to the remake so this was a real treat.
It took me a while to review this because it came with 5 films and I wanted to watch them in their entirety before I gave my review. The picture transfer is brilliantly stunning the sound transfer in this new collection is out of this world. I believe that it only helps I have a 75” QLED Samsung 4K TV.
The Fly: The original masterpiece is one of my favorite all-time Vincent Price movies. I haven’t seen it in years and this new transfer was amazing to see if you never seen The Fly and are a newbie to the genre I highly recommend this film collection to add to your library.
”When scientist Andre Delambre (Al Hedison) tests his matter transporter on himself, an errant housefly makes its way into the transportation chamber, and things go horribly wrong. As a result, Delambre’s head and arm are now that of the insect. Slowly losing himself to the fly, Delambre turns to his wife, Helene (Patricia Owens), for help. But when tragedy strikes, Delambre’s brother (Vincent Price) and Inspector Charas (Herbert Marshall) are forced to pick up the investigation.”
The Return Of The Fly: While this is not as great as the original The Return of the Fly is still an awfully fun movie to watch with your brain checked at the door it’s just a fun simple schlock theater entertainment.
”Philippe Delambre (Brett Halsey) has been wrestling with his family legacy for years, knowing that his father perished as a result of his experiments in teleportation. Though warned by his uncle Francois (Vincent Price), Philippe insists on refurbishing his father’s laboratory and continuing his investigations. The idea would be bad enough on its own, but Philippe hires an assistant who calls himself Alan Hinds (David Frankham) but is actually a wanted criminal.”
The Curse of the Fly: The third installment of the original franchise is the oddball out of the bunch, which means it felt like a made for TV movie and wasn’t up to par with the first two but it is still serviceable to the fans of the original franchise especially if you haven’t seen it before or haven’t seen it in decades ago.
”Scantily clad Patricia Stanley (Carole Gray) breaks out of a mental hospital and is picked up by passing motorist Martin Delambre (George Baker). The two do not reveal much about themselves to each other, but nevertheless decide to get married. At the Delambre family mansion, Patricia meets Martin’s father, Henri (Brian Donlevy), an eccentric scientist. Snooping about the grounds, she discovers evidence of the family’s strange experiments in teleportation and the grisly results thereof.”
The Fly(REMAKE): The Fly remake starring the one and only Jeff Goldblum, is such a fantastic science fiction remake of the original The Fly. Jeff is simply flat out amazing in his role for the film. Fans of this will also enjoy the new transfer along with the stellar extras on the disc which is jammed packed. The special features include new interviews with producers Mel Brooks and Stuart Cornfeld. Deleted scenes, Alternate Ending, New Audio commentary, 3-Part documentary: The cinema of David Cronenberg.
The Fly 2: The Fly 2 is definitely a product of its time the VFX looks really campy like they had the same team from Clive Barker’s Nightbreed and Spawn. The acting is good however, that is what mainly keeps the sequel afloat, the plot is tried and true at this point so I can see why they never committed to making a third installment of the remake.
”Anton Bartok (Lee Richardson), the CEO of a research laboratory, acts as the self-appointed guardian of orphan Martin Brundle, whose father had been a researcher at the lab. Though Martin is scarcely five, he has the appearance of a 20-year-old (Eric Stoltz) because of mutant insectoid genes in his system. Martin grows up confined to the laboratory, unaware of his true nature, with only pretty scientist Beth Logan (Daphne Zuniga) to call a friend. Soon, the fly within begins to emerge.”
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