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Fly, The (2d Collector's Edition)

Director(s): David Cronenberg

Theatrical Release: 1986, 1989

Cast: Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, John Getz, Joy Boushel, Leslie Carlson, Shawn Hewitt

Genre(s): Sci-Fi, Horror, Dean's List

Countries: Canada, USA


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Running Time: 96m.95m.

Fox's double-disc DVD pack of The Fly and The Fly 2 presents David Cronenberg's gruesome yet moving update of the '50s horror classic and Chris Walas' gooey sequel with a basic range of features. Both films include anamorphic, widescreen transfers and Dolby Digital 5.1 and Surround Sound -- all the better for showing off Walas' impressive makeup and animatronics in each movie (he won an Academy Award for his work on The Fly). Theatrical trailers for each of the films, the original Fly movies and similarly themed films like Fantastic Voyage and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea round out the discs. Though Walas' disappointing sequel is adequately represented by this rather spare package, The Fly deserves much better treatment; commentary, interviews, a "making of" featurette, or the footage Cronenberg deleted from the film would all go a long way toward presenting it properly. With any luck, Fox will release a separate special edition of The Fly with features like these; as it stands, the two-pack will probably frustrate as many Fly and Cronenberg fans as it pleases. - Heather Phares (allmovie.com)

2-DVD Collectors Edition Features:

! Full-length audio commentary by director David Cronenberg

! All-new documentaries covering all three stages of The Fly production: "Larva," "Pupa," and "Metamorphosis," with enhanced viewing mode

! Deleted scenes with storyboard and script comparisons

! Never-before-seen alternate ending

! Rare test footage (makeup and visual effects)

! "The Brundle Museum of Natural History" featurette

! George Langelaan's original short story

! Charles Edward Pogue's original screenplay

! David Cronenberg's screenplay rewrite

! Interactive articles (stills with video clips) from Cinefex and American Cinematographer; Promotional featurettes; Still photo galleries (publicity, behind-the-scenes, concept art, and visual effects); Original teasers, trailers, TV spots, and more
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