Friday, November 30, 2007

THE FLY COLLECTION

Probably the most memorable horror franchise of the Fifties is collected in Fox’s new THE FLY COLLECTION box set, featuring all three of the films in the series, including one that has never been available on home video before.

THE FLY trilogy chronicles the efforts of the scientifically-minded Delambres family, and their obsession with creating a working matter transportation device (like STAR TREK’s "transporters.").

In the big-budget, Technicolor, Cinemascope opus, THE FLY (1958), David Hedison (THE LOST WORLD, LICENCE TO KILL) is Andre Delambres, handsome young scientist who builds a pair of teleportation chambers. After a successful test with an animal, Andre decides to try the device himself, unaware that a fly is in the transmitting chamber with him. In the test, body parts are switched, and Andre emerges with a giant fly head and limb. Keeping it a secret from his wife (Patricia Owens) and brother Francois (Vincent Price, WITCHFINDER GENERAL), Andre attempts to reverse his condition – but he needs to find that fly!

THE RETURN OF THE FLY (1959) takes place 15 years later, when Andre’s son, Phillipe (Brett Halsey, ROY COLT & WINCHESTER JACK) attempts his father’s experiment, with similar results – and an even bigger fly head! Vincent Price returns as Francois, with a larger role, as Phillipe’s reluctant assistant.

CURSE OF THE FLY (1965) is the final, belated entry in the trilogy, with Brian Donlevy as the latest teleportation-obsessed scion of the Delambres family. There are no giant fly heads in this one, but that’s not to say that the guy’s finally got that damned machine to work – on the contrary. In this particularly grim and downbeat entry, we have a whole slew of deformed, inhuman matter transporter mutations.

All three films are presented on their own discs in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfers. The first two films look significantly better than in their previous DVD release a few years ago. THE FLY has been given a 4.0 Dolby Surround mix, while the other two are in mono only. The extra features have been placed on a fourth disc, which includes trailers and still galleries for the three films, the Vincent Price A&E BIOGRAPHY episode from 1997, a new featurette on the series, and trailers for a bunch of other Fox horror films – most of which are currently available as part of the "Midnite Movies" line.

Overall, it’s a great package and presentation of three classic, vintage sci-fi/horrors, and is highly recommended.

BUY: The Fly Collection (The Fly [1958] / Return Of The Fly [1959] / The Curse Of The Fly [1965])