The Fly
(DVD/Region: 2, 4)


Starring: Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis
Director: David Cronenberg
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 (16:9 Enhanced)
Region: 2,4
Year: 1986
Distributor: Fox
Subtitles: Czech Danish English Finnish Hebrew Hungarian Icelandic Norwegian Polish Portuguese Swedish
Running Time: 92 mins
Features: Behind-the-Scenes Footage, Theatrical Trailer

A horror movie that has aged quite well - incredible to think The Fly turns 16 this year! One can't even cringe at the 1980s fashions and haircuts . . .

The Fly is simply too classy a movie. If you're squirming in your seat while watching it, it wouldn't be dated fashions and/or special effects at all. Its pre-CGI creature is quite well done and the make-up effects have held up good. Sixteen years later they are still quite gruesome and realistic.

Ultimately The Fly, um, flies because of its good acting, adult screenplay, the chilly Canadian (I suspect) locations and understated score by Howard Shore. Also, the DVD's picture quality is quite good. Some informative "making of" featurettes are included. The menu is also funny.

By the way, for some truly terrible 'Eighties fashion ideas, check out the Joel Schumacher vampire flick The Lost Boys (1987), a movie I checked out along with the original Carrie (1976) and The Fly as a horror triple DVD bill. To be honest, I can't which is the worst in this case: the 'Eighties or the 'Seventies fashions and haircuts!

WORTH IT? Made in the decade that gave us either brain dead slasher movies (Friday the 13th) or tongue in cheek "we're not taking this serious at all" hipness (Fright Night), The Fly stands out as an adult and intelligent horror movie that demands to be taken seriously.




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