Thursday, November 14, 2019

Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid: THE FLY COLLECTION Arrives on Blu-ray this December!

Behold Scream Factory's Upcoming Blu-ray Set of THE FLY films!

I figured I wouldn't have to upgrade my collection of THE FLY films after picking up the Australian Blu-ray release a few years back. I was so, so wrong. Scream Factory's upcoming set seems to have the same transfers (no mention has been made in press materials of any new restoration work), but there are plenty of new special features, including audio commentaries, cast & crew interviews, and gorgeous new packaging! Needless to say... yeah... I'm definitely upgrading again! (CURSE YOU SCREAM FACTORRRRYYYY!) Continue onward Vault Dwellers to see what all the buzz is about!

Original poster art for THE FLY (1958)!

THE FLY (1958)

Synopsis: 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.

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Color | 94 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (2.35:1)
Audio - English DTS-HD Master Audio 4.0, German DTS 4.0, French & Spanish Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono

  • NEW! Audio Commentary With Author/Film Historian Steve Haberman And Filmmaker/Film Historian Constantine Nasr!
  • Audio Commentary With Actor David Hedison And Film Historian David Del Valle!
  • Biography: Vincent Price
  • Fly Trap: Catching A Classic
  • Fox Movietone News
  • Theatrical Trailer

Original poster art for RETURN OF THE FLY!

Synopsis: 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.

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Black & White | 80 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (2.35:1)
Audio - English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

  • NEW! Audio Commentary with actor David Frankham!
  • NEW! Audio Commentary with author/film historian Tom Weaver!
  • Audio Commentary with actor Brett Halsey and film historian David Del Valle
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spot
  • Still Gallery

Original poster art for CURSE OF THE FLY!

Synopsis: 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.

Disc Specs:
Not Rated | Black & White | 86 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (2.35:1)
Audio - English Dolby TrueHD 5.1

  • NEW! Audio Commentary with author/film historian Steve Haberman and filmmaker/historian Constantine Nasr!
  • NEW! Interview with actress Mary Manson!
  • NEW! Interview with continuity Renee Glynee!
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spot
  • Still Gallery

Original poster art for the 1986 remake of THE FLY.
THE FLY (1986)

Synopsis: When scientist Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum) completes his teleportation device, he decides to test its abilities on himself. Unbeknownst to him, a housefly slips in during the process, leading to a merger of man and insect. Initially, Brundle appears to have undergone a successful teleportation, but the fly's cells begin to take over his body. As he becomes increasingly fly-like, Brundle's girlfriend (Geena Davis) is horrified as the person she once loved deteriorates into a monster.

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 96 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - English DTS-HD Master 5.1, French & Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono

  • NEW! Audio Commentary with author/film historian William Beard!
  • NEW! The Meshuggener Scientist – An interview with executive producer Mel Brooks!
  • NEW! Beauty and the Beast – An interview with producer Stuart Cornfeld!
  • NEW! A Tragic Opera – An interview with composer Howard Shore!
  • NEW! David's Eyes – An interview with cinematographer Mark Irwin!
  • NEW! Interview with casting director Deirdre Bowen!
  • Audio Commentary with director David Cronenberg!
  • Fear of the Flesh: The Making of THE FLY – covering all 3 stages of the production – Larva, Pupa and Metamorphosis!
  • The Brundle Museum of Natural History with Chris Walas and Bob Burns!
  • Deleted Scenes with Storyboard and Script versions
  • Extended Scenes
  • Alternate Ending
  • Test Footage (Main Titles, Lighting and Makeup Effects)
  • Vintage featurette/Profile on David Cronenberg
  • Still Galleries (Publicity, Behind-The-Scenes, Concept Art and Visual Effects)
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • TV Spots
  • George Langelaan's short story
  • Charles Edward Pouge's Original Screenplay
  • David Cronenberg's Screenplay Rewrite
  • Magazine articles with photos and video
  • Trivia Track
  • Two Easter Eggs

Original poster art for THE FLY II.
THE FLY II (1989)

Synopsis: 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.

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 105 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - English Dolby TrueHD 5.1

  • NEW! Fly in the Ointment – An interview with producer Stuart Cornfeld!
  • NEW! Original Visions – An interview with screenwriter Mick Garris!
  • NEW! Version 2.0 – An interview with screenwriter Ken Wheat!
  • NEW! Big and Gothic – An interview with composer Christopher Young!
  • NEW! Pretty Fly for A Fly Guy – An interview with special effects artist Tom Sullivan!
  • NEW! Interview with cinematographer Robin Vidgeon!
  • Interview with director Chris Walas!
  • Interview with producer Steven-Charles Jaffe!
  • Audio Commentary with director Chris Walas and film historian Bob Burns!
  • Transformations: Looking Back at The Fly II
  • The Fly Papers: The Buzz on Hollywood's Scariest Insect
  • Video Production Journal – a behind-the-scenes look at the special effects!
  • Composer's Master Class: Christopher Young!
  • Storyboard to Film Comparisons with optional commentary by director Chris Walas!
  • Vintage Featurette
  • Extended Press Kit Interviews with Eric Stoltz, Daphne Zuniga and Chris Walas!
  • Alternate Ending
  • Deleted Scene
  • Teaser Trailer
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Gallery
  • Storyboard Gallery

If you already own most (or all) of THE FLY films on Blu-ray, there may not be much reason for you to upgrade to this set. The previous discs released by 20th Century Fox all have great transfers, and enough extras to sate most collectors. However, if you dig the new artwork, and are all about having more extras, then pick up Scream Factory's THE FLY COLLECTION when it arrives in stores on Tuesday, December 10th! It should cost you between $60 - $64, and would definitely make a great holiday gift for that very special Sci-Fi/Horror fan that you adore! (Besides me!) Order a copy today from AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from SHOUT! FACTORY, which will get you an exclusive rolled lithograph featuring the set's new artwork!

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