Hollywood@Home: The Fly (1958)

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A bit corny, but mostly a chilling and worthwhile experience.  1958’s “The Fly” is finally on Blu-ray.  And, man, does it look terrific!

David Hedison (billed as Al Hedison) stars along with Vincent Price as brothers Andre and Francois Delambre.  The film opens with Andre’s head and one arm crushed on a tool press.  His wife (Patricia Owens as Helene) obviously lowered the boom.  But, she won’t say why.

Later, Francois claims he captured an unusual house fly with a white head.  He wants to know what happened to Andre and is willing to lie to Helene about the mysterious insect to get her to spill the beans.  She then tells her story of Andre’s work on a teleporting device and an experiment that went horribly wrong.  Most of the film is told in flashback, else we wouldn’t see much of Hedison’s performance as the scientist.

“The Fly” moves at a slow, welcome pace.  It’s worth the time getting to know the characters.  They have a nobility that’s quite appealing.

“The Fly” may have some unintentionally funny moments, but it’s part of the campy appeal of this classic sci-fi.  Director Kurt Neumann keeps things crawling, but installs a sense of wonderment about the universe that makes it all worthwhile.

Mother Nature is the bad guy in this tale.  The humans are all protagonists.  All of them.  Grade: A

Fast Facts:

Street Date: September 10, 2013

Format: Blu-ray

Runtime: 94 minutes

Rated: NR

Features:  Audio commentary with Actor David Hedison and Film Historian David Del Valle.  A couple of featurettes and a Movietone News segment.

Released by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

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