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fl1| The Fly
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United States of America 1958
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Director: Kurt Neumann
Screenplay: James Clavell, George Langelaan
Producer: Robert L. Lippert, Kurt Neumann
Cast: David Hedison, Patricia Owens, Vincent Price, Herbert Marshall, Kathleen Freeman
Genre: Science Fiction

Running Time: 94
Aspect Ratio:  2.35:1 (NTSC Anamorphic Widescreen)
Sound: AAC
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Features: Black and White
Studio:  Twentieth Century Fox DVD Region:  1 Unrated
DVD Release:  Sep 2000 Discs:  1 (Cloud) []
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Reviews:  The plot device is so damned great that it simply had to be revisited: a scientist invents a device that transmits matter by disintegrating it in one chamber and reintegrating it in another. When he attempts to transmit his own body, he accidentally allows a fly into the chamber, and the resulting man-insect hybrid runs rampant across the Canadian countryside. Philippe, the son of that ill-fated scientist, is told the family history by a benevolent uncle (an oddly prim Vincent Price); possessed with the scientific will-to-know, he becomes determined to re-create his father's experiments. The legendarily silly costuming of the original Fly returns, and with it, the perplexing logic of transmogrification--it becomes difficult to decipher which of the man-insect hybrids we're meant to understand as possessing Phillipe's agency. The film is hampered by the lack of a strong female lead, and by performances by all principals that are disappointingly modern in their clear motivation and restraint. Almost normal--even by modern standards--Return of the Fly represents an interesting bridging piece between the arty, abstract, symbolist sci-fi aesthetic of the early '50s and the naturalist, highly mimetic, realist style that quickly came to dominate the genre. --Miles Bethany


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