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selected from Starburst #280

Selected this month:
Bedazzled on DVD & VHS, and a whole DVD swarm of The Fly and its brood

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Bedazzled

Out 22 October (Region 2 DVD, VHS) • Cert 15 (DVD), 12 (VHS)
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Reviewer: Ian Atkins

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Fetish Faust, with Liz Hurley's Devil granting the wishes of a loser played by Brendan Fraser, with (largely) hilarious consequences. Although it's a hackneyed idea (Twilight Zone did this forty years ago, and even this film is a remake), it's improved by its attention to detail Rating: 4/5(the same people cropping up in each wish), the cruel way each wish is thwarted, and a director who knows comedy.

Extras

The deleted scenes turn the 12-cert video into a 15 DVD, due to an extended sequence where Fraser's Elliot is granted a wish to become a rock star (this was even lacking from the region one pressing, despite it appearing in US TV trailers!). The decision to drop this is a brave one _ it obviously cost a lot _ but also right: its tasteless suicide bids echo Sid and Nancy, Kurt and Courtney, and do the Fraser and co-star Frances O'Connor no service at all.Rating: 5/5 There are two commentaries (director Harold Ramis and Hurley), features on making the film and on its designs, photo gallery, trailers and TV spots.

The Fly (1950s) /
Return of the Fly

Out 22 October (Region 2) • Cert 15
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Reviewer: Ian Atkins

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The term ‘classic Horror movie’ is used far too liberally these days, and certainly if you expect sex and giblets then you'll disagree with applying it to 1956's The Fly. But classic it certainly is, using a twisted timeframe to make it as much a mystery as Horror. Why has a wife calmly admitted to killing her husband in an industrial press? It's an utter delight to find out.

Return of the Fly is a more complicated run-around of a tale which loses much of the original's claustrophobia, but does build a plot accurately on the details of the original which combines industrial espionage plots with an assortment of villains and imaginative mutations.Rating: 4/5 The biggest surprise is how low-key Vincent Price's presence is considering that these are some of his most famous films.

Extras

Both discs accompany the film with just a trailer - Rating: 1/5the one for The Fly (Vincent Price talking to a cinema audience) is wonderfully mannered. Please note that the sequel is black and white.

The Fly (1980s) /
The Fly 2

Out 22 October (Region 2) • Cert 18
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Reviewer: Ian Atkins

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David Cronenberg's 1986 version of Horror classic The Fly is as a re-imagining that has nipped through the butcher's window on its way to bringing the tale of human transformation and the folly of Science to the screen. It's moving, powerful and occasionally difficult to watch, and hopefully it's just coincidence that the mid-transformation Brundlefly looks like the current version of Michael Jackson...

Special FX man Chris Walas steps in to direct sequel Fly 2 - he's a brave man, as Cronenberg's work was a hard to follow. It's not a bad effort (Martin Brundle's son is held in a scientific installation where a new change begins) but you get the feeling that too much attention's being paid to its predecessor: it replicates many of The Fly's elements Rating: 4/5(a central love relationship, pet mutations, a graphic trans- formation) with little originality while losing most of its pathos.

Extras

The Fly comes with a good behind-the-scenes feature - though the soundbites item (including a very earnest Jeff Goldblum) frequently reprises comments from this - and there's a trailer. Exactly Rating: 2/5the same template is followed for sequel Fly 2, though the featurette is a bit shorter.

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