The Fly 2

Just to make it clear from the start, David Cronenberg, the director of the 1986 sci-fi classic The Fly, had nothing to do with that film's sequel, The Fly II. That doesn't mean that The Fly II is a complete write-off. History suggests that sequels not directed by the same man as the original can work. Take the Alien franchise for example. Each of the four films that series has been directed by a different filmmaker, and while not all were completely successful, they do prove that this formula can work. I wouldn't put The Fly II in the same category as Aliens; however, it is definitely a worthwhile companion piece to the Cronenberg film.

Directed by special effects technician, Chris Walas (who worked on the first film), The Fly II stars Eric Stoltz as Martin Brundle, the son of the late Seth Brundle (played by Jeff Goldblum in The Fly). At the young age of five years old, Martin is a full grown man thanks to the fly genes he inherited from his father. He has spent every single day of his life under the watchful eye of Bartok Industries (lead by Anton Bartok, played here by Lee Richardson), a huge corporation intending to use Martin's DNA to build an army of soldiers.

While the premise sounds interesting the film ultimately ends up being far too predictable and the shock horror slightly too clunky when seen next to Cronenberg's original. Though Walas' film is technically proficient, the movie lacks the soul and personal interest that made the first film successful. If you expect to see a film on par with the Cronenberg movie then you shall be sorely disappointed. However, if you go into this one expecting to be entertained then you might be pleasantly surprised and find exactly what you were looking for. Of note on this release, like The Special Edition of The Fly, is the second disc chockfull of extras, including a wonderful documentary that tracks the history of the Fly movies from the 1950s to the present and another documentary that goes behind the scenes on the making of The Fly II (which might actually be of more interest to you then the film itself). These extras make this disc well-worth the purchasing cost.

Special Features:

Commentary by director Chris Walas and Film Historian / Archivist Bob Burns.
Alternate Ending; The Fly Papers – The Buzz on Hollywood's Scariest Insect
Transformations – Looking Back at "The Fly II" Documentary
Composer's Master Class – Christopher Young featurette
Storyboard to Film Comparisons of 3 scenes with optional commentary by Director Chris Wallas.

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