Posted October 10 2005 - 10:01 AM
The image quality is a little soft, but nothing terrible. In fact, it kinda adds to the whole "sick gray fear of the flesh" feel to the whole piece!
I must say, this is, all in all, a really fantastic release.
Still little things keep nagging at me...
The first page of Pogue's script is missing (not the title page, the first story page, which describes a spider about to eat a fly and which introduces/describes Barb Powell).
Also, I thought at first that the baglady scene as presented in the Deleted Scenes section was missing the intro paragraph that describes the baglady (as it appears in the Sept. 5th, 1985 draft I have). But, in checking out the rewrite script on the disc, that's missing, and there's just a bunch of "omitted"s between the end of the leg amputation and the baglady scene as it appears in the Deleted Scenes section.
The script as it appears on the disc also has a few oddities. I have reproductions of the Sept. 5th and Nov. 1st scripts, and the DVD version combines elements of both, with a few new twists.
Strangely, the baglady scene doesn't appear at all in my Nov. 1st script, yet it's on the DVD. Also, in the Sept. 5th script, Brundle and Ronnie do indeed have sex before the "poetry of the steak" scene, but in the Nov. 1st script, he avoids her advances and winds up leaning onto the circuit board. She then takes his shirt off and dabs the wound with alcohol.
The DVD version has it both ways. They're "naked and have been making love", but then Brundle injures himself and somehow Ronnie is still able to take his shirt off after that. Hmmmm.
The ending in the DVD version's script is also one I hadn't seen before. It's close to the final film, but the Brundlething dies at Veronica's feet on its own.
I also noticed that in the Fear of the Flesh version of the leg amputation scene, where we see Goldblum perched on the roof, he shouts "No!" once, then we cut to the shot of the back of his head. In the version presented in the Deleted Scenes section, we see him shout "No!" twice in that first shot, then cut to the back of his head.
The result of this is that the audio of his sixth and last "No!" is in sync with his mouth in the Fear of the Flesh version, but slightly out-of-sync in the actual Deleted Scene. Huh.
Still, there's an overwhelming amount of good things to say about this sucker. I can't be grateful enough!