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  • Actors: Natasha Henstridge, Michael Madsen, Ben Kingsley, Alfred Molina, Forest Whitaker
  • Directors: Roger Donaldson
  • Writers: Dennis Feldman
  • Producers: David Streit, Dennis Feldman, Frank Mancuso Jr., Mark Egerton
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, German
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Swedish, Danish, Dutch, Finnish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: MGM Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Feb. 2000
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CX4W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,171 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

In 1974 scientists used the world's largest radio telescope to send messages into outer space. Twenty years later they receive a message giving instructions on how to mix human and alien DNA to form 'Sil', a new species. The scientists create 'Sil' - in the shape of a beautiful young woman (Natasha Henstridge) - who escapes from the observation facility. She must be stopped before she mates with a human male and creates a new species which could overwhelm mankind. A team is assembled to destroy 'Sil', led by scientist Xavier Fitch (Ben Kingsley) and containing an assassin (Michael Madsen), a biologist (Marg Helgenberger), an anthropologist (Alfred Molina) and an empath (Forest Whitaker).

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There's a kind of perverse marketing genius at work in this cheesy sci-fi hit from 1995 in which scientists create a half-human, half-alien woman named Sil (Natasha Henstridge) who's capable of morphing from a slimy, tentacled creature into a blonde babe with the body of a Playboy centrefold. This makes it easy for Sil to lure gullible guys who are only too willing to indulge her voracious mating urge, realising too late that sex with Sil is anything but safe. As the body count rises, a handpicked team of specialists tracks the alien's killing spree, but their diverse expertise is barely a match for the ever-morphing Sil. Borrowing elements of the Alien movies (including bizarre alien designs by Swedish artist HR Giger) and spicing them up with some tantalising nudity, Species is a wet dream for creature-feature fans--kind of like watching a sci-fi vampire fantasy while browsing through the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

Customer Reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Drury on 30 April 2012
Format: Blu-ray
This is a Sci-Fi classic! Very cool story, the cast is fantastic especially the very sexy Natasha Hestridge as the little girl grown up Alien disguised as a beautiful women!! the rest of the supporting cast too is great, this was one of the best movies of the 90's, the alien effects are fantastic and quite scary! Certainly worth having in any Sci-Fi collection, quite a gem of a film.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Gary Hilton on 9 Sept. 2004
Format: DVD
OK...I'm not going to spend too much time reviewing the actual film itself - I'm sure you all know what this is about and any real fan would have probably bought the bog standard version already. No, what you probably want to know is what this "Special Edition" contains and if it is worth swapping your other version for. Well in a word....NO.
Don't get me wrong, if you really want this film then THIS is the version to buy, make no mistake, but if you already own the basic release of this film then my advice would be to stick with what you've got.
This "all singing all dancing" version does contian two audio commentaries (One from actors Natasha Henstridge and Michael Madsen with director Roger Donaldson and another from director Roger Donaldson, producer Frank Mancuso Jr., Special Effects executive Richard Edlund and creator of the Sil creature Steve Johnson ) and an alternative ending. There are the usual featurettes that we come to expect on these Special editions; 'The Making of', Interviews, Designing Sil etc etc and it is all presnted in glorious Anamorphic 2.35:1 Widescreen
and Dolby Digital (5.1).
The film itself hasn't aged badly at all and still remains oddly compulsive viewing, (but then a Page 3 girl who morphs into a killing machine is always gonna grab your attention right lads?)
All in all, there IS fun to be had here, but is this a genuine attempt to give the viewer more value for money or just a cynical effort to milk the franchise and whet our appetites for Species 3 ?
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By Sharrel Wright on 23 April 2014
Format: Blu-ray
This is a movie that I've always put on when I just can't decide what to watch,its good fun for what it is,90's sci fi thriller,Forest Whitaker's character is the most entertaining,he plays an empath that has a habit of stating the obvious,when watching video footage of the teenage Siri is being gassed in her chamber he informs us "she didn't like that!" And when we come across the remains of one of her kills,its "something bad happened here" Really?how does he know this? Was it the blood splatered walls or the corpse?Anyhoe tis good fun, That Is All
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Improvement in content from the original through added material. Good performances from cast who went on to better things in film and T.V. Must for fans of thegenre.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 Feb. 2014
Format: DVD
Any movie with an HR Giger alien is automatically worth investigating -- the man has an ongoing nightmare for an imagination.

And sadly that is the biggest innovation of "Species," an interesting but deeply flawed sci-fi movie that tries to inject some sex appeal into tentacled reptilian horrors. It's an entertaining story about a baby-crazed alien woman and the group who is trying to stop her, but the story falls apart at the end.

An alien civilization sent SETI a formula for combining their DNA with ours. Scientists created a half-alien child named Sil (Michelle Williams) -- and when they try to kill her to "terminate" the experiment, she breaks out. So Xavier Fitch (Ben Kingsley) calls on a bounty hunter (Michael Madsen), two scientists (Alfred Molina, Marg Helgenberger) and an empath (Forest Whitaker) to find her.

The problem is, Sil has rapidly matured into a beautiful woman (Natasha Henstridge) and is driven by an incredibly strong reproductive drive. Unfortunately, she's also leaving a trail of corpses behind her. The team are playing a wild cat-and-mouse game with the sensual alien, hoping to stop her before she pops out a kid.

There are two major things you will remember about "Species": HR Giger's elegantly nightmarish design for Sil's true form... and boobies. Lots of boobies. It's basically your standard people-hunting-an-alien story, but with the addition of some steamy sex scenes and lots of nude/semi-nude Natasha Henstridge.

And for the first 3/4ths, it works fairly well. The story is split between Sil's adventures in L.A. and the team's attempts to track her, and there's a healthy dose of gore, sex, and nightmarish surrealism (GNASHING SKULL TRAIN!).
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Great sci-fi film with a beautiful lady as the alien. Very good film and worth watching.A+++. Also on the DVD some good extras.
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By Ryl on 7 Jan. 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Although this is and old film, my family and I never get tired of watching it over again, its great
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By AnOldGoat on 17 Sept. 2008
Format: DVD
The idea behind the plot is good, but as most of the concept is borrowed from Alien, and Giger obviously didn't work too hard on an original idea, it makes it to the end of the train journey before you spot the cliches, and the blatent copying. Which covers the first twenty minutes.

Woefully miscast, with Marg Helgenberger essentially doing what she now does in CSI, Alfred Molina seriously out of place, and Forest Whitaker being ignored most of the time, when you can see he's right.

Since the entire plot consists of the foursome trying to track the alien, getting picked off one by one and eventually burning it, not forgetting the unnoticed baby with the reptilian tongue, its a small wonder that this one was allowed to escape the storyboard, where someone should have spotted it - "uh, guys, this looks awfully like Alien in earth - should we start over on it?".

I only give it two stars for the incredibly funny sex scene with Molina - "this doesn't usually happen to me".
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