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Species [VHS] [1995]

Natasha Henstridge , Michael Madsen , Roger Donaldson    Suitable for 18 years and over   VHS Tape
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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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
  • Language: English, Portuguese
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: MGM
  • VHS Release Date: 1 Feb 2000
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CRY8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 224,232 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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There's a kind of perverse marketing genius at work in Species, a 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 centerfold. This makes it easy for Sil to lure gullible guys who are only too willing to indulge her voracious mating urge, realizing 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 H.R. Giger) and spicing them up with some tantalizing 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

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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Species with bells & whistles 9 Sep 2004
By Gary Hilton VINE VOICE
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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3.0 out of 5 stars She-alien on a quest to get pregnant 23 Feb 2014
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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4.0 out of 5 stars popcorn 24 Mar 2013
Species is an underrated popcorn horror which is entertaining from start to finish. As long as you're not looking for some complex, multi-layered plotline and script then just turn your brain off and enjoy the ride. Natasha Henstridge is memorable as a kind of androidy mutant thing. The supporting cast of investigators are laughably unconvincing, especially the english guy, yet the whole thing pulls together and is strangely watchable. I really liked this when it came out and watching it again I remain impressed. The special effects don't look dated at all. However, avoid the sequels at all cost.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "..SCI-FI GEM.." 30 April 2012
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Guilty Pleasure 23 April 2014
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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4.0 out of 5 stars A B-movie of epic proportions 4 April 2014
I think it’s fair to say that you can’t spell ‘Species’ without a capital B (and that’s B for ‘B-movie’). And, for an out and out B-movie, Species has to be up there with the best of them.

There is nothing particularly ‘stand-out’ about anything in it. An alien – or rather the most ATTRACTIVE alien you’ve ever seen – is unleashed on an unwitting L.A. population and we follow the rag-tag bunch charged with the task of tracking her down before she reproduces (and, if you’re interested, the ‘reproducing scenes’ are worth watching this film from most red-blooded males’ points of view!).

Absolutely nothing new to see, just a hell of a load of cheesy fun that, albeit quite serious, never gets heavy enough to drag the film down into a melodrama. It just manages to stay slightly above ‘tongue-in-cheek’ to allow everyone (and when I say ‘everyone’ I probably just mean men) to enjoy the crazy, corpse-strewn ride.

There are plenty of memorable moments, but most of those involve a nude woman. Yes, you’re completely right in thinking that ‘Species’ is hardly a deep and meaningful film, filled with Oscar-worthy dialogue and complicated character arcs. It’s cheesy, tacky, low-brow, but ultimately great fun.

Enjoy with popcorn.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant audio!
Never going to be an Oscar winning sci-fi movie, despite the involvement of H R Giger, as his "species" creation is pretty awful. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Steveosnapper
5.0 out of 5 stars What a film Natasha is very sexy. Worth watching just for Natasha !
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.
Published 10 months ago by MR P S Butterfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Original improvement
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.
Published 14 months ago by Margaret Macpherson
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
Although this is and old film, my family and I never get tired of watching it over again, its great
Published 18 months ago by Ryl
4.0 out of 5 stars Species Special Edition
Great film and the first of a series, purchased the others and had a Species night in with the family and thoroughly enjoyed every minute.
Published 24 months ago by GRIFFO69
1.0 out of 5 stars Really Not For Me!
I've previously seen one of the Species sequels, (I can't remember which one) and I hope that this one is better, (because I didn't like the sequel). Read more
Published on 5 Jun 2012 by Richie77777
3.0 out of 5 stars Natasha is the reason to watch this, not her 'alien'
I'm almost ashamed to say that the exquisitely perfect body of a fairly often nude Natasha Henstridge is my main reason for enjoying 'Species'. Read more
Published on 23 May 2012 by Tim Kidner
3.0 out of 5 stars i knew what i was getting into
Bluray-not great but okay
Film-if you haven't seen this film already I would watch it first as its an aquirred taste. Read more
Published on 14 Oct 2009 by Mr. C. Myers
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