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Specimen [DVD] [1995] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Actors: Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Douglas O'Keeffe, Ingrid Kavelaars, Andrew Jackson, David Nerman
  • Directors: John Bradshaw
  • Writers: John Bradshaw, Damian Lee, Lauren McLaughlin, Sheldon Inkol
  • Producers: Damian Lee, Helder Goncalves, Jeff Sackman
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Simitar Ent.
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Feb 1999
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: 6305290814
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 464,533 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Jan 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Specimen, as a movie leaves a certain amount to be desired although the ideas behind the plot itself actually have a lot of potential. Mike Hillary, Gosselaar's character, plays a guy whom, as a small child "accidentally" burned down his family home killing his mother. But, as you might expect from a film of this title, it was no accident! His mother was, you guessed it, impregnated by an alien form in the 70's, creating Mike, the "specimen", as the product of this freakish alien-human reproduction project who is able to suddenly set fire to things, when he gets emotionally upset. When these aliens come back to Earth to collect their "specimen" the special effects really are "special". The scenes of aliens in human body suits burning to death on a beach are somewhat "interesting", as is the bizarre flashback of Mike's mother wandering naked into a glowing lake and getting out again looking "fulfilled". Mark-Paul Gosselaar's fans are very likely to be the only ones to give this movie a reputable rating, and even this rating is unlikely to be based upon his acting skill. Although his acting skill is, admittedly quite considerable, its full extent is not shown in Specimen. By far the most enjoyable parts of the movie, are when Mike, has to cool himself down, after all that fire starting and keeps striping down and jumping in the bath tub! This is an absolute must for Mark-Paul fans! If you enjoy the offbeat, alien movies with humour by accident, buy Specimen!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Michael Butts - Published on
Format: DVD
SPECIMEN is a molding of two other movies: "Firestarter" and "The Terminator." They even have the two aliens appear in the buff, cute little buns and all. Mark Paul Gosselaar plays Mike, a young man who has the ability to start fires; he is the spawn of an alien who impregnated his mother, and the aliens have sent a terminator type guy (played with muscular aloof by Douglas O'Keefe) to bring him back or destroy him (why, they never say). In steps another alien, Andrew Jackson, who we find out has closer ties to Mike.
Mike teams up with a teacher and the local sheriff to understand what's going on; the sheriff (played dead pan by David Kerman) believes the story about Mike's birth, but Mike doesn't. How else can he explain his powers, though?
Low budget and corny, SPECIMEN nevertheless works because there's a modicum of sincerity to its thin storyline. The special effects are chintzy, but the locale is beautiful.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Mark-Paul Gosselaar--great! 9 May 2000
By A Customer - Published on
I liked this movie. The story is intriguing. The only problem I had with this movie was with some of the writing--it was a little bit stilted in some places. The character of "Eleven" was just a little bit lame. I thought Mark-Paul Gosselaar was great. He made the character (Mike) believable and sympathetic and made the whole movie watchable and enjoyable. I liked that this movie wasn't just a bunch of scenes jumbled together for effect, but told a slowly unfolding story as it went along.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Specimen - A movie so bad it is good 1 Nov 2002
By A Customer - Published on
I would almost consider the movie "Specimen" a high class "B" movie in the SciFi genre. If you liked the movie "Firestarter" with Drew Barrymore in the '80's, you may like this movie.
Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Saved By the Bell) actually does a decent job in his role as Mike Hillary. In this, what I consider to be, a low buget film.
Think of "specimen" as an updated version of the movie "Firestarter." Specimen has more of an alien feel to it, on a low budget scale. I am not into "B" type movies. However I can say I liked this movie. A movie so bad it's good.
Recomended for the SciFi or "B" movie fan
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
The keyword is: BATHTUB 3 Nov 1999
By A Customer - Published on
The singular point of watching this is the considerably lovely footage of MarkPaul Gosselaar, soaking wet, in the bathtub, in his underpants. Otherwise, it's a paperweight.
Specimen 4 Mar 2014
By Aries04 - Published on
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Choose this movie because I like Sfy movies.
The movie was okay but not really all that exciting and was a bit boring.
I would only recommend it for people who like movies made in the 80's.
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