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Splice [DVD]

Adrien Brody , Sarah Polley , Vincenzo Natali    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Adrien Brody, Sarah Polley, Delphine Chaneac, Brandon McGibbon, David Hewlett
  • Directors: Vincenzo Natali
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Optimum Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Nov 2010
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003P9WI1C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,415 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Clive and Elsa are the best scientists in their field. Splicing together the genes of several animals they have managed to bring into existence a new kind of creature, the protein of which could be highly profitable. But experimenting for a large corporate firm doesn’t satisfy their scientific curiosity. After secretly adding human DNA into their formula Clive and Elsa soon realise they may have made a mistake, a big mistake. A mistake that seems to be aging, growing and transforming at an incredible rate. An uncontrollable mistake that’s about to break loose and rip their world apart into tiny pieces.

Directed by celebrated cult director Vincenzo Natali (Cube, Cypher, Nothing, Getting Gilliam) and starring Adrian Brody (King Kong, Predators), Sarah Polley (Existenz, Dawn Of The Dead) and David Hewlett (Stargate: Atlantis), Splice is an unforgettable sci-fi horror like nothing you’ve ever seen before or will ever see again.

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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A geneticist's nightmare 27 Oct 2010
Adrien Brody (The Pianist) plays Clive Nicoli, a genetic scientist working on hybridising farm animals in search of proteins and chemicals that can cure human disease. With his lab partner and lover Elsa Kast (Sarah Polley - the similar sci-fi Existenz) they have garnered great success, but genetic testing laws disallow them from adding human DNA to the mix. Frustrated by the limitations of the law, the couple decide to dabble with an embryo containing human DNA along with the usual suite, things start to unravel as the aberration grows into something more than human and the couple scrabble to hide it's existence and cover their tracks...

Many people have remarked on the lack of originality in the plot and with only minor tweaks from the 90's hit Species and they are not far wrong. However Splice has a far better story; as the scientists are continually taken by surprise by the growth & abilities of the subject and react accordingly. At one point, I was literally shouting at the screen begging Brody not to do what he was going to do (harking back to the classic "Don't go in there!!") and this is what enamoured me to this film so much. It's just so plausible - forgetting the impossible biology, forgive that part - and the interaction between the couple and their creation is just so understandable.

The locales & technology are believable if you forget about some of the more dubious scientific aspects of it all (an artificial womb??) but every set & scene looks the part and suits the film perfectly.
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3.0 out of 5 stars "You never wanted a normal child..." 25 Nov 2011
Scientists Clive and Elsa are employed to play God, creating hybrid animals in the name of medical research, before they are due to begin introducing human DNA the project is cancelled. The commercial need to patent and sell what they have already discovered takes priority over everything else, but that doesn't stop the couple from taking their work to the next phase, the result being something which looks like it ought to have burst through John Hurt's stomach crossed with a giant chicken drumstick, and then it hatches...

Their new creation is as adorable as it is strange, seeing it laid unconscious you can't help but want to see it thrive, and thrive it does - accelerated growth sees her develop rapidly and become more humanlike, it's hard to see her as a scientific subject and Elsa's maternal instincts start kicking in, soon she loves `Dren' as if she were her own child and talks about her like any other proud parent would. Splice provides a great opportunity to explore the value of life and the ethics around creating it artificially. The secret 'family' find themselves dealing with situations a parent wouldn't usually experience, but the most striking aspect of their unit are the moments which any other parent can relate to - from stroppy teenage years, illness, to taking pride in their development.

A great concept doesn't feel fully exploited, the film gathers momentum but the tension and intrigue is underused and a title which relied heavily on psychology starts to abandon it in favour of visual horror, it almost feels as though the film starts to run out of ideas and lazily resorts to more formulaic devices to fill time, perhaps the studios wanted to push this as a horror when it never really feels like one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Creature Comforts 22 Oct 2010
There is an old saying which I always adhere to..."If it ain't broke, don't fix it!" Eons of years experimenting with gene combinations has given Nature a one-up on humanity. So, why is it that we find ourselves delving into realms better left alone? SPLICE is an interesting and perhaps a more cerebral look at the us+them quandry. What is wrong with our species that we have an inate need to "fix" stuff? Often, this works to our general betterment.....then, there are the times we should have left well-enough alone!

I am a fan of scifi and the "alien" possibilities. In Splice the alien DNA is ours plus other Earthly genes. Sarah Polley and Adrien Brody make a believable couple of ambitious scientists desperately attempting to find a new protein and achieve auspicious merit in the genetics field. Having a corporate timeline nipping at their heels, Clive and Elsa go beyond the point of ethical acceptability and create a new human hybrid. Dren is a quasi-human being of dubious character within an ever-changing form.

Watching the interaction of the scientists attempting to cope with the fallout of their experiment is fascinating. At some point, we must confront ourselves and ask what we would do in this situation. Not only is there conflict between Elsa and Clive, but as things progress also between Dren and her creators. How are we to cope with the unknown? At what point do we pull the plug? What makes us human? What makes us inhuman? Ethics....when did they disappear in the race for glory and/or money?

Splice is not a slasher movie. It takes the scenario and runs with it to some places we would rather never go! This is a thinking person's storyline. If you are so inclined, it makes you ponder where the future of science is headed. Are we ready for the eventualities?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars splice
not for the faint hearted brilliant not as good as alien but there are quite a few scares it was a good film
Published 6 days ago by val
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
This was a good film and reflects what can and will happen when we mess around with DNA and Stem cells, especially with animals, beware humans, hybrids are coming!
Published 1 month ago by Cheryl Ditcher
3.0 out of 5 stars its okay
the sex scene is so erotic. its like beastiality, but not as its not a dog etc. I dreamt of that part. anyways the quality is hd. no problems really. the story does drag a bit.
Published 2 months ago by Mohammed87
5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing, and equally fantastic...
Reading some of the other reviews, this really seems to be a marmite movie. Personally, I loved it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lloyd Dyer
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprised.
A much better film than I was expecting with a lot of interests subtexts to the story. Definitely worth seeing.
Published 4 months ago by G. Rees
1.0 out of 5 stars Mist DVD
It still had the security tag on the DVD I had to brake the DVD case to get into it.
Published 4 months ago by Butterfly b
3.0 out of 5 stars Splice
A delightfully icky monster movie with a smattering of human and moral drama thrown in for good measure. Read more
Published 5 months ago by T. Cosens
3.0 out of 5 stars ... and maybe some dice
SPLICE is a superior if predictable creature feature. The script is pretty good, the acting is pretty good, the effects are pretty good, and the directing is pretty good. Read more
Published 6 months ago by sft
5.0 out of 5 stars GRIPPING MOVIE
REALLY - really good movie - kept me hooked every second - i have watched it twice since i have received it - love it
Published 6 months ago by Angela Wallace
4.0 out of 5 stars a film where man made mutants become the opposite
a really good purchase, good story line and has a bit of a twist in the story line,
well recommended.
Published 7 months ago by jonathon
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