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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 (98 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003P9WI1C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,582 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By bizmandan on 25 Oct. 2011
Format: Blu-ray
This picture is smart sci-fi that's not afraid to flirt with taboos while still existing enough on a main stream playing field to satisfy the crowd. There's no doubt that some will dismiss it as another Species-style sci-fi movie, yet those who seek it out will find that there's more to this monster tale than just the sex horror parallels.

I am not sure if it was CGI or makeup or a mixture of both to achieve the look of the "monster" in this film but it was done extraordinarily well. Dren, as the "monster" is called in this film has the ability to look intimidating and fragile, simple yet calculating. You never really know what's going on in Drens head and sometimes you think she has sinister intentions and other times she pulls at your heart strings. To let all this penetrate through the makeup/CGI is not only a triumph by the actress, but also the team that created the whole look of Dren, she truly does look like a spliced being, half human, half something else entirely.

The two leads do a fine job with the material. The characters are both very likable, sort of nerdy but the cool kind of nerdy. They do become more interesting as the film goes on, with each one shifting allegiance to the grave mistake they've unleashed on the world. One plot thread dealing with the female leads back-story could have been explored more, but saying that, there is a very real possibility that including this sub plot in greater detail would have slowed the film right down.

Splice doesn't change the face of horror, nor does it usher in a new technology ideas unknown to science fiction viewers, yet it is definitely a picture that's hard to criticise. And despite some of its flaws in character exploration, it knows what gears it needs to hit to leave a sci-fi fan entertained.
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful By J. Morris TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Oct. 2010
Format: DVD
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??
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Nov. 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
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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