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Subspecies (BLU-RAY)

Anders Hove , Michael Watson , Ted Nicolaou    Suitable for 18 years and over   Blu-ray
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Anders Hove, Michael Watson, Laura Tate, Irina Movila, Michelle McBride
  • Directors: Ted Nicolaou
  • Producers: Vlad Paunescu
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: 88 Films
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Mar 2013
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0075337BE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,266 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The first film in director Ted Nicolaou's horror series following villainous vampire Radu Vladislas (Anders Hove). After being banished from his home town, Radu returns and murders his father in order to claim a powerful bloodstone. Then, in an attempt to harm his good-hearted brother Stefan (Michael Watson), he sets his sights on turning his sibling's friends, Michelle (Laura Tate), Mara (Irina Movila) and Lillian (Michelle McBride), into vampires. Can Stefan stop Radu before it is too late?

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blood in Romania 21 Feb 2012
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Ah, vampire B-movie schlock. Not big blockbusters starring Anne Rice vamps or Stephenie Meyer sparklepires, but lower-budget affairs splattered with blood. One of the best examples of the genre is "Subspecies," a movie with a genuinely creepy villain and lots of atmosphere... as well as some of the dumbest heroes EVER.

American grad students Michelle (Laura Tate) and Lillian (Michelle McBride) meet their friend Mara (Irina Movila) in a small Romanian town, so they can write their dissertations on Romanian folklore. Their investigations bring them to a ruined castle where vampires were once said to dwell, as well as an encounter with the broodingly handsome Stefan (Michael Watson). Guess what Stefan is!

But it turns out there is still vampiric stuff afoot: the evil, ghoulish Radu (Anders Hove) has returned to the castle, and has murdered his own dad to steal the Bloodstone (which supposedly drips the blood of saints). And he's decided to make all three girls his consorts -- meaning that only Stefan and an elderly Romanian man can save the day!

"Subspecies" is a pretty cheesy piece of work. Within two minutes of the movie's beginning, we have a hammy, raspy-voiced vampire snapping off his fingertips to make tiny stop-motion demons. And that's before the bare boobs and copious blood-drooling come in.

But it also has a gloriously spooky ambience, relying on ruined medieval buildings and gliding shadows to imbue a sense of fear. And as the movie was actually shot in Romania, it has a lot of the ambience -- the scene where the girls visit an elaborate festival of masks, stakes and white horses gives it a cultural tang that many movies lack.

Unfortunately... the characters are perfect examples of "good is dumb.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars subspecies 27 Sep 2007
Format:VHS Tape
A little thin on plot, mimimum working cast and location are overused in parts. A great dependency to look like Nosferatu and keep within the Transylvania scenario. Luckily it keeps to its vampire roots and delivers the mood that takes it through to sequels showing it has the quality to be a great addition to the vampire genre. The special effects rely on tiny demon creatures, but the sword wielding and final sequence show great promise..the vampire has arrived and it is formidable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars BLU-RAY Review 24 Nov 2013
By Darkalo
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
ABOUT THE BLU-RAY:
1 disc. Feature running time: 83 mins. Audio: DTS-HD MA 2.0, Feature Aspect ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen.
Region: A,B,C. NO subtitles.

EXTRAS:
* Audio commentary by Charles Band and Chris Gore
* 'Cast and crew interviews': 08:36 mins. featurette.
* 'Killer montage': a 01:45 mins. compilation of scenes from the movie.
* 'VIDEOZONE. Behind the scenes. The making of SUBSPECIES': 09:55 mins. featurette.
* Original trailer (HD)
* Full Moon Trailer Park

Reversible sleeve incorporating original art.

FILM REVIEW:
Subspecies is a nice horror flick about Romanian vampires, and I would highly recommend anybody to check it out immediately, but the quality of the picture in this Blu-ray edition is simply disappointing. That's the only reason I'm giving this product 3 stars instead of 5.
I don't know whether there is some kind of problem with the source material but I truly felt like I was watching a DVD version of an 80's film.
The faces are blurred even from a mid-distance. If this is true Full HD 1080P, then I am a flying nun.
Come on, even if Subspecies never had a theatrical release... it was made in 1991!
I hope somebody at 88 FILMS could explain this...

As for the Special Features, they are quite OK, I cannot ask for more.
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Amazon.com: 4.0 out of 5 stars  59 reviews
27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I like my vampires cold, dead, ugly, and hungry...Radu style 8 July 2004
By Schtinky - Published on Amazon.com
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Subspecies is the first in a four part movie series involving Radu, the baddest vampire in town. True, this is a Full Moon production, which equals cheesy horror, but it is definately cheesy horror in its very best form.
Radu is a vampire of the old school, he doesn't want to fit in with the living or find true love or apologize for what he is; he is a vampire and seems to be pretty taken with himself on that level. Our first introduction to Radu is when he kills his father in order to take possession of the Bloodstone, a vampire family heirloom that allows them to survive a long time without a fresh "meal", and gives them power by drinking from it.
Here also we meet the "subspecies", little creatures (make from claymation, not FX) that Radu creates by breaking off his own fingers. They become his tiny minions and assist him in taking the Bloodstone.
Meanwhile, three college girls arrive in Transylvania, and stay together at an old monastery nearby the broken remains of Radu's castle home. Also staying at the monastery is Radu's long estranged brother, Stefan. Radu and Stefan have no love for each other, though both seem to be attracted to the lovely Michele.
Girls get bit and girls scream, and there is a silly "Festival of the Dead" where everybody puts on paper-mache masks, a little bit of nudity, and in the end it all boils down to human vs vampire as do all good vampire flicks.
What makes Subspecies special is Radu himself. He is pasty white, has great fangs, long clawed hands, sleeps in a coffin, and drools...a LOT. He's also a very messy eater, and moves through the film with that bloody, slimy grin we have all grown to love.
In the end, Michele is the only one of the three girls left, and after Radu mixed his blood with hers, his brother Stefan "saves" her by biting her and turning her into a vampire also.
Lovely ending...but remember that there are three more movies...
So far, the first three Subspecies movies are only available as used VHS tapes, often costing a great deal of money. The fourth movie is already out on DVD, so hopefully the rest will be soon. Even on VHS, there is a nice "behind the scenes" feature at the end of the tape, along with previews of other Full Moon productions.
If you are a vampire purist, you should love this film. Enjoy!
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The GREATEST Vampire Movie EVER (if not the best movie ever) 12 Jun 2002
By "pizzlemanizzle" - Published on Amazon.com
I first saw this movie in 1998 when I was 11 years old. This was probably the smartest thing I have done my entire life. Since then I have seen the movie well over 30 times and I just wish that I owned it. As the movie starts out we see none other than horror icon himself-Angus Scrimm! It is at this point that we get our first glimpse of Radu. Radu is a Nine Hundred year old vampire who just can't seem to kill enough people and drink enough blood to satisfy his urges. This sets up the primary conflict for the film and its sequels. Radu is out to gain possession of the Blood Stone, an ancient relic that drips the blood of the saints. He kills his father to gain the Blood Stone and thus begins the film. Radu's half brother Stefan returns home to regain the throne of his father but realizes Radu has already done so. Stefan trys to gain control of the Blood Stone and also attempts to sheild 3 young beauties from Radu and his evil. Stefan falls in love with one of the young girls named Michelle, played by Laura Tate. Although Ms. Tate did an excellent job with the character of Michelle she just can't seem to measure up to he standard set by Denice Duff in the sequels. To say that this is one of my favorite movies would be an understatement. I simply cannot say enough good things about this film. Please for the love of god SEE THIS MOVIE! The sequels are just as good as the original unlike most horror movie series. Please re-release this Full Moon it is a million times better than the [stuff] you put out now.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Subspecies...Not the Best Horror Movie, But Definitely Unique 10 Mar 2006
By RDU - Published on Amazon.com
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Although this isn't the greatest, or even one of the best-made horror films, it has a certain novelty that one can't deny. Because of this, "Subspecies" is one of my favorite horror flics. True vampire fans need to watch this if they want to see a plot that diverges from Anne Rice's sleek, and extremely attractive depiction of vampire men and women. Of course, this is not at all to say that "Interview With the Vampire," in conjunction with any of Anne Rice's vampire novels aren't any good. In fact, they're also some of my favorites.

Since a well-outlined synopsis of the film has already been given by several raters, I won't go into any summaries. The main character/bad guy Radu (played by European actor Anders Hove) is true to the original "Nosferatu" genre. He is creepy, irascible, and even a bit pitiable as the sequels to this film point out.

What I like about this film is the introduction of the Bloodstone, a mythical relic that is known to drip the blood of the saints. The Bloodstone is a family heirloom that originally belongs to Radu's father, the king of the vampires (played by "Phantasm's" Angus Scrimm). The movie starts off with Radu murdering his father and taking the Bloodstone by force.

Another unique characteristic of the movie and its sequels is Radu's use of "shadow flying." Radu is able to use this technique to go/move anywhere through the shadows. He also is able to sort of mutate and reproduce tiny "subspecies" versions of himself. Despite the film's low budget, along with the fact that the actual subspecie demons look very superficial, the actors do an incredible job. Finally, the film is shot in Romania/Transylvania within a real castle along with several ancient ruins. Thus, "Subspecies" is a must-see for real vampire lovers due to its originality and inherently unique qualities.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD now available 7 Feb 2005
By Sebastian Noirsangre - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
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You can purchase the DVD for 1 and 2 in Spanish versions for 20 bucks each. There is an option to turn off the spanish subtitles, so you get the english language version on DVD and don't have to pay a fortune for a sucky (pun intended) VHS copy that some creep is charging $150.00 for.

Now go get your SUBSPECIES! You bloodsuckers!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Especially Original But Fun! 1 Aug 2002
By Antoinette Avalon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
This is the beginning of a series that you have to watch even though its full of every worn out story line and ridiculous dialog. There is nonetheless an appeal that compels you to go back and pick up every addition in the series. The premise is the good vampire Stefan battles his evil half brother Radu over the fate of the woman they both fell in love with. I think one of the biggest mistakes this series made was bumping off Stefan. He was a good contrast to Radu, whose character is fond of spouting worn out phrases like "my fledgling" to the point of being almost cartoon-like. Subspecies is a fun series in a comic-book vampire kind of way. I'd recommend it to diehard fans only.
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