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  • Actors: Jonathon Morris, Denice Duff, Angus Scimm, Anders Hove, David Gunn
  • Directors: Charles Band, Ted Nicolaou
  • Format: Colour, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000F6ZIJM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 164,771 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By I. R. Kerr TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Dec. 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I had seen the first four movies here, the first two of which I owned on VHS many years ago and my DVD-R copies needed a rest so this box-set was an ideal opportunity to watch them again in sequence.
The first Subspecies sees three female students staying in an old house just as the vampire master Radu returns to his ancestral home, he soon has his eye on one of them. The Subspecies are the creatures that spring from Radu's blood and the effects are pretty well handled here.
Subspecies II sees the surviving student Michelle, now played by Denice Duff for the next 3 movies, escaping from Radu and fleeing to Bucharest where she is joined by her sister Rebecca (Melanie Shatner) it has a decent open ending as Rebecca tries to save her sister from Radu and his minions.
Subspecies III sees Rebecca, a Romanian policeman she has befriended and a low-level McGyver type trying to rescue Michelle in an "assault" on the castle.
Subpecies IV is set in a clinic where the mad doctor uses Michelle to trap Radu for his own use, this adds some clever twists to the series and has some suitably over the top hammy acting that fits in quite well.
The last movie Vampire Journals is the odd one out. It looks into the background of some of the vampires, not Radu though. It is atmospheric, grim, seedy and erotic, what more do you want from a vampire movie?
The negative points, I would have preferred the original covers and not the trimmed down versions; each film has a 10 minute or so "making of" featurette where the crew are generally shown goofing around but commentaries would have been nicer.
All in all a decent effort, in "making of Vampire Journals" director Ted Nicolaou even hinted of making another in the series but, as the last of these films was from 1998, it looks like that idea was shelved.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Azz McMahon on 17 Sept. 2010
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I was delighted to know that this had been released - for a long time I had wished to see the rest of the Subspecies series, having only previously viewed the first two films and the spin off the Vampire Journals - and I bought this - the discs in my version are region free - and that was a pleasant surprise since it was ordered from the US.

The Subspecies films themselves are the main attraction though, as they chronicle the lives of vampires and victims around the beautiful locales of Bucharest (the other star of the series, besides the deliciously malevolent and yet pathetic Radu, as played superbly by Anders Hove, and his unwilling paramour Michelle - as played by Laura Tate in the first film and then by the gorgeous Denice Duff in the sequels.

These movies are almost wrong to call horror movies - if anything, they are very much a classic fairy tale with the Gothic flavourings enhancing rather than detracting from the tale overall - though they do lose their way with the later films.

The first two films are far superior to the following sequels, because the fairy tale atmosphere is at it's most prevalent but III and IV (also known as Bloodstorm:Subspecies 4) have their moments.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Hyndman on 1 Feb. 2010
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After many years of old 4.3 VHS I was delighted to see Charlie Band's particular brand of horror finally emerge on DVD. Though fare such as 'Phantoms', 'Dollman' and 'Puppermaster' have been available (at a pinch) for years, me and my sister (a fellow collector) often found ourselves wondering what happened to 'Subspecies' now that satellite/regional re-runs seem to be a thing of the past. Well, horror fans if you thought the same thing, here's your answer - Full Moon's marvellous box-set of all 'Subspecies' films including the semi-sequel 'Vampire Journals'. Reviewing the material, only the first film had an animated menu and trailer, though all five films offer their original 'Gorezone' promos which contain some exciting behind-the-scenes footage and interviews. As well as the requisite widescreen transfers, there is also a bit of business about the Full Moon Co's catalogue of goodies and website etc. This may seem short on extras, but they're well made and VERY entertaining So, if you fancy a mini-marathon of nostalgic vampire mayhem over Subway and ice-cream, go for this, its worth it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BlackBrigand TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 15 May 2013
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SUBSPECIES - THE EPIC COLLECTION DVD (Region 1)
(5 DISCS)
SUBSPECIES
SUBSPECIES II: BLOODSTONE
SUBSPECIES III:BLOODLUST
SUBSPECIES IV: BLOODSTORM
VAMPIRE JOURNALS

Back in the 1980s I replaced most of my collection of 8mm movies with VHS and now I am going through a same process of upgrading everything to DVD. This also gives me the excuse to sample films of the genre which have appeared over the past 20 years and had not been added to my film library.

I had watched the first four movies when visiting family in Canada in 2001 but never did buy a set for my collection of horror films and had not previously watched `Vampire Journals' and so when I bought this set it was a treat to watch the complete set over a couple of late nights... I am old enough to need very little sleep but young enough to get bored when I am awake and spend most nights either watching movies or reading.

The stories have been adequately described in other reviews and so I will not repeat them again. The whole series was a joint American-Romanian venture conceived and directed by Ted Nikolaou and was shot on-location in Romania, utilizing stop-motion and rod puppet techniques and overlays to achieve the characterisation the director wanted for the vampires and creatures which resulted in a quite spectactular presentation for the films era and gives the series a quite unique atmosphere unlike most other films of the time.

All the characters are very memorable although of the mostly unknown cast only Anders Hove, Denise Duff and Melanie Shatner are probably well known in the UK.
Overall a good collection with a few novelty extras, mostly advertising and a couple of rather vague interviews.
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