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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 30 April 2012
This is a Sci-Fi classic! Very cool story, the cast is fantastic especially the very sexy Natasha Hestridge as the little girl grown up Alien disguised as a beautiful women!! the rest of the supporting cast too is great, this was one of the best movies of the 90's, the alien effects are fantastic and quite scary! Certainly worth having in any Sci-Fi collection, quite a gem of a film.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on 9 September 2004
OK...I'm not going to spend too much time reviewing the actual film itself - I'm sure you all know what this is about and any real fan would have probably bought the bog standard version already. No, what you probably want to know is what this "Special Edition" contains and if it is worth swapping your other version for. Well in a word....NO.
Don't get me wrong, if you really want this film then THIS is the version to buy, make no mistake, but if you already own the basic release of this film then my advice would be to stick with what you've got.
This "all singing all dancing" version does contian two audio commentaries (One from actors Natasha Henstridge and Michael Madsen with director Roger Donaldson and another from director Roger Donaldson, producer Frank Mancuso Jr., Special Effects executive Richard Edlund and creator of the Sil creature Steve Johnson ) and an alternative ending. There are the usual featurettes that we come to expect on these Special editions; 'The Making of', Interviews, Designing Sil etc etc and it is all presnted in glorious Anamorphic 2.35:1 Widescreen
and Dolby Digital (5.1).
The film itself hasn't aged badly at all and still remains oddly compulsive viewing, (but then a Page 3 girl who morphs into a killing machine is always gonna grab your attention right lads?)
All in all, there IS fun to be had here, but is this a genuine attempt to give the viewer more value for money or just a cynical effort to milk the franchise and whet our appetites for Species 3 ?
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 25 September 2013
Never going to be an Oscar winning sci-fi movie, despite the involvement of H R Giger, as his "species" creation is pretty awful. A long way short of his wonderful efforts in "Alien". That said, two things stand out for me. Firstly, the 5.1 "Lossless" audio is brilliant, particularly if you have a surround sound system. Secondly, the lovely Natasha Henstridge!!! Two audio commentaries and two featurettes included, although they are nothing special. Could be compared to Tobe Hooper`s "Lifeforce" movie.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Any movie with an HR Giger alien is automatically worth investigating -- the man has an ongoing nightmare for an imagination.

And sadly that is the biggest innovation of "Species," an interesting but deeply flawed sci-fi movie that tries to inject some sex appeal into tentacled reptilian horrors. It's an entertaining story about a baby-crazed alien woman and the group who is trying to stop her, but the story falls apart at the end.

An alien civilization sent SETI a formula for combining their DNA with ours. Scientists created a half-alien child named Sil (Michelle Williams) -- and when they try to kill her to "terminate" the experiment, she breaks out. So Xavier Fitch (Ben Kingsley) calls on a bounty hunter (Michael Madsen), two scientists (Alfred Molina, Marg Helgenberger) and an empath (Forest Whitaker) to find her.

The problem is, Sil has rapidly matured into a beautiful woman (Natasha Henstridge) and is driven by an incredibly strong reproductive drive. Unfortunately, she's also leaving a trail of corpses behind her. The team are playing a wild cat-and-mouse game with the sensual alien, hoping to stop her before she pops out a kid.

There are two major things you will remember about "Species": HR Giger's elegantly nightmarish design for Sil's true form... and boobies. Lots of boobies. It's basically your standard people-hunting-an-alien story, but with the addition of some steamy sex scenes and lots of nude/semi-nude Natasha Henstridge.

And for the first 3/4ths, it works fairly well. The story is split between Sil's adventures in L.A. and the team's attempts to track her, and there's a healthy dose of gore, sex, and nightmarish surrealism (GNASHING SKULL TRAIN!). But things unravel in the last act when Sil transforms into a hilariously awful CGI model, and the sillness is amped up to 11 -- seriously, nipple tentacles?!

As for the characters... well, none of them are very fleshed out. Michael Madsen is interesting as a bounty hunter for the government, and Molina and Helgenberger are pretty standard "good scientist" types. Ben Kingsley looks vaguely disinterested, as if he doesn't really want to be here.

Oh, and Forest Whitaker is UTTERLY WASTED as the Deanna Troi "empath." Seriously, the dude never says anything that either hasn't been revealed already, or isn't glaringly obvious. If Sil had stolen a fridge filled with food, his brilliant revelation would be, "She's hungry." He could have been cut from the movie without any impact.

But Natasha Henstridge is really brilliant as Sil. She's an enigmatic, childlike creature with a child's cruelty and curiosity -- she's as likely to smash another woman's spine as she is to buy a frilly dress, and Henstridge really gives it life.

"Species" is burdened with flimsy characters and a silly climax, but it is a fairly entertaining "killer alien" story nonetheless. Too bad they didn't stop here.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I think it’s fair to say that you can’t spell ‘Species’ without a capital B (and that’s B for ‘B-movie’). And, for an out and out B-movie, Species has to be up there with the best of them.

There is nothing particularly ‘stand-out’ about anything in it. An alien – or rather the most ATTRACTIVE alien you’ve ever seen – is unleashed on an unwitting L.A. population and we follow the rag-tag bunch charged with the task of tracking her down before she reproduces (and, if you’re interested, the ‘reproducing scenes’ are worth watching this film from most red-blooded males’ points of view!).

Absolutely nothing new to see, just a hell of a load of cheesy fun that, albeit quite serious, never gets heavy enough to drag the film down into a melodrama. It just manages to stay slightly above ‘tongue-in-cheek’ to allow everyone (and when I say ‘everyone’ I probably just mean men) to enjoy the crazy, corpse-strewn ride.

There are plenty of memorable moments, but most of those involve a nude woman. Yes, you’re completely right in thinking that ‘Species’ is hardly a deep and meaningful film, filled with Oscar-worthy dialogue and complicated character arcs. It’s cheesy, tacky, low-brow, but ultimately great fun.

Enjoy with popcorn.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I'm almost ashamed to say that the exquisitely perfect body of a fairly often nude Natasha Henstridge is my main reason for enjoying 'Species'. Aside of that, the film now seems slightly laughable, the SFX elementary and Alfred Molina, plain awful.

Forest Whittaker isn't much better and Michael Madsen just stupid. Ben Kingsley adds some credence as the ruthless scientist who has "developed" the little girl who then goes on to grow up into a sex hungry alien who only wants to reproduce her own 'Species' with the help of human sperm.

It's a film that I can quarter watch, whilst doing something else. I don't take it seriously and there is little suspense and is certainly not in the league of 'Alien' and the like. I don't really like any of the sequels and wouldn't watch them again.

Yes, three stars is probably a little generous, but we all have illogical reasoning when it comes to things we really like.
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on 7 January 2013
Although this is and old film, my family and I never get tired of watching it over again, its great
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on 21 November 2015
Only brought this film because of the sexy star Natasha Henstridge she is absolutely gorgeous
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on 30 September 2015
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 17 September 2008
The idea behind the plot is good, but as most of the concept is borrowed from Alien, and Giger obviously didn't work too hard on an original idea, it makes it to the end of the train journey before you spot the cliches, and the blatent copying. Which covers the first twenty minutes.

Woefully miscast, with Marg Helgenberger essentially doing what she now does in CSI, Alfred Molina seriously out of place, and Forest Whitaker being ignored most of the time, when you can see he's right.

Since the entire plot consists of the foursome trying to track the alien, getting picked off one by one and eventually burning it, not forgetting the unnoticed baby with the reptilian tongue, its a small wonder that this one was allowed to escape the storyboard, where someone should have spotted it - "uh, guys, this looks awfully like Alien in earth - should we start over on it?".

I only give it two stars for the incredibly funny sex scene with Molina - "this doesn't usually happen to me".
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