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5.0 out of 5 stars "..SCI-FI GEM.."
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars She-alien on a quest to get pregnant
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...
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5.0 out of 5 stars "..SCI-FI GEM..", 30 April 2012
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S. Drury "SDX-800" (U.K) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Species [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Species with bells & whistles, 9 Sept. 2004
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This review is from: Species - Special Edition [DVD] (DVD)
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Guilty Pleasure, 23 April 2014
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This review is from: Species [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
This is a movie that I've always put on when I just can't decide what to watch,its good fun for what it is,90's sci fi thriller,Forest Whitaker's character is the most entertaining,he plays an empath that has a habit of stating the obvious,when watching video footage of the teenage Siri is being gassed in her chamber he informs us "she didn't like that!" And when we come across the remains of one of her kills,its "something bad happened here" Really?how does he know this? Was it the blood splatered walls or the corpse?Anyhoe tis good fun, That Is All
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5.0 out of 5 stars Original improvement, 12 May 2013
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Improvement in content from the original through added material. Good performances from cast who went on to better things in film and T.V. Must for fans of thegenre.
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3.0 out of 5 stars She-alien on a quest to get pregnant, 23 Feb. 2014
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This review is from: Species [DVD] [1995] (DVD)
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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5.0 out of 5 stars What a film Natasha is very sexy. Worth watching just for Natasha !, 13 Sept. 2013
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Great sci-fi film with a beautiful lady as the alien. Very good film and worth watching.A+++. Also on the DVD some good extras.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good, 7 Jan. 2013
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This review is from: Species [DVD] [1995] (DVD)
Although this is and old film, my family and I never get tired of watching it over again, its great
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2.0 out of 5 stars Alien it is not....., 17 Sept. 2008
This review is from: Species [DVD] [1995] (DVD)
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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant audio!, 25 Sept. 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 30 Oct. 2014
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Very good movie, nothing special to add about it.
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