AUDIO: English Dolby Digital 5.1, German Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 SUBTITLES: English, Danish, Finnish, German, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Swedish RUNTIME: 103:48 mins. PAL PICTURE: 2.35:1 (Anamorphic) REGION: 2 (locked) EXTRAS: Theatrical Trailer, Species II Trailer, unrelated trailers
SPECIES is a 1995 sci-fi/horror B-movie (made on a $35,000,000 budget) that grossed about $60,000,000 and spawned 3 sequels of descending quality. The critical reception was rather average. The SPECIES alien is a sexual predator that is basically just on a hunt for a perfect mate, killing her mates and potential mates in the act. She is being hunted by a group of scientists, including Xavier Fitch (Ben Kingsley), who "created' her. The cast that was assembled here is amazing: Michael Madsen, Alfred Molina, Forest Whitaker, Marg Helgenberger and Michelle Williams The alien design of SIL (Natasha Henstridge) was created by H.R. Giger, who designed the creator of the ALIEN franchise. SPECIES was directed by Australian director Roger Donaldson, who directed the superb THE NOVEMBER MAN (2014), the script was written by Dennis Feldman (VIRUS). While not the most intelligent story, the cast is captivating, especially Natasha Henstridge as SIL, and the (wo)manhunt is directed quite exciting and suspenseful. There's quite a bit of sex & violence and a bit of gore (not too explicit), solid R-rated material. Overall not a great movie, but I enjoyed it quite a bit.
Softcore porn combines with grotesque horror in this alien movie. Natasha Henstridge plays an alien who tries to mate, whilst pursued by scientists. Species is a fun, schlocky movie. It has all the ingredients of an exploitation movie and it is just that: an exploitation movie. I really like it. There's lots of nudity and gore, as would be expected. Its really fun.
Loved this film on vhs, so I bought the dvd and no it's on bluray I updated. I really shouldn't have bothered.
The picture here is no better than 480p, it's not been rescanned in anyway and has the same noise and audio problems that was on the DVD. Why do movie companies do this for no other reason than to get our cash.
The bluray format is not just a medium to out old rubbish on, rescan the film, upscale it, clean it up, do something to make us want to spend money buying something we already own on different formats.
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.
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.
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 ?