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Species (Special Edition) (1995)

Natasha Henstridge , Michael Madsen , Roger Donaldson  |  R |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Natasha Henstridge, Michael Madsen, Ben Kingsley, Alfred Molina, Forest Whitaker
  • Directors: Roger Donaldson
  • Writers: Dennis Feldman
  • Producers: David Streit, Dennis Feldman, Frank Mancuso Jr., Mark Egerton
  • Format: AC-3, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: October 19, 2004
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002KPHWE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,565 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Species (Special Edition)" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

When a beautiful human-alien hybrid (Natasha Henstridge) escapes from observation, scientist XavierFitch (Ben Kingsley) dispatches a crew of experts to find her before she is able to fulfill her horrific purpose: to mate with unsuspecting men and produce offspring that could destroy mankind. As her deadly biological clock ticks rapidly, Fitch and his team are hurled into a desperate battle in which the fate of humanity itself hangs in the balance!

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SciFi Action with Sex Appeal August 11, 2000
By Mart
Don't be mistaken, the focus of this movie is to entertain. Mission accomplished! If your looking for a deep meaningful movie forget it. If your offended by nudity forget it. If action, gun play, and horror offend you forget it.
Species is a SciFi\Action thriller with sex appeal. From the opening to the close of the movie your senses are bombarded with the goings on of a very sexy and very often nude Natasha Henstridge's fight for her alien life. The story line is solid and cohesive, with a few twists and turns thrown in this classic SciFi tale. Species is filled with: great actions sequences, excellent sound, very high quality production, and good acting from a superb cast. A classic mix of SciFi and Action required viewing for any true SciFi buff and an excellent choice.
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49 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blu-ray Quality Review June 11, 2007
While the film itself is a love it or hate hit kind of thing (as far as the story and actors and whatnot), I would like to rate the actual quality of the disk and what separates it from the dvd version.

The Blu-ray version of this movie is much better than all the other version. Better quality images, better quality sound, and you even get a cool glimpse into Giger's creative process with a extra on the blu-ray that shows him creating the "evil train" sequence.

Personally, I liked the movie - but I think what most people want to know is, is it worth buying the blu-ray version vs. the dvd version and the answer to that question is DEFINATELY!
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42 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Mating Game October 25, 2004
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For years we humans have been looking for signs of life other than what's on this great, greasy mud ball we affectionately know as Earth. We've sent probes, satellites, and signals out into that vast darkness...we've searched the heavens with powerful telescopes and listened with highly sophisticated equipment design to detect anything that could point to the possibility of intelligence other than our own...and for all our efforts we got...squat...that is, until now...

Directed by Roger Donaldson (I was a bit wary here, as this was the man responsible for awful films Cocktail and Cadillac Man, but he did a really good film in that of No Way Out, so I'm torn...), Species (1995) stars certainly an interesting cast including the very busy Ben Kingsley (Ghandi), who slated to appear in a whopping seven films in 2005 (I think he's trying to compete with Gene Hackman and Michael Caine for the title of most prolific actor), Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill Vol's 1 and 2), Alfred Molina (Doc Ock in a little film called Spider-Man 2), Forest Whitaker (I'm still highly annoyed with this guy, who I generally like as an actor, for appearing in John Travolta's ego stroking pet project Battlefield Earth...damn you John Travolta!), Marg Helgenberger (CSI), and introducing every sci-fi nerd's wet dream, the highly curvaceous and infinitely squeezalicious Natasha Henstridge (I can't help wonder if this film would have done as well had they chosen another actress, say Rosie O'Donnell? I suppose not...)

Anyway, it seems all of our efforts to find intelligent life in space has finally paid off, as a message was received, one detailing plans regarding re-sequencing human DNA to create a human/alien hybrid.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Classic? December 14, 2007
Species has undergone so many VHS/DVD releases, repackaging ... that it's really hard to arrive at a decent opinion on this Blu-ray release.

The very same weakly-acted alien story that played in theatres presents itself on this Blu-ray release. The transfer, however ... is almost embarrassing. I've been treated to some sweet Blu-ray transfers (Ratatouille, Pirates 3, and 300, to name a few) and this, my friends, is not one of them. When the screen should be black, it's gray and splotchy. Compression artifacts spoil the image throughout the film. The audio is nothing to write home (or to Amazon) about. This is one generic, zero-effort transfer and I hope to never see this bland of a transfer again on Blu. The film is not unwatchable, mind you ... it just seems like it's the DVD, blown up to 1080p. That's not my idea of high-definition.

My opinion: Stick to new Blu releases only ... or releases of old films with some sort of indication on the box that the film has been remastered for high-definition.

So, keep your original DVD copy and spend your money on something else.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great Concept, Poorly Executed June 18, 2002
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The idea of aliens sending DNA to earth, ostensibly as a good will gesture, but actually as a "stealth" attack is a good one. The idea that this DNA would be hybridized with that of humans to create a hybrid species which would colonize earth is also a good one. It is certainly a good idea to have Natasha Hentridge play the alien "breeder". This is exactly the way you would want the creature to look.
Unfortunately, good initial ideas don't always result in a good movie. The script is horrible, the acting stilted, and even the special effects aren't all they should be. One of the biggest problems with the film is the scientists are made far too stupid. Example: One of them says "We made it a female because females are easier to control." Just like the black widow spider! Another example: The Alfred Molina character knows the creature is disguised as a gorgeous blonde. He then meets her and decides to have sex with her, anyway. Ben Kingsley's performance is certainly the low point of his career, although he didn't have much to work with.
And yes, Natasha looks great naked, but that's not enough to carry the movie. In less clumsy hands, this film might have become a classic of science fiction. As it turned out, it is a second rate thriller.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good Sci-Fi
Published 10 days ago by brian aklestad
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Nice FX.
Published 15 days ago by DannyBoy
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I have not watched it yet it on the DVD shelf some were now we will find them someday
Published 1 month ago by Daniel J Lemond
3.0 out of 5 stars Species - Nothing new here! It is an okay movie worth watching one...
This is just an okay movie. But made enough money to sponsor horrible sequels. I could only
watch this one time and one time only. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Robert Pylant
5.0 out of 5 stars She did it again.
Truly a classic Henstridge film.
Published 1 month ago by Charles W. Bonfield
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Decent movie, stories a little jumpy in the editing and acting.
Published 1 month ago by Irvin Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by dgs
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet ensemble, sexy horror.
Mmmmm. Didn't realized that the breaking forth of Natasha Henstridge's unrestrained screen sexuality was attended by Alfred Molina, Forest Whitaker and Ben Kingsley, for Pete's... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Binky Chottorrhśhia
5.0 out of 5 stars Galactic weeds.
I saw this film in a theater back in July of 1995. I liked it; I thought it was goofy and exciting. I've lost track of the number of times I've watched it since. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Einsatz
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank You
got the movie in great condition with no scratches on I and it arrived in great condition and I am enjoying it ever time I watch it
Published 5 months ago by Jessie Wright
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