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arbitrary, but in response to the question of which versions are
in the box, the answers are Species:SE and Species III:Unrated
according to MGM's website.
And there's a 4th/bonus disc not mentioned (as of 09/20/05) in Amazon's summary:
- The Origin featurette
- The Concept featurette
- The Discovery featurette
- Designing a Hybrid featurette
- HR Giger At Work featurette
- Species II: Eve of Destruction featurette
- Species III: Genesis featurette
- Species Alternate Ending
The first move, SPECIES is the best of the group. The cast is excellent actors, all being second leads or the starts buddy. Michael Madsen, a great tuff guy actor, is the government fixer. Forest Whitaker, one of America's best actors, is the empathy. Ben Kingsley, always an excellent performance, feeds Madsen some great one-liners. Natasha Henstridge provides the eye candy as the alien driven to reproduce. For the type of film, this is a five-star movie and great fun.
SPECIES II was released three years later, with Michael Madsen, Marg Helgenberger and Natasha Henstridge, repeating their roles from the first film. The producers continued to cast top quality actors in almost all the roles. The story is a continuation of the first movie with a couple of new twists. The dialog starts to slip and gore is used as a substitute. The special effects are above average, with the ending making the movie. This is a three or four-star film depending on how much you liked the first film.
SPECIES III was released nine years after the first film. While providing a continuation of and ending to the story, the film is a cheap knock off production. The producers stopped using quality character actors and went with inexpensive. The dialog drops badly and the story line has real problems with reality. However, they do answer questions raised in Species II and that makes it worth watching.Read more ›
As for the films, they vary in quality:
Species: Engaging, suspenseful film with top-notch special effects. The 2.35:1 picture is sharp, with solid blacks and very good contrast. The extras are largely forgettable.
Species II: Inferior to its forerunner in every way.
Species III: Enjoyable for the most part, decent story line, crisp picture. There are some nicely shot nude scenes, especially the one with brunette hottie Amelia Cooke sauntering down a hallway in her birthday suit.
Species IV: This final release has a razor-sharp 1.78:1 picture but little else to offer: hardly any action and scant nudity. Nevertheless, it manages to be mildly entertaining, mostly because of Helena Mattson's and Marlene Favela's solid acting and good looks.
In sum, this set is worthwhile only for the sci-fi completist who can get it at a bargain price from a seller with a good return policy (like Amazon), should the discs arrive marred. For everyone else, only Species I and III are worth watching, making this four-movie collection superfluous.
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Species is a decent movie. The 1st one was great, I love the thrill of a chase. 2nd one is okay, sort of like Alien porn. 3rd one was decent. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Richard Latanville
I really like this trilogy. It is an oldie but still a goodie. And who doesn't want to watch Natasha Henstridge!Published 3 months ago by DBZ fangirl
I have liked this series for a long time, was glad to find it when I did.Published 3 months ago by Glenn DeVolder
The movies came in good packaging. The movies are good. Didn't see them for sometime.Published 6 months ago by Rolland C. Linus
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