Species [Collector's Edition] [Blu-ray]
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Charged with pulse-pounding suspense, ingenious special effects from Richard Edlund and a first-rate cast including Ben Kingsley, Michael Madsen, Alfred Molina, Forest Whitaker, Marg Helgenberger and introducing Natasha Henstridge, Species is an adrenaline-charged thrill-ride youll never forget.
When a beautiful human-alien hybrid (Henstridge) escapes from observation, scientist Xavier Fitch (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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The biggest mystery is how they EVER got Ben Kingsley involved in what is ultimately a cookie-cutter role as the team leader who tracks the alien down.
"Species" probably isn't one of Forest Whittaker's proudest moments either, although he does a competent turn as the psychic and "empath" who can read the alien's mind and sometimes anticipate her moves.
Bottom line: If you like women, Henstridge in the starring role is worth the price of admission by herself. She's almost as beautiful as Grace Kelly in "Rear Window" and every bit as sexy as Elisha Cuthbert in "Girl Next Door," even during the approximately half of Natasha's screen time where the script calls for her to have her clothes on (hint, hint). Richly deserves the "R" rating.
Hey, they don't ALL have to be Shakespeare, right?
The script, music, and general vibe are distinctly 1990s, but if you can get past that then there's some okay material underneath. Generally poor dialogue with flat humor, but somebody wasn't asleep at the wheel: attention to detail made the difference between a mediocre film and an unwatchable one. For example, the young Sil (who had no concept of human culture) in a 3-second scene of a man trying not to fall off a bucking bronc at a rodeo and her laughing about it (you often don't realize how ridiculous something is until you see it through the eyes of an alien), and her biting into a banana with the skin still on (matters because it tells us what looks like a little girl is not!) Also of note is how Sil learns about human culture through television commercials, which when you think about it is downright terrifying given her intent (and at once a serious indictment of our own species).
A few nice gory scenes if that's your thing (Sil's literal kiss of death was given to a worthy recipient), but I was in it for the sci-fi, which is unfortunately devoid of science other than a brief discussion of DNA base pairs. The whole searching for a mate trope seems like a stupid idea to build an alien movie around, but I can't be the only one who feels the writers were making some poignant statements about human dating culture through it. And let's not forget to mention the elephant in the room: Natasha Henstridge spends so much of the movie topless that it feels strange when she puts a shirt on.
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I can't imagine the DVD would look much worse than the Species Blu-ray transfer, but apparently the top review for this item states the Blu-ray is "much better." Unless the price is nearly equivalent, though, I say don't buy the Blu-ray in hopes of superior visuals. Here's the Extras / Bonus Features:
2 Audio Commentaries:
🎬 Director Roger Donaldson
🎬 Producer Frank Mancuso Jr.
🎬 Visual Effects Supervisor Richard Edlund
🎬 Creative & Special Make-Up Effects Creator Steve Johnson
Fans of the film will love this commentary because it covers so many aspects of the flick.
🎥 Director Roger Donaldson
🎥 Actor Michael Madsen
🎥 Actress Natasha Henstridge
If you don't like the other track, then you may like the different tone of this one.
Featurettes: Designing a Hybrid (15:48), H.G. Giger at Work (12:07)