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Species (Special Edition)

3.6 out of 5 stars 192 customer reviews

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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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  • 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:
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  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: January 1, 2004
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (192 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002KPHWE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,051 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Species (Special Edition)" on IMDb

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Format: Blu-ray
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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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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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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Poor SIL (Natasha Henstridge), she's just a gal on the hunt for l-o-v-e. Too bad she's a human / alien hybrid who slaughters more people than a runaway threshing machine! Raised in a glass cage in a top secret facility, SIL found out as a young girl that her creators (led by Ben Kingsley) had scheduled her for termination. So, she promptly escaped, hopped a cargo train, killed a pervert who tried to attack her, hopped a passenger train, killed the ticket-lady, spun herself into a gooey coccoon; and entered adulthood like any other citizen. Now on the loose, SIL is being tracked by a team of scientists (Kingsley, Alfred "Doc Oc" Molina, and Marg "CSI" Helgenberger), an empath (Forest Whitaker), and a government "exterminator" (Michael "Kill Bill" Madsen). SIL does whatever it takes to survive and mate, dispatching many unsuspecting males and females in the process! Henstridge is to SPECIES what Arny is to THE TERMINATOR. She is driven toward a goal and will let nothing stand in her way. Gorey but intelligent, I liked this one a lot. Check it out...
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Man this one is hard to rate, so I'll settle in the middle with 3 stars. The cast is quite respectable, given the material: Ben Kingsley (a Sir, no less), Alfred Molina (162 acting credits so far in his career), Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker (a personal favorite), Marg Helgenberger (her haircut is sooo bad in this), Michael Madsen (what hasn't he been in? 247 acting credits), and of course, Natasha Henstridge as Sil the alienette.

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.
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