A secret government extra terrestrial project goes terribly
wrong when a beautiful human/alien hybrid, known as Sil, escapes
from observation. Government agent Xavier Fitch panics and
despatches a government assassin, an "Empath", an anthropologist
and a biologist to hunt her down and destroy Sil. The team
soon track her to LA and realise to their horror that she's
planning to mate with unsuspecting men to produce alien offspring.
With Sil on her deadly rampage, time is fast running out for
Fitch and his team to catch their prey - the fate of humanity
hangs in the balance...
Species! The movie, that saw the lovely Natasha
Henstridge's first cinematic appearance. Who cared
about the plot, the story or the ground breaking (at
the time) special
effects when you had lots of lovely scenes with Ms Henstridge?
ten years on and the special effects may look dated, but Henstridge
is still as angelic looking as I remember - the face of an
angel, but the body of a demon.
movie still stands up as an entertaining romp, despite its
many flaws. Michael
Madsen is still as wooden as I remember, but it was great
to see Marg
Helgenberger (lately of CSI fame) appear in an early
role. Does the woman age? She looks just as attractive in
CSI as she did here.
extras are pretty impressive. There is a cracking DTS surround
soundtrack as well as two audio commentaries to choose from.
On one of these Michael
Madsen reveals that his eight year old son can't watch the
movie because he's very scared of it... that's why it's an
18 certificate, Michael.
include the making of Species - interviews with cast
and crew; the origin; the concept; the discovery; Species
design by HR Giger: Interviews with HR Giger; audio commentary
- with Natasha Henstridge, Michael Madsen, and Director Roger
Donaldson; audio commentary - with Director Roger Donaldson,
Producer Frank Mancuso Jr., Special Effects Exec Richard Edlund,
and Steve Johnson (Sil creature creator); Designing a hybrid
- featurette; Species III set invasion - Teaser for
Species III; alternative ending - set to score from
the film; choice of Dolby 5.1 or DTS soundtrack.
of the extras are pretty run of the mill. The Giger feature
was interesting. It shows the man himself at work constructing
the alien train which is shown briefly in the movie. Also,
the alternate ending was interesting, although it's easy to
see why it was left out of the final cut.
not entirely convinced that this collection warrants two discs...
The additional features would have easily squeezed on to the
main disc - although it could be that the DTS track took up
sufficient space. I'm not really sure how these things work.
All I know is that there are plenty of single disc releases
that have a lot more features included.
collection is worth buying for your collection - the DTS track
and the Giger featurette alone are probably worth the asking
price. Just don't be surprised if the effects are not as cutting
edge as you remember? Oh, who am I kidding? The main reason
to buy this is to see Henstridge in her birthday suit.
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