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Species (CE)
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10.15.2007 By: Mathew Plale
Species (CE) order
Director:
Roger Donaldson

Actors:
Natasha Henstridge
Ben Kingsley
Michael Madsen

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
When a sexy alien hybrid (Henstridge) escapes from a laboratory, a group of scientists attempt to track her down before she can mate with a human.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I descended, flashlight in hand, through Species for that underlying message served in science-fiction movies. The harmony amongst humanized aliens and Earthlings had come and gone with E.T. and Close Encounters, and certainly Communism was out of the question. Director Roger Donaldson has stumbled upon something new: women are evil, only want a man for mating, and their breasts are (literally) weapons.

And then Natasha Henstridge removes her top…

Our alien is Sil (Henstridge), a sexually frustrated, rapidly aging creation of the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI). She has the body of a supermodel and the face of a Bond girl, on the prowl for the almighty cock. “Where can I find a man?” she asks a motel clerk, which leads her to a hip nightclub crawling with LA’s makeup and hairspray clones.

And then Natasha Henstridge removes her top…

SETI’s crew, whose mission is to capture their creation, is stocked with your genre stereotypes: Xavier (Kingsley), a “science first, questions later” type, Preston (Madsen) and Dr. Baker (Marg Helgenberger), who supply the queasy love story, the lonely Dr. Arden (Stephen Molina), and the world’s least descriptive psychic (Forest Whitaker).

Species, once the plot is in full gear, is mostly just one long chase scene with abrupt nightmare sequences (more resembling an LSD trip), stakeouts, and cheesy one-liners spewed about. But they don’t remind us of the hey-day of science-fiction. It is only the visual effects that make Species tolerable, with all credit to Sil designer HR Giger (who also created the Alien creature).

And then Natasha Henstridge removes her top…

So Species doesn’t spin the Alien Slaughters Humans subgenre, instead beating it into the ground. Gory deaths and terrific special effects make for some fun, but (and I hate to get all Susan B. Anthony on you) the shameful portrait of women and nonsensical ideas cast a monolithic shadow—but not over Natasha Henstridge’s breasts.
THE EXTRAS
Disc One:

Commentary by Natasha Henstridge, Michael Madsen & Director Roger Donaldson: A mildly entertaining track with the trio reminiscing about their time shared during production.

Commentary by Director, Producer and Visual and Special Effects Creators: Here we have a more technical commentary, though a fair amount of information is repeated in the featurettes.

Disc Two:

Engineering Life Featurette (16:48) observes the “What if?” factor that underlines Species. Much of the information is Bio 101 and with my midterm approaching, I just may now get a D+.

HR Giger at Work (12:08) takes us inside the mind and process of the Oscar-winning visual effects wizard. We get a glimpse of Giger behind the scenes working on the creature, as well as explaining his techniques. An interesting piece on the best aspect of the feature.

The Making of Species (49:06): The Origin (9:55) traces the treatment to the pitch to how “deep” the movie is; The Concept (17:49) has cast and crew discussing the merits of Species, with BTS footage and ass-kissing mixed within; The Discovery (21:21) is not that the movie sucks, but that devoting so much time to a young Michelle Williams is a bad idea. A whole lot of time for such little value.

Designing a Hybrid (15:49) focuses on the creature(s), effects, and the difficulties with shooting motion-capture. Interesting little watch.

The Alternate Ending (2:20) has Michael Madsen and Marg Helgenberger enjoying vanilla ice cream.

There’s also the Original Theatrical Trailer, a Sneak Peek at Species 4 (how do they keep being greenlit?!), and Project Sil Image Files (Photo Gallery).
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I'm not sure why Species deserved the Collector's Edition treatment, but here it is. Not a very insightful sci-fi flick (am I the only one who expects this anymore?), but has occasional fun and scares. The features, on a similar hand, are quantity over quality.
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