Species

Species

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Director: Roger Donaldson

Cast: Ben Kingsley, Michael Madsen, Alfred Molina

     
 

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Fine special effects, eclectic casting, and the freeze-frame-worthy, clothing-free debut of a blonde bombshell made this cheesy science fiction/horror hybrid a cut above its B-grade roots. At a top-secret Utah facility headed up by Dr. Xavier Fitch (Ben Kingsley), scientists have created "Sil" (Natasha Henstridge), a half-human, half-alien product of experiments with… See more details below

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Fine special effects, eclectic casting, and the freeze-frame-worthy, clothing-free debut of a blonde bombshell made this cheesy science fiction/horror hybrid a cut above its B-grade roots. At a top-secret Utah facility headed up by Dr. Xavier Fitch (Ben Kingsley), scientists have created "Sil" (Natasha Henstridge), a half-human, half-alien product of experiments with DNA codes obtained from beyond the stars. Unfortunately, Sil has escaped. Her primary objective is to mate, and, with the ability to transform herself into an incredibly powerful alien creature, puny humans can't stop her. So Dr. Fitch calls in a quartet of specialists (Forest Whitaker, Michael Madsen, Marg Helgenberger, and Alfred Molina), to attempt Sil's capture. At the same time, Sil is leaving a trail of mostly male corpses in her hormonal wake. The organic-flavored alien designs for Species were provided by H.R. Giger, the artist responsible for the memorable creatures and spaceships of Alien (1979). When MGM decided to cut the spectacular "train birth" sequence in the interest of budget-trimming, Giger personally financed this $100,000 showcase of his work. Those who look closely will notice that "Young Sil" is played by future Dawson's Creek star Michelle Williams.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/02/2007
UPC:
0027616085344
Original Release:
1995
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:48:00
Sales rank:
48,332

Special Features

Disc 1: ; Commentary by Natasha Henstridge, Michael Madsen & Director Roger Donaldson; Commentary by director, producer and visual and special effects creators; ; Disc 2: ; Engineering Life featurette; HR Giger at Work featurette; The Making of Species: The origin, the concept, the discovery; Designing a Hybrid featurette; Alternate ending; And more!

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ben Kingsley Xavier Fitch
Michael Madsen Preston Lennox
Alfred Molina Dr. Stephen Arden
Forest Whitaker Dan Smithson
Marg Helgenberger Dr. Laura Baker
Natasha Henstridge Adult Sil
Michelle Williams Young Sil
Jordan Lund Aide
Virginia Morris Mother
David Jensen Conductor
Esther Scott Female Conductor
Shirley Prestia Dr. Roth
William Utay Colleague
David Selburg Government Man
Herta Ware Mrs Morris
Lucy Rodriguez Wedding Dress Saleswoman
Gary Bullock Motel Clerk
William Bumiller Bouncer
Caroline Barclay Drunken Girl
Anthony Guidera Robbie
Whip Hubley John Carey
Patricia Belcher Admittance Clerk
Richard Fancy Doctor
Marliese Schneider Abducted Woman
Frank Welker Alien Sil
Don Fischer Aide
Alfred Mouna Actor
Pete Anthony Conductor

Technical Credits
Roger Donaldson Director
Andrzej Bartkowiak Cinematographer
Jellybean Musical Direction/Supervision
Eric Bigas Special Effects
Jay Boekelheide Musical Direction/Supervision
Terry Bowen Camera Operator
Dale Brady Makeup Special Effects
Conrad Buff Editor
Jackie Carr Set Decoration/Design
Charlie Croughwell Stunts
Mick Cukurs Set Decoration/Design
Lanier Edwards Stunts
Mark Egerton Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Donna Evans Stunts
Dennis Feldman Producer,Screenwriter
Andy Gil Stunts
Ron Goodman Camera Operator
Tom Irvin Makeup Special Effects
Jeff Jarvis Special Effects
Tony Jefferson Stunts
Steve Johnson Makeup
Kay Kimler Stunts
Robert Leveen Asst. Director
Timothy Lonsdale Asst. Director
Ray Lykins Stunts
Amanda Mackey-Johnson Casting
Alex Mann Special Effects
Harold Mann Special Effects
Lisa McCullough Stunts
John Muto Production Designer
Kenny Myers Makeup
Suzie Pelissier Asst. Director
Krishna Rao Camera Operator
Gina Angela Ritchie Stunts
Denise Lynne Roberts Stunts
Cathy Sandrich Casting
John-Clay Scott Stunts
Michael Scott Camera Operator
David Streit Executive Producer
Randy Thom Sound/Sound Designer
Joe Tompkins Costumes/Costume Designer
Dan Webster Art Director
Mark Jan Wlodarkiewicz Sound Editor
David Womark Asst. Director
Christopher Young Score Composer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Species: Feature Film
1. Main Titles [3:38]
2. Death Watch [2:33]
3. Runaway [3:23]
4. The Train to Los Angeles [3:57]
5. Metamorphosis [1:44]
6. The Team [2:17]
7. The Killer Cocoon [1:01]
8. Fitch's Monster [5:26]
9. Fully Grown [3:06]
10. The Foreign Girl [3:49]
11. Deadly DNA [5:27]
12. Looking for a Man [4:36]
13. Kiss of Death [6:24]
14. Accident [2:46]
15. Miracle Patient [3:45]
16. Demon Lover [5:42]
17. The Watcher [3:06]
18. Who Am I? [4:23]
19. Alien Encounter [5:58]
20. End of the Job [4:33]
21. Scent of a Woman [4:28]
22. Stephen's New Friend [3:20]
23. It's Started... [2:29]
24. Alien Hunt [2:54]
25. First Blood [2:24]
26. Savage Spawn [5:23]
27. Fire and Water [3:43]
28. The Next Generation/End Titles [5:50]

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