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Species - Special Edition DVD (18)



Review: Jack Foley

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES: The Making of Species; Species Design by H.R. Giger; Audio commentary with Natasha Henstridge, Michael Madsen and director Roger Donaldson; Audio commentary with Roger Donaldson, producer Frank Mancuso Jr., special effects exec Richard Edlund and Sil creature creator Steve Johnson; 'Designing A Hybrid' featurette; Species 3 Set Invasion; Alternative ending.

SOFT porn meets the alien genre in this guilty pleasure from director, Roger Donaldson, which made a name for former model-turned-actress, Natasha Henstridge.

She stars as Sil, an attractive, seductive, intelligent extra terrestrial, who could spell doom for the entire human race if her sexual appetite is realised.

Sil is a human/alien hybrid, you see, who escapes from a secret testing facility determined to find a perfect partner to breed with.

Yet, on her trail, are Sir Ben Kingsley's no-nonsense scientist, Xavier Fitch, Michael Madsen's laidback government assassin, Forest Whitaker's 'empath', Alfred Molina's biologist and Marg Helgenberger's anthropologist.

Tracing their prey to Los Angeles, the crew bids to set the perfect trap, before Sil can fulfil her destiny.

In truth, Species probably boasts a far better cast than its schlocky premise deserves - especially since some of the breeding sequences belong in the sort of soft-focus Channel 5 Friday night slots that horny males have come to know and love.

And especially since Donaldson wastes very few opportunities for seeing Henstridge disrobe (never a bad thing!).

But whether it warrants a special edition is ever more debatable.

That it has is no bad thing, I suppose, given that the extras on offer veer from the informative (an interview with Sil's alien creator, HR Giger, of original Alien fame), through the comic (Michael Madsen's commentary), to the downright absurd (Sir Ben taking things a little too seriously).

And the film itself is ideal for braindead Friday/Saturday night viewing, with a beer and popcorn to hand.

It's that sort of adult fun - stupid, but fun, and like I said before, a very guilty pleasure.

Just take care to avoid the sequel - which sucked!

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