species
When a beautiful human-alien hybrid (Henstridge) escapes from observation, scientist Xavier Fitch (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!

speciesbluStudio: Shout! Factory
Year: 2017
Release Date: July 11, 2017
Run time: 90 minutes
Rating: R

Audio: DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Disc Spec: 2 BD
Region: 1

A young part human/part alien by the name of Sil (Michelle Williams) is nearly killed by Xavier Finch (Oscar-Winner Ben Kingsley). Finch is a scientist, who feels the hybrid is too dangerous for the human race. But Sil escapes from her observation room. Finch decides to hire an crew of different experts (Michael Madsen, Oscar-Winner Forest Whitaker, Marg Helgenberger and Alfred Molina) to find her. But Sil has truly changed from a alien cocoon to being an highly attractive seductive young woman (Natasha Henstridge). Sil’s goal is to mate unsuspected men and produce offspring that could destroy mankind. Now Finch and his team are in desperate times to find her and destroy her before it is too late.

Directed by Roger Donaldson (The Recruit, Sleeping Dogs, Smash Palace) made an entertaining, ambitious, science-fiction/horror/action/thriller. The cast seems to be having an great time expect for Kingsley, who seems… he taken his role way too seriously and he is stuck with the worse kind of dialogue since the unintentionally funny Tobe Hooper’s film “Lifeforce”. Which “Species” is occasionally dumb, when it is intentionally. But the highlight is Henstridge and of course, H.R. Giger (Alien). Despite mixed reviews, “Species” was an box office success and later… three sequels were produced.

Movie Quality: 8/10

Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in AVC 1080p with a 2.35:1 aspect ratio. I have seen this movie across many formats and countless times that I have lost count. Overall this is a very solid transfer with many little improvements from the previous Blu-ray release which was a double feature and a stand alone. Colors tend to be soft yet they fit with the atmosphere. Where this film really shines with the Blu-ray release has to do with the details. I felt like the previous Blu-ray release was missing certain details that come through very well with this print. Black levels hold up very well providing some nice blacks since this is a very dark film as it takes place throughout the night. Fans of ‘Species’ will not be disappointed the slightest considering that this film was even released on Blu-ray.
Print Quality: 9/10

The audio is presented in a DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix. The soundfield here receives an upgraded mix that helps expand the audio in a very dynamic way. This is a very clean presentation providing a lot of panning from speaker to speaker with a lot of sound effects. While all of the chaos is going on with Natasha taking down her victims, the dialogue is handled very well here. Dialogue is clear with no issues to report.
Print Quality: 9/10

Special Features

  • Audio Commentary with Natasha Henstridge, Michael Madsen and director Roger Donaldson
  • Audio Commentary with director Roger Donaldson, make-up effects creator Steve Johnson, visual effects supervisor Richard Edlund and producer Frank Mancuso Jr.
  • Afterbirth: The Evolution of SPECIES featuring interviews with director Roger Donaldson, cinematographer Andzej Bartkowiak, production designer John Muto, composer Christopher Young, creature designer Steve Johnson, chrysalis supervisor Billy Bryan and “Sil” creature supervisor Norman Cabrera
  • From Sil To Eve – an interview with actress Natasha Henstridge
  • Engineering Life
  • HR Giger At Work
  • The Making Of Species: The Origin, The Concept, The Discovery
  • Designing A Hybrid
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Alternate Ending
  • Photo Galleries (Production Design, Creature Designs, Film Stills, Behind the Scenes photos, posters and lobby cards)

Special Features: 9/10

Final Thoughts

Species is a fun, rather low budget, exploitative science fiction horror movie along the lines of Life Force, with a fairly straightforward plot,  some interesting special effects and a bit of gore. A couple of well known actors such as Ben Kingsley and Forest Whitaker are in this and perform well. Natasha Henstridge is beautiful and does well enough as the human-alien hybrid.
Overall Rating: 8/10