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Species III
Genre: Science Fiction

Reviewed In Issue 91 (Dec 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

Robin Dunne, Robert Knepper, Amelia Cooke, J.P. Pitoc, Michael Warren, Christopher Neame, Natasha Henstridge & Sunny Mabrey

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
This 112-minute Unrated Edition includes include commentary by director Brad Turner, producer David Dwiggins, and writer Ben Ripley; an Alien Odyssey selection that includes four featurettes (Evolution, 14-minutes; Species DNA, six-minutes; Alien Technology, six-minutes; and a 10 minute look at creature design in Intelligent Lifeforms); a behind-the-scenes still gallery; the theatrical trailer; and bonus trailers. There is also a four-minute semi-hidden easter egg that takes a look at special effects.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): MGM Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 1007947
(MPAA Rating): Unrated
(Rating Reason):

Violence/Gore, Sexual Content and Some Language
(Retail Price): $25.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 112
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2004
(Theatrical Release): No
(Direct-To-Video Release): Yes
(DVD Release Date): 12/7/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Brad Turner
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
It all began when a beautiful alien lifeform was unleashed into the world, and now the alien's lovely daughter Eve (Henstridge) is more determined than ever to take over the earth. Will she finally succeed in "Species III" or are we destined to more fun in another installment? (Tricia Littrell)

DVD Picture:
The 1.78:1 DVD picture has a somewhat undersaturated appearance with somewhat of a hazy filtered look causing milky blacks. While sometimes colors can appear generally well-saturated, hues seem a bit mundane. The picture also has a gritty texture that is a bit lacking in natural openness and clarity. Sharpness and detail are satisfying, though some smearing is noticed (but this comment is not referring to the

With most of the audio information across the front three screen channels, surrounds are only used to create a more ambient feeling, which for the most part succeeds in this regard. Voices sound veiled and muted, but are generally natural sounding, using the front left and right channels to match the voices to their settings. Imaging is fantastic, with good use of each of the channel-to-channel vectors. The entire soundtrack is extremely weak in the low end, with hardly any use of the LFE channel. (Danny Richelieu)