Posted Mon Jan 18, 2016 at 12:00 PM PST by Tom Landy
All three science fiction sequels are headed to Blu-ray in March.
In an early announcement to retailers, Scream Factory will be releasing 'SPECIES II' and 'SPECIES III / SPECIES: The Awakening' double feature on Blu-ray on March 8.
Based on the characters created by Dennis Feldman (Species) and directed by Peter Medak (Rome Is Bleeding), Species II, the sequel to the 1995 science fiction thriller stars Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs), Natasha Henstridge (She Spies), Marg Helgenberger (Under the Dome), Mykelti Williamson (Justified), George Dzundza (Grey’s Anatomy), James Cromwell (American Horror Story) and Justin Lazard (Universal Soldier: The Return). A film by Brad Turner (TV’s 24), SPECIES III features a strong cast of Robin Dunne (Sanctuary), Robert Knepper (Heroes), Amelia Cooke (Alien Agent), J.P. Pitoc (Thank You, Good Night), Michael Warren (Hill Street Blues), Christopher Neame (Dynasty) with special appearance by Natasha Henstridge and introducing Sunny Mabrey (Snakes on a Plane). SPECIES – THE AWAKENING is directed by Nick Lyon (Bullet) and stars Ben Cross (Banshee), Helena Mattsson (American Horror Story), Dominic Keating (Star Trek: Enterprise) and Marlene Favela (For Your Love).
SPECIES II - Having just returned from a mission to Mars, Commander Ross (Justin Lazard) isn't exactly himself. He's slowly becoming a terrifying alien entity with a one-track mind – to procreate with human women!
When countless women suffer gruesome deaths after bearing half-alien offspring, scientist Laura Baker and hired assassin Press Lennox (Michael Madsen) use Eve (Natasha Henstridge, Species), a more tempered alien clone, to find Ross and his virulent brood. But they underestimate Eve's maternal drive, and before long she escapes to mate with Ross in order to create a purer and unstoppable race that could spell doom for mankind.
As time is running out, the ultimate battle takes place in a chilling climax that puts Darwin's theory to the ultimate test... only the strongest species will survive.
Specs have yet to be revealed, but supplements include: NEW From Sil To Eve – an interview with actress Natasha Henstridge; NEW Creature Creations - interviews with creature & special make-up effects creator Steve Johnson, supervising cosmetic designer Leonard MacDonald, transformation supervisor Joel Harlow, and chrysalis effects supervisor William Bryan; NEW Alien Evolutions – an interview with screenwriter Chris Brancato; NEW special effects outtakes & behind-the-scenes footage; Audio Commentary with director Peter Medak; Scenes from the film featuring uncut footage not shown in theatres; Species II: Eve of Destruction featurette; Theatrical Trailer; and Still Gallery – Posters, Lobby cards, behind-the-scenes photos, special effects behind-the-scenes photos and H.R. Giger sketches.
SPECIES III - In the ongoing fight for supremacy between mankind and human-alien hybrids, a fatal weakness among the hybrids has given humans the advantage… until now. When Sara (Sunny Mabrey), the daughter of Eve (Natasha Henstridge, Species), is born, she develops into the most genetically perfect alien form yet! Seeking to repopulate Earth with her kind, this dangerously beautiful femme fatale heeds an overwhelming drive to mate... while a crack military team trails her in an attempt to end the war between the two species forever!
SPECIES – THE AWAKENING - When brilliant college professor Miranda Hollander (Helena Mattsson, American Horror Story) suffers a mysterious blackout and awakens amid the bloody aftermath of a mass slaughter, she turns to her uncle for answers. But when he reveals the shocking truth...that she's only half human, a clone from a hybrid of human and alien DNA, they must flee to Mexico to locate the scientist who created her. Soon they find themselves locked in battle with a horde of rampaging, unstoppable hybrids...and time is running out before Miranda will inevitably surrender to the killer instinct that lurks inside her own body!
Specs haven't been revealed yet, but supplements include: Audio Commentary by director Brad Turner, writer Ben Ripley and actor Robin Dunne; Alien Odyssey; Species III: Genesis; NEW Alien Awakenings – an interview with director Nick Lyon; NEW Miranda’s Memories – an interview with actress Helena Mattson; and Trailer.
You can find the latest specs for 'SPECIES II' and 'SPECIES III / SPECIES: The Awakening' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where they are indexed under March 8.
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