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On March 8th, Scream Factory will offer fans of the Species franchise a treat with their Blu-ray release of Species II and the double feature high-def debut of Species III and Species: The Awakening:

Press Release: The first SPECIES movie offers a terrifying look at an experiment combining human and alien DNA. The result proves more dangerous and terrifying than anyone could have ever imagined. The ongoing fight for supremacy between mankind and human-alien hybrids continued in three subsequent feature films.  Fans of widely popular SPECIES movies rejoice as the long-awaited Blu-ray™ editions of SPECIES II and Double Feature Presentation of SPECIES III & SPECIES – THE AWAKENING Uncut and Unrated hit home entertainment shelves everywhere on March 8, 2016 from SCREAM FACTORY™.

Based on the characters created by Dennis Feldman (Species) and directed by Peter Medak (Rome Is Bleeding), SPECIESII, 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).

These highly sought-after cult sci-fi terror classics debut for the first time on Blu-ray.  A must-have for collectors, sci-fi horror enthusiasts and loyal fans to complete their movie library, SPECIES II and SPECIES III / SPECIESTHE AWAKENING double feature are available for pre-order now. ** Avid fans and collectors please take note: those who order directly from ShoutFactory.com and get it shipped two weeks early.

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.

METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER presents An FGM ENTERTAINMENT Production A PETER MEDAK Film “SPECIES II”

MICHAEL MADSEN NATASHA HENSTRIDGE MARG HELGENBERGER MYKELTI WILLIAMSON

GEORGE DZUNDZA JAMES CROMWELL and JUSTIN LAZARD

Music by EDWARD SHEARMUR Creature and Special Makeup Effects Created by STEVE JOHNSON’S XFX, INC.

Original Species Design by H.R. GIGER Edited by RICHARD NORD Production Designed by MILJEN KREKA KLJAKOVIC

Director of Photography MATTHEW F. LEONETTI, ASC Based on characters created by DENNIS FELDMAN

Line Producer VIKKI WILLIAMS Executive Producer DENNIS FELDMAN Produced by FRANK MANCUSO, JR.

Written by CHRIS BRANCATO Directed by PETER MEDAK

Bonus Features for SPECIES II Blu-ray Edition

  • NEWFrom Sil To Eve – an interview with actress Natasha Henstridge
  • NEWCreature 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
  • Still Gallery – Posters, Lobby cards, behind-the-scenes photos, special effects behind-the-scenes photos and H.R. Giger sketches

SPECIES III/ SPECIES: THE AWAKENING Double Feature

A Double-Dose Of Sci-Fi Terror, Uncut And Unrated!

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!

METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER Presents

“SPECIES III”

ROBIN DUNNE ROBERT KNEPPER AMELIA COOKE J.P. PITOC MICHAEL WARREN CHISTOPHER NEAME

Special Appearance by NATASHA HENSTRIDGE and Introducing SUNNY MABREY

Music by ELIA CMIRAL Edited by JAMES COBLENTZ Production Designer CAMERON BIRNIE

Director of Photography CHRISTIAN SEBALDT Executive Producer FRANK MANCUSO JR. Produced by DAVID DWIGGINS

Based on characters created by DENNIS FELDMAN

Written by BEN RIPLEY Directed by BRAD TURNER

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!

METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER and 360 PICTURES Presents

“SPECIES – THE AWAKENING”

BEN CROSS HELENA MATTSSON DOMINIC KEATING MARLENE FAVELA

Costume Designer ADELA CORTÁZAR Music by KEVIN HASKINS and PAUL CRISTO Edited by ROBERT KOMATSU

Production Designer CECILIA MONTIEL Director of Photography JAIME REYNOSO AMC Co-Producer AARON MAZZOLINI

Executive Producer JOHNNY O. LOPEZ Produced by FRANK MANCUSO JR. LORENZO O’BRIEN

Based on Characters created by DENNIS FELDMAN Written by BEN RIPLEY Directed by NICK LYON

Bonus Features for SPECIES III/ SPECIES - THE AWAKENING Double Feature

SPECIES III:

  • Audio Commentary by director Brad Turner, writer Ben Ripley and actor Robin Dunne
  • Alien Odyssey: Evolution
  • Alien Odyssey: Species DNA- Production Design
  • Alien Odyssey: Alien Technology
  • Alien Odyssey: Intelligent Lifeforms – Creature Design
  • Species III: Genesis
  • Trailer

SPECIES: THE AWAKENING:

  • NEW Alien Awakenings – an interview with director Nick Lyon
  • NEW Miranda’s Memories – an interview with actress Helena Mattson

Shout! Factory will continue to present the on-going SCREAM FACTORY™ home entertainment series in 2016 with specific release dates, extras and key art.  Meanwhile, fans  are encouraged to visit the Scream Factory main website (www.screamfactorydvd.com), follow them on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ScreamFactoryDVD) and Twitter (www.Twitter.com/@Scream_Factory) or to view exclusive video content on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/user/ScreamFactoryTV/Home 

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Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform media company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s DVD and Blu-Ray™ offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials in lavish packages crammed with extras.  Shout’s audio division boasts GRAMMY®-nominated box sets, Broadway cast albums, new releases from storied artists, lovingly assembled album reissues and indispensable “best of” compilations.  In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast digital distribution network which delivers video and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America.  Shout! Factory also owns and operates Westchester Films, Inc., Timeless Media Group, Biograph Records, Majordomo Records, HighTone Records and Video Time Machine. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention.  Shout! Factory is based in Santa Monica, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visitshoutfactory.com

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Derek Anderson
About the Author - Derek Anderson

Raised on a steady diet of R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books and Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Derek has been fascinated with fear since he first saw ForeverWare being used on an episode of Eerie, Indiana.

When he’s not writing about horror as the Senior News Reporter for Daily Dead, Derek can be found daydreaming about the Santa Carla Boardwalk from The Lost Boys or reading Stephen King and Brian Keene novels.

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