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Species: The Awakening

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  • SyFy TV-Version
  • Unrated
Release: Mar 28, 2011 - Author: Jason - Translator: Tony Montana - external link: IMDB
The Species Franchise didn't start pretty witty from its beginning in 1995. It had to deal with cranky actors like Michael Madsen in first two movies but with its solid handmade SFX, it was at least kind of entertaining. Furthermore movies that show all "advantages" of Natasha Henstridge as sexy killer can't be totally wrong. Unfortunately the second sequel was a lousy dtv production. Thank god the US station SyFy (former Sci-Fi Channel) delivered a more high-grade third sequel as "SyFy Original Movie" (usually reserved for below-average animal horror and disaster movies). The plot is almost as original as a x-mas tree for X-mas but at least the production was reasonable and it has an acceptable leading actor, Ben Cross, who is familiar with that genre. But the good impression clouded by lousy CG SFX and the non-existing acting skills of Alien Lady Helena Mattson (whereas the last issue gets compensated by the presentation of her "advantages", as mentioned before.

For the boradcast on SyFy Channel, only a reasonable amount of violent scenes were put in Species IV - The Awakening. Moreover there mustn't be any explicit nudity scenes and no bad language either, which is quite unsuitable with this franchise. As a result of that, almost anything was modified / censored: apart from some tightened plot for commercials, many scenes were shortened, contained alternate, more harmless footage plus digital image and dialog modifications. Nevertheless the shorter version was edited with care - as usual. It's pretty nice to watch even though a lot of visual appeal is missing.


93 differences in total
in detail:

- 34 cuts due to censorship = 3 min 12 sec
- 8 tightened plot scenes = 3 min 47 sec
- 19 alternate shots (Unrated Version 7 sec longer in total)
- 16 censored images
- 15 censored dialogs
- 1 order change of the scenes
5:28
Censored image
Miranda s lying on the ground. In the SyFy TV-Version, her but is blurred
no difference

SyFy TV-Version:Unrated DVD:



5:39
Censored image
The shot of Miranda's boobs from a closer angle has been digitally modified.
no difference

SyFy TV-Version:Unrated DVD:



9:05
Order change of the scenes
Now of the shot of Tom Hallander arriving at the hospital by car, getting out of his car and running inside in the Unrated Version. The scene is also in the SyFy TV-Vesion, but later (after the Miranda alien attacked the escaping nurse, see 9:35 Min).
no difference

9:35
Censored image
The Miranda alien bores the tongue into the nurse's back of the head. The tip of the tongue extravasates through her right eye, pretty bloody shot. After a short moment, the Miranda alien extracts the tongue and the dead nurse drops out of the image.
The SyFy TV-Version contains the original shot without CGI modification so that the gore scene made with cg is missing.
no difference

SyFy TV-Version:Unrated DVD:



9:39
Censorship
Missing tracking shot of the dead nurse lying in a pool of blood. Tom is earlier in the hallway at the hospital while the staff is fleeing. Then a further shot of the dead nurse.
(The SyFy TV-Version contains a shot of Tom's arrival in front of the hospital, see 9:05 Min).
9 sec



9:54
Censorship
Tom approaches the nurse's body and retreats disgustedly after he took a peek at her. Then the camera tracks away from her. The SyFy TV-Version starts when she's not in the image anymore.
13 sec



10:09
Censorship
Another missing shot of the body.
0.5 sec



10:13
Censorship
Same here.
1 sec



10:20
Censorship
A few missing frames of the shot of the dead doc.
a few frames



10:22
Censorship
Missing tracking shot of the hallway. At first another shot of the dead nurse in a pool of blood.
2 sec



10:38
Censored image
Miranda's breasts are blurred.
no difference

SyFy TV-Version:Unrated DVD:



10:42
Censored image
Same here (though there's not much to see anyway).
no difference

SyFy TV-Version:Unrated DVD:



10:44
Censored image
The same in the following shot from a further distance.
no difference

SyFy TV-Version:Unrated DVD:



11:08
Censored image
During the tracking shot of Miranda's body, the thoracic region in the left corner on the topof the image are blurred.
no difference

SyFy TV-Version:Unrated DVD:



14:41
Tightened plot
The commercials get abused to tighten the plot: Tom gets out of the car and takes a couple of steps. Miranda looks at him, gets out of the car as well and follows him.
29 sec



23:00
Tightened plot
And again some missing plot scenes due to the commercials. This time some shots of the city in the morning are missing. Tom prepares an injection with human hormones at the hotel. Then he dresses up to go out looking for Forbes. He also tells Miranda to inject the hormones as sson as she realizes her condition changes. Then he leaves.
60 sec



31:28
Censorship
Additional shot of the burning Hybrid alien from the distance plus a missing shot of Tom.
3.5 sec



32:13
Censored dialog
During Fisk's statement "Hold your goddamn horses, I said I'm coming!", the audio track is silent when he says "goddamn".
no difference



32:29
Censored dialog
The beginning of tom's dialog is censored in the SyFy TV-Version.
SyFy TV: "Shut up!"
Unrated: "Goddamn you!"
no difference



32:32
Censored dialog
Tom's next line has also been modified.
SyFy TV: "...you son of a witch!"
Unrated: "...you son of a bitch!"
no difference



33:16
Tightened plot
The plot after the commercials is tightened: Tom & Miranda arrive in front of the storehouse and get out of the car. Tom says he'd bed the Cowboy had screwed with them again.
10 sec



33:54
Tightened plot
Extended shot of Tom & Miranda, he also looks at her. Then a shot of Miranda. She's headed to the door, touches the electric lock and by using her skills, she "reads" the digits and types them in.
23 sec



34:43
Censorship
Missing intercut to Forbes & Azura making love.
2.5 sec



34:49
Censorship
Same here.
6 sec



34:57
Censorship
Azura keeps riding on Forbes and hits him twice. Strangely enough he seems to like it.
7 sec



35:08
Censorship
The first frames of the following shot of Forbes & Azura are missing. She bobs up and down on him.
a few frames



35:11
Alternate shot / censored dialog
Two birds with one stone: on the one hand, the SyFy TV-Version sticks with the distance shot of Tom & Miranda. On the other hand, the Unrated Version cuts to Forbes & bare-breasted Azura while he's getting up. Furthermore Forbes' cry of astonishment has been modified.
SyFy TV: "Holy snake!"
Unrated: "Holy shit!"
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SyFy TV-Version:Unrated DVD:



35:14
Censorship
The shot of Forbes on the way from bed to stairs starts earlier.
2.5 sec



35:54
Alternate shot
The SyFy TV-Version sticks with Forbes, who's turning around now. The Unrated Version contains an intercut to Azura putting on a fur coat.
no difference

SyFy TV-Version:Unrated DVD:



36:08
Alternate shot
Different shot of Azura. In the Unrated Version, she shows more skin.
no difference

SyFy TV-Version:Unrated DVD:



36:13
Censorship
Slightly extended shot of Azura walking down the stairs including a boob shot.
1 sec



37:53
Censored dialog
Forbes laconic comment has been modified.
SyFy TV: "Oh, no kidding."
Unrated: "Oh, no shit."
no difference



38:30
Censored dialog
Another modified comment of Forbes.
SyFy TV: "I mean, come on..."
Unrated: "For christs sake..."
no difference



48:50
Tightened plot
Extended shot of Tom sitting desperately in his car. Suddenly he recognizes a woman walking down the street. He gets out of the car and follows her to a building in which she goes in. Tom pauses for a sec before he follows her.
55 sec



52:27
Censored dialog
The mugger swears differently.
SyFy TV: "Turn around, pig!"
Unrated: "Turn around, prick!"
no difference



52:27
Censored dialog
Same here.
SyFy TV: "You pig!"
Unrated: "You prick!"
no difference



52:40
Censored dialog
Ditto.
SyFy TV: "One in the leg, or two in the rear?"
Unrated: "One in the leg, or two in the ass?"
no difference



53:00
Tightened plot
And another tightened plot due to commercials: Tom & Azura carry the dizzy woman out of the club. He tries to persuade her sthat he's pretty loaded and that the two of them are going to bring her home now. Cut to Forbes' hideout. They're dragging the struggling woman across a hallway until Azura finally punches her just in her face. She enters the digits to unlock the door and says to the woman she was going to be "harvested". Then a shot of desperate Tom.
29 sec



54:26
Censored image
Miranda's boobs are blurred again.
no difference

SyFy TV-Version:Unrated DVD:



54:38
Censorship
The beginning of the tracking shot over Miranda's nude chest is missing.
1 sec



55:29
Censored image
And again: the boobs are blurred. Bummer! :-)
no difference

SyFy TV-Version:Unrated DVD:



55:49
Censorship
Now the beginning of the tracking shot of Miranda's boobs is missing for a change.
1 sec



56:16
Censorship
Miranda's reincarnation: she drops out of the cocoon nakedly but that's missing in the SyFy TV-Version, which contains a shot of terrified Tom instead. That scene is also in the Unrated Version, but later. The Unrated Version also contains the sound of Miranda hitting the ground (length of the intercut has been subtracted from the entire length of the cut scene).
13 sec



56:31
Censored image
Miranda's "bare facts" are blurred again.
[Fettno difference

SyFy TV-Version:Unrated DVD:



56:32
Censorship
The following scene is missing. Miranda gets up and looks around. Then the mentioned intercut to Tom, which has been used as a replacement at 56:16 Min (running time subtracted from the entire length of the cut scene).
8 sec



56:49
Censorship
Forbes sits nude Miranda up plus she reaches for him earlier.
1.5 sec



56:50
Alternate shot
In the SyFy TV-Version, Miranda tosses Forbes in the direction of the glass without interruption and without showing her boobs. The Unrated Version contains two scenes instead plus the Unrated shows her boobs, as usual.
no difference

SyFy TV-Version:Unrated DVD:



56:59
Alternate shot
The SyFy TV-Version only shows a closer shot of Miranda, then the camera pans to Tom. The Unrated Version contains an additional shot of Forbes on the ground. Then the camera tracks up and shows a distance shot of Miranda, some nudity included. Only here she looks panicly around for a sec. Moreover the camera doesn't pan to Tom, a rough cut to the next follows instead.
The Unrated Version is slightly longer.
0.5 sec

SyFy TV-Version:Unrated DVD:



57:03
Censorship
Further shot of Miranda being confused. The ccamera pans to Tom, who still tries to calm her down (the dialog of that shot has been combined with the following shot of Forbes in the SyFy TV-Version).
3.5 sec



57:09
Censorship
Now a zoomed, alternate shot of the last scene of Miranda & Tom in the lab. Tom just put his arm around the confused woman.
In the Unrated Version, he almost hesitates to get her hand, then he leads her out of the room slowly.
The Unrated Version is longer.
3 sec

SyFy TV-Version:Unrated DVD:



59:10
Censored dialog
Modified comment of Miranda's.
SyFy TV: "Have this girl here."
Unrated: "Fuck this girl here."
no difference



59:36
Censored dialog
Same here.
SyFy TV: "Let me have her."
Unrated: "Let me fuck her."
no difference



1:00:10
Censored image
Miranda's breasts again.
no difference

SyFy TV-Version:Unrated DVD:



1:01:19
Censored dialog
Another removed F-Bomb.
SyFy TV: "Fine. Forget you then."
Unrated: "Fine. Fuck you then."
no difference



1:02:14
Censored dialog
The expression "For gods sake!" by Forbes has been deleted from the audio track in the SyFy TV-Version.
no difference



1:03:02
Censored dialog
Forbes' comment is censored.
SyFy TV: "Actually it's a freaking alien facsimile."
Unrated: "Actually it's a fucking alien facsimile."
no difference



1:04:36
Tightened plot
Tightened plot due to the commercials: Forbes calls after Tom that he was going to commit suicide. He runs outside unwaveringly and calls Miranda's name. Cut to an exterior shot of the hotel.
18 sec



1:05:25
Alternate shot
Different order of the scenes with hotelier and Miranda saying "I think so." in either of the versions. In the SyFy TV-Version, she removes the strap of her bra while saying that.
no difference

1:05:28
Censorship
Alternate shot from a further distance when Miranda takes off her bra.
4 sec



1:05:34
Censorship
The shot begins earlier and with a tracking shot over Miranda's nude body.
3 sec



1:05:41
Censorship
A shot of Mitanda from further distance is missing (her dialog is audible during the following shot of the hotelier in the SyFy TV-Version).
4 sec



1:05:47
Alternate shot
To make the order of the scenes suitable, the SyFy TV-Version contains a shot of Miranda while the Unrated Version shows the hotelier.
no difference

SyFy TV-Version:Unrated DVD:



1:06:00
Alternate shot
Heavily zoomed and slightly alternate shot of topless Miranda.
no difference

SyFy TV-Version:Unrated DVD:



1:06:01
Alternate shot
Same here. Miranda slightly leans to the hotelier.
no difference

SyFy TV-Version:Unrated DVD:



1:06:17
Censorship
Miranda removes her tongue from the hotelier's head. Blood splatters.
1 sec



1:10:48
Censored dialog
The word "Bitch!" at the end of the sentence has been deleted from the audio track.
no difference



1:13:49
Censorship / Alternate shot
The SyFy TV-Version only contains a short, steady shot of Miranda getting rid of her dress off the screen. (4 sec).
In the Unrated Version, the camera tracks down to her nude chest. There are also two more shots: she gets completely undressed until she stands totally naked in front of Forbes. (9 sec).
5 sec

SyFy TV-Version:Unrated DVD:



1:14:02
Censorship / Alternate shot
In the SyFy TV-Version, Miranda goes to Forbes and touches his face in a closer shot from the front. (3 sec)
The Unrated Version contains a shot in profile and from further distance. She says "You wanted to fuck me since the moment we met." Meanwhile she walks up to him and touches his face as well. Moreover the Unrated contains an additional off-center shot. (11 sec).
8 sec

SyFy TV-Version:Unrated DVD:



1:14:15
Tightened plot
A missing shot of Miranda plus one missing shot of Forbes.
3 sec



14:54
Alternate shot(s)
Miranda circles Forbes once and takes off his jacket and shirt. This happens in several close-ups in the SyFy TV-Version while the Unrated Version contains shots from further distance that allow the audience to take a peek at Miranda being naked one more time.
no difference

SyFy TV-Version:Unrated DVD:



1:15:20
Censorship
Completely missing: Miranda slowly slides down Forbes' body. She opens his pants and takes them off. Then Miranda comes up again.
19 sec



1:15:39
Alternate shot
Miranda pushes Forbes in the pile of cabels. The scene is zoomed & slightly alternate in the SyFy TV-Version to hide Miranda's naked body.
no difference

SyFy TV-Version:Unrated DVD:



1:15:42
Censorship
The subsequent sex scene with Miranda & Forbes is completely missing.
46 sec



1:16:35
Alternate shot
The SyFy TV-Version contains a close-up of Forbes, the Unrated Version a sideway shot of Miranda alien sitting on Forbes.
no difference

SyFy TV-Version:Unrated DVD:



1:17:07
Censorship
Missing close-up of Miranda alien's puss.
3 sec



1:17:10
Alternate shot
The following shot of Miranda alien on top of Forbes' body is zoomed in the SyFy TV-Version.
no difference

SyFy TV-Version:Unrated DVD:



1:18:38
Censored image
Again Miranda's chest. What else?
no difference

SyFy TV-Version:Unrated DVD:



1:22:45
Censorship
A shot Miranda alien from the front is missing. She rises up on the stretcher.
2 sec



1:23:51
Censorship
An additional sideway shot of nude Azura is missing.
2 sec



1:23:54
Alternate shot
The shot of Azura is zoomed and steady in the SyFy TV-Version but from a further distance in the Unrated Version. Furthermore the camera circles around Azura.
The Unrated Version is slightly longer.
0.5 sec

SyFy TV-Version:Unrated DVD:



1:24:04
Alternate shot
Different shots of Azura in either of the versions, the Unrated Version is more explicit.
no difference

SyFy TV-Version:Unrated DVD:



1:24:14
Censored image
The images of the entire fight of the two alien hybrids are much darker in the SyFy TV-Version, mainly to avoid to show the creatures' breasts explicitely (in that case summarized as one censored scene).
no difference

1:25:29
Censored image
Azura alien's chest is blurred.
no difference

SyFy TV-Version:Unrated DVD:



1:26:41
Censorship
The beginning of the slow motion front shot of the Azura alien is missing.
4 sec



1:26:45
Censored image
Additional to the darker images in the SyFy TV-Version, Azura's re-transformation during the fall / impact is blurred.
no difference

SyFy TV-Version:Unrated DVD:



1:26:53
Alternate shot
Zommed alternate shot of dead Azura in the SyFy TV-Version. The Unrated Version contains a more explicit shot from further distance (the Unrated Version is slightly longer).
2 sec

SyFy TV-Version:Unrated DVD:



1:27:09
Censorship
Additional tracking shot over Azura's dead body.
7 sec



1:27:20
Censored image
Azura's body has been digitally modified.
no difference

SyFy TV-Version:Unrated DVD:



1:27:22
Censorship
Additional shot of Tom aiming into deep, at Azura's body.
4.5 sec



1:28:42
Alternate shot
In the SyFy TV-Version, the camera angle remains unchanged. Then it pans to Miranda's face while Tom is getting up in the background (5 sec).
The Unrated Version contains a much more explicit shot from further distance (9 sec).
4 sec

SyFy TV-Version:Unrated DVD:



1:30:49
After the black screen, which follows the credits, the SyFy TV-Version speeds up. As a result of that, the Unrated Version is longer.
137 sec
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