BOTB-M #16: Lifeforce (1985) VS Species (1995)

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  1. Lifeforce (1985)

    76.1%
  2. Species (1995)

    23.9%
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    It's also worth mentioning that MGM's DVD of Lifeforce just doesn't look good. So, if the movie isn't the greatest visual wonder of all time, it's going to be hard to sit through at times.
     
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    The picture quality on the Arrow (and I assume Shout!) blu-ray's are phenomenal.
     
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    At the cost of an arm and leg.
     
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    My vote is for Lifeforce, as it reminds me if those classic Sci-Fi movies from Hammer, like the Quatermass films.

    Btw, I found this:
     
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    Neither are masterpieces, but I've watched both recently, and while I still found a lot to enjoy about Species, it just doesn't have the gonzo, wacky charm of Lifeforce. On Lifeforce, everything is turned up to 11.
     
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    A few scenes in the middle of the film were weird. That's it.

    The rest is bored-covered boredom with boring sauce.
     
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    Ok, I'll grant that a naked Matilda May may be more interesting to me than to you. but there were other cool things at the beginning. I liked all the space stuff. the chrysalis type pods. the emaciating rays and stuff like that.
     
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    I am literally amazed that I survived that opening 45 minutes. I saw a lot of space stuff... but it was all the worst.
     
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    Lol it might just be the way I'm reading it, but 'it was all the worst' strikes me as pretty funny.

    did you watch the directors or theatrical cut? I honestly don't know much about what the differences are, but maybe a shorter cut would suit you better?
     
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    The two or three times I've watched Lifeforce it's been a struggle. I've only ever seen the director's cut and every time I'm either half sleep or incredibly restless usually early on. On paper it sounds great; lots of boobs, full frontal nudity, vampires, space, weird Dragon monsters etc, yet I'm always left feeling bored when watching it.
    I put it down to Tobe Hooper's directing as I don't seem to like nearly any of his movies. Lifeforce definitely isn't for my tastes.
     
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    Director's Cut. MGM's always supported that cut. (Same with Barker's longer version of Lord of Illusions.)

    During those first 45 minutes, there simply isn't a lively element within the film. Nothing is dynamic. It's visually flat and the tone of the film is given tranquilizers. The latter hour+ does pick things up, of course. But it's kinda too little, too late by that point.
     
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    Lifeforce, but not by much. I like Species OK but it felt to familiar on a first viewing whereas Lifeforce is so weird in concept.
     
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    I only "liked" maybe 20 minutes of Species. Maybe less, but maybe 20.
     
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    That sounds about right.
     

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