Starship Troopers 1/2/3 (Blu-ray/3 Disc)

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Sony Pictures Starship Troopers Trilogy (Blu-ray)This box set includes Starship Troopers, Starship Troopers 2:Hero of the Federation and Starship Troopers 3: Marauder.

Specifications

Studio Sony
SKU 208117008
UPC 043396263246
UPC 14 00043396263246
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 8/5/2008
Keywords
Aliens
Bugs
Military
Outer Space
Satire
Science Fiction
Science-Fiction
Soldiers
Space Opera
Weapons
Editors Note
Note Own the space-bug saga that began with Paul Verhoeven's original theatrical hit STARSHIP TROOPERS, a ghoulish mix of big-budget, half-spoofy sci-fi action, gore, and military-media satire starring Casper Van Dien (SLEEPY HOLLOW), Dina Meyer (SAW), Denise Richards (WILD THINGS), and Neil Patrick Harris (DOOGIE HOWSER, MD). Edward Neumeier--co-scribe of ROBOCOP and the original STARSHIP TROOPERS--comes back for round 2 with HERO OF THE FEDERATION, in which a group of soldiers do battle with the ugly bugs in an abandoned outpost. Finally, Van Dien returns after over a decade for the second sequel to the original alien-bug-battling, action-packed splatter-fest satire. More gee-whiz WWII media-and-soap opera parody is on hand when the celebrated Colonel Johnny Rico (Van Dien) finds himself put on death row for acting inappropriately during battle. But when a Federation starship piloted by tough soldier babe Lola Beck (Jolene Blalock, ENTERPRISE) crashes on a far-away alien planet, only the bug-squashing Rico can save the day, and so the authorities have no choice but to release him for the mission. Armed with an impossibly advanced weapon known as the Marauder, Rico and his crew are prepared to exterminate by any means necessary. MARAUDER marks the directorial debut of regular series writer Neumeier.
Directors
Phil Tippett
Paul Verhoeven
Ed Neumeier
Actors
Casper Van Dien
Cast & Crew
Denise Richards - Star
Neil Patrick Harris - Star
Michael Ironside - Star
Marshall Bell - Star
Jake Busey - Star
Patrick Muldoon - Star
Richard Burgi - Star
Casper Van Dien - Star
Jolene Blalock - Star
Kelly Carlson - Star
Dina Meyer - Star
Ed Neumeier - Screenwriter
Phil Tippett - Director
Paul Verhoeven - Director
Ed Neumeier - Director
Technical Info
Catalog ID 26324
UPC 00043396263246
Number of Discs 3
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Awards
Oscar (1998) Phil Tippett, et. al., Nominee, [1] Best Effects, Visual Effects
MTV Award (1998) Starship Troopers, Nominee, [1] Best Action Sequence
Reviews
ReviewSource BlogCritics.org
Review [2] Starship Troopers has proved itself as a cult classic, holding its own since the release of the film in 1997. Many different ideas in one, Troopers was a parody of the government, a look at the horror of war, and a giant bug movie all in one. The sequel abandons almost everything that was well done by the first film and first-time director Phil Tippett knows it...Starship Troopers 2 biggest problem is its budget. The sets are clouded by a thick fog, look cheap, and are all obviously on a sound stage. The actual bug effects are on par with the first film, but they only make an appearance a few times in the movie. The script gives the creatures and entirely new place to live which borrows the same idea created years ago by writers of Alien (with a hint of Species). Don't worry, I didn't spoil anything. You can see the "twist" coming very early on. No one will go into this movie wanting to see humans fighting humans. They want the Bugs. They won't get that here...The real way to tell if a B-movie is good is to imagine it with a bigger budget. If the effects (or even the sets) were better here, it would make no difference. It's dull, boring, and just plain awful. It has no connection with the original, nor does it try to. The only highlights are the catchy theme song, a few of the performances, and outrageous gore effects. Even if you?re a die-hard fan of the original, you will find little of interest here.
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Reviewer Matt Paprocki
ReviewRating 5
ReviewSource DVD Sleuth
Review [3] When speaking of sequels, we've heard directors say, "I've already made that movie." and actors often imply that follow-ups are beneath. Thus, it's reassuring when someone, either in front of or behind the camera, is involved in a sequel. A familiar face or name guarantees some sort of satisfaction, right? Starship Troopers 3: Marauder quickly disproved that theory...If you've seen Paul Verhoeven's Starship Troopers, then you know that the movie is a mixture of sci-fi action and political messages (most of which are concerned with fascism and Nazis.) Ed Neumeier, who wrote the screenplays for the first and second films in this series, takes the reins as both writer and director for Starship Troopers 3: Marauder. With this film, he could have made a straight ahead sci-fi monster movie, or he could have made a message film. Instead, he decided to go the route of Starship Troopers and combine the two. Unfortunately, neither really works...It's great to have Casper Van Dien on board as Johnny Rico and the movie attempts to give us lots of Bug action, but the story is very convoluted and it wants to throw too many political ideas at us. Oddly, the animated Roughnecks: The Starship Troopers Chronicles has been the best Starship Troopers sequel thus far.
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Reviewer Mike Long
ReviewRating 6
ReviewSource Reel.com
Review [1] Starship Troopers might be one of the most brilliant science fiction movies ever made -- and it's definitely one of the most misunderstood. On the surface, it's a crowd-pleasing tale of a group of clean-scrubbed youths who join tomorrow's space-faring armed forces to fight a race of giant arachnids. But when the special-effects-packed epic was released in 1997, it was pilloried by most critics. Many pooh-poohed director Paul Verhoeven for laying on the gore with a trowel. Others scoffed at the Beverly Hills, 90210-worthy romance between cheesecake pin-up Denise Richards and Teen Beat cover-boy Casper Van Dien. But most reviewers were horrified at Verhoeven's brazen use of fascist imagery, dressing up his fresh-faced stars in Nazi-inspired uniforms and spurring them into battle with propaganda clips straight out of Triumph of the Will...What those critics -- and the public -- didn't understand, was that that was the whole point. When Robert Heinlein wrote the novel Starship Troopers in 1959, he intended it as a sincere argument that democracy was doomed, and that some sort of enlightened authoritarianism was humanity's only hope. Although a fan of the book, screenwriter Ed Neumeier thought Heinlein's vision was ridiculous. But rather than condemn it outright, he decided to satirize it from within.
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Reviewer Tor Thorsen
ReviewRating 10
Product Attributes
Actor Van Dien,Casper
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Adam Rosenberg, DVD Fanatic [2] ...a solid effort from newbie director Phil Tippett...a labor of love and that feeling comes off very strongly.
Clint Morris, MovieHole [2] ...a pleasing second coming for the bug squashers.
Dread Central [3] ...brings the war into our living rooms with a familiar face, lots of explosions, and dark satire...fans [of the first film] will have a blast watching it.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle [1] The film's special effects are astonishing, but the most notable and unexpected thing is its tone.
Mike Clark, USA Today [1] This twisted space opera serves up carcasses in six-digit figures but is foremost a sendup for the ages.
Peter Brown, If Magazine [3] ...quite enjoyable. The sets and locations are good...and there is enough of the political and social commentary...that it harkens back to the original.
Todd McCarthy, Variety [1] A spectacularly gung-ho sci-fi epic that delivers two hours of good, nasty fun.

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