Starship Troopers (Blu-ray)

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Product Overview

A special-ops commander leads his team into the jungle of nigeria to rescue a doctor who will only go with them if they agree to rescue 70 refugees too.

Specifications

Studio Sony
SKU 205075046
UPC 043396160989
UPC 14 00043396160989
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
Action
Adventure
Aliens
Big Battles
Blockbuster
Bugs
Campy
Enemies
Futuristic
Military
Science-Fiction
Sex
Space Exploration
Space Opera
Theatrical Release
War
Editors Note
Note Dutch director Paul Verhoeven (TOTAL RECALL, ROBOCOP) mixes big budget bug bashing with twisted satire of old Hollywood movies in this adaptation of Robert Heinlein's classic sci-fi novel. It's the future, Earth is at war, and the kids are all going off to fight giant killer bugs on the remote planet of Klendathu. Casper Van Diem, Denise Richards, Dina Meyer, and Patrick Muldoon play some of the blandly attractive young recruits who engage in soap-opera style love triangles as they toughen up and learn to fight (and die) like soldiers. Michael Ironside is their gung-ho, one-armed leader. The real stars though, are the superbly animated bugs. Packed to the rafters with jaw-dropping special effects and insane violence, the film managed to be a box office hit though it undoubtedly left some audiences confused at Verhoeven's slyly deadpan humor. By the time Neil Patrick Harris (TV's Doogie Howser) starts marching around in a Gestapo-style uniform, for example, it will be apparent this isn't STAR WARS. What it is however, is a rousing experience for mature viewers in the properly ironic frame of mind.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "Would you like to know more?"--a slogan that appears frequently in newreel clips
Quote "Violence has resolved more conflicts than anything else. The contrary opinion that violence doesn't solve anything is mearly wishful thinking at its worst!"--Rasczak (Michael Ironside) to his students
Quote "Everyone fights, no one quits. If you don't do your job, I'll shoot you myself."--Rasczak to his troops
Quote "You see a bug hole, you nuke it!"--Rasczak to his troops
Quote "M.I. does the dying. Fleet just does the flying."--Rico (Casper Van Dien) referring to the downside of being in the mobile infantry
Reviews
Sight and Sound "...Fascinating....Featuring astonishing effects and some of the most harrowing battle scenes in movie history..." 01/01/1998 p.53-4
USA Today "...Director Paul Verhoeven is back in his subversively nimble ROBOCOP groove with the uproariously cheeky STARSHIP TROOPERS" -- 4 out of 4 stars 11/07/1997 p.2D
Entertainment Weekly "...A letter grade would do a disservice to a movie that sees relentless entertainment and brilliant pop-culture fraud as two sides of the same media coin....The Most Ironic Hollywood Blockbuster Ever Made. See it for yourself and decide..." 05/15/1998 pp.104-5
New York Times "...The film's main events are its wild bugfights, with hordes of extraordinarily dynamic special-effects creatures....These bizarre marauders are really something to see..." 11/07/1997 p.E14
Box Office "...Entertaining, engaging, exciting....With game, energetic, winsome performances...and effects that live up to the hype..." 01/01/1998 p.47
Directors
Paul Verhoeven
Actors
Denise Richards
Casper Van Dien
Dina Meyer
Cast & Crew
Denise Richards - Star
Blake Lindsley - Star
Bruce Gray - Star
Travis Lowen - Star
Matt Levin - Star
John Cunningham - Star
Matt Entriken - Star
Jake Busey - Star
Tami-Adrian George - Star
Robert David Hall - Star
Nathaniel Marshall - Star
Anthony Michael Ruivivar - Star
Tyrone Tann - Star
Armand Darrius - Star
Clancy Brown - Star
Brenda Strong - Star
Julianna McCarthy - Star
Patrick Wolff - Star
Dean Norris - Star
Brad Kane - Star
Ronald L. Botchan - Star
Neil Patrick Harris - Star
Curnal Achilles Aulisio - Star
Mara Duronslet - Star
Austin Sanderford - Star
Casper Van Dien - Star
Christopher Curry - Star
Eric DaRe - Star
Dina Meyer - Star
Teo - Star
Dale Dye - Star
Kai Lennox - Star
Eric Bruskotter - Star
Denise Y. Dowse - Star
Alexi Lakatos - Star
Michael Ironside - Star
Patrick Bishop - Star
Rhiannon Vigil - Star
Marshall Bell - Star
Ungela Brockman - Star
Hunter Bodine - Star
Seth Gilliam - Star
Steven Ford - Star
Timothy McNeil - Star
Michael Stockey - Star
Lenore Kasdorf - Star
Timothy Omundson - Star
Mylin Brooks - Star
Rue McClanahan - Star
Greg Travis - Star
Stephanie Erb - Star
Patrick Muldoon - Star
Amy Smart - Star
Walter Adrian - Star
Jost Vacano - Director of Photography
Boss Film Studios - Special Effects
Ed Neumeier - Screenwriter
Alan Marshall - Producer
Robert A. Heinlein - Story
Basil Poledouris - Composer
Allan Cameron - Production Designer
Banned From the Ranch Entertainment - Special Effects
Ellen Mirojnick - Costume Designer
Industrial Light and Magic - Special Effects
Caroline Ross - Editor
Mark Goldblatt - Editor
Sony Pictures Imageworks - Special Effects
Amalgamated Dynamics - Special Effects
Tippett Studio - Special Effects
Jon Davison - Producer
Visual Concept Entertainment - Special Effects
Paul Verhoeven - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1997
Catalog ID 16098
UPC 00043396160989
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 129 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Awards
Oscar (1998) Phil Tippett, et. al., Nominee, Best Effects, Visual Effects
MTV Award (1998) Starship Troopers, Nominee, Best Action Sequence
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Probably the best way to approach Starship Troopers is to divorce it from its intelligent and gripping pedigree. Many of the most intellectually stimulating aspects of the book have been stripped away, and those that remain are only shadows of their former selves. (It's still a lot smarter than Independence Day, however.) Viewers offended by the "watering down" of themes in this summer's superlative motion picture version of Contact will be horrified by what has happened here. Nevertheless, taken on its own terms, the movie entity Starship Troopers offers an enjoyable two hours. At its best, the film recaptures the kind of taut, visceral thrills offered by James Cameron's Aliens...Starship Troopers represents director Paul Verhoeven's comeback attempt after the disastrously-received NC-17 cult favorite, Showgirls. This time around, Verhoeven returns to the genre that has been most kind to him. Starship Troopers is his third science fiction endeavor, following in the footsteps of Robocop and Total Recall. And, as was true for both of those films, Verhoeven applies his own unique style to the material. Much of Starship Troopers is presented tongue-in-cheek, and the level of violence and gore (bodies being ripped limb-from-limb and so forth) is so extreme that viewers will quickly become desensitized to it.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Reel.com
Review 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.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Tor Thorsen
ReviewRating 10
Features
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Spanish, Subtitled, French, Dubbed & Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
Quotes
Christine James, Box Office Magazine Entertaining, engaging, exciting...
George Powell, San Francisco Examiner ...powerful entertainment that appeals to our most basic instincts.
Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee Terrific entertainment.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle The film's special effects are astonishing, but the most notable and unexpected thing is its tone.
Mike Clark, USA Today This twisted space opera serves up carcasses in six-digit figures but is foremost a sendup for the ages.
Russell Smith, Austin Chronicle Wall to wall blood 'n' guts laced with surprisingly keen social satire, much of it targeting the fatuousness of media culture.
Todd McCarthy, Variety A spectacularly gung-ho sci-fi epic that delivers two hours of good, nasty fun.

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