Starship Troopers

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Product Overview

From the bridge of the Ticonderoga, with its sweeping galactic views, to the desolate terrain of planet Klendathu, teeming with shrieking, fire-spitting, brain-sucking special effects creatures, acclaimed director Paul Verhoeven crafts a dazzling epic based on Robert A. Heinlein's classic sci-fi adventure. Casper Van Dien, Dina Meyer, Denise Richards, Jake Busey, Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Muldoon, and Michael Ironside star as the courageous soldiers who travel to the distant and desolate Klendathu system for the ultimate showdown between the species.

Specifications

Studio Sony
SKU 204356442
UPC 043396198555
UPC 14 00043396198555
Format 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
Alan Marshall - Producer
Basil Poledouris - Original Music By
Casper Van Dien - Actor
Denise Richards - Actor
Dina Meyer - Actor
Edward Neumeier - Writer
Jake Busey - Actor
Jost Vacano - Cinematographer
Mark Goldblatt, et. al. - Editor
Micheal Ironside - Actor
Neil Patrick Harris - Actor
Patrick Muldoon - Actor
Paul Verhoeven - Director
Robert A. Heinlein - Based On Novel By
Rue McClanahan - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1997
Catalog ID 19855
UPC 00043396198555
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 129 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Awards
Nominee (1998) MTV Award, Starship Troopers, Best Action Sequence,Oscar, Phil Tippett, et. al., Best Effects, Visual Effects
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
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby Surround Sound, English, Spanish, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Muldoon,Patrick
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Christine James, Box Office Magazine Entertaining, engaging, exciting...
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.
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly ...sensationally exciting...
Todd McCarthy, Variety A spectacularly gung-ho sci-fi epic that delivers two hours of good, nasty fun.
George Powell, San Francisco Examiner ...powerful entertainment that appeals to our most basic instincts.
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.
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