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Starship Troopers (Special Edition)

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From the bridge of the Fleet Battlestation 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.

Additional Features

The previous, two-sided DVD of Starship Troopers included a lot of bonus features, but this special-edition two-DVD set represents a considerable improvement, including all those features and then adding an all-new half-hour documentary that covers every aspect of the production and interviews all of the principal cast and crew. Also new is a funny, energetic commentary track by costars Casper Van Dien, Dina Meyer, and Neil Patrick Harris; unfortunately, Denise Richards is absent, but director Paul Verhoeven is present to enhance their rousing reminiscence. Special FX comparisons show live-action "plates" before and after the addition of miniatures and/or digital effects, and commentary by composer Basil Poledouris on the isolated-score track offers privileged insight into the process of creating a motion-picture score. "Know Your Foe" featurettes explore the variety of "bugs" that populate the film, and Verhoeven--one of the liveliest of all DVD commentators--analyzes the techniques employed for two pivotal effects sequences. For Troopers fans, this is almost as fun as a Klendathu bug hunt. --Jeff Shannon

Special Features

  • Disc 1:
  • Feature film
  • Filmographies
  • Disc 2:
  • New documentary: "Death from Above"
  • "Know Your Foe": five special-effects featurettes
  • The Starships of Starship Troopers
  • Nine special-effects comparisons
  • Three storyboard comparisons
  • Vintage featurette: The Making of Starship Troopers
  • Conceptual art galleries
  • Two scene deconstructions with commentary by Paul Verhoeven
  • Five deleted scenes
  • Johnny & Carmen screen tests
  • Bug test film "Don't Look Now"

Product Details

  • Actors: Jake Busey, Michael Ironside, Denise Richards, Clancy Brown, Neil Patrick Harris
  • Directors: Paul Verhoeven
  • Producers: Jon Davison, Alan Marshall
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 1, 2002
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,077 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000648WZ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,093 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Starship Troopers (Special Edition)" on IMDb

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235 of 265 people found the following review helpful By Mike Gambit on January 10, 2001
Format: DVD
I'm amazed that so many people can blindly miss the subtleties of this movie. While it works as a brainless, enjoyable gung-ho piece of sci-fi cum war hokum it's also quite a clever piece of satire, taking a pot-shot squarely aimed at the kind of control that governments, regardless of ideology, exert over their populace. While the spoofed propaganda TV commercials most obviously display the parody in this movie, one can also see it littered throughout the movie. The director has chosen to ape Nazism as it's an extreme view of what can happen when a government has a strong grip on its people, because of his childhood experience being under Nazism and because by cloaking the heroes of the movie in Nazism he shows a self-mocking sense of ironic humor.
Johnny Rico being a blonde, blue-eyed Aryan. While Van Dien's abilities as an actor are frequently ridiculed at there's no doubt that he is perfect for this movie's take on the character. He *looks* like an actor straight from WWII German and Soviet propaganda films and indeed that is exactly what he's supposed to appear like.
Ok let's clear up some other points:-
It's not bad acting. Bad acting implies that the actor does not bring fully to life the character he/she is playing or overplays the part ect ect. The characters in ST are supposed to be parodies, tongue-in-check cardboard cutouts. Given that all the actors in ST play their roles pretty well. That they are all very pretty (especially Dina Meyer) is the intention. Like any good propaganda it shows people whom we'd like to be or be with trying to become citizens and succeeding, whilst following the 'state line'. The love triangle is thrown in there for entertainment value and it works in a cheesy way.
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115 of 132 people found the following review helpful By A Reviewer on April 12, 2009
Format: Blu-ray
You must have extended memory loaded to play. All copies are the same, so there is no use exchanging it. I was waiting on my second copy when I found a HD forum talking about the loading problem. The forum members determined the problem is the way the disk was authored. The disk looks for enough memory to support the BD Live content even when BD Live is not enabled. I tried the second copy I received and it would not load either. I updated my firmware and it still would not play. I put a flash drive in my Sony BD S350 and the second copy loaded fine. The bottom line is you need to add extended memory to load this disk, whether your player takes an SD Card, Flash Drive, or whatever.

As far as the movie goes, I would have given it 5 stars if not for this issue with the disk. It's a great action flick with great special effects that look even more awesome on blu-ray. Excellent satire of blind alligence to government and military. I didn't read the book, so I don't have a problem with it not being true to the original story.

Highly recommended, just realize you will need to load extended memory to play.
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187 of 232 people found the following review helpful By John S. Ryan on January 3, 2004
Format: DVD
So says Paul Verhoeven, who has said (and says again in the commentary on this DVD release) that it's one of the statements made by this morally complex film.

I love listening to Verhoeven's commentaries (especially the one he does with Arnold Schwarzenegger on _Total Recall_). Here he shares the task with screenwriter Ed Neumeier, and putting the two of them together was an excellent choice. The commentary is one of the best features of the special edition.

The film itself is hard to evaluate. Because it's Verhoeven, it's got sex, gore, and social satire. What it's also got -- and something that was arguably missing from the Robert A. Heinlein novel on which the film is based -- is a high level of moral complexity that doesn't divide everyone neatly into Good Guys and Bad Guys.

The effect is odd, and oddly disturbing. On one hand, the film succeeds quite well as a combat shoot-'em-up in the style of the great World War II films. At that level, if we like, we can take the 'bugs' of Klendathu, playing as they do into our 'natural' loathing of insects, as a politically correct version of the sort of enemy Heinlein probably intended. (As long as we don't take the film's incompetent 'military action' too seriously.)

On the other hand, the film also contains lots of sly references to the Third Reich, lots of little clues that suggest the 'bugs' didn't start the war, and lots of opportunities for the characters _and_ the audience to conclude that war may not be the best way to approach the problem here at issue.

Okay, this latter stuff is a huge departure from Heinlein's novel, which was primarily focused on what makes military folks tick and what it means to be a responsible citizen.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 20, 1999
Format: DVD
Imagine being trapped on a barren planet with thousands of fiteen-foot tall ants swarming towards you. You'd better have plenty of fire-power. And lots of friends with the same. This is an exciting, visually spectacular war movie with a relentlesss foe that few could feel remorse at killing.
The movie introduces a number of insect species whose combined strength is social as well as biological. We get to see a number of insect types, each terrifying in their own way. The film only hints that there are others. What kind of bug can send a meteor all the way across a galaxy?
The movie's plot also hints at a lot of ideas, obviously remnants of Heinlein's orginal book. The principal characters, all teenagers, live in an idyllic, yet fascist society that promotes violence as strength. That violence is directed outward, towards a common foe. The story follows the naive adolescents as they go through military training and then find themselves at war with giant bugs from space. Civil rights are granted only to those that survive their military service. The parallel with the insect society can't be a coincidence.
Okay, okay, it's just a movie. Like any science fiction film, it can't do justice to the original material. If you want an exciting war film with lots of great special effects, see this movie. If you really want to think, READ A BOOK!
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