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Starship Troopers Trilogy [Blu-ray]

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Starship Troopers
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.

Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation
In this rapid-fire sequel to the cult favorite, the Federation's best Mobile Infantry unit goes back into action against the Bug horde. But this time, the Bugs are waiting for them. Trapped on a remote outpost light years from the nearest reinforcements, a small group of soldiers fights an enemy smarter and more cunning than any they've ever faced. Now they must join forces with an infamous traitor to the Federation if they are to have any hope. And it's not just their lives at stake, it's the survival of the human race. If they want to live, they'll have to use their heads before the Bugs do! Academy Award winner Phil Tippett (1994, Best Visual Effects for Jurassic Park), one of the greatest visual effects wizards in movie history, makes his directorial debut.

Starship Troopers 3: Marauder
Starship Troopers 3: Marauder explodes with mind-blowing man-on-bug combat! Col. Johnny Rico (Casper Van Dien) is back to lead his team on a secret mission to rescue a small crew of troopers stranded on the remote planet of OM-1. Battling bugs, both new and old, the new "Marauder" advanced weapons technology may be their only hope against a treasonous element operating within the Federation itself. As Captain Lola Beck (Jolene Blalock) and the rest of the starship crew fight to survive in the harsh conditions, it begins to dawn on them that something on OM-1 is very, very wrong. This time the bugs have a secret weapon that could destroy humanity. Join the Mobile Infantry in this intergalactic action-packed adventure.

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  • Actors: Casper Van Dien, Denise Richards, Dina Meyer, Jake Busey, Neil Patrick Harris
  • Directors: Edward Neumeier, Paul Verhoeven, Phil Tippett
  • Writers: Edward Neumeier, Robert A. Heinlein
  • Producers: Alan Marshall, Charles Coffey, Claudio Fäh
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, Widescreen, Box set
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 5, 2008
  • Run Time: 325 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0018CWW96
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,305 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Starship Troopers Trilogy [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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By Conway Stern VINE VOICE on August 6, 2008
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This is the only way to pick up the entire trilogy on Blu-Ray. At this point, I'm going to guess that you, like me, loved the first film. If not, why are you even considering buying a box set featuring three films, two of which were direct-to-video? So, I'll skip over the original and assume you're already sold on it.

The second film is a pretty low-budget film, and it's not very good and doesn't even really fit in with the other two movies. So, I think the term "trilogy" is applied pretty loosely here. Still, despite its low budget, it did do a few things right and isn't completely a waste of time. The transfer isn't that great as the picture is quite grainy. I haven't seen it on DVD. Just judging from the Blu-Ray, there shouldn't be a big jump in quality from the DVD to the Blu-Ray. I doubt they spent much time upgrading the quality of the picture and sound, if at all.

Starship Troopers 3 is more of a sequel to the first film, and it was pretty average. It's nice that they were able to get Casper Van Dien back; it definitely helps out the film. The scope of this film is more limited than the first, and it's a little goofier, campier, and just plain weird. The CGI is not very convincing at times. This film isn't all bad, though. The picture and sound quality are pretty good, especially considering this was straight to video.

I'd recommend renting the second and third films if you have any interest, and then determine if you want to buy it.
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I know I will shock those who read this, and it may insult Heinlein enthusiasts, but I loved all three Starship Troopers films; there I said. Why you may ask? Well I remember when I was younger and I saw the trailer for the first big budget spectacle back in 1997. I was too young to understand the whole point of the movie, but things were blowing up, bugs were being killed; it was essentially an adrenaline rush throughout the entire movie. So, obviously I bought the VHS tape when it came out, and seven years later a sequel came out. A sequel considered so bad that some SST fans are trying to get a petition going to rename the movie. Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation was a low budget (seven million dollars) direct to video release directed by Phil Tippet I believe. The film used recycled footage from the first one and became more of a horror film than an action extravaganza. The film had to have made some money because here we are at No. 3 Starship Troopers 3: Marauder. Shockingly I loved this one just as much as the first! With a budget of only twenty million dollars and with the return of Casper Van Dien as Johny Rico from the first film, I can honestly call this my guilty pleasure trilogy, something to watch when I am either bored or basically just for kicks. Like my dad who is more of a Trekkie (sorry if I miss spelled that) I have become a Troopy or whatever corny nickname they want to coin people who loved the SST movies (I am sure some movie buffs just call us morons for short). Anyway, all three DVDs are loaded with special features on the making of and of course director and actor commentary. (Sadly however some special features on the two-disc special edition of the first film are not on the one in this trilogy).Read more ›
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Starship Troopers (4 stars out of 5)
Bucketloads of bloody fun...literally. This first film is very fresh, original, and unique (as it is with all of Paul Verhoven's films). It's also very gory, gooey, and gross (sure to scare away the squeamish). Has some interesting satire throughout. The story is engaging. The characters (and thus the acting and writing) are good. The action and special effects are awesome, even by today's standards. Highly reccomended for all sci-fi fans who don't mind some gnarly parts.

Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation (1.5 out of 5)
Very bad on all levels. Bad story, photography, writing, acting, and production value. Even the special effects are substandard. Very dull all around.

Starship Troopers 3: Maurader (3.75 out of 5)
Good, especially when compared to the second one in the series. It retains the same style, sense of action, and attitudes of the first film. Storyline is allright, and the characters are good. Has stronger political and religious themes and content. Still less than par, but nowhere near as bad as I thought it would be.

The first film in this series is most worthwhile watching; the other two are kind of a hit-and-a-miss. The second film suffers tremendously, but could still be good if you want to see a mindless B-rated flick. The third one is great, but most people will hate it if they didn't like any one of the others. But for most sci-fi fans, it's a great series.

It may also be good to note that these films are probably not true to Robert Heinlein's original novel.

The Blu-Ray discs have really great video and sound quality for the most part. The second film doesn't have perfect video quality, but is mostly good.
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I have never had a high opinion of Direct to video movies or sequels. I used to watched them often yet only a few managed to shine in a pile of wasted effort.

I really like the Starship Troopers movie, so I decided to support the Tippet artists and bet all three. What I got was an experience that was varied yet still felt complete. Even as such though because of the camp and the tone of the movie I can still only recommend this for fans of the original.

The focus is different but still feels apart of the universe. In the first film we get a glimpse at the entire war from a very wide scale in addition to the POV of the main characters. The second brings you back into the war but with a much closer and intimate view of a particular squad. The claustrophobic broken down outpost that the main characters bunker down in, is surrounded by bugs. This only helps to heighten the tension of the second film. The last film is a more personal journey again but is a bigger scale than the second film. We get to see the long standing effects this war has had on the people and troops and more information is given to us about the bugs that lead to a satisfying conclusion.

I recommend this for fans of Starship Trooper and Sci fi alike but if you are not into either one, then these movies might not fit your tastes.
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