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Starship Troopers VHS
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In the first and finest RoboCop movie, director Paul Verhoeven combined near-future science fiction with a keen sense of social satire--not to mention enough high-velocity violence to satisfy even the most voracious bloodlust. In Starship Troopers, Verhoeven and RoboCop cowriter Ed Neumeier take inspired cues from Robert Heinlein's classic sci-fi novel to create a special-effects extravaganza that functions on multiple levels of entertainment. The film might be called "Melrose Place in Space," with its youthful cast of handsome guys and gorgeous women who look like they've been recruited (and in some cases they were) from the cast of Beverly Hills 90210. Viewers might focus on the incredible, graphically intense action sequences (definitely not for children) in which heavily armed forces from Earth go to off-world battle against vast hordes of alien "bugs" bent on planetary conquest. The attacking bugs are marvels of state-of-the-art special-effects technology, and the space battles are nothing short of spectacular. But Starship Troopers is more than a showcase for high-tech hardware and gigantic, flesh-ripping insects. Recalling his childhood in Holland during the Nazi occupation, Verhoeven turns this epic adventure into a scathingly funny satire of fascist propaganda, emphasizing Heinlein's underlying warning against the hazards of military conformity and the sickening realities of war. It's an action-packed joy ride if that's all you're looking for, but Verhoeven has a provocative agenda that makes Starship Troopers as smart as it is exciting. --Jeff Shannon
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this movie has an authoring problem with the BD-Live function on the disc. It tries to access BD-Live, but there is a glitch in that the player mistakes the amount of memory of the player, and gets stuck in a loop. The disc status bar appears, fills up, and the screen goes black, and nothing happens.
The workaround: Connect a blank 1+GB flash memory stick in the unit's REAR USB port. Press play. The movie will work. I had this problem, I tried this solution. It works.
I do find it kindof aggravating that Sony hasn't done a better job (or ANY job) addressing this issue. This is probably due to the lack of popularity of the title. Starship Troopers remains something of a niche cult title, so maybe they didn't think it was important that many people have returned it. It's sad how big companies can have departments in the same field, working on the same things, but not communicating with one another..
As for the disc:
This is a terrific looking hi-def transfer, though there is some detail hotness that appears during the first Planet P ambush sequence when Rico is in the radio shack, and stays through the rest of the film. It's not a deal-breaker, but it's something I think should be addressed in the future. Otherwise, this is a special effects bonanza that only gets better in hi-def.
With the exception of the darker interior scenes, this is some of the best CGI creature work ever committed to film. The 'bugs' have a heaviness and depth to them that came from alot of experimenting with the tech that was available in the late 90s. This film created alot of the techniques that are used now. It is something of a watershed in that.
Otherwise, what to say about this film? Starship Troopers is a glossy, tongue-in-cheek love triangle teen soap opera set in a future ultra-fascist military state during a war with an aggressive and repellent alien insect species. The action is over the top, extremely violent, yet it's so full of itself and it's own bombast, it's hard not to like. There is no deep message, no award winning acting. It is a propaganda movie of the highest cynicism, portraying war as all, and silently saying 'yeah, you love it, don't you?' It's not hard to see why this movie failed so miserably at the box office, yet lives on as a cult film. It is, if nothing else, pure entertainment, and has a few moments that are easily some of the most visually iconic of sci-fi movies of the past 20 years.
There is plenty of action, and lots of combat. There are some impressive topless scenes for the guys, and even some comedy from time to time. The "bugs" are truly scary, just what you need in a sci-fi monster flick.
But if you're a fan of the book, forget all that. It isn't in there.
The blu ray presentation is top notch.
Directed by Legend Paul Verhoven(Total Recall, Basic) and written by Ed Nuemier(Robocop Trilogy) Starship Troopers hates you to a future of a Earth United under the Citizens Federation. Under its Totalitarian Rule the federations main purpoise is the defense of earth against an Unending Army of Alien Bugs. The film follows a young recruit as he enters his career as a Mobile Infantry Soldiers(aka Future Army/Marines) and fights his way through the ranks to eventually become the decorated of the Battle of Planet P. Full of Jaw-dropping Special Effects,Corky Acting and Awesome Weapons and Tech. The Film has spawned fans not only of its action but also is political standpoint. the message that "War Makes Facists of us All"
Based Loosly on the Robert A Heinlein Book with Major Alterations.
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