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Starship Troopers 1-3 [Blu-ray] [2008] [US Import]

Casper Van Dien , Denise Richards , Edward Neumeier , Paul Verhoeven    Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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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: Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Aug 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0018CWW96
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 129,903 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent Reflection Of A Sci Fi Classic 25 July 2010
Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein is one of the masterpieces of science fiction. The universe he created, the action and warfare are magnificent. The society Heinlein posits as an alternative is at least thought provoking if not much more. The Starship Troopers trilogy are films set in that universe and to a reasonable extent reflect a lot of the sentiment that Heinlein produced. Starship Troopers 1 is a great action film that introduces the war between the Federation (humanity) and the Bugs. Starship Troopers 2 is a B Movie that drags the trilogy down a little by creating what is essentially a zombie fest. Starship Troopers 3 is the cleverest of the films and brings in more of the elements that Heinlein created including the societal structure needed to win a total war and some of the technology that Heinlein described that have been so influential to sci fi in the decades since.

What the original book did not do was produce a cast of deep characters. Starship Troopers 1 goes as far as it is possible to change that approach. The bug war is a relatively distant and unheralded conflict that humanity is engaged in when Johnny Rico and his friends graduate from high school in Buenos Aires. Rico is a traditional American jock - Casper Van Dien's powerful jawline and strong physique as well as the natural tendency to think of him as stupid capture very well the uncertainties of a man who must make his way in the world having been a sports darling at school. Rico's love is for the much smarter and aloof Carmen. She is the classmate who best understands the ideals of the Federation and is the one person who signs up to the military on pure conviction.

The high school stuff is a nice way to introduce the importance of the Bug War.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars See you on the bounce Trooper! 27 Sep 2009
By Rob
Ed Neumeier's work is a fascinating back catalogue, as one of the most imaginative screenplay writers he has delivered such remarkable creations as Robocop and of course Starship Troopers. Both have relied on the influence of Paul Verhoeven as director of both franchises highlights and don't underestimate his influence, but for now we will concentrate on the vision created by Ed.

Both of his famous creations create extreme sci-fi visions of the future. In Robocop a half man half machine becomes the saviour of Delta City, a city owned run and controlled by a vicous corporation, OCP. The parallels are obvious when you compare Starship Troopers where a future Earth is at war with super sized and super intelligent bugs. People flock to join the military because it offers a ticket to be classed as a citizen and not simply a civilian and the chance of a brighter future and better life.

Both Robocop and Starship Troopers break from the story to show media reports, propaganda and more from the ruthless and manipulative companies who are in charge. 'So what!' you may say, they are similar films, we get it. Infact I feel their similarlities are what set them appart from so many other sci fi titles.

Despite the extreme visions of the future, complete with super sci fi enermies, the real subject you explore in both films is the exploration of humanity. Despite the highly exagratted back drop these films hold up a mirror to the human race and explore all of the facets, from both ends of the spectrum. Ed's gift is that although you grow attached to lead characters you do sometimes find yourself wondering which side you are really rooting for.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great value sci-fi trilogy - a good day to buy 5 July 2012
OK so whilst the original Starship Troopers certainly took more than a few liberties with Heinlein's classic novel, it still conveyed a very powerful and enduring image. Truly awe-inspiring special effects, human interest - love rivalry, jealousy and courage, all interlaced with a hefty dollop of dark twisted ironic humour made this a hugely enjoyable spectacularly epic experience. The Blu-Ray transfer is superb - you can make out every pore on Casper Van Dien's face and every hair in Denise Richards' ample eyebrows. Surround sound is also exceptional - you'll often hear those bugs scuttling around behind you. Extras include a genuinely interesting commentary and some fascinating deleted scenes (albeit sadly only in standard definition). For me the movie works best at stirring dissonant emotions amongst the viewer. We are supposed to be rooting for the humans aren't we? And yet the Federation is brutally totalitarian, with its leaders being something like Mau/Hitler/Stalin/Pol Pot all rolled into one. This seeming incongruity along with the overriding message throughout that social responsibility entails individual sacrifice is pretty much in keeping with Robert Heinlein's original sci-fi novel but you may well be cheering on the bugs by the end! This is a film that stands up to repeated viewings and I love it - 10/10!

Then, with a budget slashed to the bone, what could poor Phil Tippett do to satisfy the punters demanding a second installment? The answer is to do his very best. If the original was similar in respect to the zap-em-away-with-machine-guns action of Aliens, Starship Troopers 2 is more of a conventional horror movie in similar vein to the gothic claustrophobia of the original Alien movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As with 'Tremors' the first film is the best but the more times you...
As with 'Tremors' the first film is the best but the more times you see all three the more the funny is there, watching things in the background, the daft 'war' song and the... Read more
Published 26 days ago by lizzy-may
5.0 out of 5 stars Do you want to live forever! -Triple Box Set
Starship Troopers is a 1997 military sci-fi action film written by Edward Neumeier, but don't let the age put you off, the special effects are still incredible. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Throda tzen
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Published 2 months ago by Belinda Thirkettle
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Seller A+++
I got really fast service, it was very cheap, really happy with this sale will happily use again and definitely recommend.
Published 4 months ago by katie archbold
5.0 out of 5 stars great sci-fi collection
very good trilogy and if you like sci-fi with dry humour this is for you ,follows training pals thru college then to fight bugs ,not bad good effects and funny . Read more
Published 6 months ago by markus
5.0 out of 5 stars Starship troopers
Quick service nice company had nice message when dispatched item

Good quality item yes second hand but very good. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Darthdraven
3.0 out of 5 stars The price made it ok.
The price made it ok, but if I could turn back time I wouldn't buy it again. I know it's second-hand, but the outside box that the DVDs came in looked about 20 years old, which is... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Nesu Vyt el Tigre
3.0 out of 5 stars A laugh
Just what I expected, I have seen the first two before but because the box set was better value than just buying the third film I thought I'd have the set.
Published 12 months ago by p redfern
4.0 out of 5 stars Wrong region code. Found workaround, kinda.
3rd disc appears to be damaged, I can't rip it to my hard drive, haven't checked to see if it actually plays though.
Published 13 months ago by Jason Bradley McPherson
5.0 out of 5 stars love it!
one of the best escapist sci fo movies out there,
not too serious, special effects are good,
acting is good, mostly,
had to have it for my collection!
Published 24 months ago by Mr. M. Mitchell
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