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Starship Troopers [DVD] [1998]

Casper Van Dien , Denise Richards , Paul Verhoeven    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Casper Van Dien, Denise Richards, Dina Meyer, Jake Busey, Neil Patrick Harris
  • Directors: Paul Verhoeven
  • Writers: Edward Neumeier, Robert A. Heinlein
  • Producers: Alan Marshall, Edward Neumeier, Frances Doel, Jon Davison, Phil Tippett
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, French, Dutch
  • Dubbed: Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios HE
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Jun 2001
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CYIZ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,188 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



A gloriously over-the-top treat, Paul Verhoeven's Starship Troopers takes the militaristic moralising of Robert Heinlein's pulp classic and sets about undermining it mercilessly. Johnny Rico (Casper Van Dien) desperately wants to join the Mobile Infantry and kill some Earth-threatening alien bugs. He also desperately wants Carmen (Denise Richards), but only gets to fulfil one ambition in the second of Verhoeven's futuristic satires (also cowritten with his RoboCop scriptwriter Ed Neumeier).

Set in a fascistic future where kids must do military service to qualify as citizens, own property or even have babies, the film's dark Vietnam and Nazi-era parallels are all the more disturbing given its deceptively sunny Beverly Hills 90210 teenage cast (though scenery-chewing veteran Michael Ironside steals the movie as tough-talking Lt Rasczak). The CGI arachnids are among the most convincing and dangerous-looking creatures ever seen on screen, and with the movie clocking up the highest number of blanks ever fired on a film set, it's also pretty loud! Verhoeven went on to be Executive Producer of the Roughnecks: The Starship Troopers Chronicles animated TV series a couple of years later.

On the DVD: Starship Troopers in this DVD incarnation can now be played continuously on one side of the disc (the original Region 2 release version was that crime against the DVD format, a "flipper"). You'll also feel really spoiled by the extras here: five deleted scenes (approximately six minutes) pad out Carmen's love triangle problems. There are impressive screen tests for Denise Richards and Casper Van Dien (three-and-a-half minutes). An eight-minute featurette zips by with key interviews and fact flinging. And a real treat is three scene developments with layers of FX work explained by Verhoeven. But what makes this DVD essential is the director's enthusiastic commentary alongside screenwriter Ed Neumeier: dissing astrology, making a stand for feminist issues, saying how he went nude to placate the actors for their shower scene, and drooling with praise for his FX team, Verhoeven makes a fascinating statement that "war makes fascists of us all". After a studio disclaimer, and beginning with his reaction to the film's critique in Time Magazine, this is no-holds-barred fun. --Paul Tonks

Product Description

DVD Columbia TriStar, 5017188883177, 1997 Region 2 PAL

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Classic, with more to it than meets the eye 15 Aug 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This film is rightly considered a classic. It can be watched on two levels. On the surface its a great action film with sweeping battle scenes. On another level there is a lot of ironic, tongue in cheek humour in the film. In a really subtle way the subtext of the film is an allegory about fascism, with nods to the Roman Empire.

If you want to see pretty people shooting up aliens, this film will not disappoint, but there is so much more besides. Its very slightly dated now, but still worth the watch.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Version: E.U / BVHE Touchstone / Region Free
VC-1 BD-50
Running time: 2:09:37
Movie size: 37,491,136,512 bytes
Disc size: 40,984,117,470 bytes
Average Video Bit Rate: 26.56 Mbps
LPCM 5.1 4608Kbps English
DD AC3 5.1 640Kbps

* Deleted Scenes (8 min. SD)
* Scene Developments with Audio Commentary (9 min.SD)
* Making-of Featurette (8 min.SD)
* Screen Tests: Johnny and Carmen (4 min. SD)
* Teaser Trailer (2 min. SD)

Movie: 4.5/5 Picture Quality: 3.5~4.25/5 Sound Quality: 3.5~4/5 Extras: 4/5
Version: U.S.A / Sony Pictures / Region Free
MPEG-4 AVC BD-50 / High Profile 4.1 (1080p) / High Profile 3.2 (480p)
Running time: 2:09:27 [could be due to an editing error that trims the running time by 4 to 6]
Movie size: 35,201,273,856 bytes
Disc size: 44,711,666,541 bytes
Average video bit rate: 23.00 Mbps

Dolby TrueHD English 1834 kbps (5.1/48kHz/16-bit)
Dolby TrueHD French 1971kbps kbps (5.1/48kHz/16-bit)
Dolby Digital 2.0 192 Kbps

Subtitles: English / English SDH / French / Spanish
Number of chapters: 16

* 2 Audio Commentaries
* Documentary
* Featurettes
* Screen Tests
* Deleted Scenes
* FX Comparisons
* FedNet Mode Picture-in-Picture Commentary (Profile 1.1)
* BD-Live Content (Profile 2.0)
* Recruitment Test
* Blu-Wizard
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Earth in the distant future: the New World Order. A global Fasisct state with two classes: Citizen and Masses is threatened by invading BUGS! Film follows the journey of a number of young recruits including the gorgeous Denise Richards (in one of her better acting roles!) and action-man lookalike Casper Van Dien through their (amusing!)training, warfare, tragedy and ultimate victory and glory as top-class citizens. Pleanty of bug killing and lots of very humourous comic-book style propaganda makes this a DVD not to be missed by anyone under the age of 40, but could appeal to all ages (except the faint hearted!). Presentation of the disc is also top-notch!
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant satire 15 July 2007
I think a lot of people, including some reviewers here, soft-pedal or miss the really brutal satire at work here. It was trashed by one US reviewer when it came out as 'Melrose Place Goes to War' (in reference to a now long defunct Beverly Hills 90210 knock off), which in a sense it is, but that's the point. It presaged our current conflicts, but the film is more relevant and funnier now than ever, dressing up beautiful people in post-Wehrmacht garb and sending them off to have their brains sucked out while in the heartland women encourage their kids to stamp on bugs. Otherwise, the effects are cartoonish but fun and the world scarily recognisable...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bugs, Bugs and more Bugs !!! 5 Jun 2013
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What else needed to say about a movie on Bugs, Bugs and Bugs?! Go beserk and kill 'em all bugs !!! Audio is deaf pounding (in a good way). It really works out my MA speakers !!! Picture quality is okay too.

Thats That ....... A good popcorn flick for a lazy afternoon !!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still good 10 years later 14 Jan 2008
I watched ST on TV the other night having not seen it for a while. I was pleasantly surprised that it still looks good even 10 years later. Despite enjoying the film I had for a long time been critical of the fact that such a technologically advanced society sends lightly armoured foot soldiers in to fight such a deadly enemy. Having watched it again though this makes a lot of sense - human life is far cheaper than developing weapons that are effective. However it does vary a great deal to the Heinlen book it is based on. In this the troopers did have pretty good weaponry so the fight was not always so one sided. All in all though a classic film we will doubtless still be watching in another 10 years.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Charles Edge VINE VOICE
This film has nothing to set it apart from other films, nothing to make the audience go 'wow, what an incredible movie'; the acting is nothing above average, the direction also, but the one thing that this film does succeed in doing is putting a smile on the faces of those who watch it. It is not a film which will have a deep and lasting impression on you, it has no true moral beyond that of survival and determination in the face of adversity, but it is an extremely enjoyable fun-fest with some fight sequences which will delight and a story which is altogether complete.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deeper than you might think - if you want to! 20 May 2007
A true pleasure to watch! This film falls into two categories: the late night gung-ho, watch with a few beers, action genre. And the 'hmmm what if?' look at a future society.

Reflections of the world today are given and amplified. The issues concerning the role of government, the people and of course the military are addressed in an enjoyable yet not oppressing or condescending manner. Philosophy for the masses!

If you want to analyse it, analyse it. If you want to just kick back with a friend, stick on a film and have a few cold ones, then you can do that too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
loved it
Published 12 days ago by A. M. DEWHIRST
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Just A Bug Hunt - BLU RAY
Never has a film been made that is so tongue in cheek all the way, and with such violent and exciting action scenes and gory deaths that you keep coming back to it. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Filthy Raider
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Classic action flim and would recommend it
Published 26 days ago by Daniel Scullion
5.0 out of 5 stars Medic! Love it!
You either love it or hate it. I LOVE IT! Fantastic transfer to BLU-RAY. I am so pleased with Picture and Sound quality. A must for those FANS of Starship Troopers.
Published 1 month ago by Tom
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Janet
4.0 out of 5 stars Starship Super-duper troopers.
Love this film. In my opinion the sfx stand up against most modern films. If you have not seen it - buy it and you will love it.
Published 1 month ago by Fitzy
5.0 out of 5 stars brill
this is a good movie if you hate spiders cause these are huge I hate them but found this film ace
Published 2 months ago by sarah morris
3.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Dated Now
A good film but a bit dated now. Still, price was reasonable and delivery was pretty quick. Probably would not buy now though
Published 2 months ago by Alan Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars Starship Trooper (1998)
Film now is quite old but the special effects and dialogue kept the pace-up very well.
Recommend you get a copy if you like sci-fi stuff.
Published 3 months ago by giandougl
2.0 out of 5 stars terrible
What can I say it's a terrible film in fact laughable not sure if that was it's intention but I also say each to there own
Published 3 months ago by vicki
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