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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 (119 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 (119 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CYIZ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,142 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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


Customer Reviews

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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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10 of 11 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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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant satire 15 July 2007
Format:DVD
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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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars CGI is very good, non-cgi is slightly grainy 3 Jan 2008
Format:Blu-ray
Good film. This is probably one of my best blu-ray discs. The space scenes are very crisp and look superb. The non-cgi scenes are slightly grainy but still not as bad as some 'remastered' blu-ray discs I have seen.
If you liked the film and have it on standard dvd and have a blu-ray player I would recomend buying this and getting rid of your standard copy. The improvement is definitly worth it.
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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
By AL.B
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
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
Format:DVD
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
Format:DVD
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Jekyll
Format:DVD
I know this film has been out for a while now, but I thought I'd type a review anyways. I've seen this film quite a few times over the years and have always found it to be very entertaining.
I think what surprised me the most when watching this film for the first time, was the fact that there is soo much cheese, but together with this cheese comes loads of blood and gore, which kinda puts to the back of your mind the cheesiness of it all.
If you havent seen this yet, go out and rent it now!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
The DVD was double-sided and needed turning during the film, but this didn't spoil a thoroughly enjoyable film. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Destiny Detective
5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT A TROOPER
ITEM ARRIVED IN GOOD TIME AND CONDITION. AS A FAN OF ANYTHING SCIENCE FICTION (OR FACT) I FIRST VIEWED THIS FILM ON TV (DIDN'T GET TO CINEMA), SO KNEW WHAT TO EXPECT - NONETHELESS... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Huntana
4.0 out of 5 stars good
good.bought as present.what can you say a great mans film.recepient enjoyed it.and for his new blu-ray.good film will buy more like this.
Published 1 month ago by jane
3.0 out of 5 stars Sub par extras for a deserving movie
Although image and sound are crisp, the extras feel lifted from the DVD edition with no afterthought for the HD format. Disappointing.
Published 1 month ago by Mario F. M. Santos
5.0 out of 5 stars Butchered by belligerent bugs
Aside from the ultra violent bug attacks this has the rather glorious sight of Casper van diens naked buttocks. Plus Neil Patrick Harris is in it. And Denise Richards. Read more
Published 1 month ago by BigAl82
3.0 out of 5 stars Dated
I found thw quality of the Blu Ray not up to standard still a good film but has not transfred well to the new format
Published 1 month ago by Indred Cold
4.0 out of 5 stars Great picture
I would like to correct son of sam in his review for this product.

While this film is really good, and does work on two levels, the second level is not an "allegory... Read more
Published 2 months ago by happyshopper
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb Sci-fi Political Satire Movie
Blu ray Info.
Running time 130 minutes approx, Region B.

Trivia.
1) Mark Wahlberg turned down the role of Johnny Rico. Read more
Published 2 months ago by timelord007
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best films ever!!!
In my opinion this still remains one of the best films that has been made in the past two decades. Ok some of the acting is poor but on the whole the casting and screenplay are... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bodyslam
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Fun
This is a fun film to watch and very enjoyable, Earth gets attacked by bugs, earth gets butt kicked in retaliation and we come back, the formula for every great space going sci-fi... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. J. James
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