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Roughnecks: Starship Troopers - Complete Campaigns [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009I8QI6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 165,306 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Corny title!

This was on TV many years ago and it appealed to the kid in me but that aside....

This is based on the novel by Robert A. Heinlein and does what the movie tried to do and didn't (I enjoyed the first movie) creates characters that you feel an attachment too!

CGI is fantastic, the Bug enemy unstoppable and the action is every Sci Fi fans dream.... you can tell this is one of my fav's.

Bought the region 1, cause the region two didn't have all the episodes and bought a Region 1 DVD player to enjoy it.

The goodie for you: brilliant direction, acting and CGI
The baddie is that they stopped producing them just before the end!

But it and be absorbed for kids and adults!

FedNet out!
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IT is great to catch a tv show that you can call a classic and i loved each episode i plugged in my laptop to my tv set my region and away i went. I just got addicted and the cgi and humour were just great, the fact its USA R1 didnt stop me and all the extras were a bonus over the UK R2. Nice packaging long delivery time . but i like it ...
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The perfect compliment to anyone who loves StarShip Troopers. Roughnecks: Starship Troopers - Complete Campaigns [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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If you liked the film you need to watch this as its just as good!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Band of Brothers Style Space War 6 July 2005
By Gene Hargrove - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a television series based both on a book by Robert Heinlein, Starship Troopers, and a movie of the same name, directed by Paul Verhoeven. The movie was problematic in several respects. On the director's commentary of that movie, Verhoeven explains that he did not have enough money to create the alien insect warriors and create the human military technology in Heinlein's book. He decided to create the aliens and present the human soliders without the weapons that they had in the book, making it appear implausible most of the time that the humans had any chance in the battles at all. This series corrects this problem by providing the troopers with weapons that give them that chance. The other problem with the movie was that Verhoeven disagreed with the political theory advanced in the book, in which only those who serve in the military can become full citizens and can vote. Apparently having lived through World War II as a Dutch child, Verhoeven has a very low opinion of any militaristic society. He therefore satirizes Heinlein's views and fills the movie with military uniforms based on Nazi uniforms, often making it hard to sympathize with the defenders of humanity. Verhoeven's satire was great in Robocop, but produces an uneasy effect in the movie. Happily, the military philosophy is hardly mentioned in the series and the military uniforms are not based in any obvious way on German World War II dress. The series actually resembles most closely the cable mini-series Band of Brothers produced by Tom Hanks for HBO. In the Hanks series a group of soldiers train, fight their way across Europe, and end up in Germany. Like Hanks series, Roughnecks is organized into a series of campaigns, beginning with battles on Pluto (there is nothing much about basic training until episode 20) and ending up with a defense of Earth on the ground. People die; the ones who don't are affected and change in various ways, for better or worse. With regard to the animation, it was incredible CGI 3-D style animation for its time. It is not quite as good as Toy Story or Shrek in many respects, but the main reason is that it was operating on a television budget, not a major motion picture budget. Plus it was trying to animate characters that looked like real people rather than cartoon characters. The goal of the series in terms of animation was the same as that of the creators of the film Final Fantasy that appeared about a year or so later. This series does not miss the quality of Final Fantasy by much and it did it first. Because the series was canceled four episodes before the end of the season, the title of the DVD, suggesting that it is complete, is controversial. The four episodes that should have completed the forty episode season, 33, 38, 39, and 40, are still missing. The DVD gets to forty with four clip show episodes, which summarize past events with voice over narrations. The last of these is a court martial of the Lieutenant Rasczak, reshowing events and questioning whether he acted properly. These four clip shows allowed the producers to meet their obligations to produce 40 shows without having to create new CGI images. The series is not actually complete in that four planned episodes were never finished. However, The series does have considerable unity. In truth, the series could have been tied together nicely if it had ended one episode earlier with the funeral of Lieutenant Rasczak and the elevation of Johnny Rico, the main character in the book, to lieutenant to replace him. There is actually no end to the war in the book, and no plan to end the war in the series. Presumably the creators of the series meant to continue the war for many seasons. Thus, the final episode can be regarded as a hint of what would have come in the future with Rico now functioning as an officer. The series is a worthy tribute to Heinlein's book and will most likely be regarded as an important step along the way in CGI animation. I have given it five stars because technically it is probably more of an achievement for television than Final Fantasy was for the big screen. One regret is that it is not in widescreen. The opening scenes in each episode are in widescreen, suggesting that it would have been possible to produce widescreen much as Babylon 5 was reformated from 4:3 to 16:9. It is sad that this fine animation project was never given an opportunity to find an audience on television the first time aournd, since it was scheduled at such a poor time of day (very early morning), when sci-fi fans were unlikely to be awake. Hopefully, it will do better as a DVD collection.
62 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lowdown on the Roughnecks: STC Boxed Set 28 July 2005
By Mr. Hook - Published on Amazon.com
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Purchasing the Roughnecks DVD boxed set will not only save you money, but it will easily clear up any confusion surrounding the proper play order since the 4 volume set is clearly sequenced and labeled. The disc breakdown looks something like this:

Disc 1: The Pluto Campaign / The Hydora Campaign
Disc 2: The Tophet Campaign / The Tesca Campaign
Disc 3: The Zephyr Campaign / The Klendathu Campaign
Disc 4: Trackers / The Homefront Campaign / 4 Bonus Episodes (the clip shows)

There is no new material here, still no conclusion to the series. In fact, there is LESS material than you will find on the individually packaged campaigns. The "Extras" have been paired down considerably and there are no foreign language tracks or subtitles of any kind. The only extras included in the boxed set are the same Photo Galleries you will find on the original releases and an exclusive illustration insert. The artwork on the insert is fine and I liked the fact that it listed the titles of the individual episodes on the inside, but the chapter breaks on the DVDs are still identical to the original releases and don't necessarily match the original episode transitions (although some do).

So in summary, here are the Pros and Cons of owning the Roughnecks: STC Boxed Set:

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- You will save nearly $100 (or more) compared to the price you'd pay if you buy each campaign disc individually.
- The campaign order is clearly labeled and already sorted out for you.
- There is a pretty fold-out picture included.
- It takes up less space on a shelf.

CONS:
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- No foreign language tracks
- No subtitles
- No filmmakers' commentaries
- No technical commentaries
- No filmographies
- No easter eggs

So if you want to save money and shelf space, by all means, get the boxed set! If, on the other hand, you are a true fanboy like myself, you will cherish the commentaries on the original release discs and bask in the additional replay value.

RE: Drunik: My discs played just fine - you should send yours back to Amazon.com for a free replacement set - pronto!
63 of 74 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good show, but dated 22 Jun. 2005
By MildCritter - Published on Amazon.com
Starship Troopers Chronicles is a continuation/retelling based on the original Starship Troopers movie by Paul Verhooven. The series adds considerably to the variety of the Bugs, shows the Skinnies for the first time, and treats the cameraderie, training, and discipline of the soldiers with the utmost seriousness, not with the vicious mockery of the movie. They are followed through several campaign story arcs that take them to widely varying planetary environments, even eventually back to Earth to fight off an invasion of their homeworld. The characters and their relationships show great interplay and tremendous growth as the stories unfold. Unlike the movie, the power armor introduced in the book is everywhere, and the major characters of the book are there, along with quite a number of excellent new folks.

STC was an excellent show for its time, but it was never given proper treatment by U.S. television. The characters, designs, artwork, and stories were excellent. This was one of the earlier shows done with motion capture technology, so much of the animation is not up to current standards, but so what? It's still a good series, far better than the abomination of a movie that inspired it, and much closer to the spirit of Heinlein's superb original book.

It's very unlikely that new episodes have been produced for it. The producers said several years ago that there was effectively zero chance that the missing four episodes would be produced, so it's probably just a repackaging of the earlier material, maybe with some decent extras. It would be wonderful if those extras included the scripts and preliminary art from the unproduced eps.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars War in a Box 23 Aug. 2006
By Francisco J. Piña - Published on Amazon.com
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Well, I think enough has been said about the series itself, so I'll limit my review to the present Complete Campaigns set. The box is pretty nice and sturdy, with great hand-painted artwork based on the series. Also included is a collector's illustration with the episode guide on the other side.

As for the discs, the hwole series is presented in only 4 discs with slim cases, 2 campaigns a piece, and the bonus episodes on the final one. A nice production touch was to link the episodes of each campaign in one long feature, giving the sensation of been watching a full-length movie, and enhancing the continuity feel of the series.

The downside of this set is the total lack of any subtitles and additional audio tracks available in the individual sets, so non-english speakers and ear-challenged folks are warned. Well, this can also be said of a couple of campaigns in the original discs (Zephyr Campaign and Trackers, to be precise). The good things are, the photo galleries are still there, and you can get the complete series for a quarter of the price! That's something many Roughnecks fans will really appreciate (me included).

All in all, this set will give you hours of thill and fun. If you like good sci-fi, non-stop action, and bugs, this is a series you won't wanna miss.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Roughnecks a bit closer to the book 26 Mar. 2008
By Lensman - Published on Amazon.com
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The movie Starship Troopers upon which Roughnecks is based was not even close to the book and that was a great disappointment. However, even if I forgive the plot and character changes the movie fell flat because it did not show the "jump suits". The animated version, Roughnecks, reviewed here takes a much better stab at the spirit of the book while building on the disaster that was the movie. The special effects and settings are significantly more interesting along with the hardware. So, I discovered that I like the animated version of Starship Troopers (aka Roughnecks - The Starship Troopers Chronicles - The Complete Campaigns ) better albeit not by much given the slightly better story line. To be fair, the Roughneck show was built with commercials in mind and separate episodes in each "campaign" (season) advancing the story line. The Complete Campaigns does a good job of welding it all together without the annoyance of commercial intrusion. Each of the Campaigns is a really long movie. You can't watch it in a single sitting.
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