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Story

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. The DVD includes an above-average commentary by the director and Neumeier, several deleted scenes, a behind-the-scenes documentary and promotional featurette, cast bios, production notes, and more. --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

  • Cast & Crew Commentary Featuring Casper Van Dien, Dina Meyer and Neil Patrick Harris
  • Paul Verhoeven and Ed Neumier Commentary
  • Isolated Music Score with Commentary by Composer Basil Poledouris
  • Filmographies
  • Scene Selections
  • Exclusive New Documentary: "Death From Above"
  • "Know Your Foe": Special Effects Featurettes
  • The Starships of Starship Troopers
  • Special Effects Comparisons
  • Storyboard Comparisons
  • Vintage Featurette: The Making of Starship Troopers
  • Conceptual Art Galleries
  • Scene Deconstructions with Commentary by Paul Verhoeven
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Screen Tests
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Interactive Animated Menus

Cast

Casper Van DienJohnny Rico
Dina MeyerDizzy Flores
Denise RichardsLt. Carmen Ibanez
Jake BuseyAce Levy
Neil Patrick HarrisCarl Jenkins
Clancy BrownSgt. Zim
Seth GilliamSugar Watkins
Patrick MuldoonZander Barcalow
Michael IronsideJean Rasczak
Marshall BellGeneral Owen
Eric BruskotterBreckinridge
Matt LevinKitten Smith
Blake LindsleyKatrina
Anthony RuivivarShujimi
Brenda StrongCaptain Deladier
Dean NorrisCommanding Officer
Tami-Adrian GeorgeDjana'D
TeoCorporal Bronski
Steven FordLt. Willy
Ungela BrockmanCorporal Birdie
Amy SmartPilot Cadet Stack Lumbreiser
Timothy OmundsonPsychic
Dale DyeGeneral

  • Genre: Sci-Fi Movies
  • Director: Paul Verhoeven
  • Producer: Columbia/Tri-Star
  • Length: 129 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaNov 7, 1997
    EuropeJan 2, 1998
    JapanMay 2, 1998
    AustraliaFeb 5, 1998
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
    JapanPG-12
    AustraliaMA
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaAug 5, 2008
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJul 11, 2000
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