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Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles : The Klendathu Campaign (Bilingual) [Import]
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In "The Klendathu Campaign," Rico and his fellow Troopers are confronted with a disturbing turn of events when their leader Lieutenant Zander is infected with a bug virus and is transformed into a super-strong half-human/half-bug mutant. Intent on destroying the Troopers, Zander follows them in the fiery Klendathu planet. Now, while they try to beat impossible odds fighting the enormous Arachnid army, they're also trying to save their former leader--before he destroys them.
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It is clear from watching these disks that the writers and animators borrowed a lot of ideas from other movies and television shows. Here one of the obvious influences is Aliens. There are several episodes where the troopers are running around darkened starship corridors searching for the bugs that borrow the atmosphere and look of that movie.
If I have any complaint, it is that occasionally the show delved into comic-book-like stories and I think this is the worst example, when one of the human characters turns into a bug but still taunts the troopers with quips and snide wordplay. It is too much like a Spiderman comic book.
There is also a choice that Rico makes late in the episode that is not really touched on later in the series that I found troubling: at one point he has the opportunity to kill the alien queen but does not do so in order to save the life of one of his friends. The problem is that the queen then makes it to earth, leading to massive warfare and presumably the deaths of millions of people. But they never again revisit Rico's bad decision.
Be sure to check out the Filmmakers' and Technical commentaries, they definitely make the disk worthy of repeat viewing. There is no picture gallery on this DVD, but the galleries on the Hydora and Tophet DVDs are so extensive that additional galleries at this point would probably be redundant. Oh yeah, and there is FINALLY a decent trailer for the rest of the Roughnecks series included on this disc. If you're a die-hard Roughnecks fan (like myself), this is a great disc to show your friends and family in order to hook them on the series!
I must in all honesty say I was a little disappointed in Klendathu. Maybe part of this is the simple fact that it's hard for anything long anticipated to live up to expectations. I thought that the animation was actually not quite up to Foundation's usual high standards. Movement at times seemed jerky, particularly that of the ships. Green bug blood shot forth in huge softball sized gobs (what happened to particle effects?). Gunfire seemed less convincing. On the plus side there were some nice looking missile trail and rocket exhaust effects, and fine explosions. Overall, I thought there was a different "feel" to this one. Not bad, but different.
That's not to say I don't think you should buy it. It's an obvious must have for your collection. I'm looking forward to watching Homefront soon. BTW, why on earth (pun intended) did Sony release these two campaigns before Asteroid? I haven't seen it, and have no idea what plot developments I've missed! This makes no sense whatsoever. If they only wanted to release two at a time to keep interest up, it should have been Asteroid and Klendathu, no? Hold the finale to build up sales. Go figure...
The Klendathu Campaign is a thrilling continuation of the Roughnecks saga. The CGI by Foundation Imaging just continues to grow more subtle and sophisticated. The staging area, Klendathu is a fetid fog covered world swarming with seas of bugs. Battles range from massive invasions to search and destroy missions and even commando raids deep within enemy territory. The stories remain remarkably subtle and complex for American animation. The characters continue to grow and change; another Roughneck is lost to a crippling injury, an old squadmate returns but has changed in frightening ways, gung-ho Dizzy experiences self-doubt, while Rico begins to show leadership mettle. The series even pauses from endless battles to let the Roughnecks compose heartfelt messages home from battle (in 'Letters Home') This DVD is a must for any serious fan of animation and first rate story-telling.
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I was already quite pleased by the released of the Hydoran and Tophet campaign. This one is just as good. I look forward to the next one.Published on June 21 2002 by JOHN HUONG CH
Second to last in the series, this group of five episodes is extremely fast-paced and nicely plotted. Read morePublished on June 15 2002 by M. Packo
Great dvd, however we are missing a story arc. I have loosely named it the Frozen (or Lost) Asteroid Campaign and it directly precedes the Klendathu Campaign. Read morePublished on June 8 2002 by Catharsise
I loved the original book (I have a first edition hardcover!); I thought the movie strayed too far from the original material, but the bugs were cool; and the TV series combined... Read morePublished on June 7 2002 by Michael
Roughnecks is in many ways the best animated military series ever to grace the small screen. In every way that mattered the it is true to Heinlein's vision of the future conflict... Read morePublished on May 29 2002 by Robert W.
Growing up in the time of Transformers, Macross, GI Joe and Ralph Bakshi animated cartoons, Starship Troopers is an evolutionary leap in the field of computer generated animation. Read morePublished on April 24 2002
Being a huge fan of the Roughneck Chronicles series I found that this campaign offers extreme detail to every aspect of each episode. Read morePublished on April 15 2002 by joe
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