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Starship Troopers (Bilingual)

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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: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Ages 18 and over
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Oct. 10 2006
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars 571 customer reviews
  • ASIN: 0767802659
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #55,847 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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From the bridge of the Fleet Battlestation Ticonderoga, with its sweeping galactic views, to the desolate terrain of planet Klendathu, teeming with shrieking, fire-spitting, brain-sucking special effects creatures, acclaimed director PAUL VERHOEVEN crafts a dazzling epic based on Robert A. Heinlein's classic sci-fi adventure. CASPER VAN DIEN, DINA MEYER, DENISE RICHARDS, JAKE BUSEY, NEIL PATRICK HARRIS, PATRICK MULDOON, and MICHAEL IRONSIDE star as the courageous soldiers who travel to the distant and desolate Klendathu system for the ultimate showdown between the species.

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

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Starship Troopers is a strong action movie, a near-classic sci-fi movie, and an absolutely hilarious critique of war movies and war propaganda.

On the surface, Starship Troopers appears to be an ultra-simplistic sci-fi war movie in which heavily-armed space soldiers battle giant monsters. Delve a little deeper, though, and notice that so many of the scenes in this movie are recreations of old WW2 and Viet-Nam era propaganda taken to the extreme. Just as war propaganda (on both sides, mind you) always seeks to dehumanze the enemy, depicting them as savages or barbarians or simply "godless," here, the enemy actually isn't human. It is the ultimate "other," a monster, an animal, a BUG.

The training scenes are riddled with the clichees of war movie training scenes. But the overuse of clichees are not, here, the signs of bad screewriting, but an attempt to hilight and ridicule these tropes while forcing us to admit that, really, we kind of enjoy them.

Anyway, if you haven't seen Starship Troopers or have but think it silly or stupid, watch it (again) and pick out all those scenes that make light of classic war movies and old (and not so old)-fashioned war propaganda.

It's a fun, bloody, thrilling, and hilariously clever film.
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I ordered, and initially couldn't get it to run. A loading bar came up and everything seemed to stop after that. In the back of my Blu Ray player is a USB port. Apparently this title needs addional memory to initiate the loading program (for whatever reason). I plugged in a USB stick I happen to have lying around, and all is fine

Apparently this is a problem with Sony titles and Blu Ray

Other devices such as PlayStation may already have this addtional memeory, so might be okay
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This disc doesn't work at all except a pink loading bar at the beginning. I tried to plug in an USB disk to my blu-ray player like someone said above. But it still doesn't work. Nothing at all on the screen. I can say it is definitely this disc's problem coz my blu-ray player played over 100 discs and this situation never happens.
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There's been enough written about the surpassingly excellent technical aspects of the film as to render further comments redundant. S.T. is a terrific film, engrossing from first to last. The film veers far away from its source, and I do wonder how many among its audience have actually read the Heinlein novel upon which it is based. The film gives short shrift to the premise of the book, which was doubtless necessary to take the film in the direction Verhoeven wished to go. The book's provocative basic point is that the rights to take full part in society (voting, etc.) can and should only belong to those have put their lives on the line in service to their country; a citizen serves, a civilian does not. A civilian has all rights to make as much money as they like, but as one who has paid no price for freedom, they cannot possibly appreciate it, and therefore cannot become a citizen and take part in engineering the various aspects of their society. Had Verhoeven emphasized this, it would have been a very different film, and probably a less popular one, if intellectually more challenging.
As it is, Verhoeven's imposing of WWII style recruitment propaganda is an effective framing device, though the recruits' reasons for joining are superficial, amounting to parental rebellion, joining to get the girl or going to Harvard. All of which misrepresent the book's tenets.
Yet, when a film is this great, why argue about this or that. This is one for the ages.
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At front value this is a Sci-Fi film with a high violence and special effect quota. "Starship Troopers" encompasses blends of "Full Metal Jacket", "Platoon" and "Robocop", and while the story in itself is nothing very new (young graduates join the army in a futuristic fascist governmetn and get involved in a useless war at the far end of the galaxy) it carries some very dark undertones. Apart from hardly ignorable hints at Nazi Germany (The secret service uniforms are almost identical save a swastica, not to mention the fixation on militarist and racist issues), the film shows the effect of propaganda in war campaigns when battling far-away countries. This film was made long before 9/11, however, it gives rise to very worrying thoughts as to our problems in this day and age.
As Mr. Bush held his speaches on 9/11 and then went on to start a war on an enemy that cannot be defeated in combat, aided by a wide-spread propaganda campaign on almost all tv-channels, I couldn't help thinking of "Starship Troopers", where the alien bugs answer the human colonisation attempt in their space by wiping out the colony and shooting an asteroid at earth, eradicating Buenos Aires. Human soldiers are sent to literally the other end of the galaxy, at immense cost of lives and resources, to a hostile desert planet, effectively to die for nothing.... ring any bells? This film carries a subversive message about american culture as it stands today.
Anyone who likes war movies, sci fi flicks or would like to see the downside of american culture taken to the extreme, buy this DvD!
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