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Starship Troopers (Bilingual)
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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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.
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
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.
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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Didn't play on any equipment alt that it though I like the movie itself, very disappointing that the disc was no goodPublished 11 months ago by G-lyn
French language from International french the is another cover with original french content version witch I found and bought after from another seller.Published 11 months ago by JEAN PAUL BACON
Doesn't play so threw away, will buy at store not waisting my time returning it! ALL my other orders were good except my first Deep space 9 season 3Published on May 16 2014 by Kim Bally
This is an entertaining tongue in cheek story about soldiers and society in the future...
A very good, enjoyable movie. Read more
Awesome condition and really great item. nice shipping. it's an awesome movie and it came in a great collector edition.
thank you very much
I would believe that the filmmakers reacted to Robert A. Heinlein's sometimes almost jingoistic take on the militartistic preservation of "liberty" in creating this campy... Read morePublished on Sept. 1 2013 by Lyn Ens
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