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Starship Troopers: 20th Anniversary [SteelBook] [4K Ultra HD Blu-ray/Blu-ray] [Only @ Best Buy] [1997]

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  • Release Date: 09/19/2017
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    95% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (338 out of 358)

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    Starship Troopers
    Director Paul Verhoeven (Showgirls, Total Recall) reunited many from his 1987 Robocop team for this $100-million science fiction adventure, adapted from Robert A. Heinlein's 1959 novel, originally serialized in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction (October-November, 1959). After graduation, Johnny Rico (Casper Van Dien) volunteers for the Mobile Infantry to do his Federal service -- but also to win over his girlfriend, Carmen Ibanez (Denise Richards), who has signed with the Fleet Academy to become a starship pilot. Johnny joins other boot-camp recruits -- Dizzy Flores (Dina Meyer), who has had a crush on Johnny since school, and Ace Levy (Jake Busey). Ace and Johnny become pals, and Johnny's abilities earn him the squad leader position. A training accident occurs on Johnny's watch, and he is about to resign when Earth is attacked by alien insects intent on eradicating all human life. Johnny's home, Buenos Aires, is no longer on the map. Horrified, he chooses to stay on and fight to destroy the insect threat. The Mobile Infantry travels to the planet Klendathu to battle the warrior bugs, a ruthless enemy with only one goal -- survival of their species no matter what. In the initial encounter, some 100,000 lives are lost. At a distant fort, Johnny's unit discovers that the bugs drain brains to acquire knowledge. Soon they are overwhelmed by an advancing arthropod army of immense proportions, attacking both in space and on the planet surface. The notion of human extinction becomes a possibility. For this $100-million production, some 300 artists and technicians combined models and miniatures with CGI effects to fashion a variety of creatures -- from breeder bugs to armored tanker bugs. The film employed hundreds of extras and has over 500 visual effects shots. Filming began 4/29/96 in California (LA and Long Beach, where Cal State's pyramid gym was used for the Jumpball game), New York, South Dakota, Wyoming (Casper, Hell's Half Acre), and Utah (an abandoned Wendover airstrip where the Enola Gay WWII bomber crew trained). At an abandoned airfield in Fountain Valley, California, an elaborate set was constructed to resemble a military boot camp of the future -- complete with an array of pup tents, gull-winged spaceships, hurdle obstacle course, and training facility buildings. Cinematography by Jost Vacano (Showgirls). Licensed products include Lewis Galoob Inc. toys. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Casper Van Dien
      Casper Van Dien - Johnny Rico
    • Dina Meyer
      Dina Meyer - Dizzy Flores
    • Denise Richards
      Denise Richards - Carmen Ibanez
    • Jake Busey
      Jake Busey - Ace Levy
    • Neil Patrick Harris
      Neil Patrick Harris - Carl Jenkins



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 358 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      It's cheesy, campy, nostalgic, and fantastic!

      Posted
      Jimmy
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      I have always loved a good action filled sci-fi movie. Some of my favorite films have always been Alien, The Terminator, Predator, and The Thing (1984) just to name a few. But there was one movie that flew under my radar until I was in college (2010) and would become one of my all time favorites for the action sci-fi genre Starship Troopers. This movie has it all great battle scenes, a set of characters that we get to see grow, a cheesy love plot, and of course Michael Ironside being Michael Ironside. This movie was hated when it first came out but it has grown into a great cult film, and of course it can be analyzed for its political elements too. The 4k transfer for this film was a little weaker then I was expecting, I actually forgot that the movie was mastered in HDR most of the time, and when compared to other transfers of classic movies to 4k hdr this one does not offer as much as i was expecting. The Atmos soundtrack on the other hand is fantastic, especially when the arachnids are flying overhead and there is constant action on screen. So if ou are picking this up for the picture quality, i would get the regular blu ray but if are Atmos enabled then by all means prepare for a great time!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      One rule. Everybody fights, no one quits.

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      MarkTwainTimeTraveler
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      The seminal 1997 Sci-Fi classic that's about a lot more than meets the eye! Gore and Bug Splatter everywhere! For first time viewers, this film is definitely has the flair for being a "B" Sci-Fi film to kill an afternoon. IT is however a lot more than it, it is actually satire about right-wing militarism. The result is a film that, under the surface, is a shoot-em-up commentary about American Foreign Policy, the Military Industrial Complex, and a culture that is reactionary with violence, rather than reason. For the 4K: - Overall, awesome 4/5-ish for an older film brought to 4K looks great. - Blacks looks great in outer space shots - HDR enhanced colors pop off the screen - Close ups of actors show fine details in uniforms, skin tones, etc. - This release has a new improved Dolby Atmos soundtrack which has way improved the original sound quality

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Like the movie, had issues with the Blu-Ray disc.

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      jb300zx

      I liked the movie, but i almost returned it due to that fact it would not play on my Sony Bluray player. After researching the issue I discovered a reference to my problem. The solution: buy a memory unit. That’s right, my copy of “Starship Troopers” has a save file. I have a Sony BDP-350, the 200 dollar unit. It has a USB port in the back for memory expansion. In the product manual, it says extra memory will be required for special java games and extended functions of a Blu-Ray disc. Luckily, any USB device can be used as long as it fits in the recessed USB slot. Nowhere does it mention the extra memory would ever be required to play a movie. Short version: Sony’s software will not play on Sony’s hardware without an extra purchase. As it happens, this particular Blu-Ray disc was authored in such a way that it needs to save data to memory before it can launch its own menu. If the “Starship Troopers” disc fails to load, memory is the problem. WOW you just have to love Sony...

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Fun Movie

      Posted
      atcabot

      If you're a die-hard Heinlein fan, this movie doesn't have much to do with the book (which was a scathing social commentary on, among other things, democratic societies and the demonizing of enemies in war). A few of the basic plot elements are there, but the social commentary in the movie is ham-fisted and often (unintentionally) comical. But the movie is very entertaining if you can get past Denise Richards horrible acting and Casper Van Dien's fairly wooden performance. On the other hand, Jake Busey, Michael Ironside and Dina Meyer (Jason Priestly's older teacher girlfriend on 90210) do a pretty good job. The special effects are actually very good for 1997 and the actors are all nice to look at. Like any Paul Verhoeven movie, there's some gratuitous nudity, so it's not really a kid movie, although the fast-paced action, simple plot and slick special effects are extremely reminiscent of Transformers or one of the later Star Wars movies, so kids would certainly enjoy it. All-in-all, I've always had fun turning off my brain and watching this movie for what it is: entertaining trash.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      B-movie story done relatively well.

      Posted
      WillDu

      It's cheesy and ridiculous, but by god it's fun. Starship Troopers is by no means a great movie, it won't be watched as an annual Christmas feature by any but the most unbalanced of families, but it is one of the most rewatchable movies of this ilk that has been produced since the 60's. These people are living in a time where bugs launch plasam into space which in turn knocks meteors toward earth which destroy cities, they can get tattoos by laser but still fight wars with guns that use bullets. In training they're told that they learn how to use knives because an enemy can't push a button to launch nuclear missles if you disable his hand, but they're not fighting an enemy with nuclear capabilites or hands. It's all that kind of cheesy fun and the over the top violence mixed with social satire that makes this movie work, and makes it's sequels so disappointing. Starship Troopers is on my short list of movies I can watch any time and still enjoy it, no matter what mood or what else is going on.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Starship Troopers 4K - Citizen, buy this version!

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      SeanC
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      Starship Troopers is one of those films that is so over the top, badly acted, filled with strong social commentary, has 'cult-film' written all over it, and so blood-squirting (not sure it this beats Kill Bill), that it's insanely fun to watch and get lost in. I can't seem to pass it up when I come across it on cable TV. I only owned the DVD version, so it's a huge upgrade in video quality over that, and (from what I've read) a jump up from the blu ray. It's got grain (hey, when you're killing bugs, things get messy), so don't expect this to look like a newer digitally filmed movie. But there's a lot to be seen with the extra detail and sharpness in PQ. There are varying colors and shading on the bugs I've never noticed before. This is well worth the cost of admission. If you want to be a Citizen, but this version!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Still holds up

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      Nicodemus11
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      I was super excited when they released this movie in 4K. I won't really review the movie itself but rather the technical aspect of it. first off let me start by saying that for a movie being filmed in 1997 it still holds up to todays standards. HDR is what makes this movie a standout and main reason why I get 4k discs because thats what really going to set it apart from the 2k blu ray version. movie is presented in full screen so those with a 65" TV or bigger its gonna feel very immersive. there a bit of film grain in this but nothing to distracting. honestly I can watch this movie over and over its just a fun movie to watch. the Dolby Atmos track here is pretty good in some scenes you can really hear the air crafts fly right over your head assuming you have ceiling speakers. this is a must buy for sure :)

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Love this movie

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      BigBen
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      I was tempted to give it 5 stars just because this is one of my favorite guilty pleasures. But this is more a review of the 4k disc and not the the movie. The menus are generic and look grainy. The film it's self looks good but not great due to the age and lack of hi def cameras in the 90s. Special effects however look great, especially the bugs, ship exteriors and Want to Know More commercials. Extras are strong but limited with my favorite being the director and cast commentary. The cover art of the steelbook is excellent and it feels well made. Not 100% sure it's worth the extra 5 dollars but as a big fan, it's the best packaging of any format. If you don't already have a copy in BluRay, definitely worth the purchase.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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