Starship Troopers (1977)

UK Blu-ray edition

Casper Van Dien's and Dina Meyer's Johhny Rico and Dizzy Flores Citizens in front of the Mobile Infantry
in the ill-fated attack on Klendathu, home planet of the Alien Killer Bugs

Text below written 2016-10-07


This Sci-Fi action and War movie from 1997 has becomed a beloved classic among the many, many fans, and are for
sure Paul Verhoeven's best film in his mighty Sci-Fi trio with also Robocop and Total Recall.
I Love EVERYTHING about this film, it just works for me ... and Yes, even Denise Richard's acting as her a bit super-
ficial performance suits her role figure Carmen Ibanez career pilot fine. She had some really good years at the end of the
1990's with also her role in the great swamp noir Wild Things. She has this slick and slightly unreal look as Carmen.

I've rarely seen Casper Van Dien in movies (in a Tim Burton film and in The Pact), maybe he's relegated to B movie land,
but he's perfect as the Buenos Aires rich boy Johnny Rico, a high school football hero that wants to serve The Federation
and join up with the Mobile Infantry. Great also is Dina Meyer as Dizzy, the girl and school classmate that loves Johnny.
Michael "Scanners" Ironside as Lieutenant Rasczak, Jake "The Son of Gary" Busey etc. they're all great.

But the greatest are the Phil Tippet created alien killer bugs, the arachnoids, and the bombastic but Super Great Soundtrack
from Basil Poledouris. I even sat through the whole of the end titles, and there were 9-10 minutes of them and rolling for
an eternity, just to enjoy this mighty piece of music. And, the CGI still looks great today 20 years later.
The famous attack on Klendathu scene with the drop of the infantry shuttles in HD .... a Powerful watching experience.

This film is based on the Robert A. Heinlein 1959 novel and was greatly misunderstood on it's release in 1997 as the critics
called it Fascistic and trash. No, No, No .... it looks gorgeous and better than any Sci-Fi i've ever seen and the book and
the film depicts a future world where the Earth is under the control of The Federation, some sort of military fascistic junta.
With constant news bulletins about the importance of becoming a Citizen, of doing military duty for the Federation.
It's just like the social satire in Verhoeven's Robocop where the earth was ruled by big Corporations and with commercials
unleashed on it's citizens instead of political messages in Starship Troopers. Do You Want to Know More?

Man vs. Bugs, Earth vs. Klendathu in The Battle of the Galaxy. Sci-Fi and War action movie with some social satire and
even high-school romance in it. How is it possible that the 1990's CGI effects look that good today? A Miracle.
Starship Troopers, Dredd, Alien, Total Recall, Robocop, Terminator 1 and 2 are some of my favourite Sci-Fi action films.
anamorphic widescreen 1.85:1 with an english audio track 5.1 DD and PCM with english or swedish subs etc.

Extras: Movie showcase, deleted scenes, scene developments with commentary Verhoeven, featurette, screentest, teaser

 

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