Written by: Ed Neumeier, based on the novel by Robert A. Heinlein
Directed by: Paul Verhoeven
Starring: Michael Ironside, Clancy Brown, Casper Van Dien, Dina Meyer, Denise Richards
Released by: Columbia-Tristar
My Advice: Own it if you've got the home setup.
Earth in the future. The world has become a fascist state where the road to citizenship lies through the military. Enter Johnny Rico (Van Dien). He joins up and finds himself thrust into the middle of a war against alien forces--but these aren't greys or anything quite so killable, no no. These are giant goddamn praying mantises on a cocktail of crack cocaine and steroids, not to mention huge killer weevil things and stuff that would be playground bullies on Arrakis. Will some incredibly well-built chicks and a Nazi Doogie Howser be enough to save his ass--and the collective ass of mankind--from total destruction?
Now, because this is a Superbit release, you're trading in your usual cadre of bonus features for souped up audio and video--and this would be a film to own if you like explosions and weapons fire sounding as clear as can be. Every firefight is a new experience and the transfer is amazing.
If you don't own a home cinerama, then of course you're better off with the regular special edition. But--if you do have access to a mini-Cineplex Odeon, then this is a nice one to bother your neighbors with.
- This release is well out of print and if you want hi-def, there are other options. Click here to buy Starship Troopers stuff from Amazon.