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Starship Troopers: Invasion Blu-ray and DVD Reviews

“Starship Troopers: Invasion” is the best of the sequels so far, but that’s not saying much.

If you’re a hardcore fan of the 1997 cult classic “Starship Troopers” like me, you probably won’t be too thrilled by this CGI animated/anime esque made for DVD feature film sequel “Starship Troopers: Invasion.” While it’s fun to see characters like Johnny Rico, Captain Ibanez and Carl Jenkins from the first film make an appearance here, they don’t make up for the thinly plotted story about the K-12 military crew of the starship Alesia helping the crew of the starship John A. Warden. As you can guess, the John A. Warden is plagued with lots of big, nasty bugs that need to be killed.

The main problem with ‘Invasion’ (and all of the ‘Troopers’ sequels for that matter) is that they don’t capture the glory of the first film. There are no clever satirical elements, there are no classic one-liners, and there’s very little humor (unless you think seeing a character named Ratzass is funny). Instead, all we get with ‘Invasion’ is a glorified first person shooter video game esque story with soldiers killing bugs in spades and not much else.

Another issues here is that the characters are completely bland. As I mentioned before, 3 iconic characters appear but they have very few scenes together. On top of that, Carl Jenkins character is completely OUT of character here which is frustrating to say the least. It doesn’t help that the voice cast is utterly miscast here thereby making it difficult to connect with any characters at all. I didn’t expect Denise Richards or NPH to show up, but couldn’t we have at least seen Casper Van Dien reprise his role as Rico? He did, after all, executive produce this movie!

On the plus side, the animation here is the only real highlight. Despite some of the dead eyed animation that has yet to be perfected, everything else looks beautifully crafted here (especially the interior and exterior of the starships and the big bad bugs).

Summary: Just watch the first film again and don’t bother with any of the sequels.

Video/Audio:

If you do happen to watch ‘Invasion,’ the only way to watch it is in 1.78:1 1080p. By watching it in hi-def, you really get the full power of the detailed CGI animation. If you pop on the DVD, you don’t get to see the details or the clarity that CGI animation offers in hi-def. The picture also appears fuzzier on the DVD copy.

If you love your action loud, you’re going to love this 5.1 DTS-HD. The bug killing and explosions are certainly loud and clear throughout the entire film. The Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track on the DVD is certainly impressive, but it obviously lacks the layers and oomph of the DTS-HD track on the Blu-ray edition.

Blu-ray Extras:
* Ultraviolet digital copy.
* Sony trailers.
* 2 deleted scenes.
* Concept art gallery.
* Voice cast gag reel. Not very funny.
* “The Making Of Starship Troopers: Invasion”- An 11 part making of that contains the following segments: “Genesis,” “Archive,” “Character Design,” “Motion Capture,” “Powersuits,” “Bugs,” “Ships,” “Animation,” “Backgrounds,” “Compositing,” and “Music.”
* A subtitled commentary by Shinji Aramaki and Shigeki Ishizuka. Aramaki offers somes insight into directing and animation here, but there is a lot of “pointing out the obvious” here.
The DVD copy contains all of the above listed extras except for the concept art gallery.

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August 27, 2012 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review, DVD review | ,

1 Comment »

  1. You are right about this movie not holding a candle to the original, but I did like how it felt like a sequel to that movie instead of continuing one of the other sequels. I really love full CG movies so that was my main interest, and I have to say it was beautiful. I heard about it from a coworker at Dish who is really into the Starship Troopers series, and decided to check it out for the CG. I rented it through my Blockbuster @Home account, and it came in the mail yesterday. The action was pretty good, and near constant, so it made for a fun watch, but it is by no means a classic like the first. I don’t think I will watch it again; I may return it to the store tomorrow and see if I can get the original.

    Comment by Chris | August 29, 2012 | Reply


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