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Starship Troopers: Traitor Of Mars Blu-ray Review

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“Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars” is easily the best film since the first.

In this follow-up to “Starship Troopers: Invasion,” “Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars” begins with Johnny Rico being demoted to train new Martian recruits. At the start of the film Mars is unaffected by the war, but they suddenly find themselves drawn into it after a major bug attack. From there on out, the fast paced story involves Mars on the verge of being destroyed, a corrupt Sky Marshall (Amy) looking to make a big political move, and Carl wrongly becoming a fall guy. Only Rico (and his recruits) and Carmen can save the day and expose the truth about what is going on.

After 2 mediocre live-action sequels (“Hero of the Federation” and “Marauder”) and a forgettable CGI animated film (“Invasion”), the cult classic “Starship Troopers” finally gets a worthwhile sequel with the CGI animated Japanese-American co-production “Traitor of Mars.” This sequel really has everything fans could want. Beloved characters return to the screen, there’s an intense plot about political corruption, there’s plenty of bug shooting action, the soldiers wear power armor and have jetpacks like in the novel, and the story of the young recruits coming into their own is a compelling subplot.

Going back to the characters, part of what makes ‘Traitor’ work so well is that it’s simply satisfying to follow-up with the characters of Johnny Rico, Carl, Carmen, and, yes, even Dizzy (I won’t spoil why or how she shows up) 20 years later. Even though this franchise will inevitably be rebooted sometime in the near future, it’s nice to see the continuity of the first film continuing after all these years. That is a rarity in this day and age. It’s even better to see that Casper Van Dien and Dina Meyer are reprising their roles of Johnny Rico and Dizzy vocally.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? This is a gorgeous looking CGI animated film that looks even better on Blu-ray. I can’t find any fault with this transfer.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? This track is nice and loud. The 5.1 DTS track is working overtime here.

Extras: * Sony trailers. * An art gallery slideshow. * An animatic deleted scene. * “Traitor Of Mars: A Look Inside”- A 2 part extra that covers the animation, bugs, suits, story and characters. * “Expanding The Universe: 20 Years And Counting”- A fun featurette on the franchise that includes interviews with Casper Van Dien and Ed Neumeier. * “Expanding The Universe: Continuing The Universe”- Ed Neumeier talks about the source material and the film series. * “Expanding The Universe: Traitor Of Mars”- A featurette all about this new sequel.

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September 20, 2017 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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