Starship Troopers 3: Marauder (2008) [Blu-Ray]

Genre(s): Action / Adventure / Science Fiction / Thriller
Sony || R - 105 minutes - $38.96 || August 5, 2008
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2008-07-30


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Edward Neumeier
Writer(s): Edward Neumeier (written by)
Cast: Casper Van Dien, Jolene Blalock


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Marauder Mode (BD Exclusive)
  • BD-Live (BD Exclusive)
  • Put Yourself in the Movie
  • Filmmaker Commentary
  • Writer/Director and Cast Commentary
  • Evolution: The Bugs of Starship Troopers 3
  • Enlist: Marauder's Mobile Infantry
  • Music Video


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (Dolby TrueHD), French (Dolby TrueHD)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Thai

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.::THE FILM::.

"Who said guys don't give great head?"

Yes, that is an actual quote from the film complete with a moaning girl noise in the background. While Starship Troopers 2 is barley watchable, Starship Troopers 3 does bring back some of the magic from the first film that makes it a somewhat decent film to sit through.

The film stars out with a great battle on some planet (I already forgot the name of it) where farmers are discouraged because the bugs have started to attack. The Federation sets up a base on the planet where Col. Rico (Casper Van Dien) is now stationed and very soon trouble arrives and the base is infiltrated. After hitting a superior officer, Rico is sentenced to death where he is saved at the last minute to lead a renegade mission to the planet OM-1 to save a handful of survivors - including the singing Sky Marshall Anoke!

Itís a little tough to even give a quick synopsis because the film is literally everywhere. We follow several different characters stories on different planets at all times. Itís a jumbled mess that only makes sense towards the end of the film where everyone is finally joined together for the great (2 minute) battle. The acting is sub-par at best where most characters wander around the screen and read their lines as if this is a comedy film. More times that I want to count the dialog is just incredibly bad you have to laugh and wonder if they are really taking the film seriously. Why do we even need dialog? If you're interested in the film you simply want to see explosions, people being ripped apart and aliens crying in defeat. Do we really need to call a fat guys penis "small slug"?

This time around we get introduced to tons of new expendable characters as well as a few returning favorites (Rico, the Brain Bug) from the first film. I'm actually a bit shocked they didn't somehow bring back Brenda Strong in some sort of fashion since she seemed perfect for the role of Admiral Enolo Phid (I actually thought it was her the entire movie since the actress Amanda Donohoe could be her doppelganger). The only character that is back from either film that I can gather is Casper Van Dien who once again plays the same smug character who is ready to kick ass at a momentís notice. Typically I would say he is just in it to collect a paycheck, but listening to the commentary he really enjoyed his (albeit very short) time in the film.

As for the effects... while better than the second film, they are very much direct to video fodder here. The arachnids look good, but you can clearly tell (especially in High-Def) that they are fake. Some of the other effects include a space ship on fire with poorly done explosions and what looks to be a spaceship flying away which clearly looks like they took a plastic ship, attached it to string, and moved it against a solid background.

For a film that brings great attention to the fact that they are including some sort of robot (cashing in on the Transformers fame?) they are barley in the film. You would think with them being plastered all of the cover art the mech's would appear in the film for more than five minutes... but they don't. At least it gave the film makers a chance to include several scenes of naked women to help entice the young kids to actually want to rent this.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Marauder Mode (Profile 1.1/2.0 Players Only) - A pretty good PiP track that plays along the side the movie and randomly pops up with interviews and small comments here and there. All of this is new information not present on the below special features so if you don't have a compatible player....you will be missing out. ** Blu-ray Exclusive **

BD-Live (Profile 2.0 Players Only) - After the initial five minute loading time, I was greeted with the typical downloadable trailers and whatnot as well as some additional special features. One of them is apparently the Comic-Con panel from this year (however itís not live yet for download) as well as some ring tones and such. ** Blu-ray Exclusive **

Put Yourself in the Movie (Profile 2.0 Players Only) - Not available yet, apparently this features allows you to upload a picture of yourself (using a computer and special online account) and when you access this feature on the disc, allows you to insert your face into the movie. ** Blu-ray Exclusive **

Filmmaker Commentary - Another boring track where they discuss more of the technical specs and not so much the film itself. I would recommend the Marauder Mode PiP instead if you have the ability to play it.

Commentary with Director/Writer Ed Neumeier and actors Casper Van Dien and Jolene Balock - I got to say, Iíve never seen to actors so... happy about being in a direct to video film before. They seem a bit too excited to star in this... but they do discuss the film as well.

Evolution: The Bugs of Starship Troopers 3 (11:22; HD) - This would be your typical making of feature that goes throw and demonstrates how and why they introduced new bugs and weapons as well as other tidbits of information.

Enlist: Marauder's Mobile Infantry (13:55; HD) - More of an extension of the above making of, this includes a bit more information along with the "Would You Like To Know More" type ads.

Also included is the music video "Itís a Good Day to Die" Extended Edition from the film.

I'm actually shocked to see the amount of extras on a film that went directly to DVD/Blu-ray. Kudos to Sony for going out on a sub-par film.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Starship Troopers 3 is presented in 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio on a 50GB Disc. Picture quality here is light years above the abysmal Starship Troopers 2, and on par with the first. While Starship Troopers 2 took place at night and in a dark, dingy silo, Starship Troopers 3 has many different locations, as well as the planet OM-1 which looks like a desert by the sea. Colors look very nice and blacks look a bit to grey for me. Some scenes have an abnormal amount of grain present, but overall not a bad transfer for a direct to video film.

Sony has included an English Dolby 5.1 TrueHD track as well as standard Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks in French, Spanish, Portuguese and Thai. Once again, this track is light years above Starship Troopers 2 and just a slight notch below the first film. There is far more action in this film and the TrueHD track clearly shows this. For a direct to video film, this is pretty good!



.::OVERALL::.

Starship Troopers 3 is still not as good as the first film, but it is much better than that messy sequel. Is it worth a purchase? No. But if you're a fan of the first film, itís worth a rent to at least see what the purpose of the Brain Bug was and to see Johnny Rico back in action. Every aspect of the second film has been forgotten in this film so you can pretend like it does not exist.