Blu-ray Review: Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars

Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars was directed by Shinji Aramaki and written by sci-fi master Ed Neumeier. Original Starship Troopers stars Casper Van Dien and Dina Meyer return to voice the iconic sci-fi action heroes Johnny Rico and Dizzy Flores in the all-new CG animated sequel who are joined by comedian and Starship Troopers superfan DeRay Davis. The movie was produced by Max Nishi and Tomi Hashimoto. Executive producers are Casper Van Dien, Ed Neumeier and Eiichi Kamagata.

Rico and Dizzy reunite on screen twenty years after the release of 1997’s sci-fi classic Starship Troopers for an action-packed and breathtakingly animated outer space military adventure. C’mon You Apes, You Wanna Live Forever?!  I have only one rule. Everybody fights, no one quits. The bugs have breached Mars and the Federation’s Fleet is too far to help. It’s up to us to save the planet. On the bounce, Troopers! The only Good Bug is a Dead Bug! Oorah! Casper Van Dien and Dina Meyer return as the voices of Johnny Rico and Dizzy Flores alongside comedian and Starship Troopers superfan DeRay Davis in an all-new military adventure from the writer of Starship Troopersand Robocop, Ed Neumeier.

Johnny Rico takes his team of newbies down to the surface of Mars where they go up against the latest threat of killer alien bugs. Once they hit the surface, the team quickly finds out that this real life mission is much deadlier than any of their training simulations but Rico has faith in this green squad and pushes them to be their very best. What happens is, after an ambush, Rico ends up getting separated from the rest of his team for a while where he single-handedly goes up against a swarm of bugs where he ends up getting a little surprise help from an old friend. Now, while everyone is fighting bugs on Mars, there’s also a traitor that gets exposed inside the federation who ends up being tied to what all is happening down on the surface. It’s a race against time where the veteran Starship Trooper finally meets back up with his resilient young team and they come up with a plan to blast this latest bug invasion into oblivion.

Okay, I’ve been a big fan of Starship Troopers since the first movie released back in 1997. Hey, I even had some of the toys back then and still have the trading card set to this very day. The story for this second animated entry into the franchise was interesting and it even played into some politics without getting too far out there. I’m definitely not a fan of sleazy politics but as long as it’s done without alienating some of the audience I think it’s okay. It also dealt with betrayal withing the ranks and the consequences/repercussions that come with it. I also think it’s pretty darn cool to see Casper Van Dien and Dina Meyer come back to voice these awesome characters as well as long-time writer/producer Ed Neumeier who is kind of the behind-the-scenes heart and soul of the franchise. The visual effects for these CGI movies are extremely impressive and as close to the real thing as it gets. The design of everything in the movie is extremely impressive. This time around there’s new suits, weapons, ships, bugs and more that’s introduced into the expanded universe.

The packaging comes with a glossy slipcover. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc also features some matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars was an exciting animated entry into this long-running sci-fi franchise that featured the return of some fan favorite characters. This animated follow up to 2012’s Starship Troopers: Invasion takes the viewer even futher into the expanded universe and shows off new suits, tech, weoponry, ships and even more killer bugs. Even though this isn’t the best entry into the franchise that is now celebrating it’s twentieth anniversay, it’s still a fun sci-fi animated adventure that returns two mainstays, actor Casper Van Dien and writer Ed Neumeier, who have been with the franchise since the first movie released back in 1997. I’m aware that Van Dien wasn’t in Starship Troopers: Hero of the Federation. Joining them is Dina Meyer who makes a return voicing her character “Dizzy” and the way they brought this fan favorite character back was really smart and honestly it’s the only way this could have been pulled off without getting too crazy. All in all I enjoyed this latest entry into the franchise even though it had one small flaw because it stalled some in the middle of the watch.  Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars is now available on Blu-ray and worth checking out.

Distributor: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Run Time: 88 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.78:1) Region A

Blu-ray Audio: English and French DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 / Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: The extras feature the three in depth featurettes that includes interviews with some of the cast and crew, a deleted scene and a photo gallery.

  • Traitor of Mars: A Look Inside Bugs and Powered Suits
  • Traitor of Mars: A Look Inside Story and Characters
  • Expanding the Universe
  1. 20 Years and Counting
  2. Continuing the Universe
  3. Traitor of Mars
  • Deleted Scene
  • Photo Gallery

 

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