Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation

Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation

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Director: Phil Tippett

Cast: Phil Tippett, Richard Burgi, Lawrence Monoson, Colleen Porch

     
 

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The bugs are back on DVD with Columbia TriStar's Special Edition of Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation. The straight-to-video sequel is presented with an anamorphic 1.79:1 widescreen picture and both Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS audio tracks. Extras include a commentary from a team that goes all the way back to the days of Robocop: director Phil

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The bugs are back on DVD with Columbia TriStar's Special Edition of Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation. The straight-to-video sequel is presented with an anamorphic 1.79:1 widescreen picture and both Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS audio tracks. Extras include a commentary from a team that goes all the way back to the days of Robocop: director Phil Tippet, producer Jon Davison, and writer Ed Neumeier. Two featurettes are also included, "Inside the Federation" and "From Green Screen to Silver Screen." The first is a 30-minute look behind-the-scenes, the second a walk through each step of the visualization process behind the film's effects. Rounding out the disc is a photo gallery and a selection of trailers. This is a solid release for fans of the series and should prove a lot to anyone who doubted first-time director Tippet's abilities behind the camera.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
Bypassing most of the cheekiness that was the backbone of its predecessor, Starship Troopers 2 is a dark and horrific tale that's modest in its budget but high in its execution. The sequel focuses on a more tense and claustrophobic level that works hard for its scares while delivering once again on the gore factor. Acclaimed effects artist Phil Tippett makes an impressive leap to the director's chair with this straight-to-cable (and later to DVD) feature that's sure to turn a few skeptics' heads. In fact, the turn to horror is an admirable one that pays off in more ways than one. While it might've helped the production to have kept the secrecy of "who's infected and who's not" plot intact (creating a denser and more frightening base for a fright flick), one could say that that would have been too much of a tonal shift for such a sequel. What's fun is that Starship Troopers 2 teeters between moody, nasty, and outrageous, all in unexpectedly entertaining ways. Ed Neumeier's script is still full of the glorious biting dialogue that only he could cook up -- see all dialogue from the General (Ed Lauter) for proof -- with his patented political satire just below the surface for the hardcore sci-fi nuts to fetish over. The sense of maniacal glee that oozes from Paul Verhoeven is definitely missed, as is Clancy Brown's charisma and strongly defined character in the first film (it was rewritten after scheduling conflicts), but it's hard to dwell on such issues with such a fine popcorn-loving movie like this one to feast on. The effects look surprisingly good, it's bloody, and it has just enough laughs and scares in it to make it one fine time at the movies.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/01/2004
UPC:
0043396018488
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:32:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Director, writer, and producer commentary; "From Green Screen to Silver Screen" featurette; "Inside the Federation" featurette; DVD-ROM link to Starship Troopers PC demo; Photo gallery; Bonus trailers

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Burgi Captain Dax
Lawrence Monoson Lt. Pavlov Dill
Colleen Porch Pvt. Lei Sahara
Ed Lauter General J. G. Shepherd
Brenda Strong Sgt. Dede Rake
Kelly Carlson Pvt. Charlie Soda
Sandrine Holt Pvt. Jill Sandee
Ed Quinn Corporal Joe Griff
Bill Brown Pvt. Otis Brick
Cy Carter Pvt. Billie Otter
J.P. Manoux T/Sgt. Ari Peck
Drew Powell Pvt. Kipper Tor
Jason-Shane Scott Pvt. Duff Horton
Brian Tee Cpl. Thom Kobe
Bobby C. King Smiling Lieutenant
David Wells Recruiting Sergeant
Tim Conlin Fleet Pilot
William Stromberg Conductor

Technical Credits
Phil Tippett Director,Co-producer
Franco-Giacomo Carbone Production Designer
Jon Davison Producer
Penny Ellers Casting
Glenn S. Gainor Executive Producer
Michael Lantieri Special Effects Supervisor
Mark Anthony Little Asst. Director
John W. Morgan Score Composer
Ed Neumeier Co-producer,Screenwriter
Jennifer Parsons Costumes/Costume Designer
Louise Rubacky Editor
Christian Sebaldt Cinematographer
William Stromberg Score Composer
Ed White Sound/Sound Designer
John R. Zachary Art Director

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [1:48]
2. Bravo Company Surrounded [3:50]
3. Retreat! [3:22]
4. Welcome to the Hotel Delta [3:38]
5. Mad Dog Dax [4:04]
6. Hostiles! [3:51]
7. Captain Dax Takes Command [3:08]
8. Bug Zapper [4:00]
9. General Shepherd's Report [3:04]
10. A Trooper's Intuition [5:50]
11. Let There Be Light [3:42]
12. Looking for Action... Sir! [2:15]
13. Sippin' Some Soda [1:53]
14. Griff's Healing Hands [2:04]
15. Breakfast With the Captain [3:52]
16. Bad Boy Peck [2:10]
17. Communication Restored [3:08]
18. A Psychic Vision [3:20]
19. Bug Investation [2:04]
20. Military Intelligence Report [2:45]
21. Dill's Pickle [2:51]
22. Framing Dax [:51]
23. Sgt. Rake Fights Off the Bug [7:13]
24. The Bugs' Plan Revealed [1:02]
25. Soda Popped [1:16]
26. "Kill 'Em All!" [2:26]
27. Murderers Don't Go Home [2:59]
28. A Hero of the Federation [8:50]

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Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was good and all, but the point I got out of it was it was to bring out more and interesting new bugs for the final showdown, whenever they make it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The header says it all. The first movie was an action packed look at a facist future. This is a half-baked attempt at milking the name 'Starship Troopers' for all its worth. Robert A. Heinlein would cry at this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The original Starship Troopers achieved a high cult-like following with humanity's war against the bugs, but the sequel doesn't cut it. A promising movie that had more overt themes of the horrors of war, ignorance of war, and a one-world fascist state that owned every human being in the original was coopted with even weirder and freakier violence with small brain bugs and less gore but with pseudosexual themes. Dax played a minor relief.