Kill ‘Em All” is the cry of the Mobile Infantry. And when Mars is overrun by bugs, what else are Troopers to do but shoot, shoot, shoot till all the bugs are dead? Or they are. STARSHIP TROOPERS: TRAITOR OF MARS is a CG animated continuation of the Starship Troopers movie, now 20 years in the past. Those who fondly remember the movie for its insane violence will rejoice that now the Troopers have powered suits, as they were originally intended to in Heinlein’s book. This CG animated movie takes the “universe” of ST and moves it forward full bore. Especially by having the original stars, Casper Van Dien and Dina Meyer return to voice their characters (yes Dizzy didn’t survive the first film, but it makes sense here). All this and big weapons, big fights and big obstacles to overcome.
While animated, the film is far from “cartoony,” primarily as a result of being co-directed by Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed Alpha, Appleseed Ex Machina) and Masaru Matsumoto (“Castlevania: Judgment”). Those looking for detail in the weaponry will be pleased too, as are those rooting for scenes in which the powered suits perform. And let’s not forget that CG can look pretty good if handled right. Which it is here. But mostly it’s a story that is both compelling and entertaining, with even some comedic bits blended in.
Visually the movie is a treat — Blu-ray providing great detail and a strong color palette (although yeh things are pretty dark in tone as well as shading). Those viewing the 4K disc (not hampered by streaming artifact and compression) will find the level of vividness even more so, thanks to high dynamic range being part of the mix. That’s candy for the eyes, while for the ears Dolby Atmos provides a more immersive surround than the now-conventional Dolby Digital surround can do (as found on the Blu-Ray).
No disc would be complete without extras and there’s plenty here: on the bugs and the powered suited, on the characters and reflections on the Starship Trooper “universe” from Van Dien and screenwriter plus cast and crew. Even a deleted scene and a photo gallery. But don’t expect every bonus to show up — they vary depending on the disc set.