Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.78:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This became an erratic presentation.
Overall sharpness seemed good. A little softness crept into some interiors, but the majority of the film offered concise visuals. I saw no moiré effects, but jaggies could interfere at times. Neither edge haloes nor source flaws marred the proceedings.
Colors tended toward a grungy green feel as well as the expected red/orange of Mars. This meant the hues didn’t exactly leap off the screen, but the Blu-ray reproduced them in an accurate manner.
Blacks were dark and dense, while low-light shots boasted solid clarity. Overall, this was an image that often worked fine but the occasional softness and jagged edges made it a “B-“.
In addition, the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack offered a good kick in the pants. The movie boasted a lot of battle sequences, and those used the speakers to create a vivid, impactful sense of the material. Bugs, ships and various military weapons broadened around the room to create a vivid setting for the material.
Audio quality worked well, as speech remained natural and concise. Music was bold and bright, while effects appeared accurate and robust, with nice low-end response. The soundtrack added life to the tale.
A few extras ensue, and we begin with A Look Inside. This two-part piece fills a total of 16 minutes, three seconds with info from directors Masaru Matsumoto and Shinji Aramaki, effects supervisor Takuya Kiyozuka, animation supervisor Hiroshi Takeuchi, background and props supervisor Masamitsu Tasaki, rigging supervisor/crowds supervisor Toshihiko Masaki, character and props supervisor Seiji Tayama, concept designer Shinji Usui, and producers Max Nishi and Joseph Chou.
“Look” examines design, effects and animation, story/characters, and cast. The technical side works better, as those notes offer depth. The parts about story and characters tend to be bland.
Under Expanding the Universe, we get three clips: “20 Years and Counting” (6:27), “Continuing the Universe” (3:35) and “Traitor of Mars” (6:45). Across these, we hear from writer Ed Neumeier and actor Casper Van Dien.
“Universe” covers aspects of the first film and the sequels as well as elements of Traitor. Neumeier and Van Dien throw out a handful of interesting observations but the featurettes lack a lot of real impact.
One Deleted Scene lasts 44 seconds. It shows a flirty sequence between Johnny and Carmen. It adds nothing.
A Gallery presents 34 screens of concept art. It delivers a pretty good collection.
The disc opens with ads for Resident Evil: Vendetta, SWAT: Under Siege, Sniper: Ultimate Kill, Kill ‘Em All, Life and Starship Troopers: Invasion. No trailer for Traitor appears here.
For the series’ fifth film, we get the wholly forgettable Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars. A mix of dull characters, mediocre action and poor animation, the movie lacks much appeal. The Blu-ray brings us very good along with erratic visuals and a smattering of supplements. Even diehard Troopers fans should skip this dud.