A generous amount of supplemental features have been assembled for this release. Best of all is an 11-part “making of” documentary. While you can watch each segment one at a time, there’s also a convenient “play all” option. Together the piece runs for an impressive one hour and 20 minutes. All aspects of the production are covered, featuring interviews with director Shinji Aramaki, producer Joseph Chou, co-executive producers Casper Van Dien and Ed Neumeier, and more. It’s unlikely anyone will come away from this expansive documentary unsatisfied, but the commentary track (in Japanese with English subtitles) with Shinji and Sony executive Tony Ishizuka provides even more in-depth information. There’s also a gag reel, a couple deleted scenes, and a conceptual art gallery (a Blu-ray exclusive).
Starship Troopers: Invasion is a lean and mean sci-fi action movie that stands as the best film in this franchise since Paul Verhoeven’s original. The move to computer animation allows for far better visuals than the other direct-to-video sequels. With solid audio/visual presentation and a great, feature-length “making of,” Invasion is easy to recommend.