|Originally posted by Art Sonneborn:
I wouldn't however, stoop to buy Starship Troopers no matter how pristine the transfer!
No, you buy "Starship Troopers" because it's a howlingly funny satire of WW2 propaganda films (note: If you don't believe we made propaganda films during WW2, you won't find the humor.) It also has a great commentary from Verhoven that makes this very clear. Denise Richards (a good actress in other films like "Wild Things") deliberately limited her range of expressions to three - grinning like a raccoon, dull surprise, frowning. Even the screen tests make this clear - he was looking for wooden acting.
Note: I love Heinlein's later work like "Time Enough For Love" but am not one of those people who believe "Starship Troopers" to be one of his better works and to be undeserving of being a source of parody. If you want to see a decent version of a Heinlein book, rent "The Puppet Masters".