RT on DVD: Watch an Exclusive Clip from Starship Troopers: Marauder

The bugs are back in town this week!

by Jen Yamato | Monday, Aug. 04 2008

Sparred by the triumphant onscreen return of a certain Johnny Rico, we turn our DVD-minded focus to a few stars of yesterday popping up in new DVD releases this week: Casper van Dien, Christopher Lambert, and Heather Graham. Also, check out this week's geek-tastic new releases: a Starship Troopers box set, Code Monkeys, and Captain James Tiberius Kirk's restored adventures aboard the Starship Enterprise.

Casper Van Dien is back in Starship Troopers: Marauder

If you know the name Johnny Rico, then you know Casper van Dien. Back in 1997, Van Dien turned in a career-defining performance as the brash "roughneck" recruit Rico in Paul Verhoeven's Starship Troopers; since that breakout role, he appeared in no less than 28 (mostly made-for-TV or direct-to DVD) films. This week Van Dien returns, eleven years later, to the franchise that kicked off his career. (Read Casper van Dien's Five Favorite Films here and hear what Rico's up against in Starship Troopers 3.)

Exclusive: Watch two exclusive behind-the-scenes featurettes about the new weaponry and the Marauder powersuit from Starship Troopers 3!

Unnecessary DVD re-release of the week: Christopher Lambert's Fortress

In the world of home video, it seems everything old can become new again when re-masterings, retrospective commentaries, or new footage come into play. But what if no new changes are made whatsoever? Don't check out Lionsgate's new re-release of Stuart Gordon's Fortress, the horror veteran's schlocky-but-entertaining sci-fi flick from 1993 starring direct-to-video king Christopher Lambert. In it, Lambert stars as an Army officer imprisoned when he and his wife decide to conceive more than the allotted one child per couple; highlights include what happens when unruly prisoners get "intestined." But anyone looking for further insights from Gordon or even Lambert will be duly disappointed; the new release, out this week, is merely a repackaged version of Artisan's 2001 release. As for Lambert, he's since returned to his bread-and-butter -- direct-to-video and foreign language films - though we are excited at the thought of him resurrecting Lord Rayden for a 2010 Mortal Kombat sequel.

The Where-Has-Heather-Graham-Gone Update of the Week

Speaking of celebrities who've fallen off the face of Planet Hollywood, this week we stumble across Heather Graham. Once an in-demand Hollywood Roller Girl, Graham has taken to appearing in tiny indie and DVD flicks in the past few years: a travel writer in the romantic-comedy Cake; a hot lesbian in the romantic comedy Gray Matters; a hot lesbian in the dark drama Broken. (Anyone see a trend here?) This week Graham's back with another quirky indie: Miss Conception, the comic tale of one woman's quest to conceive a child at any costs before her "baby making days" are over.

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