'Starship Troopers,' 'Scorpion King' Installments Hitting Blu-ray Next Year

Meanwhile, a frisky "Catwoman" short accompanies Tuesday’s new "Batman: Year One" release.
"Starship Troopers"

It’s Blu-ray Tuesday, and one of the big releases this week is Batman: Year One, Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation’s adaptation of the seminal Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli mini-series.

The movie is lushly animated although it doesn’t look at like Mazzucchelli’s art. The accompanying Catwoman short pushes the adult-oriented themes into the higher levels of PG-13 so parents, beware.

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Meanwhile, a couple of franchise launched over a decade ago are getting new installments in the home entertainment arena.

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions is behind Starship Troopers: Invasion, a CGI-animated feature that continues the story of the universe began in the 1997 Paul Verhoeven sci-fi movie.

Universal Studios Home Entertainment, meanwhile, has set Jan. 17, 2012 as the street date for Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption, which expands the story of the Egyptian king originally begun in 2001’s The Mummy Returns.

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Invasion, which is the fourth installment of the franchise, has two of the original’s involved as executive producers: writer Edward Neumeier and actor Casper Van Dien. Manga veteran Shinji Aramaki, who helmed Appleseed and Appleseed Ex-Machina is directing the project, which is now in production. The movie will likely get a theatrical release next year in Japan, where the franchise is popular. In the U.S., the pic may hit some festivals before going to DVD/Blu-ray.

The new story centers on Carl Jenkins, the intelligence officer originated by Neil Patrick Harris in the 1997 movie, going missing while on a clandestine mission with alien bug-fighting soldiers tasked with a rescue mission that has sinister consequences.

Redemption, directed by Roel Reine, sees Victor Webster as Mathayus (Dwayne Johnson played him in the 2003 theatrical feature while Michael Copon played him in 2008’s straight-to-DVD’s Rise of a Warrior) and features a UFC fighter and a WWE champion, but the big names here are Ron Perlman as the god Horus and Billy Zane as the villain.

Universal is touting “lavish production values including an army of warrior elephants and astounding battle sequences featuring a myriad of martial arts and swordfight sequences.”