For those that were collecting the 1999 CGI-animated "Roughnecks: Starshiptrooper Chronicles" series on DVD, you'll know that Columbia Tri-Star skipped a campaign (5-episode arc) in their release schedule. This skipped campaign, better known as the "Ice Asteroid campaign" is finally making its way to DVD on 8/19. This only leaves the final three episodes plus the possible two unproduced episodes to make it to DVD sometime in the future...hopefully. I have the currently available six volumes of Roughnecks and am anxiously awaiting this actual 5th campaign in the series. This will fill in the plot gaps between the Tesca (jungle planet) campaign and the Klendathu (bug homeoworld) campaigns. For those not familiar with the series, Roughnecks follows more closely to the classic Robert Heinlein novel than the 1997 live-action Paul Verhoeven film, although this series was co-produced by Verhoeven himself. As for content, think of it as Band of Brothers in space, complete with amphibious landings (planet landings) and a clear distinctive evil enemy in the bugs. The DVD presentation is really pretty good. Every disc so far as been presented in DD 5.1, with the exception of the 2nd one released, the afore-mentioned "Tesca campaign", for what reason I do not know. The 5.1 sound mix makes great use of the .LFE channel for all the explosions. Out of the 6 discs released so far 4 of them have two, count'em two commentaries each. One from the writers/producers, the other from the technical/animator teams. I must admit that I've only listened to a small portion of one of the technical commentaries, but what I heard was quite interesting to hear how much love and devotion the technical team put into the series with the special effects, etc. The only drawback to the DVD is the slight soft look to the video. The video isn't quite as crisp and sharp as Rhino's Beast Wars discs. But the animation overall is better, except for animation shimmer in the animation of the bugs in the earlier episodes. So for all you out there that feel that the live-action Starship Troopers movie is at least a guilty pleasure pop-corn film, but want a little more substance to the over-all story of the troopers and universe, I can't strongly recommend the Roughnecks series any more. The only cheesey bits to the series might be the background music. It sounds like a Nintendo video game at times, but that's just a minor qibble when compared to the overall strength of character development and story lines. The variety of the bugs, trooper equipment, and special effects make this series a well worth while investment in my opinion. Oh, BTW, a Superbit version of the live-action movie is coming out on 8/5 as well.