Oh, snap, I just looked it up on Amazon and they're coming out with a steelbook 25th anniversary edition this November! I know what I'm asking for for Christmas!I think the 4k anniversary edition from 2018 is the right one. I think you hit the nail on the head. Starship troopers uses practical models for moments where the actors interact with the bugs. You never get the clean green screen effect that comes with modern films. The ships sequences are my favorite part. All of the battleships are actually scale models with the effects of combat added on top.
The movie truly has it all: laughs, romance, drama, satire, space battles, friendship, an undercurrent of the bug attack probably being a false flag event, large scale bug battles, a hero's journey narrative, hyperviolence...OP WATCH IT. EVEN IF YOU'VE SEEN IT WATCH IT AGAIN