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Matt Salinger (nephew of J.D.) plays Steve Rogers as he fights the Red Skull both in the `40s and again after he's frozen in time; Scott Paulin essays his arch-nemesis while a better-than-the-movie-deserves supporting cast includes Ronny Cox, Ned Beatty, Darren McGavin, Michael Nouri and Melinda Dillon. "Captain America" does move along briskly and has a few fun moments but is basically let down by threadbare production values (there's a WLVI TV-56 Boston microphone during a White House press briefing!) and terrible editing. Pyun further claims his film was ruined by Golan in post-production, but this charge isn't entirely supported by his recent so-called "Director's Cut" that the director sold a couple of years ago on his website (sadly I was dumb enough to buy a copy; the Blu-Ray version looked like some third-gen Youtube video!).
Particularly compared to the dramatic stylings of Reb Brown (who played Rogers in a pair of failed '70s TV pilots), Salinger is actually quite good as Cap -- the movie is more about Steve Rogers than the man in the suit, and there are intermittent moments where the film is effective. Tolkin's script, meanwhile, hits many of the same narrative buttons as the recent Marvel movie, but needed a more seasoned director and a stronger budget for it to come together.
Nevertheless, Shout's Blu-Ray goes a long way to making the '90 "Captain America" respectable. Previously available as a manufactured-on-demand DVD release that recycled its old home video master, Shout's Blu-Ray of "Captain America" is a vast improvement on any prior presentation of the picture.Read more ›
Immediately, it starts out with a warning, claiming something along the lines of "This is the best source we could find." TRANSLATION: "We couldn't be bothered to make a new transfer, so enjoy this old one. And, thanks for the cash."
As far as I can tell, MGM's MOD edition recycles the one made for the 1992 VHS and LaserDisc versions. Video is a cropped 4x3 full screen presentation. I had hoped it was open-matte, but after comparing it to a UK edition, I am certain it has been cropped.
And, like the '92 VHS and LD releases, quality is quite poor. Colors are washed-out, the picture is soft, there is heavy grain, and loads of rainbow-artifacts grace the image.
Oh, I forgot to mention the compression problems. Yep, this baby has some pretty big areas of block noise during some of the fast moving action scenes (like the machine gun fire at night during the early portions of the film).
Audio is Dolby stereo and sounds adequate, but has some occasional pops. And, I also think I heard some mild "hiss" at times. However, given that I am sending this back to Amazon in a hurry, I don't have time to check it more thoroughly.
As for extras, a theatrical trailer is included. I would say "hooray", but the quality of the movie itself has left me quite apathetic.
In closing, MGM has delivered the legal equivalent to all the "bootlegs" floating around the "grey market"...complete with being on a DVD-R disc. If you're desperate to own the '92 "Captain America" on DVD, be my guest...but prepare to be underwhelmed.
Thanks, MGM :(
In Italy during WW2, Dr. Maria Vaseli (Carla Cassola) creates a process which transforms child musical prodigy Tadzio de Santis into the hideously scarred 'Red Skull' (Scott Paulin) for the Nazis. Dr. Vaseli escapes to America where she perfects the process and helps the American Military transform Polio-ridden Steve Rogers into the Star Spangled Avenger 'Captain America' (Matt Salinger). Aided by two Resistance Fighters (Scene deleted), Captain America to a hidden Nazi Fortress, Captain America encounters his nemesis, the Red Skull, where he is defeated and strapped to a rocket that the Nazis are planning to launch launch at the White House to kill President Roosevelt. Cap heroically manages to stop the rocket from crashing into the White House; but it crashes in the Alaskan Tundra where he is frozen for the next 50 years.
While Captain America is frozen, the Red Skull and plots and successfully carries out the deaths of John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King with the help of a group of international businessmen and General Fleming (Mumy/McGavin).Read more ›
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Just wanted the first captain movie I ever saw was feeling very nostalgicPublished 15 days ago by william Brockett
The movie was delightfully cheesy but I ran into some technical difficulties during the movie on my Blu-Ray player.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
As the 90's go... They tried. As a kid and the kid in me I love this movie. It made me believe in Captain America. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Josh
I am reviewing the quality of the Blu-ray. For that it's so much better and perfected compared to anything else. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Seeking New Things
1990 Capt America- Salinger puts on the red, white and blue 11 yrs after Reb Browns debut in 1979 with 2 Capt movies. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Billie
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