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Captain America: The First Avenger Blu-ray Review

“Captain America: The First Avenger” is a crowd pleasing superhero film.

The plot: The scrawny Steve Rogers wants nothing more than to serve his country, but is unable to serve due to health issues. Steve gets a chance to make his dream a reality, however, when he is recruited for a super-soldier experiment. The experiment winds up completely transforming him into a perfect super soldier. From there on out, Steve’s life is forever changed as he not only defends his country in war, but faces off against the villainous Red Skull who has a powerful weapon (the Asgardian tesseract) in his grasp.

When I heard that Joe Johnston was given directorial duties for “Captain America,” I was naturally intrigued. After all, Johnston directed (in my opinion) THE best comic film with “The Rocketeer”. After seeing “Captain America: The First Avenger,” Johnston easily proved he was the right (and perhaps only) man for the job.  

While I could take issue with the flimsy plot involving Red Skull’s domination plot via the tessarect, it’s really just a set-up for Captain America’s character and “The Avengers” when it’s all said and done. This is first and foremost an origin story about characters and it’s the ensemble cast of characters that drive this film. Johnston and company have not only assembled a wonderful cast, but they also managed to coax stand-out performances from virtually everyone. Chris Evans knocks it out of the park playing both the quiet Steve Rogers and the heroic super soldier Captain America. He really shows his acting range here especially when you compare his performance here to the wild, cocky, jokester Johnny Storm/Human Torch in the two “Fantastic Four” films. Tommy Lee Jones steals virtually every scene he is in as Colonel Phillips. This is the most laid back and comedic we have seen Jones since his “Men In Black” days and it seemed like he was having a blast. Dominic Cooper (Howard Stark), Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter), and, of course, Hugo Weaving (Red Skull) also shine in their respective, well developed roles.

Cast aside, there is so much else to enjoy here. Comic fans in particular are bound to geek out over seeing the original Captain America costume, the movie serial scenes, the USO show, a glimpse of the original Human Torch costume, the Howling Commandos, and Cap’n using his shield in battle. I could go on and on, but you just need to see it for yourself.

Video/Audio:

The widescreen 1080p picture quality is perfect. Nothing more needs to be said.

Your speakers will be put to work with this 7.1 DTS-HD audio track. The action is very lively throughout. You can’t ask for a better hi-def audio track for home entertainment media.

Extras:
* DVD copy.
* Digital copy.

* 2 “Captain America” trailers, 1 Sega game trailer and the animated “The Avengers” trailer.
* 4 deleted scenes with optional commentary on 3 scenes by Joe Johnston, Shelly Johnson and Jeffrey Ford.
* “Marvel One-Shot: A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Thor’s Hammer”- Another short featuring the dreaded Agent Coulson taking down robbers at a convenience store.
* “Outfitting A Hero”- A featurette about the costumes.
* “Howling Commandos”- A featurette about the Howling Commando characters.
* “Heightened Technology”- An extra about the Hydra and Stark weaponry and gadgets.
* “The Transformation”- This bonus feature is about the transformation of Steve Rogers to Captain America.

* “Behind The Skull”- A featurette about the villainous Red Skull.
* “Captain America’s Origin”- Co-creator Joe Simon chats about the “Captain America” comics.
* “The Assembly Begins”- A brief collection of footage from all the Marvel films connected to “The Avengers” as well as some footage from the upcoming “The Avengers”.
* Commentary by Joe Johnston, Shelly Johnson and Jeffrey Ford. Not the most exciting track, but there’s some good behind-the-scenes info.

October 24, 2011 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , ,

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