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Captain America [Blu-ray]
(Albert Pyun, 1990)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: 21st Century Film Corporation
Video: Shout! Factory
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 22,515,621,114 bytes
Feature Size: 18,222,422,016 bytes
Video Bitrate: 21.97 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: May 21st, 2013
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1708 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1708 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
• A Look Back at Captain America (20:05 in 1080i)
Description: In World War II, America needed a hero. This hero was Captain America. During WWII one brave soldier, Steve Rogers, underwent experiments that effectively turn him into a super-soldier known as Captain America! Not all was well however, and during Captain America's attempt to thwart German Nazi soldiers, 'Red Skull,' a new nemesis, freezes Captain America until he emerges in 1990, only to find that Red Skull has changed his identity and has plans to kidnap the President of the United States!
After a scientist creates superhuman warrior Red Skull for the Nazis during WW II, she defects and does the same for the U.S.-- injecting a polio victim to transform him into the titular heroic beefcake. Forty years after a confrontation which left Captain America frozen in Alaska, he is found and thawed and must take on Red Skull once again.
The film introduces us to Steve Rogers, a patriotic soul trapped in a
frail body who yearns to fight for his country in World War II. He’s
given the chance when he is chosen to participate in a secret government
experiment to create physically enhanced soldiers. The experiment is a
success, and Rogers becomes Captain America, a fighting symbol of his
country. His first mission is to parachute into Germany in order to
prevent a rocket from being launched at the White House. But waiting for
him is his German counterpart, the Red Skull.
Though not as horrifyingly bad as you may've been told, CAPTAIN AMERICA
is a perplexing, bewildering attempt to bring the red, white & blue-clad
hero to the silver screen.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
The 1990 film version of Captain America inexplicably gets a release on Blu-ray from Shout Factory. Why this film as opposed to 1000's of other titles is... perplexing. It looks quite average. The 1080P image quality shows some minor grain and a bit of noise. This is only single-layered and transferred in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio. Colors gain a shade of vibrancy - most notable is the Red Skull character. Contrast is reasonably modest but this is all in-line with how it probably looked theatrically. This Blu-ray is probably exporting an accurate image, but the visuals lack depth and won't impress many for their HD quality.
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The audio is rendered via a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel at 1708 kbps and is about as unremarkable as the image. There are some effects that have a more robust quality and Barry Goldberg's score suits the era (actually more 80's - very 'pop' related) and flamboyant in the superhero-mode.There are no subtitles and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.
The only extra is the 20-minute long, new, "A Look Back at Captain America" with director Albert Pyun and 'Cap' himself Matt Salinger reminiscing about the production, their challenges and goals.
May 14th, 2013
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who
focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I
find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.
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Gary W. Tooze
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