Captain America The First Avenger Blu-Ray Review

The Movie: 7/10
I knew nothing, less than nothing, about Captain America. True. True. I am a Cap virgin, so to speak. Ick, even using the word virgin around such an upstanding guy seems wrong. That’s the heart of this kind of movie for me. That clean cut, “all American” rah rah rah, good vs. evil, etc. etc. teases a fine line between being super lame and super entertaining. I’ll say it, Captain America, the First Avenger is super entertaining. I felt it right away, even through the hints of cheesy hokey stuff, the fun and excitement was shining through.

A weakling wants to be a soldier. A scientist wants to make a new breed of super soldier. Hitler has an evil henchman who crossed paths with the scientist…..get the picture? It’s a good story for me. I know the skinny guy turned into a muscle man is weighing in on the annoying side, particularly when it obviously makes him more attractive and more of a romantic interest..blech….however, I still like it. The performance by the Human Torch is quite good. He’s subtle and yet does that “Captain America” thing now and then that makes it just right. I can’t help it if I sound a little gushy about this movie, I really had a great time and that just kind of makes me smushy. If a movie is fun, exhilerating, and has that quality that’s hard to describe, well, that’s what makes me love movies so much.

It’s not perfect or anything…no no. There are some moments of eye rolling here and there, but not much. The performances are awesome, every single one, so that’s the best part of the whole thing. The things that I didn’t really connect with were the gang of soldiers Captain America rounded up to be his team of butt kickers. I wanted more of a build up for them, but that would have added about a half hour to the whole thing, and that might not make everyone happy. I would love it, the longer the better if you ask me.

The bad guy…oh the glorious Red Skull bad guy. He’s Mr. Smith and a Elf and this twisted injected dude with a red burned or peeled or scalded head of some kind and it’s mesmerizing. Hugo is sometimes hit and miss for me, but this time around I couldn’t take my eyes off him. The idea of a Hitler henchman who breaks free and thinks Hitler isn’t enough of a bad dude and that he needs to really be the jerk of the world..well, that’s kinda cool and extra evil.

The CGI is an obvious thing to talk about in this movie, so I might not do it. Well, just this small note, making the Human Torch into a weakling with a big head wasn’t as bad as I thought it was gonna be, so that saved the whole movie and in the end it’s one of my favorite action flicks of the year. Go Captain America!! Is there a Captain France, or Captain England, or Spain, or Russia, or Italy, or Nigeria? Hmmm something to think about.

Features: 7/10

  • Marvel One Shot: A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Thors Hammer – If you have seen Thor (we have not) you might get a kick out of this 5 minute short.
  • The Assembly Begins – A short look at The Avengers movie that all of Marvels movies have been leading up to.
  • 6 Featurettes – A bunch of nice featurettes that cover every aspect of the making of Captain America.
  • Deleted Scenes – A few deleted scenes, the commentary that accompanies them is quite uninspiring.
  • Director, DP & Editor Commentary – A full commentary that again is quite uninspired, it’s almost as if they are more interested in watching the movie than talking (perhaps that’s a good thing?)
  • 3D Version Of The Movie, Digital Copy & DVD – This limited edition 3 disc set comes with the 3D movie the standard Blu-Ray and a DVD and Digital Copy.

Cover Art and Menus: 9/10
The cover is OK. I wouldn’t have it as a poster. The menu is pretty cool, very designed and made to match the theme of the movie. I like it, but it’s not really necessary. I would rather have them know a couple bucks off the price of these discs instead of jazzing them up so much. I mean, the movie is the thing, not the packaging.

Audio & Video: 8/10 (By Ascully)
Cap blasts his way onto Blu-Ray with a 1080P transfer that will satisfy. The image is subdued by design with a muted 1940’s look (was it really as muted in the 40’s as cinema leads us to believe?). The movie has a ton of low light sequences that would ordinarily make lesser transfers break down but here shadow detail is great and you will never be looking for the brightness button.

The DTS HD MA 7.1 track has an issue with how dynamic it actually is. The difference between loud and quiet is so vast that some of the dialog can be lost in the mix. This was true with the theatrical release as well so it’s not a fault of the disc more of the person who mixed the audio. It’s a shame really as when the action gets loud this soundtrack is really up there with the years best.

Overall I have a new favorite Marvel superhero movie with Captain America, I love the vibe of the whole story and the time period is a cherry on top for me. Really looking forward to seeing the Avengers Assemble in 2012 now, make sure you stick around after the credits of the movie for a sneak peek.

Value: 7/10
Get it if you will watch it over and over. I think you can find it for around 20 bucks. I normally would bark about that, but if you can really give the family or you and some friends a great fun night at the movies in your own little cozy hole in the world, well it’s worth it on this one. I would recommend adding another one to the night, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Yes, I know I have talked about it a lot, but seriously, it’s awesome and cool and fits in with the old timey stuff mixed with modern technology….trust me on this.

Overall Score 7.5/10