Captain America: The Winter Soldier Blu-Ray Review

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The Movie: 8/10
Action movies are what they are. Sometimes the experience is elevated for a few reasons, and most of these Marvel flicks fit that description. I’m not sure about what exactly makes the magic sparkly enough to hold my interest, but it almost always seems to happen with the Avenger characters. I don’t read comics. I am not a huge super hero fan, well, not the type who geeks out on the details. So, what is it? I just get lost in the possibilities of the world where people like Captain America and Black Widow exist. People devoted to protecting the populous, having some amazing gadgets and skills, all with a pretty good story. Yes, this time Captain America might not be tapping into something totally original or like “WOW NEVER HEARD OF THAT BEFORE!!” but its compelling enough to make me want to see what happens from scene to scene.

I might want to skip some of the fighting, but a lot of it is pretty darn good-looking this time around. Big effects in the CG world can be a little boring, but they did a good job of keeping me in “Yike!” mode. Huge things falling from the sky. More huge things being hit by huge things falling from the sky, while Captain America battles it out fist to fist with his new nemesis.

Speaking of nemesis, The Winter Soldier is a good “bad” guy for sure. He’s menacing, mostly, and almost makes me think an action figure of him might be cool, ALMOST. The only complaint I have is that when you put a bad guy in front of me with such power and menacingness, then plunk him in a street surrounded by boring cars and plain humans he doesn’t seem quite so cool anymore. He just looks like that action figure sitting in Barbie’s Dream House.

If Captain America keeps protecting what is good and true in the world, I’ll be there to sit in a chair and watch it all happen. I would rather see more of the Black Widow in action, but we got a fair amount this time around. She’s kind of cheeky and can kick anyone’s ass, good combination. As for Samuel L Jackson, to be honest he won me over a bit. I am not a fan most of the time, but the story and his lack of obnoxiousness helped make him more interesting.

Overall Captain America is a fun Summertime flick to sit back and enjoy the ride. Battles, explosions, emotions, technology, keep it coming.

Features: 5/10

  • Making Of Featurettes – A surprisingly low amount of content on this disc for a Marvel release, perhaps they are saving the best stuff for a special edition box set. The featurettes chronicle the making of the film with plenty of talking head style interviews with the principal cast.
  • Audio Commentary – A four man commentary with the directors and screenwriters. This is a very informative light hearted look at the making of the movie, if you thought the film had a lot of influences from a 1970’s conspiracy thriller you find out exactly why here.
  • Never Before Seen Deleted Scenes – Four minutes of deleted scenes, I was particularly excited for the one entitled “Widow reveals her past” but the actual scene under delivers.
  • Bloopers – Standard gag reel watch the cast laugh it up.
  • DVD & UV Digital Copy

Cover Art: 2/10 and Menu: 7/10
The menu is pretty cool, it’s reference to a scene in the movie that mixes some retro technology and modern evil bad guy. That does represent the story of the movie pretty well, so descent job there folks. The cover, hate it. Boring. I would not have this as a poster. There are SOOOO many other good image you could have chosen from this story, why the lameness?

Audio & Video: 10/10
Since Disney bought Marvel the Blu-Ray releases of these films have become better and better, we are now at the pinnacle of image and audio quality with Captain America The Winter Soldier. The 1080P AVC encode is literally at the top of its game with a pristine looking image that captures the theatrical presentation perfectly. Even though the movies palette is muted by design somehow the colors really look alive and contrast and black levels look real. Marvel releases are some of the best HD material you can find and Cap 2 is no exception.

Marvel/Disney chose to use the 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track and it shows. From the opening sequence you know you are in for a treat. Sonic ally the movie uses the surround speakers a lot and LFE channels rumble the room during the films more intense moments. Listen out of Caps shield as it bounces around the ship at the start of the film its quite a trip hearing it ricochet off your back wall.

This is a standout reference quality presentation that Marvel fans and non fans alike will find enjoyable.

Overall Score 8/10