HollywoodChicago.com RSS   Facebook   HollywoodChicago.com on Twitter   Free Giveaway E-mail   

DVD Review: Original ‘Captain America’ Tries to Bank Off Reboot’s Success

Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly versionE-mail page to friendE-mail page to friendPDF versionPDF version
No votes yet

CHICAGO – You’re probably going “Huh? There was another Captain America movie? Before Chris Evans?” Believe it or not, yes. Before people like Bryan Singer and Sam Raimi turned the Marvel-verse (and really all of Hollywood) on its head by proving that superheroes could not only be profitable but critically viable as well, there were some honest train wrecks, including an incomplete version of “Fantastic Four” and an awful adaptation of “Captain America,” recently released on DVD to tie in with the success of “Captain America: The First Avenger.” Don’t get them confused.

HollywoodChicago.com DVD Rating: 1.5/5.0
Blu-Ray Rating: 1.5/5.0

Honestly, even looking at the case, much less seeing a minute of footage, clarifies the differences between the high-budget 2011 blockbuster and the 1990 movie that was supposed to be a summer movie tentpole but ended up going straight-to-video and was essentially forgotten by history. There’s a reason many of you probably didn’t know there was a pre-Evans “Captain America.” There’s little reason to see it beyond Marvel completists.

Directed by straight-to-video icon Albert Pyun (whose “bigger hits” include “Cyborg,” “Kickboxer 2: The Road Back,” and “Dollman”), “Captain America” is a B-movie in every way from its awful production values to a cast full of no-names.

Captain America was released on DVD on August 30th, 2011
Captain America was released on DVD on August 30th, 2011
Photo credit: MGM

Matt Salinger (son of the legendary J.D. and co-star in “Revenge of the Nerds”) plays the legendary Steve Rogers. Believe it or not, the villain is, like “The First Avenger,” The Red Skull (Scott Paulin). There are a few recognizable character actors in “Captain America” (Ronny Cox, Ned Beatty, Darren McGavin) but it’s one of those early ’90s VHS glories populated mostly by people who weren’t really seen again…for a good reason.

The story goes that “Captain America” was devastated by test marketing and reshoots. It was shelved for a few years and shuffled off to VHS, only to be dusted off by the Manufacturing On Demand program in 2011. In other words, you’ll have to order a copy to get one and it comes without special features. You might want to use a secret identity for this one.

“Captain America” stars Matt Salinger, Ronny Cox, Scott Paulin, Ned Beatty, Darren McGavin, Michael Nouri, Kim Gillingham, Melinda Dillon, Bill Mumy, and Francesca Neri. It was released on DVD on August 30th, 2011.

HollywoodChicago.com content director Brian Tallerico

By BRIAN TALLERICO
Content Director
HollywoodChicago.com
brian@hollywoodchicago.com

Post new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent spam submissions.
Image CAPTCHA
Enter the characters shown in the image.

User Login

Free Giveaway Mailing

TV, DVD, BLU-RAY & THEATER REVIEWS

  • Speech & Debate (stage play)

    CHICAGO – “Speech & Debate,” the latest production from the mighty Brown Paper Box Company, continues their tradition of thinking outside that “box” in presenting storefront theater that makes a statement and a difference. “Speech” goes inside America by showcasing the outsiders… those who create art because they can’t get it right in real life. This non-equity Chicago stage play premiere is finely tuned and wonderfully acted, and runs through March 4th, 2018. Click here for more details, including ticket information.

  • We're Gonna Be Okay

    CHICAGO – The 1960s were a time of historical social transition. The movements – civil rights, feminist, gay rights – all had roots in that tumultuous decade. The Chicago premiere of Basil Kreimendahl’s “We’re Gonna Be Okay” echoes all of those movements in its characters, and collides them against the October 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. The show has a Thursday-Sunday run at the American Theater Company through March 4th, 2018. Click here for more details, including ticket information.

Advertisement



HollywoodChicago.com on Twitter

archive

HollywoodChicago.com Top Ten Discussions
tracker