The Captain America

The Captain America

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The Captain America

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During World War II, a brave, patriotic American Soldier undergoes experiments to become a new supersoldier, "Captain America." Racing to Germany to sabotage the rockets of Nazi baddie "Red Skull", Captain America winds up frozen until the 1990s. He reawakens to find that the Red Skull has changed identities and is now planning to kidnap the President of the United States.
Frozen in the ice for decades, Captain America is freed to battle against arch-criminal, The Red Skull.
Captain America is one of the classic comic book superheroes, but he hasn&#39;t fared well on the screen. There was a serial in the 1940s, two made-for-TV movies in the 1970s, and this straight-to-video feature in 1991.<br/><br/>All of these productions were made on the cheap and look it. They also strayed considerably from the comic. This one is a little more faithful than the others. Cap is still Steve Rogers, a 98 lbs weakling transformed into a patriotic hero by the Super Soldier Serum. He wears a red, white, and blue costume and carries a round shield that can be thrown like a cross between a giant frisbee and a boomerang. He is frozen in ice during World War II and awaken from suspended animation in the present day, where he continues his fight against his archenemy, the Red Skull.<br/><br/>That part they got right. Here&#39;s what they got wrong. (SPOILERS AHEAD!)Instead of being the frightening symbol of Nazi Germany, the Skull is an orphaned Italian boy transformed into a disfigured, adult blackshirt by fascist experiments. This is stupid since the Italians were the laughingstocks of WWII and inspire ridicule more than fear. The film&#39;s latter half is also set in Italy. Was this a condition upon Italian financing? And the Red Skull only looks like his comic book incarnation in the opening WWII sequence. In the present day segments he has had plastic surgery so that his face no longer looks like a red skull. Huh? Maybe they decided to save money on make-up.<br/><br/>Cap&#39;s introduction is handled wrong. Despite the close-ups of bulging muscles during the transformation sequence, Steve Rogers (Matt Salinger) looks pretty much like he did before he took the Super Soldier Serum. Rather than being set up as the Living Legend of WWII and disappearing in the war&#39;s final days, Cap gets into one fight with the Skull and loses. The Skull ties Cap to a rocket and launches it towards the White House. Cap manages to break free and alter the rocket&#39;s destination so he crashes in the Arctic instead. A young boy photographs the whole thing and is thoroughly impressed. But rather than tell his parents, the press, or the authorities he puts the photo up on his wall and goes back to bed. The kid later grows up to become the President of the United States (Ronny Cox) and Cap saves him before the Skull can replace his brain. How nice of Cap, considering the kid FORGOT ABOUT HIM AND LEFT HIM TO FREEZE IN THE ARCTIC!!!<br/><br/>This film has some familiar actors in mostly cameo appearances. You wonder what they paid Cox, Ned Beatty, Michael Nouri, Bill Mumy, and others to appear in this dreck. The leads are no-names. Matt &quot;Yes, I&#39;m J.D.&#39;s son&quot; Salinger is bland and blonde. Cap never had much of a personality and Salinger unfortunately doesn&#39;t bring much of his own to the role. There&#39;s a little bit of pathos when Cap struggles, Rip Van Winkle-style, to adjust to his young sweetheart now being an elderly grandmother. He then gets involved with her vapid, annoying granddaughter, which is kind of creepy. Scott Paulin plays the Skull like a cross between a Mafioso and a James Bond villain. Competent, but nothing special.<br/><br/>&quot;Captain America&quot; represents the worst of comic book adaptations. The production values are shoddy. Cap&#39;s mask has rubber ears when he is at least in costume. For much of the film he&#39;s in street clothes. The music seems borrowed from the studio&#39;s archives. There is no moving score like in &quot;Superman&quot; or &quot;Batman&quot;. The screenplay is no better than a comic script from the 1940s. Comic book fans will be bitterly disappointed and mainstream audiences will only find it entertaining for the camp value.<br/><br/>*1/2 out of ****.
I&#39;m confirming it is lame. It suffers from the same issues as the 1994 Fantastic Four, but unlike FF I can give it a, it&#39;s so bad it&#39;s good stamp (And I&#39;m very happy about that).<br/><br/>Captain America is a pretty easy comic to adapt to the big screen, it&#39;s just an action adventure war movie about a guy who sometimes wears a mask. They did take some liberties with the character that make my Fanboy radar point up, but it&#39;s superficial.<br/><br/>Steve Rodgers is now a boy from Southern California who has polio and offered himself up to the super soldier experiment headed up by a woman who escaped from the Nazis (The idea of a woman creating the star spangled avenger was cool, not enough female brainiacs in the comic book industry ).<br/><br/>Shortly after Steve Rodgers becomes Captain America the doctor is killed making Steve and The Red Skull the only one&#39;s like them. After stopping the Red Skull from destroying the White House he is trapped in Ice for 60 years and wakes up having to stop the Red Skull, who has formed an underground crime unit that basically is Hydra without saying it,again. <br/><br/>Proving how well Cap works as an action movie, Matt Salinger who plays Steve Rogers, wearing some sort of padding to make it look like he&#39;s got more than he does, barely wears the cartoonish suit they made for him (of course wearing the uniform makes him Captain America, duh)<br/><br/>It&#39;s got that 80s swagger to it. The Red Skull has his daughter do all the heavy lifting for most of the movie with her small army of rich Nazi brats who drive the fastest cars and wear the hottest fashions but more than capable with the guns.<br/><br/>They took some liberties with The Red Skull&#39;s origin too, I think this was to save money and film the entire movie in Italy (I&#39;m also guessing that certain places in Italy look more like Southern California than New York City)<br/><br/>I am being harsh on the movie because I&#39;ve grown to like the character more now than I ever did when I was a kid and saw this, but like I expressed before, the movie does have a so bad it&#39;s food quality that makes it real enjoyable. <br/><br/>http://cinemagardens.com

On Disc 2, this already seems to have happened which means it contains the actual Director&#39;s Cut: the image quality still sucks but it was at least improved a bit. As a result, some scenes look much better than they do on the first disc. The same goes for the introductory text box in the beginning. The two spelling mistakes from the Commentary Version on disc 1 have been corrected. A further introductory text is only available in this edited version. But more than that (and the actual reason for this comparison), there&#39;s an 11-minute-block of scenes in the middle of the movie which is missing in the Commentary Version on disc 1. This means, the entire footage exclusively in the Director&#39;s Cut is withheld because the differences in the beginning and end is nothing but recycled footage. a5c7b9f00b