When the Captain America: The First Avenger film was released this year, I had all the intentions of watching it in the theater. Unfortunately, something or other came up, and I never got a chance. I ultimately ended up waiting for the home market release on October 25 2011. The wait wasn’t as interminable as I thought, and October 25th got here fairly quickly in my guestimation.
In case you didn’t know, this film is a prequel of sorts to the big May 2012 Avengers ensemble film. The film stars Chris Evans as the titular Captain America / Steve Rogers, with Hugo Weaving playing the Red Skull. There are, of course, other actors, but none of the supporting characters (Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan, Tommy Lee Jones, Dominc Cooper) play very integral parts of the overall film. The film shows how a scrawny-but-good-kid like Steve Rogers gets selected as the first candidate for the U.S. Army’s Super Soldier program.
Unfortunately, the serum is lost, and Steve is the only person with it in his genes. The U.S. Army doesn’t know what to do with him, and he ends up shilling for U.S. bonds across the country in daffy musical shows. Eventually, he finds a way to prove his worth in battle, and he leads the offensive against the Red Skull’s HYDRA organization, an offshoot R&D group within the German army.
The audio and video were pretty good on this blu-ray disc. The video quality was good, but the colors were a little dull. Maybe this had to do with the war scenes. The DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 was fun, with lots of activity. The storyline and the action were entertaining, and I thought the acting was pretty good. Not the greatest superhero film, but I thought it was up there with Spiderman 1 and 2. It was 10x better than this year’s Green Lantern stinker.