Blu-Ray Review: Captain America: The First Avenger

Captain America: The First Avenger – Limited 3D Edition Blu-ray Combo Pack

During World War II, Steve Rogers is eager to enlist to serve his country and defend it against invaders. But Steve is a scrawny 95 pound young man with asthma and a weak heart. But a doctor sees Steve’s eagerness and determination and decides to give him a chance in a special experimental division of the army. There, Steve proves himself worthy and brave enough to be the first test subject for a super-soldier serum. Meanwhile, a Nazi scientific faction called Hydra has found a remarkable substance that just may change the course of the war.

With extraordinary special effects and CGI, Chris Evans begins the film as a small, weak man. His transformation to Captain America is worth the wait alone. Evans completely embodies both Steve Rogers – the brave but bullied weakling to the strong super-soldier. Tommy Lee Jones plays Captain America’s commanding officer to scene-stealing perfection. And supporting roles by Hayley Atwell (Agent Carter), Sebastian Stan (‘Bucky’ Barnes), Dominic Cooper (Howard Stark), and Stanley Tucci (Dr. Erskine) added humor and heart to the film. Hugo Weaving was chilling and brilliance as Johann Schmidt, the evil mastermind behind Hydra.

The story takes place almost completely in 1942, with beautiful settings and Stark-infused technology and fun gadgets. With plenty of action, adventure, suspense, and laughs – fans of all ages will enjoy this fantastic re-imaging of an iconic super hero. It would have been easy to make this a simple action/adventure film, but the writers did an amazing job of infusing drama, patriotism, and light-hearted humor to balance the story. This comic book fan had high hopes and was not disappointed. Intrigue, excitement, and romance – the film is riveting from beginning to end.

I was eagerly awaiting the blu-ray release, as I love the film in the theater and saw it twice. I’ve become so spoiled with HD tv and blu-ray, that I don’t think I’d be content watching any action film, and certainly not Captain America, without it. Blu-ray and/or 3D is the only way to go.

Limited 3D Edition Blu-ray Combo Pack includes:
– 3D Blu-ray copy, Blu-ray copy, DVD copy, and digital download copy
– Marvel One-Shot: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer
– The Avengers sneak peek
– 4 deleted scenes
– 6 behind-the-scenes featurettes:
– Outfitting a Hero
– Howling Commandos
– Heightened Technology
– The Transformation
– Behind the Skull
– Captain America Origins
– The Assembly Begins
– Commentaries
– Trailers

This review has been edited from my theatrical release review.

Book Review: The Iron Knight

The Iron Knight, by Julie Kagawa

Meghan Chase is now the Iron Queen, and living in the Iron Realm. And though Ash is her vowed-Iron Knight, he cannot enter the realm because of his faery blood. So Ash has decided to go on a quest to give up his mortality and become a human in order to live out the rest of his life with the woman he loves. But Ash will be faced with numerous challenges along the way, and will be confronted with everything he will lose in the process.

This is the fourth (and seemingly final) novel in the Iron Fey series. The previous novels centered on Meghan and her adventures with Ash and Puck. But this latest release follows Ash’s quest to humanity, as he travels with Puck and several other familiar characters. Kagawa’s characters are strong, quirky and vibrant. And her world of fantasy creatures is inspired.

This young adult fantasy series is one of my favorites. The relationship and banter between the too-serious Ash and the prankster Puck is a highlight of these books. As with each installment, the epic quest-like adventure is full of danger, suspense, drama, and a bit of humor. The intensity builds to a climactic finish, and fans will be happy with the fantastic finale with a bit of a twist. This is an exceptional and original fairy tale that readers of all ages can enjoy.

The Iron Knight releases from Harlequin Teen on October 25, 2011.

Book Giveaway: Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day

Courtesy of Penguin Books, I have a copy of Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day by Ben Loory for one (1) lucky winner!

Contest is open to US and Canada only. To enter, just fill out the form below. Contest ends November 18. I’ll draw a name on November 19, and notify winner via email.

Good luck!

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