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
This review has been edited from my theatrical release review.