Captain America: The First Avenger [Includes Digital Copy] [Blu-ray] [2011]

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99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1189 out of 1205)

Synopsis


Captain America: The First Avenger
Meek U.S. Army soldier Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) takes part in an experimental military program that infuses him with super-human powers, and uses his newfound strength to battle the villainous Red Skull (Hugo Weaving) in this comic-book adventure from director Joe Johnston (The Wolfman, The Rocketeer). Tommy Lee Jones, Neal McDonough, and Stanley Tucci co-star in a film written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeeley (who previously collaborated on The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe). ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Chris Evans
    Chris Evans - Captain America/Steve Rogers
  • Hayley Atwell
    Hayley Atwell - Peggy Carter
  • Sebastian Stan
    Sebastian Stan - James Buchanan "Bucky" Barnes
  • Tommy Lee Jones
    Tommy Lee Jones - Colonel Chester Phillips
  • Hugo Weaving
    Hugo Weaving - Johann Schmidt/Red Skull



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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Go out and buy it now!!!!!

    Posted
    cornjakecake
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    As I left off with Thor, I have been a fan so far, enjoying each film so far in the series though with several flaws, namely the lack of a strong or truly memorable villain and lackluster third acts. Does Captain America right the wrongs of the previous four films or does it continue the downward slide of poor third acts? Opening up in the midst of WWII, Steve Rogers is desperate to join the fight. He is a classic 4F case, short, skinny and of ill-health. His friend Bucky Barnes is already joined the cause, who is shipping out in 24 hours, but that doesn't stop him from going out in style. Steve decides to falsify his enlistment form to get in and is thought to be in trouble, but is instead confronted by a Dr. Abraham Erskine. Erskine admires Steve's will and honesty and is chosen along with a few recruits to test for the "Super Soldier" program, where he trains under the scrutinous eye of Col. Philips (A very fun Tommy Lee Jones) and Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell). Despite not being physically fit, he does impress with his intelligence, gumption and bravery. After being chosen to go through with the procedure, he is transformed into a tall, muscular soldier, who not only has undergone a physical change, but a molecular one as well. On the other side of the Atlantic, Johann Schmidt (AKA Red Skull played by Hugo Weaving) is planning on surpassing the 3rd Reich and is planning on ruling the world with his advanced weaponry developed under HYDRA. After sabotaging the lab and killing Erskine, Rogers is eager to go after HYDRA but is instead pushed to being a face for the war effort, Captain America, which is a funny montage of a great 40's song, short newsreels and inspiring millions to join the effort. After a demoralizing USO show in Italy and learning of Barnes' team being captured by HYDRA, Rogers decides to solely infiltrate HYDRA's factory, with Howard Stark (Tony's father) and Carter fly him in behind enemy lines. Successfully capturing their technology and freeing 400 men, Cap doubles down on Schmidt and he goes after HYDRA, but will it be enough to prevent world domination? If you didn't the tagline of the summary, then you have no idea how much I loved this film. The penultimate film before The Avengers was released, this was simply a great comic book film. Starting off, Chris Evans is Captain America. He exudes the classic American do-gooder, by being brave, strong, moral and not afraid to fight for what's right. Atwell does a great job as Agent Carter, not only just a pretty face, but a smart, confident and strong presence and a role-model for any female fans of comic book films. Jones is fun as the colonel, and Cooper is fun as Stark. Stanley Tucci is probably my favorite performance in the film, making Dr. Erskine a living, breathing character with such a small amount of screen time. Which brings me to Red Skull. What did I think of him? Well, I loved how totally evil he is, completely consumed by rage and evil but Weaving doesn't do much beyond a few evil glares and snarling with his lines. He's done this before, and it shows, but he still sells it well enough. But how does the story fare? Actually its quite engaging and gripping, with the story being familiar of a guy gaining powers and saves the world, but with some great lines, plot moving along at a nice clip and some smart, well-written action (C/O Chrostopher Markus & Stephen McFeely), its no wonder its one of my faves. And who can forget Joe Johnston directing? He is an unfortunately overlooked director most of the time, having not only directed several classics like Jumanji and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, but also an Oscar-winning Visual F/X artist, knowing full and well to skillfully blend practical and digital effects, as well as knowing that the effects are nothing without a great story and characters to use with them. His experience with the time period with another 40s inspired comic book film, The Rocketeer, is also greatly appreciated and welcome. Everything else ranging from the 40's-styled cinematography, period set design, sumptuous visual effects and a great score all blend to an awesome popcorn flick. Of course, how did the ending fare after all the praise? Actually quite well, with the 3rd act sneaking up on me a tad, and the denouement of the Red Skull feeling underwhelming, but the emotion of how Rogers saves the world is well done and ends with a fantastic that I won't spoil here. Overall, my favorite film of the origin films of Phase One and probably the entire MCU. Moving on to the PQ/AQ, I'll just start by saving this is a demo worthy 2D presentation that does look pasty with the period lighting, the colors are nicely saturated, detailed image (Sourced from a digital shoot with several scenes shot on 35mm film) with an awesome 7.1 DTS-HD track that balances the explosions, pings of the shield bouncing on the enemies, dialogue and music balancing out beautifully. Moving on to the 3D, I was very skeptical of the added dimension, since the Thor 3D wasn't anything special and largely an unneeded experience so I went in with lowered expectations. The opening logo looked amazing of course, but then past the logos, I was greeted with an overall nice 3D picture, that had several scenes of convincing depth, natural spacing of fore, mid and background objects and even several moments of the "comin' right at ya" scenes, but still plagued by several scenes of darkness that flattens to the point of me pulling off the specs just to check if they were okay. Nice enough for a post-conversion, though don't spend $42.99 on this disc for the 3D alone. Extras wise, this is a nice package starting with an audio commentary with Johnston, cinematographer Shelly Johnson and editor Jeff Ford. For his first commentary, Johnston does quite well, though mainly technically oriented with nice insight to editing, directing, camera work and more, it is just an average track worth at least a listen. Next up is Marvel's 2nd One-Shot, "A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to Thor's Hammer" a 4 minute long piece that is superior to The Consultant and is fun to see Agent Coulson do more than just talk and pulling a Caruso (Dramatically removing his sunglasses). Next up are 6 featurettes that are as follows: - Outfitting a Hero - a 10-minute look at the costumes - Howling Commandos - a 6-minute look at Cap's allies he saved from a HYDRA work camp - Heightened Technology - a 5-minute look at the futuristic weapons used by HYDRA in the film - The Transformation - an 8-minute look on how they shrunk Evans for the role of Rogers pre-serum - Behind the Skull - a 10-minute look at the creation of the makeup and casting the role and last but not least - Captain America's Origin - a 4-minute look at the creation of the comic book. Next up is The Assembly begins,, a short look on the last film of Phase One, The Avengers. 5 minutes of deleted scenes with optional commentary, trailers for the film and video game complete the solid set of extras. Lastly, there are no 3D specific extras, and there is a DVD and digital copy included. All in all, a nice release with terrific PQ/AQ, decent 3D, and a generous amount of extras for a terrific film and is a must own. I will return for The Avengers!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    All those who oppose Captain America must yield!

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    BasilioBoy777
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    “Captain America: The First Avenger” is a great addition to the burgeoning Marvel Cinematic Universe canon, and a great comic book movie, and an awesome action film in general. It certainly atones for the past sins of the Captain, mainly brief and disastrous sojourns in the 70s and one in the 90s. Google it if ye dare! This film, unlike many screen interpretations of Cap which often jump straight to modern-day heroics, was wisely done as a period piece, set in the twilight hours of World War II. We see Steve Rogers before he dons the red, white, and blue, and therefore become much more invested in his character before he was a Super Soldier. Great performances are to be had all around. Chris Evans gets Steve’s humility and all-around good guy charm. The ideals and attitude shown here prove that this was the Greatest Generation. Hayley Atwell does fine as Cap’s interest Peggy Carter, and here she’s in the army as well, putting her in the action instead of the girlfriend back home as she is normally shown, and also oddly British for some reason. Tommy-Lee Jones is as entertaining as one could expect as Army General Tommy-Lee Jones. Yeah, it’s one of those roles, but in a good way. Likewise, Hugo Weaving is great as German Hugo Weaving. But seriously, Weaving was a great choice for Cap’s eternal nemesis the villainous Red Skull. As a villain, Red Skull is pretty standard and doesn’t offer many surprises (even the face reveal was coming a mile away). Toby Jones did good as scientist Arnim Zola, and there was a cool easter egg of his comic appearance. Stanley Tucci shows his acting versatility as Dr. Abraham Erskine. All of the Howling Commandos (sans Nick Fury, contrary to comic tradition) are great too. One of the criticisms of this film is that it is a full-length feature ad for “The Avengers.” Well, there definitely was one after the credits, and it is in the title. The McGuffin of the movie exists to set up “The Avengers”, but despite all this, I believe it holds up on its own as an origin story of one of Marvel’s oldest and greatest heroes. The set-up is well paced and the action scenes deliver on the awesomeness, particularly Cap’s signature shield throwing. There is an unfortunate montage that glazes over much of the battles between the good guys and bad guys, but that’s really my only major gripe with the film. There is a suspension of disbelief that must be had in the plot, but not to the point where it breaks, and the source material forces much of it. Overall, Captain America delivers as a great superhero film. It is in many ways a set-up for “The Avengers,” but it’s a good set-up that can stand on its own.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The name of the movie is 'CAPTAIN AMERICA'!

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    XAvenger
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    This is a great movie! This is one of the few comics to screen translations that I would say is worthy of a nomination for Best Picture (Batman Begins and The Dark Knight are also Oscar worthy). Set in WWII, this movie tells the origin and the first adventures of the most patriotic of all super-heroes, Captain America! We see his beginnings as a brave but sickly man who is transformed into a heroic power-house by top secret science. He then goes off to the European front to stop the evil Red Skull from unlocking a power he planned to use to conquer the world! Captain America blends drama, action and heroism in one brilliantly written and superbly directed movie. Chris Evans is great as Steve Rogers/Captain America, Hugo weaving turns in an Oscar worthy performance as the Red Skull and Tommy Lee Jones does his usual great job. There's even a cameo by Stan Lee himself! The visual effects are amazing. A seamless blending of live action and CGI. It's incredible how they were able to make Chris Evans look so small and skinny! The make-up on the Red Skull is some of the best I've ever seen. This movie is extremely faithful to the Marvel comics. Marvel Studios did a superb job of bringing one of their oldest and most recognizable characters to the big screen in a way that long-time readers of Marvel comics can enjoy. This is truly like a classic Marvel comic come to life. There are references to Iron Man and Thor and the story flows nicely into the upcoming 'Avengers' movie! For action and drama, Captain America can't be beat. 'Nuff said?

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful Escapist Fare... Fun with Heart!

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    yellowjacket1
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    I can see why everyone is praising Captain America in some way. Cap manages to deliver a little bit of everything and does it with style and integrity. This extremely talented cast fit each character perfectly, both large and especially the smaller roles. The story itself is told in a masterful, crisp manner. The dialogue is witty and the humor works its way seamlessly in to the natural order of the story. The film certainly is smart but it’s fun first and foremost. Comic book style slugfests are certainly part of the fun but are inserted as a vehicle for the story and not just to see CGI things explode. Things aren’t blown up just for the sake of seeing them go boom. What makes Captain America as good as any Marvel film is the fact that it’s a fine film for kids but it's even greater if you're an intelligent adult. How many movies can pull that off? Like Thor and the Iron Man films, this is movie making of the most entertaining order and it easily deserves all the praise it has generated from both fans and critics alike. It makes anyone long for that Avengers film to be sure.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    CAPTAIN AMERICA IS ASTOUNDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted
    IRONMAN1567

    CAPTAIN AMERICA is an awesome super heroe. I know that my favorite AVENGER is IRON MAN, but CAPTAIN AMERICA actually surprise me.Chris Evans as CAPTAIN AMERICA was a perfect choice. I heard if Chris Evans did not take the part they were going to hire Jhon Cena, thank god Chris Evans took the role of CAPTAIN AMERICA. Hayley Atwell did a great job playing as Peggy Carter. I don't know if im wrong or not, but I think the girl at the end with the red hair in front of Steve Rogers at the S.H.I.E.L.D facility was the niece of Peggy Carter called Sharon Carter, it could be, but I could be wrong. Either way Captain America: The First Avenger is a must have. It's just another collectible of my MARVEL characters which will star in THE AVENGERS and another piece of the puzzle to the up coming movie of THE AVENGERS. I can't wait for The Avengers to assemble. :)

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Could've Been Best Marvel Movie

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    condogg
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    Though released several weeks after X-Men: First Class, which upstaged Cap as first comic book period piece during this golden age of comic book movies, Captain America, like Kenneth Branagh's Thor, is a genre movie that just happens to have costumed leads with extraordinary abilities. Unfortunately slated as the lead in to The Avengers, the strengths of the movie are overshadowed by the necessary plot points that connect throughout the Marvel universe. Joe Johnston, having worked on the Indiana Jones movies and directed the criminally under appreciated The Rocketeer, created a fun universe that we the audience spent much too little time in. Though a fan of Cap's sequel, the ending that necessitated the time jump to arrive at The Avengers robbed us of great future cinematic story lines.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good not Great...but another Marvel success

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    dbzgolf
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    I was definitely not disappointed. When watching, I did have to remember to take it as it was, and not be so quick to compare it to the Iron Man (I) or Thor. The acting wasn't the greatest, although the chick was hot! Chris Evans was a better Johnny Storm than he was Captain America, but he had his moments. It really got me excited about the upcoming Avengers movie...which really was the purpose of this film. This movie and Thor were supposed to be strong lead in's to the main Avenger's film, which is good because the last Iron Man didn't live up to the first. The special features were pretty decent. Some good background stuff on CA, but I would have loved to see more talk about Avengers.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Great Beginning Done Smart!

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    BILLONEEG
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    I purchased "Captain America: The First Avenger" because the thailer got me hooked. I thought it looked great in the trailer but when I watched the film, I loved it! The thing that really impressed me was how they shrunk Steve Rogers down for the beginning. This was smart! Why? Because when he became "big" as Captain America he used his real well built muscular body. It looks so much more realistic instead of overly big like Batman's padded suit. This is a great movie with a great story & it will keep you watching. Highly recommended!

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