The ultimate boy scout punches his way into your living room. Does Captain America: The First Avenger do justice to the red, white and Blu?
Your pre-Avenger’s film collection can be complete with the release of Captain America: the First Avenger on Blu-ray. Cap might not be my favorite Marvel hero, but it’s nice to finally see a film that salutes the icon. Captain America: The First Avenger is the final film leading up to the much anticipated Avenger film coming out in 2012 and does not disappoint in HD.
This movie is extremely clean. I noticed the visuals tended to be softer, and this contributes to the classic, even dated look the film’s cinematography mimicked. The special effects varied a bit in quality. In some instances, you could really tell what was done on green screen, but overall the special effects blended in quite well. I was especially pleased that the visual effects that made Steve Rogers appear scrawny in the movie held up well on Blu-ray.
The strongest part of this Blu-ray is the sound, hands down. Everything from the bullets whizzing by to the sound of the shield as it smashes into a Hydra solider brings you right into the action. The dialogue was crisp and could easily be heard even with all the sound effects.
I was sad to see not too many extras with this Blu-ray. However, it includes an enjoyably solid commentary with the director and a handful of behind-the-scenes features. A favorite is the one-shot short film that tells the story between the movies. The footage after the Captain America credits is my favorite so far: “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer” proves Agent Coulson is a true hero. The short comes in DVD and digital forms.
Overall, the running time of all the extras is less than an hour.
This isn’t my favorite Marvel film; however if you enjoyed this movie in theaters and want an even better experience at home, I say buy it. If you are a diehard fan of The Cap, or if you’re like me and want to finish your pre-Avengers film collection, then go for it. It may not be for everyone but it is definitely worth seeing on Blu-ray.
Priced at $22.00