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Captain America: The First Avenger (Blu-ray/DVD Combo) (Bilingual)

Chris Evans , Hugo Weaving , Joe Johnston    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   Blu-ray
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
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The Marvel Comics superhero Captain America was born of World War II, so if you're going to do the origin story in a movie you'd better set it in the 1940s. But how, then, to reconcile that hero with the 21st-century mega-blockbuster The Avengers, a 2012 summit meeting of the Marvel giants, where Captain America joins Iron Man and the Incredible Hulk and other super pals? Stick around, and we'll get to that. In 1943, a sawed-off (but gung-ho) military reject named Steve Rogers is enlisted in a super-secret experiment masterminded by adorable scientist Stanley Tucci and skeptical military bigwig Tommy Lee Jones. Rogers emerges, taller and sporting greatly expanded pectoral muscles, along with a keen ability to bounce back from injury. In both sections Rogers is played by Chris Evans, whose sly humor makes him a good choice for the otherwise stalwart Cap. (Benjamin Button-esque effects create the shrinky Rogers, with Evans's head attached.) The film comes up with a viable explanation for the red-white-and-blue suit 'n' shield--Rogers is initially trotted out as a war bonds fundraiser, in costume--and a rousing first combat mission for our hero, who finally gets fed up with being a poster boy. Director Joe Johnston (The Wolfman) makes a lot of pretty pictures along the way, although the war action goes generic for a while and the climax feels a little rushed. Kudos to Hugo Weaving, who makes his Nazi villain a grand adversary (with, if the ear doesn't lie, an imitation of Werner Herzog's accent). If most of the movie is enjoyable, the final 15 minutes or so reveals a curious weakness in the overall design: because Captain America needs to pop up in The Avengers, the resolution of the 1943 story line must include a bridge to the 21st century, which makes for some tortured (and unsatisfying) plot developments. Nevertheless: that shield is really cool. --Robert Horton

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars First among heroes Feb. 20 2012
I have to admit, I didn't have high expectations for the Captain America movie. They're tried to adapt it twice before and... well, it was ridiculous. And I'm not just talking about the costume.

So it came as a pleasant surprise that this latest comic book movie is not only better than the previous adaptations of Captain America's story, but is a robust, action-packed thriller in its own right. "Captain America: The First Avenger" has an earnest, idealistic tone mingled sometimes poignant realism -- exactly what it needs to have.

The time: World War II. Scrawny asthmatic Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) desperately wants to defend his country, but he's too puny to enter the army. Dr. Abraham Erskine sees the goodness and courage in Steve's heart, and enlists him in a top-secret experiment to create a super-soldier. Within minutes, Steve has superhuman strength, speed and big shiny muscles. HOORAY!

Unfortunately, the army seems more interested in using the superpowered Captain America as a mascot than a fighter. Are you really surprised? This is the GOVERNMENT we're talking about.

When Steve learns that his best buddy has been captured by the Nazis, he singlehandedly invades an enemy base and rescues dozens of soldiers. But this brings him to the attention of the Nazi super-science division Hydra, and its malevolent leader Johann Schmidt (Hugo Weaving) -- who is the only other man as strong as Captain America.

This summer has had a lot of comic book movies -- some were horribly disappointing ("Green Lantern," "Priest") and some were wonderful ("Thor"). I wasn't entirely sure which kind of movie "Captain America: The First Avenger" would be, but I was pleasantly surprised by how well-written and solidly-plotted it was.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great to see the origins story of Cap - But $41 for a movie that' has already been out for a while now and is not considered a blockbuster is ridiculous.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner for Marvel! April 20 2013
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Thanks again for the great price and service, guys. Everything was on time and in perfect order. Everything was first class!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Feb. 10 2013
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Captain america, just like the rest of the Marvel superheros have origin stories and this one is told perfectly and is honestly one of the best, if not the best marvel superhero movie. Very true to the comics, possibly better than previous incarnations of cap's origin story. Solid acting, good cast and good FX and a sweet lead up to Avengers. After this flick you'll see that captain america is probably one of the best heroes marvel has produced and has a distinct and awesome personality
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie April 5 2014
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I love this movie. Boy it sure makes you wonder what it would be like to be pushed into the future like that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie. March 21 2014
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A great action packed movie. I was never much of a Captain America fan before this. The suit looks a little tight ...
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Pale Shade of Indiana Jones Feb. 13 2014
By Anne
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Good to have the background on this character, but it doesn't hold up very well against the other Marvel movies.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Done right, once again. Dec 20 2013
By Simon Bergeron TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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There is an element of irony in the way Captain America feels today. Strong, patriotic, never questioning his beliefs, etc. He is a living caricature of the American Dream, and director Joe Johnston plays it like such for the majority of the movie, but never at the expense of the character or the actor. And this is what makes the movie so good (for me, it is): many characters meet irony in the face when Rogers becomes Captain America. The symbol may lack perspectives, but Rogers is all heart when it comes to battling the Red Skull's army. The time reconstitution is quite astounding, and so are the special effects, all blended for the purpose of bringing the comic book character to cinematic life for the first time (let's not talk about that 1990 Captain America movie, please).

For a fan who expects many special features, Marvel and Paramount have grown quite cheap indeed, for they include just under 60 or 70 minutes of special features, never really going deep into the process of production, following the EPK formula of interviews and what a great time it was, etc. They feel rushed and not even scratching the surface.

Nevertheless, that shouldn't hold you from watching Captain America The First Avenger, for it contains its fair share of fun, action, special effects and all the goodies one may have come to love and enjoy from a Marvel movie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Liked It!!
It's a very entertaining movie. Fast paced.

I think every Marvel fan should watch it.

Even maybe even sci-fi lovers.
Published 4 months ago by WolverineVx
3.0 out of 5 stars "I'm not kissing you!"
A young man, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) wants to join the military. Unfortunately this is during World War II and he is deemed to be 4F. Read more
Published 4 months ago by bernie
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the best of MARVELS super films
While it is serviceable enough for a single viewing I don't expect to be re-watching this anytime soon. Read more
Published 4 months ago by D. White
4.0 out of 5 stars its typical hero movie
it's a classical hero movie and it's something to add to the collection
the story line is alright and it's fun to watch
Published 6 months ago by TC
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Who could not like this? Enough said....! Waiting eagerly for the sequel, and Thor 2 and Avengers 2. Great Marvel movies.
Published 7 months ago by Chris Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars joie
enfin je l'ai et je vais en prendre soin je vais devenir la mamie avengers l o l , merci encore
Published 8 months ago by ginette coderre
5.0 out of 5 stars what a movie!!!
excellent for marvel's fans or new one, i reccommand it and all others movies from iron man to avengers.

Published 9 months ago by Simon Bédard
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beginning is The End is The Beginning
Marvel's Cinematic Universe has been a rather patchy effort. There have been good films, such as Iron Man, but there have also been deeply mediocre ones, such as Thor. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Theo
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