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Captain America / Captain America II: Death Too Soon

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  • Format: Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Shout Factory
  • Release Date: Nov. 1 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B005G5NPD8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,726 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Captain America (1979) / Captain America II: Death Too Soon (1979)

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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Aug. 26 2011
Format: DVD
Of all the major superheroes, Captain America has been the unluckiest -- it took SEVENTY YEARS for a decent movie about him to be made.

So what were the NON-decent movies that were made along the way? "Captain America / Captain America II: Death Too Soon" is a pretty good example -- not only does it throw out all the original comic book backstory, but it ends up being cheesy, action-deficient and boring. Way too boring to be campy.

In "Captain America," ex-Marine Steve Rogers (Reb Brown) is toodling around California in his nondescript van, not really doing anything. But then an old friend is murdered, and for some reason the bad guys also decide to attack Steve because they think he knows the location of secret classified film.

The only way to save his life is to inject him with FLAG, an experimental super-drug that Steve's father created so he could become a superhero. This is the point where all Captain America fans go cross-eyed.

So after being bribed with superhero gear (like a rocket-powered motorcycle) Steve reluctantly becomes Captain America, and helps hunt down the evil men who are planning to nuke an American city.

Then in "Captain America II: Death Too Soon," Steve is sent out to investigate a missing scientist who had some kind of aging compound stolen by famous terrorist Miguel (Christopher Lee). It leads him to a small town that immediately tries to get him to get lost, apparently because they were told to act as suspicious as possible.

"Captain America" and "Captain America II: Death Too Soon" are, hands down, the dullest superhero movies I have ever seen in my life.
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I think the fact that I had little exposure to the original Captain America character may have been of advantage to me, as I was able to judge these films on their own merits, without comparing them to anything that had gone before. I really enjoyed these films when they originally aired on CBS in 1978 and 1979, and purchased them originally on VHS. When the big screen Captain America film came out, I was hoping the TV movies would be re-released on DVD. When they were, I bought them immediately. And you know what? I still really enjoy them, and have viewed them several times. Contrary to the previous reviewer, I didn't find them boring in the least.
Reb Brown, for an ex-football player with little acting experience, does a good job as Steve Rogers, son of the original CA, and I liked the relationships with Simon Mills (Len Birman) and Dr. Wendy Day (Heather Menzies, aka Mrs. Robert Urich).
The origin story is good, though a bit dated, with its reference to the neutron bomb. (You have to be a certain age to remember that!) As for tossing out the comic book backstory, I kind of think they had to-networks for some reason are wary of doing "period" superhero stories (see: Wonder Woman-they could only get picked up as a weekly series-by CBS-when they gave in and modernized it. The ABC episodes, like the original Captain America , were set during WWII) It wasn't enough to sell CBS on a weekly series, but they did order a second pilot, Death Too Soon. This one was better, with a good story and Connie Sellecca replacing Heather Menzies as Wendy-and hey, any film that can attract the likes of Christopher Lee can't be all bad! It accomplished what a pilot is supposed to do-show what can be done with the character.
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The DVD is pretty good. Because of the age of the tv movies (1979 !!!!) of course the picture is old but colors are beautiful. I recommand the DVD only for the fans of comic books. Of course, because I'm french there's no such product in France. For some people, it's a good thing not for the others. Anyway, if I have to compare these movies with the Albert Pyun's motion picture of 1990, for me these ones are better. Even if Universal Pictures made their own version of the character maybe it'll made a good tv show but CBS cancelled the idea after two pilots, too bad !
For my friends of Canada and United States : Bonjour de la France and buy these item ! It's a "must have" DVD.
Technical advices : the DVD is a NTSC Region 1, not rated, for all ages.
Well, that's all I have to say. Oh! yes the seller Import CD's is great and did a very good job ! You can count on him !
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my hubby loved it..
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