I remember the Reb Brown Captain America TV films from when I was a youngster, and I remember them with the same fondness that I do shows like the Bill Bixby/Lou Ferrigno INCREDIBLE HULK and the Nicholas Hammond AMAZING SPIDER-MAN series. These were fun because getting to see some of your favorite characters in real life, but they were also alternately frustrating because they had little or nothing to do with the actual peripheral characters. You weren't going to ever see The Hulk fight Abomination or The Leader; You were never going to see Spider-Man fight The Green Goblin or Doc Ock, and with these two films, you weren't going to see Cap fighting HYDRA or The Red Skull. They fought terrorists and crooks and racketeers, but never an actual comic book villain (although to be fair, Hulk did once team up with Daredevil to fight The Kingpin and he also teamed up with Thor: Incredible Hulk Returns/The Trial of the Incredible Hulk).
Even more frustrating about this collection is that almost everything you know about Steve Rogers is wrong here... except for really small details. Here, Reb Brown, who plays our hero, is already handsome and extra-muscular. He's just left The Marines and intends to just travel "Nomad"-ically around this beautiful country with his artistic skills to try and find his place in the world in his conversion van and his motorcycle. He ends up being contacted by Dr. Simon Mills (played with a lot of sincerity by Len Birman), who is a scientist and doctor who is the head of several different projects and answers only to The President. He also worked with Steve's father, who apparently developed a serum called FLAG (Full Latent Ability Gain) which is supposed to make someone stronger, bigger, faster and better by allowing them to access their all of their brain and body abilities. The catch is that it only seems to work on those with Rogers' genetic code. Naturally, Steve gets himself embroiled in a conspiracy to construct a neutron bomb and ends up getting so badly hurt, he will only live if injected with the FLAG serum. At one point, Mills tells Steve that his father fought for the country and The President, and his enemies slapped him with the moniker of "Captain America", and that Steve should embrace this name, rather than scoff at it.
He's given a new van; one that actually hides a new jet-powered motorcycle in the back, and he's given a shield made of a transparent compound that has the red stripes and the blue and white star, and it's throwable and it's bullet-proof. Eventually, he gets a Evel Knievel-esque motorcycle suit, a motorcycle helmet with wings and a big "A" stenciled on it, and he goes into action as CAPTAIN AMERICA!!
The really interesting thing I noticed while watching it again was actually how certain really obscure details about Cap were presented in the film: Steve Rogers did spend a good amount of years in the 70's and 80's in the comic book working on art commissions out of his van, which was also his mobile headquarters... where his motorcycle was also secretly hidden!!
As far as technical specs, it's a standard TV ratio of 1:33:1, so while it may look pretty good on your flat-screen, it certainly won't take up the whole screen. You can choose between the first film or the second film, but there are no other special features and not even a chapter select feature. It's press Play and Pause and Stop... and that's all there is.
If you're a fan of the big-screen CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER mainly because it adheres so closely to his actual origins and abilities and would hate anything that deviates from the source material; well, frankly... you're going to hate these films, because these are pretty far out there from the source material. However, if you're a fan of cheesy 70's superhero TV, you'll really get a kick out of this CAPTAIN AMERICA collection of his two TV films.
Now, give us the SPIDER-MAN TV SHOW!!!