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Captain America / Captain America II: Death Too Soon

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Captain zzzzzzzzzzz Aug. 26 2011
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Really well-done! March 5 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Captain America Campy but funny ! Nov. 25 2012
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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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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the CaptianA I am looking for Jan. 15 2012
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Rather lame really, this was not the old Captian A movie I was looking for. There was an old Captian A VS Red Skull movie from the 80's or very early 90's that I really liked and I was hoping whis was it. This was not it :-(
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Blast From The Past Oct. 24 2011
By Tom Potter - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a review of the recently released Captain America/Captain America II: Death Too Soon DVD. The movies starred Reb Brown as Steve Rogers/Captain America and Len Birman as Dr. Simon Mills.

I grew up watching these films when they first aired on television in the late '70's. I had a great time watching them then and I had a great time watching them again this past week after I purchased this DVD.

Are the films perfect? No, not at all. But if you watch the films for what they're intended to be, notably a fun campy romp a la the 60's Batman series, I think you'll enjoy them more than if you watch them in a serious manner.

I was also pleased to see that the films are included in their entirety. They're not chopped up like they were when Syfy broadcast them last summer before Captain America: The First Avenger premiered in theaters.

On to the review of the disc itself. Equipment used to watch this DVD was a Sony HDTV, Sony 3D Blu-Ray Player and Sony 6.1 home theater surround sound.

I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the presentation. The films looked pretty good for material that was shot for television over 30 years ago. I did find myself wishing that some extra work could have been done to make them even more colorful.

The sound left a lot to be desired in my opinion. I wish the audio on these two movies could have been released in better fidelity (5.1 sound, as they were broadcast on Syfy last summer). As it is, the films are presented in a 2.0 soundtrack which I think is ok but it's nothing special.

When you take into consideration the amount of dubbed in sounds such as Captain America's motorcycle, explosions & gunfire, etc. it would have enhanced the viewing experience significantly had more work been done for this DVD. It's too bad that Shout! didn't deem the extra effort as being necessary.

I am docking this release 1 star because this disc is just a bare-bones release. I feel that Shout! really dropped the ball with this by not including any interviews with Reb Brown or any other stars who were in these films. If they could include cast interviews for their Street Hawk release, they surely could have done so with this release too. As it is, all you get are the two films and that's it.

If you enjoyed seeing these films growing up in the '70's, then yes I would add this to your collection. It's not a perfect release by a long shot but it is a great way to relive some fond childhood memories.
18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A piece of nostalgia that I still enjoy Aug. 31 2011
By B. Betz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I remember watching this (and the first Captain America movie) on CBS in the late 1970s. I thought it was the coolest thing. Reb Brown looked like Captain America should look. I had a chance to watch both movies again over the summer on the SyFy Channel and still enjoyed them. Yes, Reb Brown can be wooden at times, but I totally buy him as Captain America. It's good fun! Don't take it so seriously and you'll enjoy it!
24 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Captain America Lives! Oct. 1 2011
By Brian Townsend - Published on Amazon.com
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For all of you being so overcritical of this 70's version of Captain America, just get over it. Watch it for what it is. It is easy enough to look back 35 years at a show through the eyes of someone in 2011. I enjoyed it back then as a kid and it is enjoyable now. Just like with the 70's Spider-Man, Incredible Hulk and Wonder Woman, they are all dated but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy them thoroughly. I won't disagree that Reb is not a great actor but you know that is the same criticism many have leveled at Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher for the original Star Wars trilogy for years. So either you just sit back and enjoy it, flaws and all or just be miserable. I for one am happy that it is coming out on DVD, now if we can just get the Nicholas Hammond Spider-Man series out on DVD.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two failed attempts for a TV series this is still fun to have. July 7 2012
By Donald Shackleford - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
These two part television movies were marvel comics attempt to bring Captain America to the small screen. Although not sticking to the original origin from the comics as such. This was a great attempt.
Reb Brown was Captain America Steve Rodgers. He looked like he jumped off the page and became a breathing person. The music was very patriotic sounding the motor cycle was just cool.
Ok the shield was kinda weak espically in the flying and when it hit the bad guy in the back in the second movie. But we got the idea LOL.

Christopher Lee in the second film was just fantastic what an actor.

All in all these are worth having on dvd.

And remember this "The old people are my friends so pal if you ever bother them again I am coming after you." And on a side note we should all feel that way about the elderly.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really Entertaining 70's Superhero Fun! April 3 2012
By James Donnelly - Published on Amazon.com
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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!!!
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