CAPTAIN AMERICA (1990)

 

THE PLOT THUS FAR

Frozen in the ice for decades, Captain America is freed to battle against arch-criminal, The Red Skull.

 

WHAT WE THOUGHT

In Italy during WW2, Dr. Maria Vaseli (Carla Cassola) creates a process which transforms child musical prodigy Tadzio de Santis into the hideously scarred ‘Red Skull’ (Scott Paulin) for the Nazis. Dr. Vaseli escapes to America where she perfects the process and helps the American Military transform Polio-ridden Steve Rogers into the Star Spangled Avenger ‘Captain America’ (Matt Salinger). Aided by two Resistance Fighters (Scene deleted), Captain America to a hidden Nazi Fortress, Captain America encounters his nemesis, the Red Skull, where he is defeated and strapped to a rocket that the Nazis are planning to launch launch at the White House to kill President Roosevelt. Cap heroically manages to stop the rocket from crashing into the White House; but it crashes in the Alaskan Tundra where he is frozen for the next 50 years.

Once the Red Skull realizes that Cap is still alive, he determines that the hero must be out to destroy him. Now, Cap has been out of commission for fifty years, and the Red Skull is now a mysterious, Corleone-esque kingpin. In this film, they only encountered briefly in the 1940’s before Cap was frozen in ice. Why on earth would Skull jump to the conclusion that hey! Cap is thawed out, and his first objective will be to stop the Red Skull? In another part, realizing that the Skull is hiding in Italy, Cap jumps on a plane from the U.S. and flies there.

The characters and relationships were as poorly developed as the plot. There was no arc for any of the characters. The action and special effects were equally choppy. Example: one minute Cap is in a punch-up with the Red Skull. The next he is effortlessly subdued and tied to a rocket bound for Washington. The fact that Cap prevented the missile from hitting D.C. by shear force of will was almost as ridiculous as the scientist surviving the plunge during her escape from the fortress. The conflict between Cap and the Red Skull was not believable and the Red Skull was more moronic than menacing. Why would he show any loyalty to a regime that gunned down his entire family before his eyes? Also, if Batman deserved a molded mask and Kevlar armor, why not Cap? I realize it was 1936, but if they could turn Steve Rodgers into the ultimate super soldier, couldn’t they at least give him a better looking uniform? After all he represents the pride, glory and fighting spirit of America. It made me long for the days of Reb Brown and his cheesy motorcycle helmet/mask. Cap deserves better.

The DVD comes with no special features. But, what kills me is that I can’t get an exact take on what the aspect ratio should be for this film. The DVD transfer seems misframed, but I can’t tell by how much. Pyun movies have a long history of coming to home video in various degrees of disrepair. However, what kicks my ass is that I can’t ever remember not seeing this film shown at 4×3 ratio. Oh well, I still wish they could’ve done something better than a DVD-R with a mediocre transfer and Dolby track. It’s a rental for most, a purchase for the Marvel fanboys.
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