Captain America (1992) DVD Review
Audio: Dolby Digital mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Disc Spec: 1 DVD
I always liked this movie. It was Marvel’s answer to Tim Burton’s big budget Batman. Although it received a European release, it was shelved in the U.S. until 1992. I thought it was a good low budget attempt to bring the Joe Simon-Jack Kirby comic book character to life. I can remember seeing the movie poster for it at the theater and being excited, “Captain America: Coming in 1990”. This movie has a great cast: Matt Salinger, Scott Paulin, Ronny Cox, Ned Beatty, Darren McGavin, Carla Cassola, Melinda Dillion, Michael Nouri, Kim Gillingham Francesca Neri and Billy Mumy. It was directed by Albert Pyun.
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.
While Captain America is frozen, the Red Skull and plots and successfully carries out the deaths of John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King with the help of a group of international businessmen and General Fleming (Mumy/McGavin). Now, they are planning on kidnapping President Kimball (Cox) and controlling his mind to do their evil bidding. Luckily for the Red, White and Blue, Cap is accidently found by an Alaskan Surveying Team and thawed out where upon he tried to return home and while he finds that things have drastically changed; Captain America is torn between duty and the love of his former girlfriend, Bernice (Gillingham). Sharon, Bernice’s daughter (also played by Gillingham) try to stop these evil conspirators.
Print Quality: 7/10
Matt Salinger does a great job as Captain America, but the supporting cast is very easy to forget. The movie bites off more than it can handle, trying to explain Captain America’s origin and add a current plot, but the film is still enjoyable and entertaining. The main problem is that most action takes place with in his civilian roll; there really isn’t much action as Captain America.
Overall Rating: 7/10