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'Captain America' (1990)
(Matt Salinger, Ronny Cox, Ned Beatty, Darren McGavin, Michael Nouri, et al / DVD / PG-13 / (1990) 2011 / MGM)

Overview: The Red Skull defeats Captain America in 1941, but the super hero is thrown into suspended animation. Captain America is revived 50 years later to face the Red Skull one more time.

DVD Verdict: There are many reasons why kids growing up back in the day wanted to see Captain America put to film. The setting in the 40's certainly conjured up grand images of World War II with our hero fighting Red Skull in the midst of all of that. But this isn't it. It's not even a shadow of it.

Even if you can forgive it for it's low budget effects, there is no getting around some of the dumbest casting choices in film history. Billy Mumy (aka Will Robinson from Lost in Space) as General Fleming...REALLY? Ned Beatty as an overgrown nerd turned newspaper reporter is hilarious. And Darren McGavin (aka the Night Stalker from the early 70's) as the 'evil' backstabbing government insider is just about as believable as a dark Mr. Rogers.

And let's not even get started with the lead role played by Matt Salinger. His goody two-shoes attitude would make a 40 year old virgin blush. You know there's a reason why Salinger hasn't done much in his acting career. It's because he didn't have a career in acting.

Oh, and as for some revealing mistakes, well, when Steve Rogers and Sharon fall from their bike into the sea, the stunt woman playing Sharon's skirt flies up revealing a bathing suit!

But, and let's be honest, if you can rationalize this film as somehow being a good movie, your either drowning in bad taste or are most likely blinded by some false sense of nostalgia that shouldn't be there! The dialogue and acting makes the TV movies of Captain America look award winning. I mean, come on now, Cap's suit looks like an air brushed scuba suit!

And everyone in the film looks like they were held at gun point to say some of the dumbest lines in film history. Do yourself a favor. If you have a positive memory of this movie, don't buy it. Sometimes the years have a way of making things seem better than what they actually were, sorry! FYI: This product is manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media. This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.

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