'Captain America' (1992)
(Matt Salinger, Scott Paulin, Ronny Cox, Ned Beatty, et al / DVD / NR / (1992) 2011 / MGM)
Overview: The Manufacturing-On-Demand DVD release of 'Captain America' (1992) is now upon us and stars Matt Salinger ('What Dreams May Come') as a crime-fighting superhero whose strengths and abilities may save the United States from nuclear destruction.
DVD Verdict: If you are unaware of the storyline that is attached to this film, even given the brand new Chris Evans-inspired one currently in theatres as we speak, here is a quick synopsis: During World War II, a brave American soldier (Salinger) volunteers to undergo experiments to become a new super-soldier, codenamed “Captain America.”
Infiltrating Germany to sabotage Nazi rockets pointed at the U.S., Captain America faces off with Nazi superhuman warrior Red Skull (Scott Paulin, 'The Right Stuff') who defeats the hero, throwing him into suspended animation. Frozen for 50 years, Captain America is found and revived only to find that Red Skull has changed identities and has targeted the President of the United States (Ronny Cox, 'RoboCop') for assassination.
With America on the verge of utter chaos, it is up to one man to save the day!
Here in this non-Steve Rogers version, the movie opens with a quick rehash of the creation of both Captain America (Salinger) and his evil counterpart, the Red Skull (Paulin). From there we fastforward to the Captain being discovered frozen in a block of ice in Alaska. Then, as mentioned above, some 50 years later Captain America finds himself once again face-to-face with the Red Skull, along with his daughter as he attempts to stop the madman from killing the President of the United States (Ronnie Cox) - with some help from Sharon Stewart (Kim Gillingham), the daughter of the woman that he loved in the past.
'Captain America' also features supporting performances from Ned Beatty ('Superman'), Darren McGavin ('A Christmas Story'), Michael Nouri ('Flashdance') and Melinda Dillon ('Close Encounters of the Third Kind') and Kim Gillingham ('One Big Family').
Now, as with the other titles in the MGM Limited Edition DVD-R library, 'Captain America' is presented on an MGM DVD-R release that is manufactured on demand. The packaging is a full color cover in a standard black DVD case. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.