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Albert Pyun’s 1990 “Captain America” movie is getting a new lease on life, thanks to renewed interest in the Star-Spangled Avenger via Marvel Studios’ upcoming “Captain America: The First Avenger”. Matt Salinger is no Chris Evans, of course, and Scott Paulin as the Red Skull is definitely no Hugo Weaving, but I gotta admit, there’s a certain charm to “Captain America”. Okay, maybe charm isn’t the right word, but for those interested in the good Captain’s first big-screen adventure, the film will be released for the first time on DVD as part of MGM’s Limited Edition Collection. No word if this release will offer anything new or different from the old VHS copies, since the press release really didn’t offer anything in terms of specs or special features.
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!
The film also features supporting performances from Ned Beatty, Darren McGavin, Michael Nouri and Melinda Dillon and Kim Gillingham. The DVD will be available for sale on online retailers everywhere.