Captain America: The First Avenger

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Overview

Meek U.S. Army soldier Steve Rogers Chris Evans takes part in an experimental military program that infuses him with super-human powers, and uses his newfound strength to battle the villainous Red Skull Hugo Weaving in this comic-book adventure from director Joe Johnston The Wolfman, The Rocketeer. Tommy Lee Jones, Neal McDonough, and Stanley Tucci co-star in a film written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeeley who previously collaborated on The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
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Special Features

Marvel one-shot: a funny thing happened on the way to Thor's hammer; The assembly begins; 6 featurettes; 4 deleted scenes; Commentary by director Joe Johnson, director of photography Shelly Johnson and editor Jeffrey Ford
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
The run-up to Marvel Entertainment's The Avengers hits an enormously satisfying stride in Captain America, a whiz-bang, retro-futuristic adventure that mercifully eschews the brooding Dark Knight trend to offer an exhilarating thrill ride that perfectly captures the enduring optimism of the 1940s. Eye-catching set and vehicle designs, crackerjack pacing, and a talented, highly watchable cast all help director Joe Johnston create an impressive alternate reality in which Nazis with laser guns seem perfectly logical. Steve Rogers Chris Evans was a 98-pound weakling with the heart of a lion and the spirit of a hero. All he ever wanted was to serve his country by fighting injustice overseas, but as World War II rages and his best friend, Bucky Sebastian Stan, prepares for deployment, scrawny Steve can't even pass a standard Army physical. Steve gets the opportunity of a lifetime, though, when Dr. Abraham Erskine Stanley Tucci gets a glimpse of his true bravery and invites him to take part in a top-secret test to create the perfect soldier. Immediately transformed into a stalwart super-human by a serum that enhances his inherent goodness, Steve earns the nickname Captain America and becomes a piece of government propaganda before answering a higher calling -- teaming with military contact Peggy Carter Hayley Atwell and brilliant engineer Howard Stark Dominic Cooper to rescue a group of American solders trapped behind enemy lines. During the clandestine mission, Captain America discovers evidence that rogue Nazi Johann Schmidt Hugo Weaving is secretly using an ancient artifact to power a revolutionary weapon capable of bringing the world to its knees, saves Bucky from certain death, and finally gains the respect of gruff Army Colonel Chester Phillips Tommy Lee Jones. Later, Captain America uses the intelligence gathered during that daring rescue to plan a mission that will defeat Schmidt and permanently disable Hydra -- the undisclosed arm of the Nazi regime dedicated to harnessing mystical powers and using them for evil. Meanwhile, Schmidt reveals himself as the Red Skull, a frightening villain whose powers are only exceeded by those of Captain America. With the soldiers he rescued and his best friend Bucky by his side, the fearless super-soldier invades Hydra headquarters and wages the ultimate fight or freedom. In The Rocketeer, Joe Johnston established himself as a filmmaker capable of creating an atmosphere that was simultaneously antiquated yet tantalizingly futuristic. By ramping up the sci-fi elements considerably and creating a hyper-stylized portrait of the 1940s, he perfects that unique tone in Captain America. Though rooted in our familiar reality and set during a crucial point in world history, Johnston's take on the classic comic seems to exist somewhat out of time. But it's precisely those constant technological contrasts and contradictions Hydra has surveillance cameras in its headquarters, yet the countdown clocks on their self-destruction devices are flip-number analog and occasionally sketchy special effects that in the long run will likely make Captain America feel less dated than its moodier contemporaries, even if it doesn't appear to represent a major leap in special-effects technology. Meanwhile, Jeffrey Ford and Robert Dalva's quick-cut editing reveals Captain America as a contemporary action film even as cinematographer Shelly Johnson's fluid camerawork harks back to the era before filmmakers began relying on jittery handheld camerawork to create a sense of urgency. Comparisons to the Star Wars and Indiana Jones sagas are inevitable given both the serial-style nature of Captain America as well as some of the content namely a motorcycle chase that echoes the speeder bike pursuit from Return of the Jedi, and a climactic scene that recalls the face-melting finale of Raiders of the Lost Ark; however, in borrowing from the best, director Johnston and company turn out an adventure that also stands shoulder to shoulder beside them. When it comes to a hero's saga, everything else will buckle if the main character's story arc doesn't ring true. With screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely in charge of script duties and the capable Chris Evans behind the shield, though, fans can rest assured that this take on Captain America is built on a solid foundation. Not only do the writers manage to pace the story so that it still feels brisk even while crossing the two-hour mark, but Evans' physical transformation from famished bully-bait to hulking hero is just as convincing as it would have been on the pages of a comic book, and the way he co-opts the costumed character originally created to sell war bonds comes off as entirely natural. Likewise, the romantic spark between the Captain and Peggy looking every bit like the iconic pinup models of the era is apparent even before the fuse of the main plot is lit, and the rest of the script is filled with memorable one-liners delivered with zeal by Jones and Cooper, in particular, who truly make the most of their supporting roles. And though he only gets a fraction of the screen time of his other co-stars, Tucci, too, is a major standout as the deeply humanistic Dr. Erskine -- who seeks to atone for creating a real-life monster. Whether you're a devoted fan of the character or just an average moviegoer seeking to beat the heat with a solid action-adventure, Captain America is that rare blockbuster that offers a little something for everyone though some of the action may be slightly too intense for preadolescent viewers while also building impressive momentum for Marvel's forthcoming all-star comic-book adventure that has rabid comic fans everywhere champing at the bit.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/2011
  • UPC: 097361439747
  • Original Release: 2011
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  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 2:03:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Chris Evans Captain America/Steve Rogers
Hayley Atwell Peggy Carter
Sebastian Stan James Buchanan "Bucky" Barnes
Tommy Lee Jones Colonel Chester Phillips
Hugo Weaving Johann Schmidt/Red Skull
Dominic Cooper Howard Stark
Richard Armitage Heinz Kruger
Stanley Tucci Dr. Abraham Erskine
Samuel L. Jackson Nick Fury
Toby Jones Dr. Arnim Zola
Neal McDonough Timothy 'Dum Dum' Dugan
Derek Luke Gabe Jones
Kenneth Choi Jim Morita
JJ Feild James Montgomery Falsworth
Bruno Ricci Jacques Dernier
Lex Shrapnel Gilmore Hodge
Michael Brandon Senator Brandt
Martin T. Sherman Brandt's Aide
Natalie Dormer Pvt. Lorraine
Oscar Pearce Search Team Leader
William Hope SHIELD Lieutenant
Nicholas Pinnock SHIELD Tech
Marek Oravec Jan
David Bradley Tower Keeper
Leander Deeny Steve Rogers Double/Barman
Sam Hoare Nervous Recruit
Simon Kunz 4F Doctor
Kieran O'Connor Loud Jerk
Jenna-Louise Coleman Connie
Sophie Colouhoun Bonnie
Doug Cockle Young Doctor
Ben Batt Enlistment Office MP
Mollie Fitzgerald Stark Girl
Damon J. Driver Sergeant Duffy
David McKail Johann Schmidt's Artist
Amanda Walker Antique Store Owner
Richard Freeman SSR Doctor
Katherine Press Project Rebirth Nurse
Sergio Covino Kruger's Aide
Marcello Walton Undercover Bum
Vincent Montuel Undercover Bum
Fabrizio Santino Kruger's Driver
Maxwell Newman Boy at Dock
Anatole Taubman Roeder
Jan Pohl Hutter
Erich Redman Schneider
Rosanna Hoult Star-Spangled Singer
Naomi Slights Star-Spangled Singer
Kirsty Mather Star-Spangled Singer
Megan Sanderson Kid in USO Audience
Darren Simpson Kid in USO Audience
Fernanda Toker Newsstand Mom
Laura Haddock Autograph Seeker
James Payton "Adolph Hitler"
Ronan Raftery Army Heckler
Nick Hendrix Army Heckler
Luke Allen-Gale Army Heckler
Jack Gordon Army Heckler
Ben Uttley HYDRA Guard/HYDRA Pilot
Kevin Millington Stark's Engineer
Patrick Monckeberg Manager Velt
Peter Stark HYDRA Lieutenant
Amanda Righetti SHIELD Agent
Isobel Griffiths Conductor
Alan Silvestri Conductor
Technical Credits
Joe Johnston Director, Executive Producer
Victoria Alonso Co-producer
Mitchell Bell Associate Producer
Sam Breckman Production Manager
Stephen Broussard Co-producer
Paul Corbould Special Effects Supervisor
Louis D'Esposito Executive Producer
Robert Dalva Editor
Kevin Feige Producer
Alan Fine Executive Producer
Jeffrey Ford Editor
Nigel Gostelow Executive Producer
Rick Heinrichs Production Designer
Shelly Johnson Cinematographer
Dave Jordan Musical Direction/Supervision
Stan Lee Executive Producer
David Maisel Executive Producer
Christopher Markus Screenwriter
Stephen McFeely Screenwriter
Anna Sheppard Costumes/Costume Designer
Alan Silvestri Score Composer
David Stephenson Sound Mixer
Lisa Westcott Makeup
Richard Whelan Asst. Director
Suzie Wiesmann Production Manager
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Captain America: The First Avenger
1. Chapter 1 [:00]
2. Chapter 2 [:00]
3. Chapter 3 [:00]
4. Chapter 4 [:02]
5. Chapter 5 [:00]
6. Chapter 6 [:00]
7. Chapter 7 [:19]
8. Chapter 8 [:14]
9. Chapter 9 [3:05]
10. Chapter 10 [:20]
11. Chapter 11 [2:41]
12. Chapter 12 [1:29]
13. Chapter 13 [5:47]
14. Chapter 14 [:56]
15. Chapter 15 [5:53]
16. Chapter 16 [3:30]
17. Chapter 17 [3:50]
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2011

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    this movie seriously is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    this movie seriously is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted October 13, 2011

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    Stellar!

    I saw this in the theatre with my now wife, and we bothed loved it! I thought it was very well done! This is a definite must own for sure! Words cannot even describe how excited I am about the Avengers film in 2012, and about every single one of the Marvel titles leading up to it! So so awesome!

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  • Posted December 28, 2011

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    Pretty good

    Chris Evans actually did a good job in this. At first I wasn't sure. Nice surprise there. Recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2011

    it was ok, but they could have done better

    for a movie with this expectation and budget they could have done much better, for me that i know the character and read comic books they sticked to the character pretty well but i think they didnt take advantage of what can be done with nowadays technology and special fx, they could have made this movie epic but they just settled for good enough, honestly i liked about 40% of the movie, i hope in the avengers movie he does much more

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