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Never released in the U.S. (the distributor went bankrupt the day before its theatrical release), and duplicated without much regard for quality on VHS by Magnum Entertainment in 1988, 1983's camp superhero adventure The Return of Captain Invincible has become a cult favorite nonetheless, and, for the first time, can finally be seen as director Philippe Mora intended. For the transfer, Mora used his answer print from the original negative held in storage at the Australian National Archives -- the only full ...
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Never released in the U.S. (the distributor went bankrupt the day before its theatrical release), and duplicated without much regard for quality on VHS by Magnum Entertainment in 1988, 1983's camp superhero adventure The Return of Captain Invincible has become a cult favorite nonetheless, and, for the first time, can finally be seen as director Philippe Mora intended. For the transfer, Mora used his answer print from the original negative held in storage at the Australian National Archives -- the only full version of the movie -- and the digitized images are rendered in sharp contrast and in comic book colors, quite a remarkable cleanup job (for comparison, check out the unrestored trailer included on the disc). The 2.35:1 widescreen image is vastly superior to any previous edition. The Dolby 5.1 sound gives the speakers a workout, particularly during the bizarre musical numbers. The finale, with the Captain (Alan Arkin) soaring over the World Trade Center and announcing his continued fight against evil, is particularly effective.
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The Return of Captain Invincible is a product of its time; how well it's aged is up to the viewer's response. A reaction to the straightforward superhero comic book movies that were the rage in the late '70s and early '80s, Captain Invincible turned the genre on its head and gave it a nasty, dark tone -- an alcoholic superhero reluctant to save the day? Christopher Reeve this is not. Those looking for another moon-eyed superhero swoon such as Superman will be not just disappointed by the cynical tone, but perhaps even upset that such liberties could be taken. Which is exactly what director Philippe Mora had in mind. Using the built-in naïvety of the genre and its fans, Mora's off-the-wall take -- musical numbers, anyone? -- creates conflict within itself, not unlike the turmoil raging inside the reluctant superhero, played with characteristic understatement by Alan Arkin. How you feel about the film depends on how much you want to invest in thinking about all this. If you just want to see the good guy take on the bad guy in an effects-laden spectacle with all the lines clearly marked, then rent Batman again. But if you like your films skewed and with an edge, check out Captain Invincible.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/20/2001
  • UPC: 790594762421
  • Original Release: 1983
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  • Source: Elite Entertainment
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1
  • Sound: Dolby Digital
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:30:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alan Arkin Capt. Invincible
Christopher Lee Mr. Midnight
Kate Fitzpatrick Patty Patria
Bill Hunter Coach, Tupper
Graham Kennedy Australian Prime Minister
Michael Pate U.S. President
Hayes Gordon Kirby
Max Phipps Admiral
Noel Ferrier General
Brian Adams Reporter
David Argue Italian salesman
Ron Beck Black salesman
John Bluthal Deli owner
Chelsea Brown Tour guide
Max Cullen Italian man
Arthur Dignam Lawyer
Chris Haywood Maitre d'
Gus Mercurio Noisy garbageman
Technical Credits
Philippe Mora Director
Brian Burgess Associate Producer
David Copping Production Designer
Steven E. de Souza Screenwriter
Christopher de Vore Screenwriter
Kate Duffy Costumes/Costume Designer
Andrew Gaty Producer, Screenwriter
Ken Hammond Sound/Sound Designer
Louis Irving Cinematographer
Michael Molloy Cinematographer
William Motzing Score Composer
Owen Paterson Art Director
John Scott Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Index
1. Opening Credits [10:30]
2. "Mr. Midnight" [5:47]
3. "The Hypnoray" [5:47]
4. "Your Country Needs You" [8:59]
5. "Into the Blue!" [16:01]
6. "Are You Ready Captain?" [8:58]
7. "Evil Midnight" [9:42]
8. "Operation Ivory" [9:33]
9. "The Deli" [5:53]
10. "Name Your Poison" [8:20]
11. "The American Eagle Network" [7:16]
12. Closing Credits [4:14]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Feature
   Theatrical Trailer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ''Alan Arkin Is God''

    It's a bird, It's a plane, It's Alan Arkin the first and only alcoholic super hero! A rare cult film. Alan Arkin the King of Comedy. Check out the musical tunes sung by Arkin and Christopher Lee. A personal favorite.

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