New Release: Captain America (1990) DVD

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Matt Salinger is Captain America--the one from 1990.

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment added the 1990 adventure movie Captain America to its MGM’s Limited Edition Collection, the DVD “manufacturing on demand” (MOD) program that the studio launched last fall, on July 19, 2011, for a prize of approximately $19.98.

Obviously aiming to capitalize on Paramount’s international theatrical release of Captain America: First Avenger starring Chris Evens on July 22, Fox hit the archive to pull out the 1990 Captain America, which was directed by Albert Pyun (the man behind 1994’s Kickboxer 4: The Aggressor – need we say more?) and stars Matt Salinger (Babyfever).

The story is generally the same as the original Captain America comic, wherein a genetically engineer World War II super-soldier emerges from a frozen slumber deep inside a hunk of Arctic ice many years after the war to combat his arch nemesis, The Red Skull.

Co-starring a name-droppable cast that includes Ned Beatty (Deliverance), Darren McGavin (TV’s The Night Stalker), Michael Nouri (Flashdance), Melinda Dillon (A Christmas Story) and Francesca Neri (Hannibal), Captain America premiered on video back in 1990 and is generally considered to be one of the worst Marvel Comics superhero movies ever produced. Diehards have been heard to refer to it as “Craptain America” and Marvel comics godfather Stan Lee reportedly once said, “This movie is so bad that you can’t get mad if you don’t like it.”

Still, bad movies make for collectible products, and we’re thinking this DVD will make some noise with its placement in MGM’s Limited Edition Collection.


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.