Captain America (No, Not That One) on DVD July 19
June 16, 2011

Captain America on DVD

On July 19, MGM Home Entertainment will release, as part of their Limited Edition (MOD) Collection, Captain America. This 1990 film starring Matt Salinger will be available on DVD for the first time. (Of course, this is an unofficial tie-in to the big-screen Marvel movie Captain America: The First Avenger, out three days later on July 22.)

The earlier Captain America tells the origin of the superhero as Steve Rogers becomes a super-soldier and fights the Nazi Red Skull (Scott Paulin), who puts him in suspended animation for 50 years. Now, in modern day, the Red Skull is trying to assassinate the President (Ronny Cox)! Also in the movie are Ned Beatty, Darren McGavin, Michael Nouri, and Melinda Dillon. Rated PG-13, the film runs an hour and 37 minutes. I’m hoping to get a copy for review, so stay tuned!

11 Responses  
James Schee writes:  

Have you never seen it? Its got a really….. odd (I’m on a trying to be nicer kick) take on the Red Skull’s origin. I have no idea how anyone could come up with it, as its REALLY stupid and sort of offensive.

I wonder if the TV movies Captain America (no shield, motorcycle riding hero) will be released as well?

Jim Perreault writes:  

I don’t recall the Red Skull origin from this movie. My recollection of it was that it was painfully obvious that the writer had never read a Captain America comic book in his life. He had no feel for the character whatsoever.

It makes the TV movies look like high art.

Grant writes:  

Oh wow, this movie was so horrible. The “Reb Brown” tv version was Citizen Kane compared to this. Plus..the Red Skull an Italian?

As of last month, one of the two Reb Brown tv movies was available on YouTube. I believe it’s the second one.

Johanna writes:  

I’ve never seen this one before, no. As for the two TV movies, they were produced by Universal, it seems, which does have its own MOD division, although who knows who owns them now. I would love to see a box set of those two Captain Americas and the Dr. Strange they did in the 70s. Were there any others?

James Schee writes:  

Hah, the character the movie producers want you to feel the most sympathy for is the Red Skull. Yes that’s right, someone looked at Captain America and said “You know, we should make viewers feel sorry for the hate mongering, homicidal, insane Nazi Red Skull character.”

Jim Perreault writes:  

Not a movie, but the short lived live action Spiderman series is in the same vein.

Grant writes:  

The 70s Doctor Strange pilot was really really bad. It is available on YouTube…


I always wondered why the 70s Doctor Strange and Spider-man removed the essential parts of their origins. Like with SpiderMan they got rid of the whole Uncle Ben thing and with Dr. Strange they jetisoned the whole arrogant doctor who can’t operate any more. On the other hand in the campy Batman show they keep his origin intact even though it’s only mentioned a couple times as I recall.

And with all the talk about Oracle lately, does anyone remember the disabled hero ExoMan? Maybe this will refresh your memory…


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Grant writes:  

Today and tomorrow on the SyFy channel they’re showing both of the Captain America TV Movies from the 70s with Reb Brown followed by the Matt Sallinger Cap movie. It’s preceeded by a marathon of Greatest American Hero.

Johanna writes:  

Thanks for pointing that out! My TiVo is set.

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