The 1990 Captain America movie heading to Blu-ray

Before Chris Evans donned the star-spangled suit in Captain America: The First Avenger and The Avengers, Matt Salinger (Revenge of the Nerds) brought the Sentinel of Liberty to life in director Albert Pyun’s (Cyborg) low-budget 1990 adaptation Captain America.

Pulled from a theatrical release in the States (due to it being terrible, and all), Captain America went unreleased for several years before hitting shelves direct-to-video in the early 90s; currently only available via MGM’s made-on-demand program in North America, the film is now gearing up for a Blu-ray release courtesy of Shout Factory, and is set to arrive in stores this coming May. Here’s the official synopsis:

Long ago, Steve Rogers (Matt Salinger) was a true American hero, a brave super soldier created by scientists to help the Allied Forces fight for freedom in World War II. But during a battle with the sinister Red Skull (Scott Paulin), he was lost, entombed in ice. Decades later, his body has been found and revived and Steve must again don the mantle of Captain America to help save the President of the United States (Ronny Cox) — and the world — from his arch-nemesis once and for all.

Captain America is due to arrive on Blu-ray on May 21st… and is one for Marvel completists only.

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  • It's always funny to look back at these ealry Marvel adaptations (this, The Fantastic Four, Howard the Duck) and see how truely horrible they were. Maybe it's that the technology wasn't there to make them any good? Maybe it's that no one believed in them? But really, why did the success of Batman in the late 80s not do for the comic book movie what Spider-Man did in the 00s (ie,

  • Hi Mike, I think it could a case of the studios not seeing any worth in comic book adaptations. But yeah, Batman should have changed things. Funny how the power has shifted from WB with its Superman and Batman movies in the late 70s – early 90s to Marvel from 2000 and beyond (Dark Knight trilogy notwithstanding).

  • ellid

    This one was so unbelievably bad I'm amazed that Marvel (which did NOT make this – it was reportedly from Golan-Globus, a low-budget Israeli production company) – didn't buy the negatives and burn it.