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Captain America: The First Avenger

4K Ultra HD

Blu Ray

  • Score
    80
    from 4 reviewers
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  • Fun, engaging movie with decent Atmos & bass; good plot & character growth; Chris Evans stars.

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    2K Upscale
    HDR10
    Dolby Atmos
    Dolby TrueHD
  • Video
    83
  • The film's earthy palette, modestly enhanced by HDR/WCG, and slightly improved details and textures from a 2K upscale offer a minor but appreciable upgrade over the Blu-ray, preserving artistic intent.

  • Audio
    86
  • The audio mix excels in clarity, with directional dialogue and immersive action scenes through robust surround support, smooth effects movement, and atmospheric immersion via height channels, creating a cohesive and enveloping sound experience.

  • Extra
    78
  • The re-released Blu-ray features seven detailed featurettes, full order of movie extras including audio insights into filmmaking, and is identical to the 2011 edition with all supplements carried over.

  • Movie
    84
  • Despite health issues barring Steve Rogers from service, he becomes a 'super soldier' to tackle Nazi threats, as the Allies' hope. The tale is captured in a Blu-ray with eco-vortex case.

    Video: 83

    The 4K UHD Blu-ray release of "Captain America: The First Avenger" marks a modest yet appreciable upgrade over its Blu-ray predecessor, particularly in terms of visual fidelity and texture. Upscaled from a 2K digital intermediate, the transfer enhances background details, clothing textures, and architectural nuances, albeit the enhancements are somewhat restrained. The increased resolution and larger bitrate contribute significantly to solidifying textures that appeared less dynamic and stable on the standard Blu-ray edition. However, it's important to note that the enhancements yield only a slight improvement in detail and texturing, with certain VFX shots, such as the mountain train intercept scene, betraying the limitations of the finish resolution.

    The HDR (High Dynamic Range) and WCG (Wide Color Gamut) implementations serve to enrich the film's deliberately drab, earthy color palette of browns and greens, providing greater range and depth without compromising the original artistic intent. This technological advancement elevates the visual experience by offering a more vivid representation of the film’s intended aesthetic, though the overall palette remains intentionally muted to suit the film's thematic and stylistic choices.

    In conclusion, while the 4K UHD Blu-ray version of "Captain America: The First Avenger" does not revolutionize the viewing experience, it refines it. The improved resolution, bitrate, and color enhancements make for a visually richer presentation. However, the improvements are not transformative, largely due to the source material’s inherent limitations and stylistic decisions. The result is an upgrade that will be most appreciated by aficionados seeking to experience every available nuance of their favorite films in the highest fidelity possible.

    Audio: 86

    The 4K UHD Blu-ray audio presentation of "Captain America: The First Avenger" delivers an immersive auditory experience, meticulously balancing dialogue clarity and dynamic action sequences. Dialogue is consistently clear, skillfully prioritized predominantly in the front channels while employing adept directionality where necessary to enhance spatial awareness and character positioning within scenes. This meticulous attention ensures that conversations are never lost, even amidst the cacophony of battle, thereby preserving narrative integrity and character interactions.

    In action-packed scenes, particularly noted in the climactic third act, the audio impressively leverages robust low-end frequencies, discrete surround support, and overhead channels to forge a captivating soundscape. These elements work in harmony to produce a multi-dimensional auditory experience. Effects movement across the channels is notably smoother, with height channels introducing vertical effects and atmospheric immersion that elevate set-piece sequences, such as the various battles and Hydra’s advanced aircraft engagements. This adept use of vertical sound cues and atmospheric sounds envelops the viewer, enhancing the perception of being in the midst of the action.

    The surround channels are effectively utilized, doing much of the heavy lifting during combat scenes by enveloping the listener with ambient effects that smoothly transition from the front of the room to the sides and rear. This envelopment strategy not only expands the soundstage but also immerses the audience further into Steve Rogers’ thrilling escapades. The seamless panning of ambient effects and meticulous integration of surround sound components ensure an auditory experience that is as dynamic and engaging as the film's visual spectacle. Through these technical accomplishments, the audio presentation significantly contributes to the overall viewing experience of "Captain America: The First Avenger," making it a standout example of auditory excellence in home cinema.

    Extra: 78

    The 4K UHD Blu-ray release of "Captain America: The First Avenger" presents an impressive collection of extras, providing an exhaustive insight into the film's creation. It retains the comprehensive suite of supplements from the previous releases, offering enthusiasts and new viewers alike a deep dive into the filmmaking process. This edition includes an audio commentary that sheds light on the technical and editing intricacies, ensuring a richer viewing experience. Particularly noteworthy are the featurettes and Marvel One-Shot, which explore various aspects of production, from character development to technological advancements. The inclusion of the Blu-ray disc, despite being the original 2011 version with the Paramount logo, does not detract from the wealth of material available. This collection underscores the enduring appeal and thematic depth of "Captain America: The First Avenger," making it an essential addition for fans and cinephiles.

    Extras included in this disc:

    Marvel One-Shot: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor's Hammer - A short film connecting Captain America to Thor.

    Featurettes - Seven detailed behind-the-scenes looks covering everything from costume design (Outfitting a Hero) and team dynamics (Howling Commandos), to technological innovations (Heightened Technology), the visual transformation of Steve Rogers (The Transformation), and the villain's backstory (Behind the Skull).

    Movie: 84

    Captain America: The First Avenger" in 4K UHD Blu-Ray format brings an iconic chapter of Marvel's vast universe to life with unparalleled precision and depth. Chronicling the journey of young Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), the transition of a frail body riddled with health issues into the epitome of human physicality is nothing short of cinematic brilliance. Despite his numerous rejections due to his health, Rogers' indomitable spirit and unwavering courage make him the perfect candidate for a top-secret Super Soldier program, led by the Strategic Scientific Reserve. This transformation marks the birth of Captain America, a beacon of hope during the darkest times.

    The movie showcases Rogers' battle against Nazi supremacy, focusing on his duel with the formidable Schmidt who seeks invincibility through the mythical Tesseract. The stakes are elevated by not only the quest for freedom and justice but also by the stunning visual presentation this 4K UHD version offers. The clarity and detail encapsulated in each frame elevate the storytelling to new heights, ensuring that viewers are not just spectators but are immersed in every moment of this epic saga.

    Technical aspects of this 4K UHD Blu-Ray presentation, such as the packaging in a black, eco-vortex case with an embossed, glossy slipcover, maintain the quality one expects from such a release. Although it shares its Blu-ray counterpart with the earlier 2011 release, it's this version's unparalleled visual fidelity that sets it apart, making "Captain America: The First Avenger" a must-have for enthusiasts seeking the ultimate home cinema experience. The movie section, imbued with historical significance and valor, is brilliantly rendered, providing an immersive experience that honors its source material faithfully.

    Total: 80

    The 4K UHD Blu-Ray release of "Captain America: The First Avenger" presents a mixed bag that leans, fortunately, more towards the positive, particularly for aficionados of enhanced home cinema experiences. Its Atmos audio track, while not perfect due to a slight need for volume adjustment, delivers with clear, well-prioritized dialogue and satisfying bass that pulls you into Captain America's thrilling escapades. Despite the fact that the audio-visual (A/V) improvement over previous editions might not blow audiences away, the improvements are nonetheless appreciable for a discerning eye and ear, aligning expectations with reality.

    On the narrative and performance front, "Captain America: The First Avenger" remains a sterling piece of cinematic enjoyment. Chris Evans’ portrayal of the eponymous character brings an unironic, old-fashioned vibe to this modern classic, making the film a satisfying escape into superhero theatrics. Furthermore, the movie strikes a fine balance between action-packed sequences and well-crafted storytelling, offering engaging character development and plot progression that enhance the overall viewing experience. This balance ensures the film's position not only as playfully fun but also as an intellectually engaging piece of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

    In conclusion, while the 4K UHD Blu-Ray release of "Captain America: The First Avenger" might not present a monumental leap in audio-visual quality, it offers enough of an enhancement to justify its addition to a fan’s collection. Coupled with strong narrative elements and performances, particularly from Chris Evans, this release underscores the film’s enduring appeal. It serves as a compelling reminder of how far the MCU has come, preserving the charm and excitement of Captain America's first foray into our hearts and screens.