Marvel and Walt Disney Home Entertainment give fans the chance to watch “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” over and over as they unleash it on Blu-ray and DVD. I knew I had to experience all the fun and excitement again as quickly as possible when I saw it in theaters. The time has come and after viewing it for a second time, I can say that it’s one of the few times a sequel comes very close to topping its predecessor.
Captain America (Chris Evans) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) have continued to work for Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and S.H.I.E.L.D. after the events of "The Avengers." When it's discovered that the evil organization Hydra is still running strong and has infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D., Cap and Widow go rogue to help discover who the enemy plants are. They team up with the Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and find themselves confronting a powerful assassin named the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) as they embark on their mission.
The Blu-ray version of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is presented in 1080p high-definition (2.40:1) with 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio. The picture quality is superb and a real treat for the eyes with so much frenetic action, spectacular stunts, and explosions happening in front of you. The surround sound keeps you grounded in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with bombastic blasts and noises and a score that blends together elements of pulsing electronic music with classic symphonic arrangements.
There’s some interesting bonus material included for the “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” Blu-ray edition. Audio commentary is provided by Directors Anthony and Joe Russo with Screenwriters Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely. Two featurettes entitled "On the Front Line: An Inside Look at Captain America's Battlegrounds" and "On Set with Anthony Mackie: Cut the Check!" take viewers behind the scenes of the movie.
Four different deleted and extended scenes with optional commentary from the Russo Brothers are found as well. They’re made up of "Hill and Sitwell Talk Loyalty," "In Pursuit of Captain America," "Nick Fury's Circle," and "Widow Reveals Her Past." We also get an inside look at "Steve Rogers' Notebook." A gag real rounds out the special features.
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence, gunplay and action throughout. A lot of stuff gets blown up and many people get shot. However, there isn’t much blood to be seen. Parents might also want to know there’s a little bad language to be heard.
Although it differs greatly in tone from the first movie, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is an exceptionally well crafted continuation that perfectly complements its forerunner and “The Avengers.” While “The First Avenger” was a patriotic period piece, its follow-up is a modern day spy and espionage thriller that packs a sizeable punch with all its non-stop action and solid pacing.
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