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Marvel teases “Captain America” Blu-ray and DVD

By Sean O’Connell Marvel Studios unveiled a teaser trailer and a full press release for its upcoming Blu-ray and DVD release of Joe Johnston’s summer hit “Captain America: The First Avenger,” and as expected, the set will have a significant tease for next summer’ “The Avengers,” currently being shot by Joss Whedon.

Here’s the trailer. The presser follows below:

As the clip reveals, the disc will take you deep behind the scenes of this Marvel origin story, showing how Johnston shrunk the buff Chris Evans to play skinny Steve Rogers and setting up the character’s pivotal role in Whedon’s ensemble.

Marvel also recently released “Thor” on Blu-ray and DVD, completing the unofficial prequel kit that sets the table for “The Avengers.” Now collectors can bounce from “Thor” to “Iron Man,” from “The Incredible Hulk” to “Captain America” to see how the pieces fit.

Or, at least, they’ll be able to once “America” streets on Oct. 25.

Here’s the release:

Marvel Studios and Paramount Pictures introduce the latest addition to the incomparable Marvel Super Hero team with CAPTAIN AMERICA: The First Avenger, ready for action on high definition Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD October 25, 2011. Called “the best superhero movie ever” (Brian Erdy, CBS-TV), the thrill-packed adventure is a blockbuster hit with audiences worldwide, earning over $350 million at the Global Box Office. When a terrifying force threatens everyone across the globe, the world’s greatest soldier wages war on the evil HYDRA organization, led by the villainous Red Skull. Loaded with fantastic action, stunning visual effects and an awe-inspiring hero imbued with courage, humanity and an unbreakable spirit, CAPTAIN AMERICA: The First Avenger transports viewers into a world of daring exploits and excitement. Starring Chris Evans in the title role, the film features an outstanding ensemble cast including Academy Award®-winner Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving as Marvel’s Ultimate Villain, Red Skull, Dominic Cooper, Neal McDonough, Derek Luke and Stanley Tucci.

The CAPTAIN AMERICA: The First Avenger three-disc set includes the film on Blu-ray in high-definition 3D and in high definition 2D, as well as on standard definition DVD with a digital copy. The two-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo pack includes a high definition presentation of the film, plus a standard definition presentation with a digital copy. Both sets boast over an hour of behind-the-scenes bonus material including an original Marvel short film, an exclusive sneak peek into the ultimate Super Hero team, Marvel’s The Avengers, six featurettes that go behind-the-scenes of the filmmaking process, deleted scenes and much more.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: The First Avenger Blu-ray and DVD specs

The CAPTAIN AMERICA: The First Avenger Blu-ray Discs(TM) are presented in 1080p high definition with English 7.1 DTS HD Master Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Digital and English Audio Description with English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles. The DVD in the sets is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with English 5.1 Surround and English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles. The digital copy is presented with an English Audio track.

Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack Breakdown:


Feature film with commentary by director Joe Johnston, director of photography Shelly Johnson and editor Jeff Ford

Marvel One-Shot: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer


Outfitting a Hero

Howling Commandos

Heightened Technology

The Transformation

Behind the Skull

Captain America Origins

The Assembly Begins

Deleted Scenes with commentary by director Joe Johnston, director of photography Shelly Johnson and editor Jeff Ford



Feature film

Digital Copy

The three-disc set includes all of the above, plus the feature film on Blu-ray 3D.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: The First Avenger will also be available as a single-disc DVD presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with English 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround, French 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround and English Audio Description and English, French and Spanish subtitles. The disc includes feature commentary, the featurettes “Outfitting a Hero” and “The Assembly Begins” and trailers.

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One Comment

  • September 22, 2011 | Permalink |

    For Marvel super hero movies there is something of a hiatus now between the release a while back of the Captain America movie and the 2012 release of the Avengers movie.

    I do think though that the Avengers will be worth waiting for. The Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, and Cap plus Hawkeye and others all in the same movie. It will be a blockbuster.

    Got to say that I think Marvel have handled it all pretty well. The teasers between the movies. The increase in Thor comics (maybe they overdid it here), the games side etc.

    As an Aussie sci-fi writer:
    I’ve also written a bit of Marvel fan fiction, why not check it out:

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