Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Marvel and Disney Bring "Captain America: Civil War" Into Your Home


Disney and Marvel bring home “Captain America: Civil War” to Blu-ray, DVD, and as a Digital Download. Directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo work from a script by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. It was adapted from the 2006 - 2007 comic book series written by Mark Millar (“Wanted”, “Kick-Ass”) and illustrated by Steven McNiven (Ultimate Secret, New Avengers). Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and the rest of the core members of the Avengers are joined by Tom Holland as Spider-Man and Chadwick Boseman portraying Black Panther.


In “Captain America: Civil War”, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability when the actions of the Avengers lead to collateral damage. The new status quo deeply divides members of the team. Captain America (Chris Evans) believes superheroes should remain free to defend humanity without government interference. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) sharply disagrees and supports oversight. As the debate escalates into an all-out feud, Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) must pick a side.


Screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely do a great job taking comic book superheroes and melding them with social commentary. Much like “Captain America: Winter Soldier”, what we have here is an intricate political thriller. However, it’s also tangled up within the framework of a tale of revenge.


You would think with so many characters jammed into one movie, “Captain America: Civil War” would suffer from being spread too thin. Somehow that’s not the case here. Most of the characters have already been introduced in one form or another in their own films, making it alright for them to just to show up and do their thing. Even Black Panther’s rushed debut doesn’t feel abrupt like you might expect it would.


“Captain America: Civil War” is rated PG-13 for extended sequences of violence, action and mayhem. Younger viewers might be upset seeing their favorite superheroes fighting each other. There’s also some profanity, including the use of g!@#amn.


Bonus material for the Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + Digital HD edition of “Captain America: Civil War” is rather generous. “United We Stand, Divided We Fall -- The Making of ‘Captain America: Civil War’” is split into two parts that clock in around 22 to 23 minutes a piece. The featurettes "Captain America: The Road to Civil War" and "Iron Man: The Road to Civil War" give viewers insight into how each of the heroes arrived at their perspectives in the movie.


Audio commentary is provided by Directors Anthony and Joe Russo and Writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. There are also deleted and extended scenes and a gag reel included. A 4-minute sneak peek at “Doctor Strange” rounds out the special features.


The “Captain America” movies have always been some of my favorites from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Thankfully, “Civil War” continues this trend for me. Although I would consider it to be more of an “Avengers” film, I understand why it’s considered a “Captain America” entry. The friendship and loyalty between Steve Rogers and Bucky are really the central focus when you think about. A great mix of humor, comic book action, and a complex storyline make “Captain America: Civil War” rise above the rest yet again.

“Captain America: Civil War” is available now on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD, and as a Digital Download.


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