Captain America II: Death Too Soon

Captain America: "I want your number when you get out of jail, pal! The old people in this town are my friends. And if I hear they're having problems again, I'm coming after you! You got that!"
punk: "I've got it. I've got it."
Captain America: "I want the name of every member of your gang."

release year: 1979
genre: superhero action
viewing setting: bootleg home DVD, 12/19/13

synopsis: Captain America returns to take on a revolutionary general and his rapid-aging gas.

impressions: Despite their attempts to make Captain America's deeds seem important, this (like the previous one) often felt like "hey, here's Captain America righting wrongs in a small town." The 1990 version also suffered from this problem. Basically, to make Captain America work, you have to give him some sense of scope and importance that's nation-wide and known to all (the 2011 version finally got this right, probably due to much larger budget.) Caprain America's motorcycle lost its stealth mode here, but gained a hang-glider apparatus that was able to keep up perfectly with a moving car.

acting: Reb Brown was fairly personable as Steve and Captain America. Len Birman is his government handler, and Connie Selleca is a scientist. Christopher Lee plays the evil mastermind Miguel.

final word: Interesting look into the past and lower-budget attempts to bring superheroes to life on the screen.

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