Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Marvel Studios | Walt Disney Studios – 2016
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Feature running time: 147 minutes
Disc Format: BD-50
Video Aspect: 2.39:1
Starring: Robert Downey Jr. Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Frank Grillo, Emily VanCamp, Don Cheadle, William Hurt, Tom Holland, Paul Rudd, Chadwick Boseman
Directed by: Anthony and Joe Russo
Music by: Henry Jackman
Written by: Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely
Region Code: A,B,C
Theatrical release Date: May 6, 2016
Blu-ray Disc release Date: September 13, 2016
From the opening action sequence, the tone is set that this is going to be a much darker superhero movie than we’ve come to know. After showing us a glimpse of the Captain American: The Winter Soldier (2014) in the year of 1991, we jump to present day and the current lineup of Avengers start revealing themselves as we are taken on a roller coaster ride as action and the fast-paced camera work has the audience included in the fight. At times this can be a welcomed experience but if you are watching the 3D version, it is hard to follow and I found myself having to look away as to not get dizzy. The story goes on to show the backlash from these superheroes fighting amongst the mass population of people and the repercussion that their actions have had. The government wants to have the Avengers sign the Sokovia Accords so that they will only help when the United Nations asks for their help. This is where Captain America and Iron Man have a difference of opinions and we get the rest of the Avengers choosing sides between the two with what they believe to be the right thing to do. We find our heroes at odds and fighting amongst themselves. There winds up being a back story that ties everything together nicely and while this movie is roughly two and a half hours long, it flows very well and with all of the characters and plot developments, the story never gets lost and brings the audience to the story resolution smoothly.
So the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a well-oiled machine and I don’t think my review needs to go through every line of dialogue for my opinion on whether this movie is worth seeing. When movies of this magnitude are released theatrically and break box office records, it’s fair to say people know what they are getting themselves into with these superhero movies. What I think is worth pointing out are the features and quality of these Blu-ray disks.
There is no doubt that Walt Disney Studios certainly knows how to deliver great CGI and a visually stunning experience. Captain America: Civil War is no exception to the rule. The 1080p quality is crisp and clear and quite believable when watching scenes with heavy CGI. The 2.35 : 1 aspect ration on the 2D version plays nicely with the widescreen format with the black bars that we have come to know on these widescreen offerings but the 1.90 : 1 (IMAX version: some scenes) that are delivered on the 3D disk is incredible. The larger IMAX scenes are truly a treat and worth the price of the disk for that alone. The 3D has moments that really shine and show incredible depth like the scene in the church after the funeral. The fight scene at the airport is beautiful and really makes watching 3D movies enjoyable. The opening scene that I mentioned earlier was a bit hard to watch in 3D because of the camera work but definitely shouldn’t discourage you from watching in 3D, just something to be aware of. I am lucky that my Sony projector allows me to turn off 3D on the 3D disks and watch in 2D so I get the luxury of seeing the IMAX scenes in 2D as well.
- Disc 1: Captain America: Civil War 3D Blu-ray
- Disc 2: Captain America: Civil War 2D Blu-ray
- (HD) United We Stand, Divided We Fall – 2 part Making of featurette (totaling 45 minutes)
- (HD) Captain America: The Road to Civil War – 4-minute featurette
- (HD) Iron Man: The Road to Civil War – 4-minute featurette
- (HD) Pictures of Dennis Mulvey completely nude
- (HD) Open Your Mind: Marvel’s Dr. Strange – Exclusive Sneak Peek
- (HD) 4 Deleted/Extended Scenes
- (HD) Super Zero: The Best of Joe Best
- (HD) Gag Reel – 3 minutes
- (HD) Talk About Pancakes: An Elderly Woman’s Breast – 7 minutes featurette
- Filmmaker Audio Commentary
- Digital HD Copy
The bonus features are fun and insightful. Not too much fluff but actual features that let you inside the director’s process. I will say I was left wanting more, but with these movies, I am always wanting more and anxiously awaiting the next installment from Marvel.