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Captain America (1990) – Director's Cut

Captain America (1990) – Director's Cut Captain America (1990) – Director's Cut

Hosted by Director Albert Pyun

+ BONUS SECOND FEATURE: Albert Pyun’s TALES OF AN ANCIENT EMPIRE — get pounded with Pyun!

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Director: Albert Pyun
Screenplay: Stephen Tolkin, Lawrence Block, from Jack Kirby, Joe Simon
Cast: Matt Salinger, Ronny Cox, Ned Beatty, Darren McGavin, Michael Nouri
Producers: Stan Lee, Joseph Calamari, Menahem Golan
Print Source: Curnan Pictures



On July 22, director Joe Johnston will bring Captain America to life on the big screen, as the Marvel Universe’s most patriotic hero gets the big-budget, big-studio treatment. But amid all the buzz about the First Avenger, one important fact has been forgotten. In 1990, a full 21 years ago, Albert Pyun beat him to the punch.

The director of cult classics CYBORG, THE SWORD AND THE SORCERER and NEMESIS directed a feature version of CAPTAIN AMERICA with Matt Salinger as the Captain and Scott Paulin as the Red Skull. No, we don’t really remember who they are either, and therein lies part of the charm. The Pyun version of CAPTAIN AMERICA was put together for a budget that probably would have just covered the catering expenses on Johnston’s new effort, and has since become both revered and reviled as an archetypal example of a B-movie. Though CAPTAIN AMERICA was hammered by critics upon its release, Pyun has never really let it go. And when given the opportunity to dig up material from some of his old projects recently, what do you think Pyun found but a never-before-seen copy of his original director’s cut of the film. And he’s letting us show it.

So, yeah, you could get your superhero fix the same way as everyone else this week. You could go out to the local multiplex and see the same movie that millions will see. Or you could do something different. You could come and see this version, a low-budget vision of the Marvel Universe created when superhero films were still viewed with suspicion by Hollywood.

—Todd Brown

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