Captain America: The Winter Solider now on iTunes early release!

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is now available on early release from iTunes. (It actually hit a few days ago but I was traveling and missed it!) Winter Solider is a sequel to both Captain America: The First Avenger and The Avengers, and a quasi tie-in to ABC's ongoing Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D television series. It also riffs on Ed Brubaker's classic comic book arc of the same name and that it manages to weave all those threads together into a pretty entertaining movie is a testament to just how well Marvel/Disney has planned their cinematic universe.

Winter Soldier is less superhero movie and more political thriller that just happens to have superheroes in it. I liked it a lot. Captain America, Black Widow, Falcon, and Nick Fury all got a good amount of screen and character time, and the Winter Solider himself was well realized. No spoilers, but if you liked the previous films, you'll love this. Heck, 5 minutes in and I was wishing Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D could be more like it!

Here's where you can get it (with iTunes Extras!):

Here's our podcast on it if you missed it:

And here's where you can catch up on the previous films and series:

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If you've been watching the Marvel movies and shows, let me know what you think of them. If you want to discuss Captain America: The Winter Soldier with your spoilers all alerted, just head on over to the iMore movie forums.

Note: Originally published JulyUpdated August 2014.

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Captain America: The Winter Solider now on iTunes early release!


This is everything I could've asked for with regard to a source for many thing Cap!
Thank you, Rene!

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Since iMore copy/paste the article originally posted this morning at 9to5mac then I'll just copy/paste my comment.

Getting an early digital release is awesome. But the problem is when the physical copy comes with the iTunes version already. Because now you’re looking at it like this:

8/19 Captain America iTunes
+ Digital iTunes Movie
+ Get it early!
– iTunes Special Features (not sure if its complete or has commentary but many times its not)

9/9 Captain America 3D Blu ray
$22 (preorder on Target. Possibly cheaper on date)
+ iTunes/Digital copy
+ 3D Bluray (if you don’t want it, sell for $10)
+ Bluray Disk
+ DVD (for those who use car DVD players since aTV doesn’t have a HDD)
+ Full special features
+ Commentary
+ Promotional Tie In (specific to retailer)

Walmart has a system where you can preorder a movie and then you get a VUDU code to download early and then you get the disk later. So its a shame that there’s no system thats iTunes compatible to do that. Especially with a Disney movie. So as much as I want to watch Cap 2 right now, I’m going to have to wait for the retail version.

I'm not sure if you realize how truly, deeply offensive your comment is, but there's very few things you can say to a writer that's worse than accusing them of copying.

I'm going to assume you simply don't understand that two sites covering the same information may tend to have overlap in that coverage, and wish you a good day, and leave it at that.

Umm, yeah, No!!!! I love this movie enough that I paid to see it twice. But instead of just outright buying only the Digital Copy for $20, I'm gonna torrent stream the movie for now to my ATV (see TorrenTV), then when the Retail version comes out ($23 for 3D/2D Blu-ray/Digital Copy), I'm gonna sell the 2D Blu-Ray to a friend for about $8-$10 (he wants the Blu ray pretty bad).

I'll sell the 3D Blu-Ray online for about $10-$12. Redeem the iTunes copy via the marvel website, and then, since the code will still be valid for Amazon/VUDU redemption via DigitalCopyPlus, I can still sell the code for about $5-$10. In other words, I'll actually be making a small profit with some small effort.

I just did the same thing with the Muppets most wanted last week. Bought the combo pack ($20), Redeemed Digital Copy, sold Blu-Ray/DVD for $12.50 and sold the code still valid with VUDU/Amazon for $5, getting about $17 back of my $20 loss.

I just don't see the point of spending so much on a Digital Copy when I get it so much cheaper with a little bit of research.

Been on Popcorn time for well over a month now. Buuuut my WiFi sucks so ignore my "elitist" comment.

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I don't watch many new movies so when one comes out that I like I have no problem giving it money so that the studios realize I want more of the same.

I understand wanting to save money, or thinking time is less valuable that money, and for many people that will absolutely be true.

However, not paying for great content means we'll ultimately no longer get great content. We'll get crap and it'll be because that's what we deserve.

The App Store is in many ways an example of that. We don't want to pay for apps so we get, for the most part, hundreds of thousands of crap apps, stuff that tries to scam us as much as we try to scam the system, and other things that return only the value we have told them we're willing to give them.

I'll almost certainly buy the Blue ray as well at some point, but this is a good movie and I'm going to vote for more like it with my wallet.

---------"However, not paying for great content means we'll ultimately no longer get great content. We'll get crap and it'll be because that's what we deserve."---------

Huh? People aren't saying they won't buy it, they (and that includes the Pirate) are saying they'll wait for the Physical version which also comes with an iTunes version. So how do users "deserve crap" by NOT double dipping on the same content?!?!

For me, I bought Amazing Spider-Man 2 on iTunes because Sony doesn't do iTunes so getting it a month early was awesome (even if the movie was not). But Cap2 is different because, as much as I'd like to see it now, the Retail version will come with 3D/DVD/Extra Content AND the same iTunes Digital Copy.

---------"I'll almost certainly buy the Blue ray as well at some point, but this is a good movie and I'm going to vote for more like it with my wallet."----------

"Voting with your wallet" doesnt necessarily tell the studios to keep making great movies, it really says "Consumers are willing to pay multiple times for the same product so lets get em". A good example of this is Frozen.

Nov - Frozen Theatrical release
Mar - Frozen BluRay (3D Version removed in US but sold in other countries)
Aug - Sing-Along Version (For parents who dont know how to turn on subtitles)
Nov - Theatrical Re-release (Relive the magic with the 1yr anniversary y'all)
Dec - 3D BluRay Super Cool Ultimate Edition

Dont get me wrong. I think offering a Digital version early is fantastic, but let's not act as if we're making Cap 3 (or Frozen 2) any better by buying every version because in the long run we're probably making things worse for consumers.

Not sure I'd call this an early release when the movie debuted back April. That's a longer wait than many of the new films on iTunes.