The Punisher

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Overview

Vengeance is a dish best served cold as Dolph Lundgren takes on the role of the legendary crime-fighting comic book antihero in this Live Video release. Presented in 1.85:1 widescreen and featuring a closed-captioned Dolby Digital Surround soundtrack, this release offers no additional audio options or subtitles. Extra features include a theatrical trailer, production notes, and cast and crew information.
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Overview

Vengeance is a dish best served cold as Dolph Lundgren takes on the role of the legendary crime-fighting comic book antihero in this Live Video release. Presented in 1.85:1 widescreen and featuring a closed-captioned Dolby Digital Surround soundtrack, this release offers no additional audio options or subtitles. Extra features include a theatrical trailer, production notes, and cast and crew information.
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Special Features

16:9 widescreen; Dolby Digital Surround; Digitally mastered; Interactive menus; Scene access; Theatrical trailer; Production notes; Cast and crew information
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
This Dolph Lundgren vehicle was the first attempt to translate the Marvel Comics character to the big screen. Unfortunately, it falls short of the cinematic promise of the concept. Lundgren gives a decent, stoic performance in the title role but, despite the black dye job he took for the role, he's miscast as an all-American type. He's not alone in having this problem: Jeroen Krabbe is ridiculously miscast as a mobster as are several other actors who seem to be every nationality besides Italian. Louis Gossett is the only actor who seems to be well cast and he applies a level of intensity to his performance that the film doesn't really deserve. A bigger problem with The Punisher is that it attempts to have it both ways stylistically, trying to ape the grim tone and brutality of the comic while also giving the film a flashy pop-art look and some bizarre campy humor (case in point: a scene where the title character and an ally shoot down a room of attacking swordsmen). The action scenes are solidly crafted but the film surrounding them is a muddle that reduces its potentially thrilling concepts to the level of a bland, mediocre action programmer. In short, The Punisher is best left to genre completists.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/20/1999
  • UPC: 012236049005
  • Original Release: 1989
  • Rating:

  • Source: Live / Artisan
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1
  • Sound: Dolby Digital
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:32:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dolph Lundgren Frank Castle/The Punisher
Louis Gossett Jr. Jake Berkowitz
Jeroen Krabbé Gianni Franco
Bryan Marshall Dino Moretti
Kim Miyori Lady Tanaka
Nancy Everhard Sam Leary
Barry Otto Shake
Brian Rooney Tommy Franco
Zoshka Mizak Tanaka's Daughter
Todd Boyce Tarrone
David Arnett Joe
Carlo Bianchino 2nd Courier
David Bracks 1st Courier
Char Fontaine Laurie Silvers
Robert W. Fraser Robert
Jade Gatt Young Tommy
Roslyn Gentle Reporter
Aku Kadogo Reporter
Hirofumi Kanayama Tomio
Stephen Leader Flasher
Faith Martin
David Burton Morris Man in Bar
Emily Nicol Amelia
Fotis Pelekis Mario
Ira Siedenstein Chemist
Robert Simper Donny
Melissa Skoff
Larney Tupu Laccone
Kenji Yamaki Sato
Larry McCormick TV Newsreader
John Negroponte Musso
Noga Bernstein Ginny
Emma Soloman Ginny's Friend
Courtney Keiler Sophie
Cathy Stirk Caterina
Dominic Baudish Dominic
James Klein Nicholas
Christian Manon French Leader
Colin Leong Cutter Captain
Brian McDermott O'Banion
May Lloyd Julie Castle
Lois Larimore Nanny
Harry Weiss Maitre D'
John Samaha Elevator Repairman
John Raaen Joey
Lawrence Woodward Mickey
Tom Coltraine Peeing Man
Donal Gibson Bill
Brett Williams Tim
Al Gockimen Hood
Colin Handley Mafia Man
Isao Hirata Ito
Ken Wayne Bartender
Steve Kuhn Reporter
Maurice Brimo Reporter
Joanna Lambert Reporter
Arthur Sherman Drunk
Chris Hession Bus Driver
Ric Carter Cop
Technical Credits
Mark Goldblatt Director
Chris Anderson Stunts
Su Armstrong Co-producer
Ian Baker Cinematographer
Dennis Dreith Score Composer
Stephanie Flack Editor
Harry Gordon Special Effects
Robert Guralnick Producer
Simon Heath Producer
Robert Mark Kamen Co-producer, Screenwriter
Peta Lawson Art Director
Stan Lee Consultant/advisor
Norma Moriceau Costumes/Costume Designer, Production Designer
Mace Neufeld Producer
Tim Wellburn Editor
Boaz Yakin Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Index
1. Main Credits [2:38]
2. Acquittal [1:46]
3. Justice [3:09]
4. Task Force [2:47]
5. Travel [2:41]
6. Dope [2:56]
7. Pier Thirty [1:46]
8. Assassins [2:29]
9. Yakuza [4:54]
10. Kidnapping [2:10]
11. Entrances [1:58]
12. Brainstorming [1:30]
13. Ransom [1:29]
14. Hostages [1:42]
15. Sin [3:28]
16. Photographs [1:34]
17. Critics [4:13]
18. Pain [3:39]
19. Debt [1:46]
20. Poison [2:43]
21. Liberation [2:35]
22. Capture [:48]
23. Pursuit [3:43]
24. "Work In Progress" [2:48]
25. News Report [2:15]
26. An Offer [1:46]
27. Body Armor [3:14]
28. Elevator [:44]
29. Shooting Gallery [2:11]
30. Gauntlet [3:17]
31. Showdown [1:40]
32. Honor [2:02]
33. Revenge [2:43]
34. Right And Wrong [2:45]
35. Punishment [:31]
36. End Credits [4:28]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Special Features
      Play Trailer
      Cast & Crew
         Dolph Lundgren
         Louis Gossett, Jr.
         Jeroen Krabbé
         Mark Goldblatt
      Production Notes
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great

    i used to watch it all the time and now here i go again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Almost as bad as Batman & Robin!

    This film was almost as bad as Batman & Robin. This film is not just a bad film but a horrible one. Dolph Lundgren is horrible in this film. But then again he never really was a good actor. The only one in the film that is a good actor is Louis Gossett Jr. As advice, it wouldn't be wise to watch a movie that is as bad as this one. But if you can see past the film's problems, then maybe you would like it. But to me, this film was almsost as bad as the last Batman film that completely destroyed the film series. The Punisher is just a waste of time that will leave you disappointed and wanting those wasted hours back.

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