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The Punisher

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Director: Jonathan Hensleigh

Cast: Thomas Jane, John Travolta, Will Patton


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One man bent on seeing justice done takes his obsession to the streets in this big-screen adaptation of the popular comic book, which comes to DVD in an enriched edition from Lions Gate. The Punisher has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1, which is also enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The


One man bent on seeing justice done takes his obsession to the streets in this big-screen adaptation of the popular comic book, which comes to DVD in an enriched edition from Lions Gate. The Punisher has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1, which is also enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The audio has been mastered in two formats, Dolby Digital 5.1 EX and Dolby Digital Stereo; the dialogue is in English with optional subtitles in English and Spanish. Bonus materials include an alternate commentary track featuring director Jonathan Hensleigh, two deleted scenes, four short documentaries on various aspects of the production of the film, a music video from the band Drowning Pool, and a preview of a video game tied into the film.

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The Marvel Comics hero the Punisher comes to the screen a second time in this stylish, violent thriller, which brings more emotional heft to its subject matter than most movies of the type. Thomas Jane is appropriately grim as tight-lipped, humorless ex-FBI agent Frank Castle, whose entire family is massacred by henchmen of millionaire businessman and secret drug lord Howard Saint (John Travolta). Believed dead and living "under the radar" in a grungy boarding house, Castle hides behind a secret identity, the Punisher, as he systematically wreaks vengeance on Saint and everyone around him. Revenge takes the form of numerous, bloody conflicts, extravagantly mounted and creatively staged by first-time director Jonathan Hensleigh, the erstwhile screenwriter whose past hits include Jumanji and Armageddon. The fights and shootouts are unusually brutal, making this R-rated melodrama less family friendly than, for example, the Spider-Man or X-Men movies. But it's the absence of that comic book tone which enables Hensleigh and his actors to make The Punisher grittier and more visceral than other films of this genre. The nifty supporting cast includes Rebecca Romijn-Stamos as Joan, a plucky waitress who befriends Castle; Will Patton as Howard Saint's unscrupulous right-hand man, Quentin; Roy Scheider as the agent's doomed father; and Laura Harring as Saint's wife, Livia. Actors of this caliber, along with the relatively dark tone and savage violence, give The Punisher more gravitas than most comic book adaptations.

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Special Features

Closed Caption; "Keepin' It Real: The Punisher Stunts"; "Army of One": The Punisher Origins; War Journal: On the set of The Punisher; Music video "Step Up" by Drowning Pool; Sneak peek trailer; Drawing Blood: Bradstreet Style; Audio commentary with director Jonathan Hensleigh; Deleted scenes; 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround EX; 2.35:1 widescreen format

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Thomas Jane Frank Castle/The Punisher
John Travolta Howard Saint
Will Patton Leonard Glass
Roy Scheider Mr. Castle
Laura Elena Harring Livia Saint
Ben Foster Spacker Dave
Samantha Mathis Maria Castle
James Carpinello John Saint
Russell Andrews Jimmy Weeks
Edward Jemison Nicky Duka
John Pinette Mr. Bumpo
Rebecca Romijn Joan "The Mouse"
Mark Collie Harry "Heck" Thornton
Eduardo Yañez Mike Toro
Omar Avila Joe Toro
Kevin Nash The Russian
Marcus Johns Will Castle

Technical Credits
Jonathan Hensleigh Director,Screenwriter
Avi Arad Co-producer
Tim Cooney Sound/Sound Designer
Gina B. Cranham Set Decoration/Design
John Dexter Art Director
Christopher Eberts Executive Producer
Kevin Feige Executive Producer
Richard Fojo Set Decoration/Design
Michael France Screenwriter
Andrew Golov Executive Producer
Andreas Grosch Co-producer
Patrick Gunn Executive Producer
Conrad W. Hall Cinematographer
Michael Z. Hanan Production Designer
John Hansen Art Director
Rick Heinrichs Production Designer
Gale Anne Hurd Producer
Steven Kemper Editor
Stan Lee Executive Producer
Amir J. Malin Executive Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title/Bad Deal [5:38]
2. "I Hate This Job" [1:29]
3. Whoever Is Responsible [3:51]
4. Safe Place [3:34]
5. Proud, Blessed Family [3:05]
6. Mrs. Saint's Will [4:16]
7. Death of a Family... [10:41]
8. "To a Score Settled" [2:41]
9. ...Birth of a Punisher [3:11]
10. Neighborhood Artist [2:41]
11. A Chat Between Friends [5:05]
12. Back From the Dead [1:37]
13. Money Falls, Bullets Fly [4:57]
14. A Dare or a Scare [2:30]
15. The Stand-Up Neighbor [3:25]
16. A Trap for Quentin Glass [3:36]
17. Funeral Song [4:53]
18. "All of It?!" [2:44]
19. Thanksgiving of Sorts [5:14]
20. Man Against Mountain [5:09]
21. Good With Needle and Threat [8:00]
22. Preparations for War [3:43]
23. 'Night, Quentin [1:16]
24. Last Scene From a Marriage [4:59]
25. Punishment Above Vengeance [4:13]
26. A Family for a Family [5:07]
27. Work to Do [3:47]
28. End Credits [4:05]


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Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was by far my favorite marvel movie. It had alot of shoot em' up action in it. I honestly liked it better than any other marvel movie. It's my favorite super-hero movie. If you liked most of the marvel movies, and if you like shooting movies, then you'll love the punisher.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that most people who bash The Punisher just want it to be something that it's not. I loved Spiderman/Spiderman 2, Xmen/X2 and I really liked Daredevil, but The Punisher is not like any of these films, not to say that all of those former films are not unique and well-made.It's a dark, action-packed hard core revenge film that makes the audience feel that Castle's Punishment of the evil is totally justified- The audience really empathisizes with Castle's severe loss and roots for him to become The Punisher and give the sadistic evil-doers what they deserve. Thomas Jane is well-cast as Frank Castle/The Punisher and convincing as his character/objectives change. John Travolta gives in a ruthless performance as Howard Saint, and the supporting cast really holds it's own-smart storytelling and surprises everywhere. A wonderfully made film.
SleepDreamWrite 15 days ago
It does have its moments. Not that bad.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The movie was great. Seen it before is why I wanted it.
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If you want a shoot'em up, bang bang then this is great. If you want the Punisher... almost but not quite. In the comic, Punisher was a man the heroes didn't like because he was too extreme. Note, one of the charges against the Punisher is for shooting a man for littering. The Punisher would have been far more ruthless than in the movie. The Punisher van was nowhere to be seen. The country western hick assassin was pathetic. (Okay, it was comic bookish. The song was cool.) But now that I've said all that, a few good things. The movie was pretty tight technically. Weapons were used well, no silly neverending ammunition, no 500 yards pistol shots. Lots of body-armor and heavy weapons. I won't comment on the one hand to hand fight... you all know what I mean. The GTO was cool. Ultimately I will say it was a good movie and I enjoyed it and will watch it again. I would recommend it as a good movie for its genre. If you are looking for true to the comics, well, that's not gonna work.
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Although Shrek and Fiona were married in part two, they never intended for the big green ogre to inherit the throne of Far, Far Away. When Fiona's father King Harold develops a fatal illness, Shrek, Donkey, and Puss 'n' Boots set out on a quest to find Artie -- the proper heir, who has rejected kingship -- and turn him from a snotty, rebellious punk into a grateful prince.
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This has not been the first time that 'Punisher' has made it into film. The original was a film so bad that it was released straight to video. In 2004, when Marvel is making lots and lots of money making films from comic books, the 'Punisher' appears. The film is about a retired FBI Agent that seeks revenge after his whole family is murdered. It begins with an FBI operation led by and agent named Frank Castle that went wrong and an unlucky person caught in the ring of fire was killed. It turns out that the person was the son of a famous mobster. The mobster seeks revenge by having every person in the agent's family while he is at a family reunion. He is believed killed as well but comes back to seek revenge. He becomes the 'Punisher' and befriends with three people in an old rundown apartment. Now these three people serve no basis in the movie at all. They don't really aid the 'Punisher' in any way. One helps when he is injured but he could have helped himself easily. They are all dead weight. Honestly, this movie is a let down. It is an improvement over the original, but little has been improved. Most of the actors perform horribly in this movie. Some of these actors like Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Will Patton, Thomas Jane, and John Travolta do okay jobs of beign believable. The plot at times makes little sense. The does not seem to pull off much action for a character like the Punisher. The flm is toned down from the comics but stills pulls off an R-rating. It seems like a kids movie to be honest. The Punisher reveals himself to the public a little ways into the movie. That may seem like a plot giveaway but it really isn't. Why does he do that? This just lets his enemies know he is a threat since he is alive. Why would Howard Saint(the evil mobster) let his family go out into the public with the Punisher loose on the streets. The film has very little violence for a violent character like the Punisher. Sometimes, it is good to change characters in a comic book when coming to film (like the first two 'Batman' films which went for a darker look from the graphic novels instead of the light toned comic books). However that doesn't work here. The Marvel character had such great ideas in being adapted from the comic book. They chose only 1 comic book to inspire the film instead of drawing ideas from many. That was a mistake. They should have made the movie more violent in order to keep the essence of the comic book. The film is like a cross between 'Batman & Robin' and 'Death Wish.' The film promises punishment. That is true but the punisher is the movie and anyone watching the movie is the punishee.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great! I loved this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An absolutely TERRIBLE movie. What in the world was John Travolta thinking when he signed on to this train wreck? It's a career killing kind o' flick...