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The film, directed by Mark Goldblatt, whose primary credits include editing films like The Howling (1981), The Terminator (1984), and True Lies (1994), stars Dolph Lundgren, Louis Gossett, Jr., and Jerome Krabbé. Yeah, I know what you're thinking...Dolph Lundgren? I think a number of people had instant reservations when hearing Dolph, certainly an interminable dweller of the B movie circuit, pre-judging the film unfairly. Lou Gossett, Jr. brings a little star power to the table, but he also is no stranger to B movie fans appearing in films like Jaws 3-D (1983), Firewalker (1986), and any of the four or so Iron Eagle films.
The film opens with a television news report, giving us some expository background with regards to a mafia type recently acquitted of the crime of killing detective Frank Castle (Lungren) and his family five years prior.Read more ›
This 1989 version is how the Punisher is truely meant to be. He punishes the guilty with extreme prejudice, without hesitation and without regrets.
You also have the flip side of the coin. These folks can't get past the Punisher's shirt, his having the wrong number or gender of kids, the wrong mobsters being the baddies, the wrong form of execution of his family (it's a car bomb in the movie), the wrong location of the execution (it's not in Central Park)...etc. and this is not a happy bunch. They aren't happy when Dolph is super-heroic and they aren't happy when he's more human and his shirt really bugs them.
Do any of these changes really get in the way of the movie being a great 80's action film. No. It's still a decent and entertaining movie, but they would disagree. "The Punisher has on the wrong shirt" is a major complaint, and "the new movie will be better" they hoped in vain. "Better" meant more true in every little detail to the book with no changes.
Now the '04 Punisher has arrived. Other than the shirt is the 2004 Punisher free of many of the "problems" that geekdom has with the '89 movie? Not really. Once again it seems the bad guy isn't exactly right in the new one, the Punisher's family isn't exactly right, and they are killed in Puerto Rico and not in Central Park...etc. and once again there will be folks that won't be happy. They are very "by the book" and the word escapism apparently is not in their book.Read more ›
After viewing the recent film version (though i enjoyed it), an unsure feeling of disappointment stayed with me long after. The Punisher i wanted & foolishly expected (blasting away through another violent outburst of vengeance upon the guilty) was just a nostalgic day dream, wishful thinking... oh well, can't win 'em all!
Anyway, lucky for 'B' lover's this '80's gem is with us, based on a great character & a concept i personally love. Also, for a film of this kind, performances by all are surprisingly well executed & pleasing to watch, the title role is portrayed beautifully by 'Dolph Lundgren' (as if he were born for the part) & 'Louis Gossett.Jr,' brilliantly adds a touch of emotion & drama to the film, while Australian born actor 'Barry Otto' delivers a quirky & amusing supporting role as character "Shake".
A fun action ride & one of the best comic book to film adaptations around!
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All was good but this was the wrong punisher movie the other one was better so that's why the low,stars.Published 19 days ago by lynn m
Arrived on time in perfect condition exactly as described.*****Published 1 month ago by Drew T. '77
This Blu Ray won't play in any standard blu ray player because it's not coded rightPublished 1 month ago by Ryan L.
oh my god what can I say? Dolph **IS** the Punisher!! this is better than the Thomas Jane version and better than the silly WAR ZONE flick with Ray Stevens!! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Alan J Groening
Dolph plays an OK Punisher. I am more partial to the one Thomas Jane did.Published 1 month ago by David Faustino
Very pleased with the purchasing process, delivery, and product.
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