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The Punisher (2004)

Thomas Jane , John Travolta , Jonathan Hensleigh  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Thomas Jane, John Travolta, Samantha Mathis, Laura Harring, A. Russell Andrews
  • Directors: Jonathan Hensleigh
  • Writers: Jonathan Hensleigh, Michael France
  • Producers: Amir Jacob Malin, Andreas Grosch, Andreas Schmid, Andrew Golov, Anson Downes
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2004
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (519 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002IQMAM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,099 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Punisher" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 28 page mini-comic, 10,000 random comics will have a limited edition cover
  • Keepin' It Real: The Punisher Stunts
  • Army of One: The Punisher Origins featuring an exclusive interview with the comic book writer Garth Ennis
  • War Journal: On the Set of The Punisher
  • Music Video "Step Up" Performed by Drowning Pool
  • Sneak Peek Trailer of The Punisher Video Game
  • Drawing Blood: Bradstreet Style - an interview with the Cover Artist
  • Deleted Scenes

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Each DVD at launch will include a 28 page mini-comic inside the amray case.

The comic is the first ever prequel comic to a movie. It is an alternate origin story to the Punisher and ends with the opening dock scene of the movie. It is written by Garth Ennis, premiere writer of Punisher comics, and the cover is illustrated by Tim Bradstreet. The comic is being written exclusively for this promotion, and will not be anywhere else in the marketplace for 6 months. The comic is full color and has a retail value of $2.25.

10,000 comics out of the total run will have a unique cover and be positioned as a limited edition. They will be randomly inserted into the DVDs and randomly distributed to retail.


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96 of 106 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
And someone somewhere calls "The Punisher" a box-office failure, because it does not hit the number 1 spot, both Daredaevil and Hulk were #1 in the Box Office. I paraphrase Thomas Jane when I say that the film industry is in a sorry state if this is how we gauge a successful film...

I have been a Punisher fan since 1986 (thanks to my best friend Morris Koplow. Morris, if you read this, Thank you. I can never repay you for the enjoyment this Comic has brought me.).

After lagging book sales in Marvel's Punisher, Punisher: War Journal and Punisher: War Zone, executives at the comic powerhouse decide to follow a sad trend at the time and "redefine" the Punisher Character. Simply put, Marvel wrote Frank Castle into a depression and left him with no alternative but to end his own life, something DC did with it's own vigilante, creatively titled "Vigilante". The results was a rippling sense of betrayal for the fans, who felt that Castle was never written to be so weak as to suicide.

A few years later, Marvel breathed life into the Punisher through one of the classicly odd returns. Castle was resurrected by angels. This, too, did not fly (imagine a tank with little butterfly wings). Then Garth Ennis took over.

Ennis's work with the Punisher has brought back the grit and out and out nastiness that Frank Castle has always had. It was this work that the movie has been based on.

Yes, there has been "creative liberties" taken with "The Punisher", but they have been, for the most part, all for the better.

In the Comic, Castle loses his wife and two children to a mafia hit crew.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie But For An Early Blu-Ray Not Great May 6, 2008
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I also have this movie both standard and now the blu-ray version I'm sure most people know about the storyline of this movie if not read the Amazon info about it an that is the jist of what the movie is about. I just want to say to people that if you already have the standard dvd version thats all you're going to need. The video and sound quality are not much better than what you got with the standard dvd since this is one of the earlier blu-rays to come out and they haven't fully mastered the video and audio yet you won't see any clearer or sharper details or better sound quality with this blu-ray version. So again if you have the standard dvd Punisher just keep that one and wait until they come out with a remastered blu-ray version or just pass this one up..
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49 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Limited Action. Limitless Violence. But Entertaining. September 11, 2004
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This cinematic version of "The Punisher" is based on Marvel Comics' most recent incarnation of the vigilante anti-hero, as written by Garth Ennis in the "Welcome Back Frank" series. Although his ability to survive the most violent circumstances is extraordinary, the character has largely been removed from the world of superheroes. He's human and imperfect. The Punisher's backstory has been changed for the film to better integrate it with the narrative. A backstory that is not directly related to the present could never be successful in a film. Frank Castle (Thomas Jane) is an undercover FBI agent looking forward to the time with his family that his imminent retirement will allow. Those plans come to a horrific end when organized crime boss Howard Saint (John Travolta), whose son was killed in a gun running bust, takes revenge on Castle's family. Devastated, angry, and with nothing left to lose, Castle sets out to return the favor by destroying Saint and his criminal empire.

"The Punisher" is filmed in a dark, gritty style that seems to have been inspired by the work of cover artist Tim Bradstreet and the cinéma verité of the 1970s. The lead-in that describes how Frank Castle becomes The Punisher is lengthy, but that's to be expected in the first film of a potential franchise. The violence is pretty graphic in places and probably not for the weak of stomach. For an "action film", "The Punisher" isn't especially active. The action is intermittent, builds as the film progresses, and tends to avoid grand gestures. Perhaps that's appropriate, as the violence is of a personal nature. The cast is consistently interesting. Thomas Jane does a solid job as The Punisher, a shattered man who never claims any moral high ground.
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63 of 78 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "If you want peace, prepare for war." September 19, 2004
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In the world of super-heroes and evil villains, the Punisher rests squarely in that gray area between the two. He does exhibit a sense of justice akin to that of a hero, but he bears no remorse with regards to killing, as his wraith is only suffered by those who truly deserve, those who the law cannot, or will not touch. Revenge, justice, and retribution are his motivations, and he is judge, jury, and executioner. The Punisher (2004), directed and co-written by Jonathan Hensleigh, who also wrote Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995) and Jumanji (1995), stars Thomas Jane, who bears a remarkable resemblance to actor Christopher (Highlander) Lambert, and who I've seen before, but couldn't place until I remembered him from the film Deep Blue Sea (1999), and John Travolta. Also appearing are Laura Herring, Rebecca Romjin-Stamos (does she still carry the Stamos since their divorce?) and Roy Scheider.

The film, based on a Marvel comic book of the same name, tells the story of FBI agent Frank Castle (Jane), an FBI agent, who, during a sting operation that results in the death of a suspect, finds himself at odds with a powerful crime family, lead by Howard Saint (Travolta), as, it turns out, the dead suspect was his son. In retaliation for his son's death, Saint orders a hit on Castle and his entire family, but Castle manages to survive, and, seeing that nothing has been done to apprehend those responsible for the deaths of his family, he decides to take the law into his own hands (something Doug Llewelyn from The People's Court always advised against) and bring his own form of justice to those who sought revenge against him. Do two wrongs make a right? No, but they sure make for a fun movie...

This actually wasn't the first screen adaptation of this comic character.
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The Punisher on Blu-ray
Well, its not like they can fit both versions on a single blu-ray...

Sarcasm, of course. I agree with you 100%. You'd think with all that "magic of blu-ray" tripe they feed us they'd be able to give us more than just the movie and a trailer. At least most HD-DVDs were stuffed with...
Feb 2, 2009 by DielInfinite |  See all 3 posts
who will play the punisher now???????
Ray Stevenson ... he played Titus on HBO's Rome. Jigsaw is going to be the villain, although we haven't cast the part yet. 'Punisher: War Zone' is the working title so far.
Sep 16, 2007 by Ron Sullivan |  See all 2 posts
Well?
they added a Screen script (black and white sketches) of a scene that was supposed to be filmed at the begining of the movie and it was too expensive to shoot. They also add about 2-3 minutes of new scenes that shows a stronger friendship between Frank CAstle and the police chief.

It's a great... Read More
May 1, 2007 by BRASH <Zealot> |  See all 2 posts
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