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Punisher (2004)

Director: Jonathan Hensleigh     Starring: John Travolta Thomas Jane
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40247720
UPC: 012236162438
UPC 14: 00012236162438
Rating: Game Rating Code
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The punisher walks through the world we all know, a world darkened by war, crime, cruelty and injustice. He has no super powers to battle the evil he sees -only his fierce intelligence, his years of combat experience and, above all, his iron determination to avenge those wronged by society's villans.

"John Travolta, in his crazy/creepy mode, certainly seems to have a good time.  Carla Meyer, San Francisco Chronicle
"...The Punisher laudably exposes the dark core of the human heart.  Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Editor's Note
Marvel Comics presents a second big-screen version of THE PUNISHER, with this action-packed adaptation from screenwriter-turned-director Jonathan Hensleigh. Frank Castle (Tom Jane) is a retired F.B.I. agent spurred into action after the merciless slaying of his wife, father, and son. Adopting the superhero guise of The Punisher, Castle aims to wreak vengeance for his dead family by tracking down the culprits responsible for their demise. All clues point to Howard Saint (John Travolta), a ruthless businessman and nightclub owner whose son was mistakenly killed by Castle in a botched undercover operation back in his F.B.I. days. Unique amongst Marvel superheroes, The Punisher possesses no special powers, just remarkable strength parried with a blind determination to avenge his family. As he hunts down Saint, Castle surrounds himself with three fellow societal outcasts to get the job done, namely Joan (Rebecca Romijn-Stamos), Bumpo (John Pinette), and Dave (Ben Foster). Director Hensleigh eschews flashy CGI effects for the bulk of the movie, and instead reverts to old action-movie staples such as thrilling stunt work, gunfights, and huge explosions. The old-fashioned feel suits The Punisher well, providing an apt mirror of the hero's own lack of super powers. Hensleigh winds the film through a thrilling white-knuckle ride to its spectacular conclusion, ultimately providing a highly appropriate movie for one of Marvel's lesser-known comic book heroes.


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Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Lions Gate
Video Release Date Release Date: 2/22/2011
Video Play Time Running Time: 122 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2004
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 16243
Video UPC UPC: 00012236162438
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info John Travolta
Video Cast Info Rebecca Romijn-Stamos
Video Cast Info Roy Scheider
Video Cast Info Tom Jane
Video Cast Info Will Patton
Video Cast Info Avi Arad - Producer
Video Cast Info Carlo Siliotto - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Christopher Eberts - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Conrad Hall - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Jeff Gullo - Editor
Video Cast Info Jonathan Hensleigh - Director
Video Cast Info Jonathan Hensleigh - Writer
Video Cast Info Michael Hanan - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Stan Lee - Executive Producer

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"Jonathan Hensleigh's movie version of the Punisher's origins stays true to its hero by being similarly stripped-down, efficient and mean." 04/16/2004 p.E20

Los Angeles Times
"THE PUNISHER is that rare comic book movie that actually feels like a comic book....These battles are a cost-effective throwback. They depend on the physical side of moviemaking...and top of the line stunt work..." 04/16/2004 p.C1

USA Today
"[Z]ippy and amusingly cast....A film whose primary plus is a sense of humor." 04/16/2004 p.5E

Entertainment Weekly
"[K]ick back, and wistfully remember a time when someone named Dolph could be a movie star." 05/01/2004 p.147

Chicago Sun-Times
"[T]he film, directed by Jonathan Hensleigh, is consistently well-acted, and has some scenes of real power." 04/16/2004 p.33

"[The] gloriously violent action sequences have a refreshingly downbeat '70s exploitation edge. Nasty, brain-dead fun." 10/01/2004 p.148

Sight and Sound
"[The director] takes a retro-action route with tributes to pre-CGI stuntwork. Most impressive is a frantic car-chase..." 11/01/2004 p.63-4

James Berardinelli's ReelViews 6 of 10
Jonathan Hensleigh's directorial debut is the second movie to be based on the Marvel Comics characte - James Berardinelli

Chicago Sun-Times 7 of 10
The Punisher is a long, dark slog through grim revenge. Unlike most movies based on comic boo - Roger Ebert

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Jane,Tom
Product attributeLabel:   Artisan Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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