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Punisher, The
Genre: Thriller

Reviewed In Issue 90 (Nov 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

Thomas Jane, John Travolta, Will Patton, Roy Scheider, Laura Harring, Ben Foster, Samantha Mathis & Rebecca Romun-Stamos

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 2.5
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Special Features
Special features include a 28 minute stunt featurette, a 30-minute on-set featurette, a 13-minute highlight on the origins of The Punisher, the six-minute Drawing Blood: Bradstreet Style, two deleted scenes with optional commentary, a Drowning Pool music video for

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Lions Gate Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 16243
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

Pervasive brutal violence, language and brief nudity
(Retail Price): $27.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 123
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2004
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 09/07/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

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(Director): Jonathan Hensleigh
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Story Synopsis:
They came in with guns blazing and took away everything he loved, and now all Frank Castle (Jane) wants in return is revenge. After miraculously surviving a trip to his own early grave, Frank goes after Howard Saint (Travolta), the man responsible for his family's murders, and transforms himself into The Punisher, a killer with a vengeance that won't be stopped. Based on the Marvel comic book character. (Tricia Littrell)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD picture exhibits images that are sharp and detailed, with nicely rendered textures. Still, some scenes appear somewhat smeared. Colors are richly saturated and well balanced, with accurate fleshtones and deep blacks. Many scenes are quite dark and require a completely blackened room for optimal visual information. The source element is revealing of occasional artifacts. Some edge enhancement and pixelization are also present, but nothing that is terribly distracting. (Suzanne Hodges)

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