The Punisher (2004) (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Jonathan Hensleigh
Starring: Thomas Jane, John Travolta, Will Patton
Rated: R/Region O/2:35/4K (2160p)/Number of Discs 2
Available from Lionsgate Films
The Punisher walks through the world we all know, a world darkened by war, crime, cruelty and injustice. He has no superpowers 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 villains.
Before everything that Marvel did was hooked to one big MCU all we had was stand alone movies and we waited and waited for those to drop. My favorite character has always been The Punisher. The Punisher movie we are about to look at here did a number of things right, but it also did a number of things wrong. You can’t deny that we have a very watered down Punisher here. The 1990 version with Dolph Lundgren might not have had the classic skull logo but it had Frank’s brutal and cold nature. Thomas Jane’s Punisher does some interesting things but he never seems as out for blood as he should be. Outside of that, it makes for a fun little action movie none the less and does manage to have some violence even if Frank is being more sneaky and smart with his attacks than straight up brutal.
If nothing else, this version of The Punisher offers up a good popcorn flick for anyone to dive into and it doesn’t shy away from a few random comedic moments either. The movie hits 4K and while it has a lot of grain in it I think it improves over the Blu-ray disc that you will also find in this release from Lionsgate. The movie keeps the darker look and tone, so only if we still had a more savage and hardcore Frank here to go along with it, we’d have a better movie. Instead, we still have what I’d call a good movie and that might be good enough for most who watch it.
– Audio Commentary with director Jonathan Hensleigh
– Deleted Scene with optional director Commentary
– “Keepin’ It Real: The Punisher Stunts” Featurette
– “Army of One: The Punisher Origins” Featurette
– “War Journal: On the Set of The Punisher” Featurette
– Music Video “Step Up” Performed by Drowning Pool
– “Drawing Blood: Bradstreet Style” Featurette
QUALITY OF TRANSFER: 95%