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The Punisher (1989/Studio Canal/Umbrella Import Blu-ray)

Picture: B Sound: B Extras: B Film: B-

PLEASE NOTE: This Import Blu-ray is now only available from our friends at Umbrella Entertainment in Australia, can only play on all Blu-ray players worldwide and can be ordered from the link below.

In my opinion, one of the more overlooked comic film adaptations is the 1989 Dolph Lundgren starring take on Marvel's The Punisher. Outshining the 2004 Thomas Jane version and its lousy 2008 sequel/relaunch Punisher: War Zone with Ray Stevenson, this take is a bit more brutal, a bit more '80s and overall doesn't take the content as seriously as the others. This great new Blu-ray release from Umbrella features three versions of the film including its Unrated Cut, Theatrical, and the original Work Print version never before released.

The Punisher also stars Louis Gossett Jr, Jeroen Krabbe (The Fugitive), and is directed by Mark Goldblatt (editor of Terminator and T2 among others). While nothing groundbreaking in terms of story, the film serves as a great revenge/thriller and popcorn muncher and is fun for comic fans to look back on now that there has been so many reiterations of the character.

Frank Castle (Lundgren) is out for revenge over the death of his family at the hands of a mob boss and will do anything it takes to punish and kill those that killed his family. Taking the law into his own hands and becoming the vigilante known as The Punisher, Castle cleans the streets the only way he knows how... with bullets!

The 1080p 1.85 X 1 digital High Definition image transfers can show the age of the materials used, but the Unrated version looks the best, while the old analog Ultra Stereo theatrical sounds has been upgraded to a DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Stereo lossless mix with Pro Logic-like surrounds that allow this to sound as good as it ever will.

Special Features include...

Audio Commentary by Director Mark Goldblatt

Violence Down Under: Interview with Goldblatt

Vengeance is His: Interview with Lundgren

Gag Reel

Three versions of the film

Theatrical Trailer

Reversible art sleeve

A great release if you can get your hands on it, this version of Marvel's The Punisher is one that won't be forgotten anytime soon thanks to this nice release from Umbrella.

To order this Umbrella import Blu-ray, go to this link for it and other hard-to-get titles at:


- James Lockhart



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