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"Punisher: War Zone" (2008) (Blu-ray)

movie-april-2009-punisher-war-zoneSynopsis

Frank Castle (Stevenson) and his family are the victims of an attack by organized crime, and his wife and children are killed, but he survives.

Now, revenge is probably human nature, but Frank takes it to the extreme, eliminating all those involved in his family's murder. But he doesn't stop there. Now he is a vigilante permanently.

His current person of interest is Billy Russoti (West), who is the head of a group of mobsters dealing in large amounts of illegal drugs.

At a dinner meeting where Billy is giving instructions to his thugs, Frank goes in and kills everyone except Billy, who escapes. Frank locates him at the mob's front, which is a glass processing company. Frank pushes Billy into a vat of broken glass. Billy survives, but is horribly disfigured, and now calls himself "Jigsaw". He gets his brother Jimmy (Hutchison) out of an asylum for the criminally insane, and together, they set out for their own brand of revenge.

Specifications

  • Lions Gate
  • 2008, Color, Rated R, 1 Hr 43 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: Not Specified
  • English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring Ray Stevenson, Dominic West, Julie Benz, Doug Hutchison, Wayne Knight, Colin Salmon
  • Directed by Lexi Alexander
    Rating
  • Entertainment:
  • Video:
  • Audio:
  • Extras:
  • Violence: Extreme
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Bad

Commentary

I think everyone, deep down inside, loves the idea of revenge against those who have transgressed against them. That is why revenge movies are successful. Remember Death Wish and its sequels? They were made on a low budget, but audiences loved seeing the bad guys shot.

Technical

The image is sharp, but it is the 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio that shines. I wish more movies had 7.1 sound, as it really makes a difference. I suppose it may be simply that, if the producers go to the trouble of adding two more channels, they plan to use surround sound in a big way. This disc would make nice demo material for 7.1.

Extras

These include Training to Become the Punisher, The Making of, Creating the Look, Meet Jigsaw, Weapons of the Punisher, and other things. A digital copy (SD DVD) is also included for uploading to your Video iPod.