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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There can be only one Punisher!
The Punisher is big, brutal fun, beginning and ending with Dolph sitting butt nekkid in a sewer talking to God in a deep rumbling voice. In-between the two butt-shots he looks ultra-cool in black leather, rides his motorcycle a lot, kicks a mean punch, scowls and drives his former police buddy Luis Gosset into politically correct paroxysms saying things like:
"Work...
Published on 23 Oct 2006 by Delicia

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad for Dolph...
An above average Dolph movie, which, if you know nothing of the comic book (and I didn't until i saw the 2004 remake, which is, in places, a rather sanitised version) will keep you entertained as long as you aren't expecting an acting masterclass.

But my best advice to you is to read the review of the person just several places below me here. You'll know it...
Published on 22 May 2006 by S. Driscoll


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There can be only one Punisher!, 23 Oct 2006
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The Punisher is big, brutal fun, beginning and ending with Dolph sitting butt nekkid in a sewer talking to God in a deep rumbling voice. In-between the two butt-shots he looks ultra-cool in black leather, rides his motorcycle a lot, kicks a mean punch, scowls and drives his former police buddy Luis Gosset into politically correct paroxysms saying things like:
"Work in progress." in reference to 125 gangsters killed in 5 years because:
"The guilty will be punished!"
That's really good to hear in these psychoanalytical social sciences times.
Forget the later softies flick taking in vain the name of Punisher. This is the one!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ahead of its time., 19 Jan 2009
A forgotten classic that's Dolphs best role after Rocky IV. Plenty of slick gun and martial arts action with a dark moody style and a decent enough cast and story to raise it above all the other 'VHS premier' Dolph action fodder.
If this film had had a proper blockbuster budget they wouldn't have bothered with the tame 2004 remake but for what it is this film is a forgotten gem and although ole Dolph acting is always a bit wooden this role really suits him and he follows it through with a real presence.
Its a shame it wasn't made today along with all the other comic book remakes but if a little dated it still holds its own especially with the great action scenes and is well worth a watch if you haven't already seen it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the punisher, 11 July 2013
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I have been a a fan of the punisher for a while and this movie is amazing really entertaining a must have
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars dolph at his best, 22 Jun 2013
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T. A. J. Leahy "tommygun" (croydon.surrey) - See all my reviews
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the punisher is a brilliant action film and was tailor made for dolph.he isnt the best actor ive seen but i can watch his films all the time.the film itself is based on the marvel comics and boaz yakin screenplay is top notch.the film has a great cast of louis gossett jr and jerome krabbe and it is very violent.the original uk vhs release was heavily cut but the new anchor bay version seems to be the same as the region 1 theatrical version.there is a german region 2 version available with english audio which is uncut and is not the theatrical cut and has all scenes that are either missing or trimmed but it looks like they were inserted from the original print and there is a slight drop in picture quality but not enough to put you off.the choice is yours.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dolph is the man, 15 Jun 2012
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Mr. S. Storey "eats beans" (not at work) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Punisher [DVD] [1990] (DVD)
This is great; the action is relentless, resulting in a massive body count. Dolph excels as the vigilante sewer dweller. I particularly like the fire fight at the dockside when he spear guns a guy to the side of the van then uses the rope as a zip slide. The dialogue is pretty awful and the plot is standard fare but I don't give a monkeys because the action is virtually non stop and really well put together.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad for Dolph..., 22 May 2006
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S. Driscoll (Tokyo,) - See all my reviews
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An above average Dolph movie, which, if you know nothing of the comic book (and I didn't until i saw the 2004 remake, which is, in places, a rather sanitised version) will keep you entertained as long as you aren't expecting an acting masterclass.

But my best advice to you is to read the review of the person just several places below me here. You'll know it instantly - the one with the numbered list of "mistakes" the makers of this film made. Hilarious. Atrocious spelling apart, I now have a good idea of what movie magazines refer to when they mention the "fanboys" who feel the need to pick holes in every aspect of the movie adaptions of comic books. Some people really have no grip on reality...

Sorry if you were expecting more of a dissection of the movie itself - but it's Dolph Lundgren, so it does what it says on the box. Remember, it's just an escapist action movie - not a monument to the ages. Worth a rental fee, but i would suggest spending your hard-earned money on a couple of decent books.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Looks and Sounds Good. 1080p., 7 April 2013
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For those interested, the film is presented in full HD 1080p, and has optional 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio. The back of the cover states it is only 1080i, but it also states the running time as 85 minutes, when it actually runs a little over 89 minutes. So clearly they made a mistake.

There are no extras.

So;

Running time - 89 minutes 5 seconds
1080p
2.0 English PCM Stereo
5.1 English DTS HD Master Audio
NO SUBTITLES
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The definition of a `comic book movie', 17 Jun 2013
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The Punisher is based on the - particularly violent - Marvel comic book of the same name from the seventies, where a former FBI agent has his family murdered and goes out for revenge his own way.

Whereas today, Marvel movies are given huge budgets ala The Avengers, Thor and Iron Man, this one was handed out to a little-known Australian company to make. The results being that The Avengers, Thor and Iron man it is not.

Every character is pretty stereotypical and one-dimensional. The dialogue is a bit forced. The budget is slim and the story hardly inspired. All in all, it has all the hallmarks of a disaster in the making. Yet it's actually pretty cool... if you know what you're getting.

It's a blatant B-movie. It's like actually watching a live action comic book. You wouldn't expect Oscar-worthy dialogue and acting from a comic book, would you? Hopefully not. So don't expect it here. It's a movie designed to munch popcorn to. It has plenty of explosions, killing of badguys and cheeky one-liners from our strong and silent hero, The Punisher.

They ever remade it (twice), but, despite having bigger budgets, better acting and more bankable stars, neither seemed to quite capture the raw comicbook style which the 1989 version managed.

If you're a fan of cheesy eighties action (think Commando, Rambo and almost any Jean Claude Van Damme film) then give this one a go. It's short and to the point, but mainly great mindless fun.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dolph's best movie, 18 Feb 2014
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if you buy this you will be impressed by Dolph's take as the Punisher, he really makes the character work, yes, I bought this as VHS tape but wanted to upgrade to DVD. It is worth it. Punisher warzone is also worth a watch
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, considering....., 20 Mar 2012
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This review is from: The Punisher [DVD] [1990] (DVD)
The best Punisher movie so far, IMHO. The recent Punisher: War Zone movie with HBO's Rome actor, Ray Stevenson aka Titus Pullo, as Marvel Comic's answer to the Batman was yet another noble failure with its reliance on comedy villains and a colour palette intended to emulate the Marvel Max Punisher comics but ended up making it look more like an MTV video ca. 1987 but this effort from 1989 is well worth a second look (please avoid the Thomas Jane/John Travolta Punisher; read my review here on Amazon.com if you don't believe me) as it has several worthy reasons justifying its existence in return for your proverbial hard earned cash.

While Dolph Lungren's Punisher DOES NOT wear the large skull emblem on his chest here, it IS present on the daggers he uses to stick in the more than deserving recipients of his own brand of justice. Small consolation but the action in the rest of the film more than compensates for this.

Point of interest: this film is directed by Mark Goldblatt. Who he, I hear you say? Well, he's only the guy who worked with a 'little known' director called James Cameron, whose name younger film fans will recognise from films such as Avatar and/or Titanic but Mr. Goldblatt worked with Cameron editing the Terminator films and the like in the 1980s and 1990s so he's definitely got the moxie and here he turns out a creditable late '80s actioner.

WARNING: this version isn't uncut. Supposedly, the Yanks don't 'cut' their movies, the more violent films would go straight to an R rating in the US, the equivalent of the UKs 18 classification. I don't think this is the case anymore in the New World Order of modern US cinema but back then, it was. The guilty pleasure that us Brits owned on VHS was subject to trims rather than outright cuts (ref. the wiseguys at the dock getting spiked globes rather than Ninja throwing stars between the eyes, for example).

I should know as I have a R1 DVD of this little gem. Anyway, the fight scenes, all improvised by the cast themselves, have a satisfying down n' dirty non-stylised feel to them and Jeroen Krabbe as the Punisher's nemesis is excellent; he really brings a level of believability to a film which could easily have been of sub-Steven Seagal level quality.

The set piece fight at the end of the film in Lady Tanaka's Dojo is terrific - the Punisher's method of dealing with close quarter hand to hand combat is akin to that of Indiana Jones' and when he dispatches the penultimate villain, the sound of bones breaking has been muted, sadly. All in all, a nifty little film and with Marvel Studios have recently been taken over by Disney, the chances of there being another Punisher movie, never mind one with the levels of violence seen in this outing, are probably next to non-existent so whip out your credit card, sign into 1 click purchasing, sit back and wait for a ballsy entertaining treat featuring the man in black, the man who should've replaced the wimpy Batman years ago!
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