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Rating: Not Rated
“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.”
“The Punisher: Extended Cut” is not rated, but the theatrical version was rated R for pervasive brutal violence, language and brief nudity.
The rest of the movie has around 17 minutes of footage added to it. You already saw a couple of the scenes as deleted scenes on the previous DVD. Most of the rest of the new scenes involve a subplot between Frank Castle and his buddy Russell Andrews as Jimmy Weeks. You see several confrontations between Castle and Weeks and Frank slowly piecing together that his old army buddy and fellow cop was responsible for selling him out. It culminates in a tense final confrontation between the two. Another subplot between Saint and two Cuban gangsters is also restored. You see the inside of their club (with the obligatory nekkid ladies for the ‘R’ rating) and several confrontations between them and Travolta throughout the film. (It was their money that the Punisher threw out the window.) What’s odd about the scenes is that they make Saint seem subservient to them. It undercuts his ‘bad boy’ image and makes his standing in the city come into question.
This DVD also features a new comic book cover gallery and a new ‘making of’ documentary.
So is it worth picking up if you already own “The Punisher” on DVD? I think if you’re a big Punisher fan, then it is worth picking up. You get more of Jane as Castle and Travolta as Saint. This DVD doesn’t replace the previous one, but it supplements it. If you thought the Punisher was only ‘OK’, then there’s not much here that makes it worth buying again.