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The Punisher (2004)

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NOTE: This commentary is the one on the original Punisher DVD release. The November 2006 Punisher Extended Cut DVD has a different commentary track that's also by Hensleigh.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Jonathan Hensleigh Rating:7.2/10 (4 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by closedface on February 8th, 2005:Find all reviews by closedface
A commentary that can be funny and amusing to hear the director make excuses for how bad the movie is, the usual being money and time.
Reviewed by stuartbannerman on October 6th, 2006:Find all reviews by stuartbannerman
This was a pretty decent commentary. Pointing out sub plots removed for various reasons and of course the usual plot development tales that are always good to listen to.
Reviewed by TommyT on October 23rd, 2007:Find all reviews by TommyT
A better-than-expected commentary for a film that really could've been better. However, Hensleigh's comments really made me appreciate the film more than I did during my initial viewing. He talks about how to cut corners to save money - not surprising since many studios don't seem to have faith in directors to make a good film.
Reviewed by Daza on January 1st, 2009:Find all reviews by Daza
I got a copy to review and was surprised A) the film was watchable, and b) how interesting the commentary was. Hensleigh is defensive about the fans response to the film but actually tries to answer the criticism in a fair minded and informative way.
Reviewed by grimjack on April 14th, 2021:Find all reviews by grimjack
This is a quality track, that made me appreciate the movie a little bit more. Two sub plots were taken out that are not deleted scenes, and would have added a little bit. He points out a few moments that seemed outrageous but were taken straight from the comic book source material.

He also notices some things that did not come out as well as he hoped in the film, and explains what he was trying to convey. One thing that struck me was the later scene when Travolta was about to kill his second in command (after being led to believe by Castle that he had betrayed him), and how he had the actor dreaming (fantasizing) that he was coming onto to him instead.

The commentary, like the trailer, works better than the film did. Go figure.