Punisher: War Zone
5 Dec 2008
Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
GRUELING TRAINING GIVEN TO MAIN LEAD
Ray Stevenson underwent a grueling training session with the US Marines to prepare him for the lead role.
Facial Makeup given to main antagonist
Dominic West would spend two hours in the make-up chair, having his Jigsaw prosthetics applied, with another hour at the end of the day having them removed. This was the first time West had worked with prosthetics, and – he swears – is the last.
Reference to comics
The hotel Jigsaw (Dominic West) tells The Punisher (Ray Stevenson) to meet him at is the Bradstreet Hotel. This is a reference to Timothy Bradstreet, who was the longtime cover artist for “The Punisher” comics
RECRUITMENT GANGS IN NEW NEW YORK SCENE INSPIRED BY A US MILITARY RECRUITMENT SEMINAR THAT DIRECTOR LEXI ALEXANDER VIEWED
She included it in the film as a satire of just how ridiculous these recruiters were.
Impressive foes has Punisher fought hand to hand (Reference to comic books)
Impressive foes he has fought with that peak human durability or above. He has proven to put up a good fight and even beat Cap and Spidey sometimes. I’ll name a few more. Daredevil, Deadpool, Black Widow, Wolverine, Daken, Kraven the hunter, Vulture, Batman(in an official crossover), and a Polar Bear.
MARVEL KNIGHTS LOGO
This is the first movie by Marvel to use the ‘Marvel Knights’ logo.
Quintessential Punisher film
Lexi Alexander has made the quintessential Punisher film that dares to show you the gritty world of the Punisher without shying away from all the gore.
RT/Meta Critic Review
…stands as the best offering out of Hollywood that Punisher fans could’ve hoped for.(http://reelfilm.com/mapact1.htm#punisher)
Absolutely brilliant! A huge congrats to Lexi Alexander. Finally a Punisher movie with some balls. Perfectly cast, perfect amount of violence, and as a huge Punisher fan, the best movie adaption of the Punisher hands down. Wow, I thought no one would ever get it right. Ray Stevenson is much more menacing on screen than any previous Punisher. Definitely a movie for the fans and not for the critics.(DF/MetaCritic)
Punisher: War Zone comes to Blu-ray with solid 1080p transfer framed in its original 2.35:1 aspect ratio. The undeniable strength here lies in its very deep blacks and fine levels of foreground detail, particularly facial detail. There is a golden-reddish tint to much of the image, though it’s mostly subtle and never dominates the frame. Grain is rather heavy in some scenes; a hazy mob meeting in chapter two looks good if not a bit dim, with both the off-kilter color scheme and the rather heavy grain making their presence known. A fair amount of depth accompanies most scenes. Whether the image be hazy, tinted, or dark, there is little loss of near-frame detail. Fine detail is never particularly striking save for that in close-up shots, but it never lacks, either. There is no smearing or instances of fine textures having been scrubbed away; the film is simply just dark and occasionally cloudy, naturally obscuring some detail. A few scenes look slightly soft, but such instances are the exception to the rule. Generally, Punisher: War Zone is sharp and nicely presented on Blu-ray.
Punisher: War Zone wages war on sound systems everywhere with an aggressive DTS- HD MA 7.1 lossless soundtrack. Simply put, this track rocks. The audio is bass-heavy and fills the entire soundstage with volume, clarity, and excitement. The music in particular is replayed with authority, making its presence both heard and felt in most instances. The percussion-heavy moments drive the experience home, while the more subtle musical cues are heard playing with both grace and clarity. Sound effects are played all over the listening area; radio chatter, police sirens, or the beating on a steel hospital door are heard in one corner or another of the listening area, discretely and effectively, all the while environmental atmospherics in outdoor scenes play here and there, allowing for a nice, subtle, and realistic ambience. Dialogue reproduction is also spot-on. As one would reasonably expect, this film features almost wall to wall gunfire punctuated by a final shootout that is nothing short of astounding, sonically. Shots ranging between a 9mm and a .50-caliber handgun or pistol-caliber submachine guns to AK-47s bang out from every corner, and each shot fired reverberates through the listening area while simultaneously pressuring every floorboard in the house and rib in the body to cry out for mercy. This is a relentless, unforgiving soundtrack that suits the movie perfectly.
Punisher: War Zone offers viewers several extra features. First up is a commentary track with Director Lexi Alexander and Cinematographer Steve Gainer. This pair offers up a mostly generic track that covers all of the usual tidbits — the weather during the shoot, the technical aspects of shooting the film, the limited shooting schedule and the work of the second unit, the make-up, the performances of the cast, and more. Fans might enjoy this one, but it’s hardly an absolute must-listen. The Making of ‘Punisher: War Zone’ (1080p, 9:02) is another generic supplement that offers cast and crew interviews talking up the film’s style, the action sequences, and the performances of the lead actors and briefly examining the characters they portray. Meet Jigsaw (1080p, 3:34) features a look at the work of actor Dominic West and the make-up he wears. Weapons of The Punisher (1080p, 4:39) shows viewers the extensive number of firearms featured in the film. Training to Become The Punisher (1080p, 5:47) examines the weapons, military, and physical training the actors undertook to add a level of realism to the picture. Creating the Look of the Film (1080p, 2:46) briefly examines the ideas behind the film’s color scheme. Concluding the extras on disc one is MOLOG functionality and 1080p trailers for Punisher: War Zone (1:08) and several additional Lionsgate titles – – Crank 2: High Voltage, The Haunting in Connecticut,Transporter 3, Saw V, The Burrowers, The Spirit and Hulk vs.. Disc two of this set contains a digital copy of Punisher: War Zone, but was unavailable at the time of writing.