DVD REVIEW: Punisher: War Zone (Two-Disc Special Edition)

Ryan Ellis

by: Ryan Ellis
April 1st, 2009

Jon Davis reviewed PUNISHER: WAR ZONE this back in December. You can read that HERE!

The first thing you will notice about the special features of PUNISHER: WAR ZONE (besides the gore) is that the absolutely adorable director Lexi Alexander (GREEN STREET HOOLIGANS), and you wonder to yourself how a woman like this could direct such a gore-filled slaughter-fest. But as you get through the five featurettes and her audio commentary, you realize this woman was perfect for the job, and you almost feel bad that the film didn't do better in theaters...but you don't.

Nonetheless, you get the feeling watching the featurettes that PUNISHER: WAR ZONE is almost too true to the comic book, and perhaps that was its flaw. The first featurette is of course "The Making of Punisher: War Zone", which I was intrigued by until I saw that it came in at a meager 9 minutes. NOTE TO DIRECTORS/STUDIOS: If you are going to make a film that means anything to you at all, make sure the "Making of..." is at least 20 minutes, otherwise most people will be disappointed with your DVD! Thinking I would be redeemed with the next few special features I moved on to "Meet Jigsaw," a small special feature about the main villain that re-hashes information already learned by watching the movie.

The last three featurettes are the most interesting of the entire DVD, including "Weapons of The Punisher," a 4-minute informative journey through almost every weapon used in the film (this featurette also could have been longer). "Creating the Look of the Film" talks mostly about the colors used in the film and mentions that only 3 colors are used in any given scene, which the film makers used to create the tone and mood for each scene in the stylized film.

The only thing I can liken the PUNISHER: WAR ZONE DVD special features to is watching soft-core porn late at night on a movie channel. You really aren't getting much from it but you don't change the channel because it doesn't take any effort to watch it.

Rating: 5/10

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