Having said that, and fully intent on trying to find the flick's specific assets this time out, I just gotta say: Still, THE PUNISHER is not a very good movie. It's a very standard and somewhat rambling revenge flick that spins its wheels for quite some time (focusing on a goofy subplot involving gay henchmen and fake fire hydrants) before getting down to the goods. For every positive asset the flick displays (Thomas Jane's a cool action hero-type, one particular mega-brawl is pretty amusing) there's two or three others that yank it right back down again. When the flick tries to be funny, it fails -- and when it tries to be serious, it's actually pretty silly.
While certainly not among the lamest Marvel flicks out there, THE PUNISHER is basically too dry and predictable to warrant much enthusiasm. Action fans will undoubtedly enjoy the few brief moments of mayhem, but they're stuck within a fairly dreary package. Writer/director Jonathan Hensleigh is obviously a fan of the source material, which means the longtime Punisher pals will enjoy the freaky T-shirt and the silly side characters ... but there's simply not enough meat on these bones to warrant a satisfying meal.
As far as the new footage goes, nearly all of it focuses on a subplot involving "who betrayed Frank," and none of it is all that interesting. Plus, for a ruthless villain, John Travolta sure is goofy.
Also included is a 9-minute "making-of" featurette that explains why the filmmakers were happy to go back and make a few changes to their movie.
The Punisher Comic Book Gallery is a slick little addition that allows you to scroll through decades of Punisher issues.