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I'm writing a review of this specific DVD and I grade it below average because of the extras it has beyond what the first DVD had, and because of what it DOESN'T have.
The most worthwhile extra this edition has over the first one is the deleted storyline involving Frank Castle's FBI partner. It deals with how and why he was involved in getting Frank's family slaughtered. Although interesting, I can see how they felt it could be deleted from the movie without hurting the story. Frankly, I wish they'd filmed a lot more scenes with the cool, flat-black '69 GTO. Now that would be deleted scenes worth seeing.
The other much trumpeted scenes that were added to this edition were the so-called animated Kuwait battle scenes. First of all, they weren't actually animated. They were just still drawings flashed onscreen. Secondly, I don't feel the additional storyline really added anything at all important to Frank's backstory or character.
The main reason for the below average rating of this edition is that the first DVD had MUCH better extras. The behind the scenes features on the making of the movie, the stunts, Thomas Jane's training and the money problems that hampered the director and hurt the movie are very comprehensive and very good. And none of these are on the second DVD, making the second edition not worth getting. After seeing the features on the first DVD, I actually liked the movie better because I understood WHY the theatre version was not all it could have been.
If you're going to get the DVD, get the first one, with Thomas Jane as the Punisher on the box cover.
When I watched this movie, it seemed like somethings is missing. It's like something between Payback and Spawn. It's so boring that I forgot all the details within a few days. The only thing that's worth watching is if you turn on the closed captioned decoder on your television, you can see the lyrics to Verdi - La Donna e Mobile. It goes like this....la donna e mobile, qual piuma al vento, muta d'accento, e di pensiero,............