As I'm sure many of you know, if you want to get the ultimate definitive editions (so far) of the first three 'Lethal Weapon' flicks, this is the set to get! Included in each movie: at least a few extra minutes that director Richard Donner rescued from the cutting-room floor. Seven minutes are returned to LW1, featuring Murtaugh (Danny Glover) checking if he's still "got it" at the police firing range, Riggs bearing down on a schoolyard sniper, and a few other added bits. The highlight of LW2's new footage is Leo Getz (Joe Pesci) using his skills as a former mob accountant to recall the address of the stilt house. Not too much is added to number 3; probably the most noticeable of this is our heroes' use of a high-performance automobile to wring info out of a high-society gangsta.
Sadly, this set is somewhat devoid of special features. I was disappointed that Warner didn't use the 'Lethal 4' DVD release (which included a half-hour restrospective and a feature-length commentary track) as the model to go off of for the LW Director's Cut DVDs. Aside from the obligatory trailers & restored scenes, there's not much else to these discs. Only LW2 has a featurette that goes behind-the-scenes during the nighttime helicopters-shooting-at-Riggs'-trailer scene.
Still, the sound & picture quality of these discs practically blow away (doh!) their VHS counterparts, which were pretty good themselves. Thanks to those extra background channels, you can really hear the reverb when our heroes start poppin' caps at the bad guys! I only wish Warner would finally get around to releasing their mo-pic DVDs in sturdy plastic keep cases, rather than those fairly flimsy & not-very-durable cardboard snap sleeves they seem to favor...