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Lethal Weapon (Widescreen Director's Cut) (Bilingual) [Import]
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With over seven minutes of previously unavailable scenes, the director's cut of Lethal Weapon is a long-overdue present for fans. Riggs' solitary homelife and the tragic loss spurring him in a reckless disregard for his own safety now come into greater focus. We see that recklessness is new scenes underlining the differences between the two cops. Murtaugh, just 50, needs reassurance about his skills at a firing range. Riggs, not caring if he sees another birthday, coolly walks into a schoolyard sniper's field of fire. All the humor and adrenaline that made this original an entertainment milestone are here, too. No scenes have been removed. But new action and new insight are now included. Include yourself in the excitement.
Mel Gibson set aside his art-house credentials to star as a crazy cop paired with a stable one (Danny Glover) in this full-blown 1987 Richard Donner action picture. The most violent film in the series (which includes three sequels), it is also the edgiest and most interesting. After Gibson's character jumps off a building handcuffed to a man, and Gary Busey (as a cold, efficient enforcer) lets his hand get burned without flinching, there is a sense that anything can happen, and it usually does. Donner's strangely messy visual and audio style doesn't make a lot of aesthetic sense, but it stuck with all four movies. The DVD release includes production notes, Dolby sound, theatrical trailer, optional full-screen and widescreen presentations, optional French soundtrack, and optional English, French, and Spanish subtitles. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Every cliché has to start somewhere, and few have a better beginning than Lethal Weapon. The Buddy-Cop genre has been done to death, but Gibson and Glover's chemistry as Riggs and Murtaugh still keeps this one feeling fresh and energetic. By far the grittiest film the franchise, the first Lethal Weapon smartly relies more on good story-telling and engaging characters rather than elaborate set-pieces. That's not to say that this is high-drama, just that it (wisely) puts the story ahead of the eye candy.
With far fewer laughs and explosions here than in the franchise's later films, people that didn't start with the original may be a little disappointed. That's unfortunate, if understandable, but those who can appreciate the roots of the Buddy-Cop story are sure to be pleased.
"Disappointing" is an inadequate word for this paltry selection. The trailer and some production notes are little more than an insult to fans of this film.
As phoned in as the extras seem, they've got nothing on this transfer. This was never a slick, glossy action movie but this disc will have you wondering if there's something wrong with your Blu-Ray player.
If you don't already own Lethal Weapon, then this might be a worthwhile purchase. But if you already own the DVD then this definitely isn't worth the upgrade. Save your money for a release that lives up to the film's content.
Cast: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Gary Busey, Mitchell Ryan, Tom Atkins, Darlene Love.
Running Time: 105 minutes.
Rated R for cop violence and language.
The ultimate in the cop-buddy action flicks, Richard Donner's "Lethal Weapon" is still an essential part of the action-drama genre to this day. Mel Gibson stars as the unstable, suicidal cop who is still grieving the tragic death of his wife, but finds purpose when he is teamed with over-the-hill Sergeant Danny Glover to investigate the mysterious death of a small-time hooker that jumped/was thrown off a building.
As the duo dives deeper into the case, they realize they are in the middle of a tense, big-time drug traffic arrangement and they are up against some tough cookies (namely Gary Busey and Mitchell Ryan). Gibson is great as the reckless Martin Riggs, using his insane tendencies as adrenaline throughout the film, but often also showing a sofer, tender side that produces a lot of laughs. Glover is his equal as Murtaugh, who feels that he is at his last stand as a police officer, but tags along because he feels his duty as a cop is unfinished. An excellent script by Shane Black and an explosive, taut directorial effort from Donner. Has lost some of its mustard due to numerous sequels and imitations ("Rush Hour" anyone?), but still an extremely fun action-adventure that will delight all those who are Gibson fans and love to laugh and gasp.
The humor is, at the end, what ties this film together. the punchlines seem to come at the tensest moments, though for the most part they avoid the cheesy one liners before blowing the bad guys away. They simply arise out of the context, and do not feel artificial. Busey is also good, and he can really act the part of being one mean SOB.Read more ›
"Lethal Weapon" is such a great movie, that it defines the concept of a buddy-cop picture. Both lead actors give top-of-their game performances. Gibson is a standout, playing burned-out narc Martin Riggs, who's wallowing in grief for his dead wife.
(Ever notice that Mel Gibson always plays a widower? Wonder how Robin Gibson feels about this...)
Danny Glover plays the down-to-Earth Roger Murtaugh, who steps up to the plate when his family is threatened.
Heck, even Gary Busey deserves a nod for his portrayal of shadowy Mr. Joshua. Riggs and Mr. Joshua face off in a massive martial-arts brawl that apparently took four days to film.
One of my favorite supporting actors appears in "Lethal Weapon" - Al Leong, playing the guy who tortures Riggs with an electric shock apparatus. Riggs' payback is pretty bone-crushing, so don't expect to see Leong in the sequel!
This DVD version contains some footage not seen in previous releases. None of it adds much, thematically--but it's kind of fun to see Riggs stand off against a crazed sniper.
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Originally, I bought the 4-movie set of Lethal Weapon. I had problems viewing two of the movies on my laptop, personal DVD player, and DVD connected to TV. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Ron from Windsor
positive reviews -Lethal Weapon is a 1987 American buddy cop action film directed by Richard Donner - stars Mel Gibson and Danny GloverPublished on March 2 2013 by T
i thought this movie was not bad.it teams Mel Gibson and Danny Glover
together as two cops who couldn't be more different,and end up
partnering with each other. Read more
This movie starts out the way all great movies should... From the moment you make eye contact with the nips you are sucked into it. Read morePublished on Jan. 11 2004
this is one of my top ten movies of all time. I like how the director shows the beginning of their friendship on a very dark note, but then ends the movie with them making jokes... Read morePublished on Nov. 28 2003 by chris parsons
LETHAL WEAPON is an action masterpiece, and one of my most favorite films. Mel Gibson and Danny Glover star as two extremely mismatched cops; one is on the edge after losing his... Read morePublished on Sept. 18 2003 by Tom Benton
Gunfights abound in this action classic from director Richard Donner. The plot is similar now, being about two very different cops who become partners and, by the end of the film,... Read morePublished on Aug. 5 2003 by L. Varnau
THIS IS ACTION AT ITS FINEST. AN LA COP [DANNY GLOVER] IS ASSIGNED TO A NEW PARTNER THAT HAPPENS TO BE PSYCHOTIC AND SUICIDAL. Read morePublished on July 18 2003 by MICHAEL TAYLOR
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