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Lethal Weapon (Widescreen Director's Cut)

Mel Gibson , Danny Glover , Richard Donner    Unrated   DVD
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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.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Lethal Weapon (1987) May 26 2004
Director: Richard Donner
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best of the genre March 1 2004
Lethal Weapon is one of the best films of the action genre, blending off-beat humor with surprisingly expressive acting and tense situations. Though much of the plot is over the top, and the casualness of the gunplay (as Danny Glover asks Mel: "have you ever met anyone you didn't kill?) seems like it should make the movie too unbelievable to be good, the humor with which the situations are treated pulls the film together easily. Even though the scenes added in the director's cut don't add up to a much longer movie, they do further the character development of Mel Gibson's character. Notably, the sniper scene shows the audience the extent of Gibson/Riggs' emotional disturbance, and lends a deeper character credibility during the confrontation between Riggs and Murtaugh after the rooftop jump, in which Riggs explains that the only thing restraining him from suicide is "the job." Riggs is seen more clearly in this version as a modern gunslinger, a victim of depressed and unstable victim of circumstance who decides daily to keep on living only because he stubbornly refusus to let the bad guys win. Glover plays well opposite, and he does a very good job interpreting a man confronting middle age, family responsibilities, and his responsibility and desire to be a good cop despite the changes in the world that are occuring around him.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars cousinpaco's top action: #5 Sept. 13 2002
Retiring cop gets new partner. They don't get along, until they shoot a bunch of bad guys together. The formula has become cliché.
Who cares?!?
"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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic! April 28 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) is a man who is on the edge, the very edge. He recently lost his wife to a car accident and the only thing that is stopping him from going over the edge is his love of the job, the only thing he has left. Mel Gibson turns in a fantastic performance in the role. Sgt. Murtaugh (Danny Glover) is a stable cop who has been on the force for many years and today is his birthday. For a birthday present he is assigned with Riggs, in order to watch him. Also during his birthday he finds out that an old friends daughter was thrown out a window, and his daughter smokes pot in the house. During the course of the movie the banter between Riggs and Murtaugh is enjoyable. The action is outstanding and the bad guys, especially "Mr. Joshua" (Gary Busey) are truly fanatical. Also during the course of the movie Riggs feels accepted into Murtaugh's family and this helps him move back from the edge a bit. But when Murtaugh's daughter is kidnapped he must move forward again and with Murtaugh create havoc!
A first class action movie with interesting characters and a decent plot. This movie will be enjoyed by anyone who likes action movies or action commedies for that matter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 3 days ago by jonathan pilote
5.0 out of 5 stars Not my original purchase... but the better choice
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 more
Published 7 months ago by Ron Hamilton
4.0 out of 5 stars American buddy cop action film
positive reviews -Lethal Weapon is a 1987 American buddy cop action film directed by Richard Donner - stars Mel Gibson and Danny Glover
Published 20 months ago by T
2.0 out of 5 stars A Disc Unworthy of the Movie
*Note, my score is for this edition, not the film itself*
Every cliché has to start somewhere, and few have a better beginning than Lethal Weapon. Read more
Published on Feb. 6 2011 by John Woodward
3.0 out of 5 stars Mel Gibson and Danny Glover team up
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
Published on Feb. 25 2008 by falcon
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Action Film of All Time!!!!
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 more
Published on Jan. 11 2004 by "homeskillet2100"
5.0 out of 5 stars can't beat an original
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 more
Published on Nov. 28 2003 by chris parsons
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.0 out of 5
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 more
Published on Sept. 18 2003 by Tom Benton
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun buddy-cop movie is big on suspense...
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 more
Published on Aug. 5 2003 by L. Varnau
4.0 out of 5 stars MOVE OVER ''48 HRS.'' NOW WE GOT ''LETHAL WEAPON''!
Published on July 18 2003 by MICHAEL TAYLOR
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