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Lethal Weapon [Blu-ray] (1987)

4.4 out of 5 stars 205 customer reviews

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A veteran detective is partnered with a young detective with a suicidal death wish.

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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

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Product Details

  • Actors: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Gary Busey, Mitchell Ryan, Tom Atkins
  • Directors: Richard Donner
  • Writers: Shane Black
  • Producers: Richard Donner, Jennie Lew Tugend, Joel Silver
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 5, 2006
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (205 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HWXEUY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,246 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Lethal Weapon [Blu-ray] (1987)" on IMDb

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Format: DVD
The recent release of the director's cut of Lethal Weapon add depth to the film by the inclusion of approximately 7 minutes of new scenes. The additions are in the beginning of the film when the characters are still being developed. In one scene, Gibson's character walks into the line of fire of a sniper, and in another he has a rather violent reaction to a commercial on TV. In the context of this portion of the movie, it further establishes the pain Gibson's character is going through and his mental state...is he crazy or just not caring what happens to him? Additional scenes also establish Glover's character's concern at growing old...does he still have it?
The balance of the film is pretty much unchanged. Lethal Weapon is a fun buddy action/comedy movie, but shines more than the sequels, which emphasized comedy and cartoonish action. Gibson and Glover actually act here, Gibson in particular in the scenes where he is struggling with his wife's death. The interplay between the actors makes this movie a cut above the standard action movie.
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Format: Blu-ray
As much as i love this movie, I was turned off by the poor job that was done on the tranfer to Blue-Ray quality.
Save your money, Hopefully a better version will be released in the future.
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Format: DVD
This is the one that started all the "lethal" action and introduced one of the most memorable cop teams in cinematic history. "Lethal Weapon," directed by Richard Donner, is a hard-hitting, fast-paced action/drama starring Mel Gibson as Detective Sergeant Martin Riggs, who once served in the Special Forces in Vietnam, and who now serves the city of Los Angeles. Riggs has some inner demons with which he must cope (the loss of his wife), and starts every day thinking of reasons why he shouldn't swallow a bullet. In the end, it's the job that keeps him going; it's what he does best in the world. Meanwhile, Detective Sergeant Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover) is dealing with some issues in his own life: He just turned fifty, has a teenaged daughter who is suddenly grown-up and dating, and he's just been assigned a new partner, Riggs, whom he quickly learns has a propensity for dangerous situations and apparently has a death wish. His assessment of his situation is summed up with his now classic line, "I'm too old for this ----." And the adventure begins. The plot involves an investigation into the death of a young woman, Amanda Hunsaker (Jackie Swanson), the daughter of an old war buddy of Murtaugh's, Michael Hunsaker (Tom Atkins), who is now a successful banker. Ultimately, it leads Riggs and Murtaugh into some murky waters where they encounter a former General, Peter McAllister (Mitchell Ryan), and some ex-special forces mercenaries, including the especially psychotic Mr. Joshua (Gary Busey). There's some twists and turns along the way, but most importantly Donner keeps the action going and the tension building all the way to the climax.Read more ›
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Format: DVD
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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Format: Blu-ray
This has been and always will be one of my favourite movies. As one who can't seem to keep away from buddy cop films, I enjoy Lethal Weapon whenever I sit down for it. The plot may be slightly uninteresting and the music bordering on derelict, but the banter between Riggs and Murtaugh makes it all worthwhile, not to mention the beginning of a very awesome partnership.

On the blu-ray quality I can say there's not a huge improvement from the previous release, though it does look that extra bit better when played on a big screen than its fuzzier cousin the DVD. I would be happy with this copy except...

With the DVD director's cut, all the extra scenes were played within the film. In the blu-ray, they are isolated as special features. I happen to really like these scenes, especially the one with Riggs and the hooker, so not being able to see them in the flow of the movie grates on me. I would like the choice on which version I watch on a blu-ray. Surely it cannot be that hard.

I would give this film 5 stars, but in only playing as the theatrical version and with the lack of vast improvement on quality, it doesn't rate so well.
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