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Lethal Weapon / Lethal Weapon 2 / Lethal Weapon 3 (Director's Cut)


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  • Actors: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, Patsy Kensit, Rene Russo
  • Directors: Richard Donner
  • Writers: Jeffrey Boam, Robert Mark Kamen, Shane Black, Warren Murphy
  • Producers: Alexander B. Collett, Jennie Lew Tugend, Joel Silver
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Director's Cut, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 7, 2006
  • Run Time: 356 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HT38BM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,063 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Lethal Weapon / Lethal Weapon 2 / Lethal Weapon 3 (Director's Cut)" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Reckless cop Riggs (Mel Gibson) and family man Murtaugh (Danny Glover) are partners whose work routine is never routine in the first three films of the series that reinvented buddy-cop action, all here in exclusive-to-DVD Director's Cuts adding footage not seen in theatres. Lethal Weapon (Disc 1/Side A) pits our squabbling heroes against a death-dealing drug ring...and Riggs takes a plunge with a would-be suicide jumper. Joe Pesci - Okay, okay, okay! - is a motor-mouthed witness needing protection in Lethal Weapon 2 (Disc 1/Side B, the series entry with the booby-trapped toilet!). And Rene Russo plays a femme alter-ego match for Riggs in Lethal Weapon 3 (Disc 2) as the cops target a colleague dealing guns to the street...and Riggs steps onto the ice to rough up a pro-hockey game. The puck stops here!

Customer Reviews

All I can say is this.
E.H. Stevens
If you haven't seen any of the movies, I would highly recommend this dvd set so you can start with the first one.
ashleyrenae
The "Director's Cut" versions in this trilogy are even better than the original releases.
Steven C. Vetter

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66 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Eric Ericson on November 17, 2006
Format: DVD
Okay, let me start by saying you're not going to get any reviews on any of these three movies from me. Anyone who lived through the late 80's and early 90's already know the action greatness of these films that launched Mel Gibson from just being known as "Mad Max". No, my review is solely based on the new "Warner Bros. Triple Feature" packaging of the first three movies in the Lethal Weapon series.

On November 7th 2006, Warner Bros released 23 DVD titles from their library with three films in each case with varied subjects like trilogies, westerns, star's films, animals, and others. But probably the best bang for your buck is this Lethal Weapon set (maybe, maybe the second would be the camp-horror classic "It's Alive" trilogy, which I'll be getting as well). Yes it's true, SOME of these titles will bother most videophiles because quite a few titles offered in these triple features are FULL FRAME only when originally they may have been released in Widescreen when first appeared on DVD (see the Free Willy, Poison Ivy, and 15 Minutes triple features for those disapointments). But not, I repeat NOT, the Lethal Weapon one. This one has all three films presented in Widescreen with the original 5.1 AND DTS audio tracks. To put it simply, you get all three films as they were originally released separately on DVD back in 2000: the Director Cut editions, nothing has been changed whatsoever.

I've read videophiles say, "Well then, since it's THREE movies on only TWO discs, the compression has to be weaker". Wrong. Here's the disc set-up: Lethal Weapon's One and Two are on ONE disc, but it's a DVD-18, otherwise known as "double-sided/dual-layered". Both these movies were released in 2000 as DVD-9's (one-sided/dual-layered).
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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Mr. VINE VOICE on December 6, 2001
Format: DVD
After Mel Gibson made himself a household name with the Mad Max Trilogy, he took a little time off, then returned to the screen in 1987 for the successful "buddy-cop" movie: Lethal Weapon. You can't deny the chemistry between Gibson's Martin Riggs & Danny Glover's Roger Murtaugh. The relationship has the perfect blend of dramatic heart and humor, which is the key to the success of the film. Initially, no sequel was planned (in fact the original filmed ending had both men saying goodbye forever), but director Richard Donner thought the characters were so good together, he just couldn't end the picture with them going their seperate ways. As a result, Lethal Weapon 2 was released two years later, adding Joe Pesci to the mix of this winning formula as Leo Getz ("Whatever you want...Leo Getz"). With the huge success of the sequel, it was only a matter of time before Lethal Weapon 3 hit theaters in 1992, adding yet another new key character, Rene Russo's Lorna Cole, a sort of "alter ego" of the Martin Riggs character. Since these movies are based on good chemistry between the characters, it's amazing to me how they're able to add new elements without deterring the original winning formula. Blind luck? Or Hollywood genius? You be the judge.
Now you may be wondering about which Lethal Weapon DVD Box Set to pick up, since there are two of them available. The first set has the first 3 films as well as Part 4 all together in a nice Black case. The other has only Parts 1-3 in a shiny silver case. Why get the shiny case box set? This is the special "Director's Cut" Legacy edition, which includes added footage to the first 3 Lethal Weapon movies. Lethal Weapon 1 has about 7 minutes of extra footage cut back into the film which adds some more insight into the Martin Riggs character. (...
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By "raven_nyquist" on November 5, 2000
Format: DVD
I have had the pleasure of viewing this three-pack of action movies, and let me say this: There is no better sound than DTS (for now). If you love Mel Gibson or the Lethal Weapon Series, this is the one to get. Sure there's a four-pack of movies, but I've viewed them too, and well, there is not the quality that you get with this three pack. Trust me I fought tooth and nail for the other set, but viewing them both showed the four-pack is just not as good as this set, especially for the price. Suggestion: Get this set then get Lethal Weapon 4 seperately if you want. It's cheaper in the long run, too!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By subtitles on November 19, 2006
Format: DVD
The previous reviewer is correct on all points, which prompted me to purchase this over the Director Cut Editions individually.

What makes it even better is the DTS audio tracks are full bitrate @1536Kb/s! Most, if not all, DTS DVD's are half-bit rate @768Kb/s (Saving Private Ryan, Jaws, Lord of the Rings Trilogy).

Getting three great films in one package, widescreen, and w/full bitrate DTS for $11 is a once in a life time deal.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Zagnorch on December 13, 2001
Format: DVD
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...
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