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Lethal Weapon: Directors Cut [VHS]
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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.
Save your money, Hopefully a better version will be released in the future.
"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.
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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The first time I watched Lethal Weapon I enjoyed it as a comedy. Danny Glover had always been a good actor in my eyes. I wasn't expecting Gibson to be like this. Read morePublished 3 days ago by By CJs Pirate
An OK buddy cop movie. Lots of action. Outrageous, yet interesting story. Definitely didn't need the nudity or all that swearing. Read morePublished 2 months ago by LR
A cinematic masterpiece! Almost as good as Contraband with Mark Wahlberg.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Entertaining and although Lethal Weapon is a little dated now it still holds up as a great popcorn flick.Published 2 months ago by Terry G. Crosson
I love it but it had been so long since I saw the un-edited-for-tv version, that I forgot there was some nudity! Oops...Published 4 months ago by In Mom's Opinion...
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