LETHAL WEAPON 4 (a J!-ENT DVD Review)
September 30, 2002 by Dennis Amith
MOVIE COMPANY: Warner Bros.
CAST: Starring Mel Gibson, Dannie Glover, Renee Russo, Chris Rock, Joe Pesci and Jet Li
DIRECTED BY: Directed by Richard Donner
PRODUCED BY: Joel Silver and Richard Donner
RATING: Rated R
INTERNET MOVIE DATABASE URL: http://us.imdb.com/Title?0122151
TYPE OF MOVIE: Action, Comedy, Thriller
APure dynamite! The Lethal Weapon team has done it again, putting the match to the fuse and putting the WOW! back on screen for Lethal Weapon 4.
Mel Gibson and Danny Glover return as buddy cops Riggs and Murtaugh, with Joe Pesci riding comedy shotgun as chatterbox Leo. Murtaugh is still the family man. Riggs is still the gonzo loose cannon and what’s this? Family man? His will he/won’t he marriage to Cole (Rene Russo) is one of the new wrinkles in this powerhouse crowd pleaser that also stars comedy favorite Chris Rock and International action star Jet Li. Wedding bells, ammo shells, explosive laughter–this one’s fully loaded.
• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen, Dolby, Collector’s Edition
• Commentary by director Richard Donner
• Production notes
• Theatrical trailer(s)
• “Pure Lethal”, a behind-the-scenes documentary
• Deleted scenes from Lethal Weapon (1987), Lethal Weapon 2 (1989), and Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)
• Interview gallery with cast and crew
• Widescreen anamorphic format
KNOWN DVD SECRET(S): None that I could find.
When I first wrote my review back in 1998 for APR, I liked the movie and was happy because the appearance of Jet Li. I didn’t like the many uses of anti-Asian slurs but nonetheless the movie itself was good. I think that’s why I gave it a B.
The video and sound quality demonstrated in this DVD is superb and one thing that will make you love this DVD even more is how Warner Bros. loaded this DVD up with extras. Trailers for Mel Gibson movies (Warner Bros. related only), Interviews, Extended/deleted scenes from the previous Lethal Weapon series, trailers for all Lethal Weapon movies and so much more.
Just watching these trailers now makes me want to purchase the others on DVD. What can I say…this DVD should be called a Collector or Special edition because it’s fully loaded!
If you enjoyed the Lethal Weapon series, this DVD is a must get. Your surround sound will have a good workout and it’s a DVD that you can spend time on because it’s fully loaded.
The Lethal Weapon 4 DVD is a real winner!
THE MOVIE: B
THE DVD EXTRAS: A+
THE DVD OVERALL: A-
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