Don't buy the box set - buy the DTS director Cuts versions
powderboy | Sydney Australia | 08/17/2000
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I almost bought this but have discovered the hard way that you should ALWAYS research the DVD especially for uncut versions and missing footage. This box set contains the old cut versions and NOT the directors cut DTS versions. LW 1-3 are out on DTS and LW 4 is only available in DD 5.1 and actually contains the missing footage for the previous 3 movies !!!"
This is good, but the 3 pack is better...
raven_nyquist | Dubuque, Iowa USA | 11/05/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The Lethal Weapon series in itself is a great set of movies, and this is a flat-out good pack of movies for the fans of the Lethal Weapon series. This has the original DVDs with the Dolby Digital 5.1 sound and the Widescreen video, but I'm a fan of extras so I like the 3 pack director's cut better.If you feel like getting all four movies in pack, go for it: otherwise I would get the cheaper three pack and buy LW 4 seperately."
The Lethal Weapons
A. Ross | New Zealand | 06/28/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This special edition box set with all the Lethal Weapons is an impressive package with some good extra material.
The first of the Weapon films is still the best, with Mel Gibson as the suicidal cop Martin Riggs paired up with Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover) as his reluctant partner. The action is great, and while it does tend to get carried away sometimes (not helped By Richard Donner's frenetic pacing), it's still the most fun of the franchise, and one of the best action films of the 80's.
Mel is great in one of his first major film roles, and Glover works well with Gibson. Director Donner, who gave us Superman (1978), directed all the Weapon films, but this one is the undisputed finest. Action at it's most outrageous. The second instalment is not quite as good as the first, but its still exciting frenetic fun, with some witty humour. Mel Gibson and Danny Glover are the partner- in -crime duo again, and this one sees Riggs and Murtaugh joined by Joe Pesci as Leo Getz, the annoying cop who returns in parts 3 and 4. The action is as impressive as the former one, and director Richard Donner's hard- as-nails approach to the film makes it as exhilarating as it's predecessor.
Lethal Weapon 3 and 4 are the weakest of the franchise, yet still retain soome of the cool action present in the first 2 films, with Gibson and Glover doing a "take the money and run" deal. The action is good, and in Lethal Weapon 4, Jet Li as the bad guy ups the hard-edged approach. However, the last two films aren't as much fun. The extras are good, if not great, with trailers, Featurettes, Behind-the-scenes Footage an Audio Commentary and some additional Footage."
Cops and Robbers with the best of them.
Randall Banks | Lansing, MI USA | 12/21/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"All four of these movies are winners. Each of the movies gets 5 stars as far as I'm concerned. The first three are director cuts.
The first instalment has seven extra minutes of footage. You really get to see just how far down Mel Gibson's character, Martin Riggs has gone down. You see his wedding picture, but don't know anymore than that. He is near suicide early in the film, not able to laugh at the Three Stooges. Then, a short time later, he cooly walks into the line of fire of sniper at a school yard and shoots him.
You also see just how good of a shot Riggs is when he shoots a smilie face from several hundred feet way with his service revolver.
The first one revolves around death of a famly friend of Murtaugh, and the subsequent murder of another friend. Lot's of shooting, explosions, fights, car chases. Tons of action with bits of humor, especially about Murtaugh's wife's cooking. Best seen uncut for there are many swear words, and certain scenes that would never survive the cutting rooms of cable TV.
The second one just as good as the first adds more footage with Riggs flirting at the hotel pool before picking up Joe Pesci, who adds some of the greatest one liners in the past decade, as Leo Goetz. New footage also includes the whirling dizying numbers game that helps them find the home they're looking for.
This one involves the South African Embassy, before the end of apartheid. Opens with a great chase scene with cars, choppers, and shoot-outs. There is another chase with the station wagon, a two truck, and a surf-board.
One of the best scenes here is the commercial that Murtaugh's beautiful daughter Rianne stars in, and the consequences for Murtaugh. We also get a very intimate look into Riggs's wife's death, involving a gold pen.
The best scene in this movie, and one of my favorite all-time movie scenes is when Murtaugh goes into the consulate to try to emigrate South Africa. "Because You're Black"! Priceless. He talks of how he wants to free his black brothers. The bathroom scene is also priceless. The consulate declares war on the police department after millions in Kruggerands were lost in a police bust. It involves diplomatic immunity, and a romance for Riggs.
Same action as the first. Riggs is finally over the death of his wife, and Murtaugh is still thinking of retirement. Fights, explosions and a falling house. Classic
The third isn't as good as the first two, but that doesn't mean that it isn't great. The first two are among the best cops and robbers movies ever made, any movie even a bit short of them are not a dissapointment.
Added footage on this one include new footage of Rianne and Riggs, more fighting at the boat, and the new addition to Riggs family with the newly acquired rottweiler.
The third installment hs a Clapton/Sting collaboration theme song. It opens with a huge explosion of a huge building. This was filmed at a real buidling that was being demolished, after Riggs cut the wrong wire. This gets them demoted to foot patrol.
There's a chase scene with two armored trucks, the station wagon, which takes a real beating, a motorcycle, and the final scene with the burning truck. It shows the way to "Cement" relationships.
This one revolves around gun smuggling, and we're introduced to Rene Russo who joins the cast as the tough as nails no hold barred cop who falls for Riggs. Chris Rock also joins as the brash, edgy lieutenant, who falls for Rianne.
The fourth one is almost as good as the first three, still great though. This one adds Jet Li, involved in a counterfiting ring. The movie opens with a flame thrower scene, and a huge explosion. There's a shoot-out with a boat sinking, immigration issues, great chase scenes involving a bicycle, a mobile home, trains, busses and cars.
It's a wonderful set of four movies that start in a rush from the beginning and don't let up to the very end. The first minute is great, right up to the"
The Best Action Movies
Mark G. Corning | Philly, PA USA | 09/24/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Best Movies with cops teamed up starring Mel Gibson Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, and stars like Rene Russo, Chris Rock and Jet-Li. The Fourth One Is Kind Of My Favorite One Because it's kind of funny and action-packed!. But There Are Also Some Cool Features on the fourth DVD including a featurette, deleted scenes from the other three movies. These Movies you will love