Blu-ray: 'Lethal Weapon Collection' and an Exclusive Clip from the Blu-ray
All four films starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover as the buddy cop team
"Lethal Weapon" (1987) introduced America to Riggs and Murtaugh, who became the country's favorite buddy cop team of the eighties and nineties. "Lethal Weapon Collection" (Warner) collects all four films on Blu-ray, including the Blu-ray debuts of entries number "3" and "4."
See an MSN exclusive interview clip with director Richard Donner and stars Mel Gibson and Danny Glover, from the Blu-ray, below.
Mel Gibson is suicidal firecracker Martin Riggs, a Vietnam Vet whose reckless stunts earn him a reputation as the LAPD’s least desirable partner, and Danny Glover is aging family man Roger Murtaugh, a veteran detective who wants nothing more than to gracefully live to see his pension, in the explosive and edgy original film. Richard Donner’s action smash is sleek, stylish, and practically non-stop action, but it’s the chemistry between the combustible energy of Gibson and the paternal reserve of Glover that makes this combination so lethal.
A sequel was inevitable, so "Lethal Weapon 2" sent Riggs and Murtaugh after a South African drug syndicate, tossed Joe Pesci into the mix as a comic foil, and upped the ante of explosions, car chases, and apocalyptic property damage. Kung-fu kicking Rene Russo signed on for "Lethal Weapon 3," a “mad genius run amuck” adventure rushed into production without a finished script (and it shows in sloppy ad-libbed scenes) crammed with wild high speed chases and spectacular explosions. When "Lethal Weapon 4" hit screens in 1998, the starring cast had ballooned: Chris Rock joined Gibson, Glover, Russo and Pesci to take on a Chinese counterfeiting and slavery ring led by Hong Kong martial arts superstar Jet Li. Director Richard Donner helms every installment of his franchise, topping the frenzy of action and pyrotechnics and property damage with each new feature. Watching the arc of the "Lethal Weapon" franchise is like a crash course in American action cinema of the past decade: bigger, faster, louder. Yet at the heart of every film is Riggs and Murtaugh, mismatched partners who become unlikely buddies, ready to lay their lives down for one another.
This edition features all the supplements of the previous Blu-ray and DVD releases, along with new bonus features, including commentary by Richard Donner on the first three films (the DVD release of "Lethal Weapon 4" was the first and only to feature commentary until now). In fact, the previous releases have been surprisingly light on supplements, so this edition contributes a bonus disc with four all new retrospective featurettes.
The original featurettes trace the film from the beginning ("Psycho Pension: The Genesis of Lethal Weapon") through production ("A Family Affair: Bringing Lethal Weapon to Life" – see a clip from this below) and sequels and legacy ("Pulling the Trigger: Expanding the World of Lethal Weapon" and "Maximum Impact: The Legacy of Lethal Weapon").
They play more like chapters of a single feature-length documentary on the series, built on a reunion interview with Richard Donner, Mel Gibson, and Danny Glover (recorded at Donner's home in 2010) and featuring new interviews with co-stars Rene Russo and Chris Rock, original screenwriter Shane Black, producer Joel Silver, and many others, and they run about 105 minutes when watched end to end. Along with the interviews, the featurettes offer a lot of interesting and illuminating archival production footage and raw takes from the vaults. Whatever you may think of the series, it sure looks like it was a lot of fun to work on.
Click on the "More" below to see the MSN exclusive interview clip.