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Lethal Weapon/Lethal Weapon 2/Lethal Weapon 3 (1987)

1 rating: 5.0
Action & Adventure movie directed by Richard Donner

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 … see full wiki

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Director: Richard Donner
1 review about Lethal Weapon/Lethal Weapon 2/Lethal Weapon...

Great Triple Feature.

  • Jan 13, 2008
Rating:
+5
This DVD is a one-set deal that includes the first three movies of the Lethal Weapon series on a two-disc set.

LETHAL WEAPON is the first movie in the series and introduces the unlikely cop team of Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover) and Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson). Murtaugh is fifty-years old and a veteran officer. Riggs is an up-and-coming star of the police force, known for his atypical style. They are partnered together and become close friends while working to bring down a major drug cartel. Besides being just a good movie, LETHAL WEAPON is also notable for being the movie that made Mel Gibson a box officer superstar in the United States. Mel became famous because of Mad Max, but it was LETHAL WEAPON that made him a household name in the U.S.

LETHAL WEAPON 2 continues a few years after LETHAL WEAPON. Murtaugh and Riggs are still partners. Once again they are on a drug case, but this time it's an international drug ring of diplomats from South Africa with diplomatic immunity. They are also put in charge of protecting a key witness and informant, Leo Getz (Joe Pesci) who becomes a great secondary character in the series. Also, Riggs falls in love and pulls a house off a cliff. As a bit of trivia, Riggs was supposed to die in this one, but the studio called for a rewrite knowing how successful the franchise would be.

The Lethal Weapon series was going to be a trilogy wrapped up with the retirement of Murtaugh at the end of this film, LETHAL WEAPON 3. After thirty-years on the force, Murtaugh is finally going to retire. However, eight days before the big event he and Riggs become involved in a case of gun running and cops gone bad. Riggs finds lasting love with an internal affairs officer, Lorna Cole (Rene Russo). Leo Getz also returns. This film is the weakest of the Lethal Weapon movies and the studio wisely decided to bring everyone back for one last film.

Overall, this is a good collection for a great price. The movies are in widescreen format in the director's cut versions. The only extras are trailers for each of the movies. The only thing that could make this collection better would be to have included LETHAL WEAPON 4, something the studio did a few years later. If you've never seen the films, this would be a good DVD to check out. However, if you're a fan of the series, I'd recommend purchasing the DVD collection of two discs that has all four movies for roughly the same price.

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