Lethal Weapon 4

Lethal Weapon 4

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Director: Richard Donner

Cast: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci

     
 

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The Lethal Weapon films are at least consistent in one way -- their use of explosions, which almost define the shape of the story. This DVD expands things a little, though the presentation is overall somewhat of a letdown. The film is presented in an anamorphic transfer, maintaining the aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The image is relatively sharp and clear, but

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The Lethal Weapon films are at least consistent in one way -- their use of explosions, which almost define the shape of the story. This DVD expands things a little, though the presentation is overall somewhat of a letdown. The film is presented in an anamorphic transfer, maintaining the aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The image is relatively sharp and clear, but suffers from overenthusiasm in the mastering department. There is obvious edge enhancement, video compression, shimmer, and grain, while contrast seems overall a little off -- there are no solid blacks, and the image seems a little too bright throughout. The interior scenes still have good color balance, but exteriors have a sickly yellowish tone. While this may result from the persistent Los Angeles condition, it could easily have been corrected. The sound is good, but not spectacular. Mid-range in the music seems muddy, while the bass in music and effects has a distracting softness to it. Dialogue is relatively well separated. The 5.1 mix is fairly clean, but undistinguished -- there is environmental use of the surrounds, but not much directional effort. The French Dolby 5.1 track sounds muddy and has several rather bad examples in the dubbing department. The DVD includes deleted and extended scenes from the first three movies, along with "Pure Lethal," a rather fluffy documentary covering the four films, again with outtakes and unused scenes. Main cast and producers are covered in a collection of interview snippets, and there are trailers for all four films. The majority of the extras are provided on the second side of the disc, rather than using a dual-layer format (and providing more room for the movie). Director Richard Donner and a pair of co-producers provide a commentary track. Donner is good to listen to, speaking throughout in an even, deep voice. Final verdict -- not so lethal, either in terms of the film or the DVD production.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
The wheels haven't quite come off but there's a definite feeling of something loosening in this most recent installment in the Lethal Weapon series. The formula of this extremely successful juggernaut, mixing comedy with spectacular stunts and deafening explosions had begun to seem a little familiar, lacking the characterization that had made the initial episode so appealing. Danny Glover and the seemingly faster-aging Mel Gibson look like they might be ready for desk work. Hardcore fans of the series may still see some gas left in the tank, particularly in the comic interplay of Joe Pesci's feckless private investigator and Chris Rock's Lee Butters, a cop secretly married to Glover's daughter. Asian martial arts star Jet Li also makes a splash as an unusually sympathetic villain. Despite a virtually indecipherable plot, the stunts, explosions, and special effects are as sharply executed as ever.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/15/1998
UPC:
0085391607526
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:07:00

Special Features

Behind-the-scenes documentary "Pure Lethal"; Deleted scenes from the first three Leathal Weapons; Cast/crew interview gallery; Feature-length audio commentary by Richard Donner; Interactive menus; Production notes; 4 theatrical trailers; Scene access; Languages and subtitles: English, Français

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mel Gibson Martin Riggs
Danny Glover Roger Murtaugh
Joe Pesci Leo Getz
Rene Russo Lorna Cole
Chris Rock Lee Butters
Jet Li Wah Sing Ku
Stephen Kahan Capt. Ed Murphy
Kim Chan Uncle Benny
Darlene Love Trish Murtaugh
Traci Wolfe Rianne
Eddy Ko Hong
Steven Lam Ping
Richard Libertini Actor

Technical Credits
Richard Donner Director,Producer
Andrzej Bartkowiak Cinematographer
Jon G. Belyeu Special Effects Supervisor
Tim Cooney Sound/Sound Designer
Dan Cracchiolo Co-producer
Marion Dougherty Casting
Eric Clapton Score Composer
Spencer Franklin Associate Producer
Lauri Gaffin Set Decoration/Design
Channing Gibson Screenwriter
J. Mills Goodloe Co-producer
Alfred Gough Original Story
Jennifer Gwartz Associate Producer
James M. Halty Stunts
Michael Kamen Score Composer
David F. Klassen Art Director
Jonathan Lemkin Original Story
Miles Millar Original Story
Ha Nguyen Costumes/Costume Designer
Ha Nugyen Costumes/Costume Designer
Steve Perry Executive Producer
Dallas Puett Editor
Ilyse A. Reutlinger Associate Producer
J. Michael Riva Production Designer
David Sanborn Score Composer
Joel Silver Producer
Frank J. Urioste Editor
Jim Van Wyck Executive Producer
Van Wyck Asst. Director

Scene Index

Side #2
1. Warm reception. [1:51]
2. News under fire. [1:59]
3. Striptease. [2:02]
4. Not finished. [3:55]
5. Collision course. [3:49]
6. Surprise cargo. [1:51]
7. Catching a train. [1:56]
8. Sensitive guy in charge. [3:03]
9. Another boatload. [1:22]
10. Sort of figured. [3:32]
11. About Roger. [2:22]
12. Murtaugh menagerie. [4:29]
13. Captain outrageous. [3:21]
14. Station mischief. [2:35]
15. Hungry for Chinese. [1:57]
16. Perp meets leprechaun. [2:48]
17. Visiting Uncle Benny. [3:23]
18. Chinatown chase. [3:00]
19. Riggs hangs out. [1:51]
20. Death on a string. [:55]
21. One good man to another. [3:38]
22. Not too old. [2:51]
23. Cell phone riff. [3:57]
24. Unwelcome guests. [3:49]
25. One fire. [3:03]
26. Hot pursuit. [1:57]
27. Moving house party. [2:10]
28. Turning the tables. [1:52]
29. Slight detour. [1:50]
30. Reunion. [2:33]
31. "Reach somewhere else!" [2:36]
32. Funny guys. [4:50]
33. Finishing the job. [3:36]
34. Any way I can get you. [1:57]
35. Dads and their kids. [2:33]
36. Dealbreaker. [2:26]
37. Waterfront fireworks. [2:29]
38. Wounded on both sides. [3:17]
39. Fighting frenzy. [2:31]
40. Handy weapons. [1:07]
41. Officer down...below. [2:40]
42. Best friends. [3:42]
43. Last-minute vows. [4:09]
44. Baby brigade. [2:11]
45. Family album, end credits (Why can't we be friends?, Pilgrim). [7:10]
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Lethal Weapon 4 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is good, entertaining and funny with Chris Rock and Joe Pesci. The car chases are cool and funny as how they're always getting hit in the head then almost about to fall then they get right back up but fall again and its just too much. Jet Li is interesting as the villian is beaten Mel (who had done Max back in the 70's then 80's). Alright movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is the best of the Lethal Weapons. Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) and Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover) go after a Chinese Leader named Wah Sing Ku (Jet Li) who is a martial art expert, and a pro assasin. It will be an effort for even Riggs to bring this brute down because he is made of steel. See this movie today!
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