Plot: What’s it about?
Riggs (Mel Gibson) and Murtaugh (Danny Glover) are back for a fourth adventure, this time trying to stop a foreign smuggling operation, where the refugees are brought to America in exchange for $35,000 in work hours. Murtaugh feels good about “freeing slaves”, so he takes one family into his home. But he picked the wrong family, and the syndicate wants the family back. Action star Jet Li also stars, and is involved in some fantastic action scenes. Also running in the movie is the story of Riggs and Cole (Rene Russo), and their coming child. Cole wants to get married, but Riggs, being the cagey and pyscho guy he is, won’t give an answer. This side-story adds some suspense, and gives Riggs’ character a new angle.
Here’s why you’ll want to buy this disc, action and comedy. The opening scene, much like other Lethal Weapon movies, has little to do with the rest of the film, other than to serve as entertainment. And entertain, it does!! A crazy guy with a heavy-protective suit on is walking around firing a machine gun and torching things with a flame-thrower! And this is the first 10 minutes of the movie for God’s sake! By the end of the scene, Murtaugh is in his boxers clucking like a chicken, and the bad guy is taken care of. This is what Lethal Weapon is all about. Few series’, aside from Indiana Jones and Mad Max, blend action and comedy as well. The great chemistry between Gibson and Glover is what makes these movies so great, and this one is no exception, as they work together beautifully.
The opening scene is great, but there are several others which are almost as good if not better. A chase sequence involving a packed highway and a pre-fab housing unit on a truck, certainly comes to mind. Also pushing this movie to greatness are the performances of Leo “What Leo wants Leo” Geotz (Joe Pesci) and Chris Rock (as the fellow police-officer who impregnated Murtaugh’s daughter). Comedy and action, if you dig these elements, you’ll love Lethal Weapon 4. While this installment has a little different feel, as Riggs’ begins to conform into an adult, it fits very well into the series. So, if you enjoyed 1-3, you will love 4, and if you didn’t like the first three, you probably won’t care for this one either.
Video: How does it look?
Wow, this little disc is flawless in this department. Perfect colors, brightness, no grain or artifacts, smooth like silk. Anamorphic widescreen is the only choice, but they, that’s all you need, right?
Audio: How does it sound?
Reference quality. This puppy runs on all four cylinders, with explosions, gun-fire, and everything else you can think of to pump your speakers through a work-out. The effects are unbelievable, and make you feel like you’re dodging bullets yourself.
Supplements: What are the extras?
Again, wow. A 30 minute documentary, Pure Lethal, which gives an inside look at the making of all four LW’s, and is hosted by Danny Glover. Commentary by director Richard Donner is entertaining, but a tad boring. But, a welcome addition to be sure. Deleted scenes from the first 3 LW’s are included, and featured are alternate endings to all three. Also jam-packed onto this disc are cast/crew interviews, production notes, and trailers for all 4 Lethal Weapons.