WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Lethal Weapon
Genre:Action Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 02 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Gary Busey.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 4
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 12371
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 110
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1987
(LD Release Date): 4/92
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Richard Donner
(Screenplay/Written By): Shane Black
(Story): NA
(Music): Michael Kamen & Eric Clapton
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): J. Michael Riva
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Mary Malin
(Editor): Stuart Baird
(Supervising Sound Editors): Robert Henderson & Alan Robert Murray
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Richard Donner & Joel Silver

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo A & 70mm 6 Track Dolby
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Lethal Weapon is the thrill packed story of two cops—both of whom hate to work with partners. Gibson and Glover star as the wild-eyed, burnt-out Martin Riggs and the easygoing Roger Murtaugh. But their partnership becomes the key to their survival when, in the period of 48 hours, a routine murder investigation leads to an all-out war with an international heroine ring. You better duck quick, because this film fires fast action scenes like bullets, but you don’t want to miss a thing!

LaserDisc Picture:
The digital video transfer is of excellent quality. Donner’s use of the widescreen format is effective. The picture has an aspect ratio of 1.81:1. Color fidelity is excellent with natural looking fleshtones throughout.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The Dolby Surround® mix is aggressive and provides an excellent sense of both envelopment and distinct directional effects. The stereo staging is panoramic with an excellent sense of depth. Overall, however, the sound has a metallic edge that will require some toning down on your part with the treble control. The special sound effects are very dynamic with excellent bass extension. But it is the pace and intensity of the action scenes underscored by the excellent sound mix.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): Yes
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): Yes
(Aggressive Split Surround): No
(Center Back Surround Imaging): No
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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