WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Lethal Weapon 2
Genre:Action Adventure

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

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 4
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 11876
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $24.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 114
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1989
(LD Release Date): 2/90
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): Richard Donner
(Screenplay/Written By): Jeffrey Boam
(Story): Shane Black & Warren Murphy
(Music): Michael Kamen, Eric Clapton & David Sanborn
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): J. Michael Riva
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): NA
(Editor): Stuart Baird, ACE
(Supervising Sound Editors): Robert Henderson & Alan Robert Murray
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): NA
(Co-Producers): Steve Perry, Jennie Lew Tugend
(Producers): Richard Donner & Joel Silver

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Panavision
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.39:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1

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:
Buddy cops Martin Riggs (Gibson) and Roger Murtaugh (Glover) are back with their guns drawn in a sequel that is just as good as the first. This time the delightful Riggs and family man Murtaugh are in charge of Leo Getz (Pesci), a fast-talking government witness who knows a dangerous secret about laundering drug money.

LaserDisc Picture:
The 2.35:1 digital video transfer is of excellent quality, though some scenes are slightly soft. Donner’s use of the widescreen format is effective. 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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