Saturday, September 4, 2010

At long last. The Lethal Weapon series gets special-edition Blu Rays.

This is the kind of thing I would have snapped up in a heartbeat just a couple years ago. Of course, part of being a father to an insanely energetic toddler is that you no longer have the time to watch your favorite movies multiple times, so I have found myself buying fewer and fewer DVDs and Blu Rays in the last couple years, especially of stuff that I already own on DVD. The Lethal Weapon films have never gotten real special editions, although the first three films are available in slightly-longer director's cuts and Lethal Weapon 4 got a special edition DVD that came with pretty much every DVD player sold in the first few years of the format. There is no price or release date yet, but it will contain commentaries, featurettes, deleted scenes, and a fifth bonus disc with two hours of documentary material (Psycho Pension: The Genesis of Lethal Weapon Lethal Weapon and the Hollywood Monster It Created, A Family Affair: Bringing Lethal Weapon to Life, Pulling the Trigger: Expanding the World of Lethal Weapon, and Maximum Impact: The Legacy of Lethal Weapon). If you're still a fan of the series (the first two are pretty much action masterpieces), and you can still divorce Mel Gibson the actor from Mel Gibson the human being (just think of it as supporting Danny Glover, Rene Russo, Joe Pesci, and director Richard Donner), this set will likely be a welcome part of your holiday gift list.

Scott Mendelson

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