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LETHAL WEAPON- While the first of the series is dated in many ways, it’s still the best overall film. 

The chemistry between Danny Glover and Mel Gibson is terrific and the sometimes comic banter between the two never feels as forced as it does in the later films.  There’s a palpable edginess to Gibson’s character that never seems real in the films that follow.  But, here, when he’s putting a gun in his mouth, alone, in his trailer on the beach, or taking other risk-heavy maneuvers, it is completely believable and adds greatly to the character development and overall tone of the film. 

WARNER BROS. has provided the correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio for this BLU-RAY release.  Although it suffers greatly from grain in various scenes, the black and gray tones are very impressive. Colors are often striking and slightly better than the previous HD-DVD release.  Detail quality varies, depending upon the scene, but is always better than the standard dvd and on par with the HD-DVD presentation. 

WARNER BROS. has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix.  It’s an impressive and aggressive one at that!  Surrounds are engrossing throughout every action scene, of which there are plenty. There are some great bass moments as well. While not as impressive as the DOLBY DIGITAL PLUS 5.1 mix offered on HD-DVD, that one is preferred only due to slightly better balance between dialogue and effects, but just barely so.  

Unfortunately, the six minutes of extra footage offered “within” the actual film on its dvd release, are only offered as “supplemental” material here.