Lethal Weapon 2

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Details At A Glance

Category Action Theatrical Trailer(s) Yes, 1
Rating Other Trailer(s) None
Year Released 1989 Commentary Tracks None
Running Time 109 minutes Other Extras Cast & Crew Biographies
Featurette-Stunts & Action (4 mins)
RSDL/Flipper No/No
Cast & Crew
Start Up Movie
Region 4 Director Richard Donner

Warner Home Video
Starring Mel Gibson
Danny Glover
Joe Pesci
Joss Ackland
Derrick O'Connor
Patsy Kensit
Case Snapper
RRP $29.95 Music Michael Kamen
Eric Clapton
David Sanborn

Pan & Scan/Full Frame None MPEG None
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 2.35:1 Dolby Digital 5.1
16x9 Enhancement Yes Soundtrack Languages English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Italian (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
Macrovision ?
Subtitles English
English for the Hearing Impaired
Italian for the Hearing Impaired
Smoking Yes

Plot Synopsis

    After I panned Lethal Weapon 4, it was almost with some trepidation that I watched Lethal Weapon 2 - maybe my fond memories of the Lethal Weapon series were misplaced? Fortunately, watching Lethal Weapon 2 again has restored my faith in the series.

    You know the formula - buddy cops Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) and Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover) team together to protect a mob witness, Leo Getz (Joe Pesci) from the nasty bad guys. In this case, the bad guys are South African diplomats who are smuggling drugs under the cloak of "diplomatic immunity". The quality of their South African accents varies, but is generally good, especially from chief bad guy Arjen Rudd (Joss Ackland).

    As is to be expected from the Lethal Weapon series, there are lots of great action stunts, lots of great one-liners (which work in this movie, unlike those in Lethal Weapon 4) and lots of fun and mayhem.

Transfer Quality


    The video transfer of this movie is basically good given the age of the source material, but not great.

    The transfer is presented at an aspect ratio of 2.35:1, 16x9 enhanced.

    There was a glitch in the video transfer at 15:42, consisting of a minor pause and skip in the image. This was not corrected by cleaning the disc.

    The transfer was sharp and clear at all times. Shadow detail was a little lacking, but was satisfactory nonetheless.

    The colour was well saturated throughout. There was some colour bleeding of Riggs' red shirt evident at times, but this was barely discernible.

    No MPEG artefacts were seen. Film-to-video artefacts consisted of a moderate amount of aliasing, and of frequent image wobble. Chapter 6 is particularly notable for this artefact. Film artefacts were noticeable, but never distracting.


    There are three audio tracks on this DVD; an English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, a French Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack and an Italian Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack. I listened to the default English Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack.

    Dialogue was always clear and audible.

    There were no audio sync problems with this disc.

    The musical score was by Michael Kamen, Eric Clapton and David Sanborn. It suited the feel of the movie admirably.

     The surround channels were aggressively used by the soundtrack for special effects and music. There appeared to be no use of split surround effects, which is consistent with the original Dolby surround soundtrack of this movie.

   The .1 channel received a fair amount of signal at times to support the special effects.


    There are a small selection of extras on this disc.


    The main menu is plain and functional. It is 16x9 enhanced.

Cast & Crew Biographies

    These are of average length.
Featurette - Stunts and Action (4 mins)

    This shows the creation of a number of key stunts scenes in the movie. It is worth watching even though it is very short.


    Lethal Weapon 2 is a great action movie. Recommended.

    The video quality is good.

    The audio quality is good.

    The extras present are limited.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Michael Demtschyna
21st May 1999

Review Equipment
DVD Pioneer DV-505, using S-Video output
Display Loewe Art-95 95cm direct view CRT in 16:9 mode, via the S-Video input. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.
Audio Decoder Denon AVD-2000 Dolby Digital AddOn Decoder, used as a standalone processor. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.
Amplification 2 x EA Playmaster 100W per channel stereo amplifiers for Left, Right, Left Rear and Right Rear; Philips 360 50W per channel stereo amplifier for Centre and Subwoofer
Speakers Philips S2000 speakers for Left, Right; Polk Audio CS-100 Centre Speaker; Apex AS-123 speakers for Left Rear and Right Rear; Yamaha B100-115SE subwoofer