Lethal Weapon: The Complete First Season Blu-ray Review
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Roger Murtaugh (Damon Wayans) and Martin Riggs (Clayne Crawford) are back on the streets of L.A., in Warner Bros. Television’s adaptation of the classic buddy cop action-comedy. The series introduces these two polar opposites: Riggs a volatile former Navy SEAL-turned-detective out of El Paso, Texas with a tendency to dive into the line of fire following the tragic deaths of his wife and unborn son; and Murtaugh, a seasoned, by-the-book detective cautiously returning to the LAPD in the wake of a heart attack that nearly killed him. While the partnership seems doomed from the start, the dynamic is crazy enough that it just might work. The question remains… can the two of them work together to protect the crime-ridden streets of Los Angeles, or will Riggs get the two of them killed first?
Studio: Warner Brothers
Release Date: September 19, 2017
Run time: 968 minutes
Audio: DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Disc Spec: 4 BD
‘Lethal Weapon’, the movie, wasn’t all about bombast. Well, it mostly was, but it was overlaid with the persona of Martin Riggs as played by Mel Gibson and smoothed out by Glover’s great Roger Murtaugh. So even while it was action packed, often in the extreme, it was a movie about two very different police partners and their relationship.
As if to be 100% certain the bombastic action part is covered the TV series ‘Lethal Weapon’ begins quite over-the-top. But, we don’t have any reference to whoever this is playing Riggs (at least I don’t). Maybe this is kind of understood by the writers and producers so in short order the character is built up in quite reckless ‘git ‘er done” fashion. We’re being assured, if at light-speed, , that Clayne Crawford is your new Mel Gibson Riggs and you’re gonna like him.. It’s being force fed and you don’t really have time to pick out the holes that may, or may not, exist. It helps immensely that when we’re introduced to Roger Murtaugh it’s Damon Wayans. You might not feel comfortable yet with Crawford, but Wayans fills Danny Glover’s shoes perfectly because you’d pick him yourself.
Movie Content: 8/10
The print is presented in 1080p/ AVC MPEG-4 codec with a 1.78:1 aspect ratio. I watched the entire season on broadcast television sporting a fantastic looking print when I initially watch this show. Colors are fantastic with reds, blues, and browns taking center stage throughout. I felt at times like there was an explosion of colors on the screen. I was very impressed by the details throughout the show. Each episode varied from day to night scenes and I will say that the lighting was well done, especially in the darker scenes.
Video Quality: 9.5/10
Audio quality is presented in DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix. Like the print being close to reference quality, the audio is no slouch at all here. The soundfield takes advantage of the rears and front speakers with the special effects giving the viewer the feeling that they are right in the middle of the action. ‘Letha Weapon’ is a happy medium between dialogue and action scenes. You can hear bullets whiz by from speaker to speaker as the panning is well done here. Dialogue is clear through the center channel, but there were a few times where it was on the softer side.
Audio Quality: 9.5/10
- Extended Pilot [HD]
- Deleted Scenes [HD]
- Reloading Lethal Weapon [HD]
- Gag Reel [HD]
Special Features: 7/10
The Final Word
It is a show that has potential. And hope it will grow on in character and in writing. Crawford steals the show away from the more experienced Wayans. But still, both have chemistry.
Overall Rating: 8/10