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Lethal Weapon 4 (1998) Poster

Alternate Versions

The UK video and DVD versions are the same as the UK cinema version, all of which had 1m 33s of footage cut to receive the more commercially lucrative "15" certificate. Among the cuts were edits to head-butts, neck breaks, kickings, an eye gouging, a man being garroted with wire, and heavy reductions in sound during the fight scenes to remove violent noise effects. Various scenes of threat (such as the house fire scene) were also reduced in visuals and sound, and sometimes frames were removed from punches and kicks to faces to reduce their impact. The UK Blu-ray is uncut and retains the "15" rating.
The German theatrical version has been slightly cut to secure a "Not under 16" rating. That version was also used for the retail VHS and DVD releases (the video sleeve carries the note "Original Cinema version"). At the time, the uncut version was released only to video rental stores, carrying a "Not under 18" rating. Only in 2001, the uncut version was released to buy.
Special edition on DVD includes deleted footage from all four "Lethal Weapon" films.
Various scenes involving Mandarin spoken dialogue were redubbed for the video release of Lethal Weapon 4. These include:
  • Scene in which the shipping boat at the beginning catches fire and the captain screams out commands to the rest of his crew


  • General's words with Jet Li during their first encounter. He says the same words, only the way he says them differ from the theatrical release (different tone, etc.)


  • Money exchange scene: the General asks his man who is inspecting the money "how is it?", to which his associate replies, "no problem". In the theatrical release, he says: "very good".


The televised network version only has a static black background during the credits, without the original photo album. The censored network version revises Riggs's naming of the four fathers ("Groucho, Harpo, Chico, and uh, Fucko"), by changing "Fucko" to "Typo".
The Australian theatrical and rental VHS releases were cut to obtain a more commercially viable M rating. The uncut MA 15+ version was released on sell-through video and DVD.

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