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It’s hard to believe that fifteen years have passed since SO I MARRIED AN AXE MURDERER ($29) quickly crashed and burned in theaters, which was a shame, since the movie is so likable. Falling in between Mike Myers’ highly successful WAYNE'S WORLD and AUSTIN POWERS movie franchises, SO I MARRIED AN AXE MURDERER has proved itself the little romantic comedy that could, earning itself a sizable cult following, thanks to the world of home video. In SO I MARRIED AN AXE MURDERER, Myers portrays Charlie Mackenzie, a poet with serious fear of commitment. It seems that every time Charlie gets close to a woman, he causes the relationship to unravel by obsessing on some imagined flaw in his girlfriend.

However, things change when Charlie meets lady butcher Harriet Michaels (Nancy Travis), who proves to be everything he has been searching for in a woman… And this time round, Charlie is determined to make this relationship work. Of course, Charlie's usual fears of commitment and marriage do rear their ugly heads, especially when he begins to see strange parallels between Harriet's past and tabloid stories about a female axe murderer- one who has the nasty habit of dispatching husbands on their wedding night. While the title may seem gruesome, SO I MARRIED AN AXE MURDERER is funny, sweet and romantic. Additionally, film has that Mike Myers brand of offer-center goofiness that separates it from the pack. Director Thomas Schlamme stages the comedy rather nicely, plus the movie has a neat editing style. SO I MARRIED AN AXE MURDERER sports a terrific supporting cast that includes Anthony LaPaglia, Amanda Plummer, Brenda Fricker, Matt Doherty, Charles Grodin, Phil Hartman, Debi Mazar, Steven Wright, Michael Richards, Greg Germann and an uncredited Alan Arkin.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has made SO I MARRIED AN AXE MURDERER available on Blu-ray Disc in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio presentation that has been encoded onto the disc with the AVC codec. The 1080p presentation is nice, but is fairly unremarkable, due to the fact that the film’s cinematography is also fairly unremarkable. SO I MARRIED AN AXE MURDERER looks like a modestly budgeted early nineties comedy, and when the film was actually shot, I doubt anyone was thinking about the photography being scrutinizing at the high definition level. For the most part, things appear reasonably crisp and there is decent definition. However, compare to newer films, SO I MARRIED AN AXE MURDERER comes across as a little on the soft side. Colors tend to be reproduced at a fairly natural level of saturation; flesh tones are usually just fine, although occasionally seem a little too pink. Blacks are solid, whites are crisp and contrast is never harsh. Dark scenes are never too dark and shadow detail is more than respectable. The film elements are very clean. Grain is ever present, but is never excessive.

SO I MARRIED AN AXE MURDERER is presented on Blu-ray Disc with a 5.1 channel Dolby TrueHD soundtrack. Unquestionably, this is a fairly standard comedy mix, with little use of the outlying channels beyond musical integration and ambient sounds. Voices are cleanly reproduced and the dialogue maintains complete intelligibility. Fidelity is good, and the great number of pop songs featured on the track sounding just fine. French and Portuguese Dolby TrueHD soundtracks are also present, as is a Spanish 5.1 channel track. Subtitles are available in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, Thai, Chinese and Bahasa.

The interactive menus allow one access to the standard scene selection and set up features, as well as some trailers and BD Live content (requires a Profile 2.0 player).

SO I MARRIED AN AXE MURDERER is a sweet little romantic comedy that has developed a cult following on home video thanks to the presence of Mike Myers. While the Blu-ray release may not constitute a demonstration disc, it is a nice step up from the standard definition DVD.



So I Married an Axe Murderer [Blu-ray] (1993)


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