So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993) - Special Edition [Blu-Ray]

Genre(s): Comedy / Romance / Thriller
Sony || PG13 - 93 minutes - $28.95 || June 17, 2008
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2008-06-16


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Thomas Schlamme
Writer(s): Robbie Fox (written by)
Cast: Mike Meyers, Nancy Travis, Anthony LaPaglia, Amanda Plummer, Brenda Fricker


Theatrical Release Date: July 30, 1993


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
    None


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), Portuguese (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), Spanish (Dolby TrueHD 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Korean, Thai, Chinese, Bahasa

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.::THE FILM::.

It is interesting looking back at certain actor’s before they were uber-famous. For example, take Mike Myers. While he was certainly well known for his skits on “Saturday Night Live” and perhaps one of its best spin-off movies, Wayne’s World, he was still not exactly on the A-list like he is now garnering millions of dollars per flick. So I Married an Axe Murderer came out about a year after Wayne’s World, and although some actors making their way into movies from TV stumble, sometimes out of the starting block, Meyers shows why he is so damn funny.

In Axe Murderer, Meyers plays Charlie McKenzie, a San Francisco poet, a man with commitment issues and will make up anything in his mind to get out of a serious relationship, in spite of sage advice his best friend (LaPaglia). But one day he meets Harriett (Travis), a cute redhead working for at a butcher shop, and the two hit it right off. What could go wrong? Other than, after Charlie’s mom (Fricker) reads a story in the tabloids, the fact he begins to believe Harriett may in fact be a husband killer. What is he to do?

So I Married An Axe Murderer is a very funny movie from beginning to end. Even with a few lulls, this remains one of my favorite straight-up comedies with a tinge of, as the MPAA puts it, “mock terror” for flavor. You also get to see Meyers working on characters he would use later, especially playing Charlie’s father, Stuart, a Scottish man who probably utters some of the best lines in the film: “He'll be crying himself to sleep tonight, on his huge pillow.” This was probably the most endlessly quoted line back in high school (how time flies...).

Also of interest are the numerous cameos featured including Charles Grodin, the late Phil Hartman, Debi Mazar, Alan Arkin and Seinfeld’s Michael Richards in a scene that is both hilarious and ironic given his tirade last year.

But this is Mike Meyers’ movie, plain and simple. It’s a film that allowed him to showcase his wide variety of voices/characterizations and at times you could obviously see the director just let the camera roll and let Meyers to do his thing (especially when you see his co-stars start to crack up and out of character). Given this was only his second feature film, his timing is just almost perfect and the story is well enough put together that it nicely set up the jokes.

Some may find it annoying or just not that funny, but he made me laugh all the way through concluding with a hilarious finale that was icing on the cake, and that’s all I ask for from a comedy. I highly recommend this movie for viewing, though I caution you about this disc...



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

After years of this film lying tattered and torn at the bottom of some Wal Mart bargain bins, So I Married an Axe Murderer FINALLY gets a “Special Edition”. Ah, in-depth interviews; Commentary with Meyers and crew; deleted scenes galore, right? Nope. How about the theatrical trailer? Wrong again. So what does this fine Blu-ray contain you ask? Only some promos for Blu-ray hi-def. That. Is. It. Listen, as much as I don’t like Sony’s propensity for releasing needless “Extended Unrated Director’s Cut Editions” and all, this was stooping low, even for them. They’re not even trying hard. Slap a “Special Edition” label and not including anything? REALLY??? *Sigh*



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

The film is contained on a 25GB disc with an AVC MPEG-4 codec and, of course, presented in 1080p high-definition. Honestly, given the movie is now 15 years old, it doesn’t look half bad. It looks like it received a good scrubbing as I didn’t notice any dust or scratches. That said, is it really worth owning on Blu-ray? I don’t think so.

Sony gives the film a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix and it sounds... decent. I wasn’t overly wowed by it that much but speakers will get some use from a variety of music, though a good portion of the movie is dialog heavy, so I can’t say it’s that impressive. The Dolby TrueHD is also offered in French, Portuguese and Spanish.



.::OVERALL::.

While the audio and video are satisfactory for a Blu-ray release, the fact there are no features pertaining to the actual film makes this a must avoid. Sony, how about releasing a real “Special Edition” with some cast and crew participation instead of pulling this crap.