"So I Married An Axe Murderer" didn't exactly do much at the box office, but managed to generate a small cult following. I'm guessing that many who're picking up this new edition of the movie liked it (in other words, found it at least moderately amusing) years ago, but haven't seen it since. I haven't seen the film in a good five-to-ten and while some of the laughs still go over well, the movie seems somewhat stuck in the '90's (gotta love that soundtrack.)
The movie focuses on Charlie MacKenzie (Mike Myers), a bachelor and poet (nothing against poets at all, but a poet making enough to live in San Fransisco is definite fiction) who's had trouble staying in a relationship due to fear of commitment, dumping his most recent girlfriend because she smelled like soup.
Despite his attempts to find something wrong with just about every girl he meets, he starts falling for Harriet (Nancy Travis), a woman that works at the local butcher shop. While he tries to find flaws, she seems like the perfect girl - at least until he reads an article from a tabloid about a female killer that sounds suspiciously like Harriet.
Meyers provides an easygoing performance that reminds one how funny Meyers can be when he tones it down a few notches (even his supporting performance here as the character's father seems toned down compared to the kind of "Love Guru" performances Meyers is known for now.) One also wonders if Meyers copied himself when it came to his Dr. Evil character - there is one point in the movie where he says, "Eeeevil?" with the same Dr. Evil delivery. Nancy Travis and Anthony LaPaglia also offer fine supporting performances.
A mildly funny romantic comedy with a few touches of horror, "So I Married An Axe Murderer" does look its age, but Meyers carries the film well and some of the better one-liners still get a chuckle.
VIDEO: "So I Married..." is presented by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. While this certainly isn't going to stand as demo material, for a lower-budget comedy from the '90's, the film actually looks pretty good. Sharpness and detail are better-than-average, as the picture appeared well-defined and crisp throughout. The presentation even had reasonably good depth to the image at times. Aside from a couple of minor instances of noise, the picture looked smooth and - at least for a movie of its age - surprisingly clean. Colors looked bright and natural, with no smearing or other faults. This is definitely one of the better transfers I've seen recently for a catalog title.
SOUND: The film is presented in Dolby TrueHD 5.1. The film's soundtrack does offer its share of '90's hits, which do sound surprisingly crisp and full here. The surrounds do kick in for some reinforcement of the music and do a decent job providing some mild ambience and sound effects. Audio quality is rather good, as dialogue sounded crisp and clear, while the music had an unexpected fullness.
EXTRAS: In what is possibly a new record, this title is advertised as a "Special Edition", but has no movie-related features, which is just bizarre. All we get is a preview for "Men in Black" on Blu-Ray.
Final Thoughts: "So I Married An Axe Murderer" is - at least in some regards - stuck in the '90's. However, the movie does generate some reasonably good laughs and reminds one when Meyers could be funny without trying as hard as he has been in recent roles. The Blu-Ray edition offers a presentation of the film that is clearly the best it's ever looked. However, the problem remains the fact that this is clearly labeled a "Special Edition", but contains no film-related bonus features. Still, fans should consider a rental to check-out the upgraded presentation.
The Film B-