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Between the epics WAYNE'S WORLD and AUSTIN POWERS INTERNATIONAL MAN OF MYSTERY, Mike Myers starred in the enjoyable, but overlooked, romantic comedy SO I MARRIED AN AXE MURDERER ($30). 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 Harriet Michaels (Nancy Travis).

Since Harriet proves to be everything Charlie has been searching for in a woman, he is determined to make this relationship work. Of course, Charlie's usual fear of marriage rears his ugly head when he begins to see a parallel between Harriet's past and a tabloid story about a female axe murderer who has dispatched three husbands on her 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 cool editing style. SO I MARRIED AN AXE MURDERER has terrific supporting cast that features Anthony LaPaglia, Amanda Plummer, Brenda Fricker, Matt Doherty, Charles Grodin, Phil Hartman, Debi Mazar, Steven Wright and an uncredited Alan Arkin.

Columbia TriStar Home Video has done a terrific job of bringing SO I MARRIED AN AXE MURDERER to DVD. The film is presented in both full screen and wide screen versions on opposite sides of the DVD. Those who must fill every bit of their picture tube will not find any faults with the full screen version. However, the enlightened are certain to love the 16:9 enhanced wide screen version which offers SO I MARRIED AN AXE MURDERER in its full 1.85:1 glory. Image quality is very good, with everything appearing sharp and well defined. Colors reproduction is also excellent, with good-looking flesh tones and vivid hues. There are no problems with either chroma noise or digital compression artifacts on this smartly authored DVD.

The soundtrack is only Dolby Digital 2.0, but when decoded to full Dolby Surround it sounds surprisingly good. Dialogue reproduction is always clear and the track features a lot of terrific pop songs that well integrated into the track. Spanish and Portuguese language tracks are also available on the DVD. Subtitles are provided in English, Spanish Portuguese, Chinese, Korean and Thai. The simple interactive menus provide the standard scene and language selection features, as well as access to a theatrical trailer.

SO I MARRIED AN AXE MURDERER is a movie that a lot of people overlooked in the past, don't overlook it on DVD.





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THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.



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