Mike Myers Comedy ‘So I Married an Axe Murderer’ Due on 4K Ultra HD Disc July 25

The 1993 comic thriller So I Married an Axe Murderer will be released on 4K Ultra HD for the first time July 25 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

In the film, when it comes to love, poet Charlie MacKenzie (Mike Myers) has had his share of bad luck. But when he meets Harriet (Nancy Travis), he thinks he’s found “the one” — until a series of coincidences lead him to believe that Harriet might be the serial honeymoon killer “Mrs. X.” Charlie and his cop best friend (Anthony LaPaglia) must find out the truth before it’s too late.

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Scanned from the original camera negative and presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos audio, the release also includes 30 minutes of deleted scenes and the theatrical trailers.

Amsterdam

4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY REVIEW:

20th Century;
Mystery;
Box Office $14.95 million;
$29.99 DVD, $34.99, $39.99 UHD BD;
Rated ‘R’ for brief violence and bloody images.
Stars Christian Bale, Margot Robbie, John David Washington, Chris Rock, Rami Malek, Robert De Niro, Zoe Saldaña, Anya Taylor-Joy, Mike Myers, Michael Shannon, Timothy Olyphant, Andrea Riseborough, Taylor Swift.

Director David O. Russell’s Amsterdam may have been slammed by critics and flopped at the box office, but can any movie that features Taylor Swift being run over by a car really be all that bad?

Amsterdam tells the story of three friends from World War I who reconnect in 1933 when they are embroiled in a murder mystery. Christian Bale plays Dr. Burt Berendsen, who spends his time crafting cosmetic prosthetics for war veterans and experimenting with developing more-potent painkillers. He’s contacted by a war buddy named Harold (John David Washington) who now serves as a lawyer, regarding the death of their former commanding officer.

Swift plays the general’s daughter, who suspects foul play and enlists Berendsen to conduct an autopsy despite the authorities ruling he died from natural causes. After being warned to drop the inquiry, she’s pushed into the street by a hitman (Timothy Olyphant), who immediately pins the blame on Harold and Burt when she’s immediately mangled by a passing vehicle.

As the police investigate the pair, they reveal that the general was indeed poisoned, and set forth to clear their names. The clues lead them to their old friend Valerie (Margot Robbie), who they haven’t seen since the war, when she was their nurse helping them recover from war wounds in Amsterdam.

With her help, they learn about a plot to overthrow the U.S. government and install a famous general (Robert De Niro) as dictator.

The story is based on a real conspiracy from the 1930s called the Business Plot, though the names of the real-life particulars have been changed for the purposes of this fictionalized recount.

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The film offers some engaging performances and glitzy visual style, but the meatiness of the fascinating source inspiration for Russell’s screenplay is lost a bit in the breezy way it tells the story, touching on themes of racism and corporate politics for good measure.

What ends up on screen is more of a muddled conflagration of eccentric characters and a hyperkinetic obsession with the trappings of the period, coming across like the underwhelming love child of Wes Anderson and the Coen Brothers.

The lone extra on the Blu-ray is the 15-and-a-half-minute “Welcome to Amsterdam” featurette, a typical assemblage of behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the cast and filmmakers praising each other for their skill and craftsmanship. It’s not unearned, but there’s too much unrealized potential given the level of talent involved.

‘Wayne’s World’ Due on Blu-ray Steelbook Feb. 1

Paramount Home Entertainment will release the 1992 comedy Wayne’s World in a limited-edition Blu-ray Steelbook on Feb. 1 for the film’s 30th anniversary. 

Originally released on Feb. 14, 1992, the film marked the feature debut of Wayne and Garth, characters originated by Mike Myers and Dana Carvey on “Saturday Night Live.” A send-up of pop culture, the film also features Rob Lowe, Tia Carrere and Alice Cooper. 

Directed by Penelope Spheeris and written by Myers and Bonnie Turner and Terry Turner, Wayne’s World follows Wayne and Garth as they try to promote their public-access cable show.

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The film ultimately earned more than $183 million at the worldwide box office and spawned the sequel Wayne’s World 2. A double feature of the two films will also be available on Blu-ray with access to digital copies on Feb. 1.

The Wayne’s World Blu-ray Steelbook includes access to a digital copy of the film.

Mike Myers to Produce and Star in Netflix Comedy Series

Netflix has ordered a half-hour limited comedy series produced by and starring Mike Myers, in which he plays multiple characters, according to the service.

“I love creating characters, and Netflix has given me a fantastic playground to play in,” said Myers in a statement.

The series will have six episodes and, in addition to Myers, executive producers include John Lyons and Jason Weinberg. Associate producers are Mackenzie Cyr and Justin Capraro-Gentuso.

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Myers has been a cast member on “Saturday Night Live”; starred in the popular “Wayne’s World,” “Austin Powers” and “Shrek” film series; and, most recently, appeared in Bohemian Rhapsody.

Bohemian Rhapsody

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Street Date 2/12/19;
Fox;
Drama;
Box Office $210.68 million;
$29.98 DVD, $34.99 Blu-ray, $39.99 UHD BD;
Rated ‘PG-13’ for thematic elements, suggestive material, drug material and language.
Stars Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joe Mazzello, Aidan Gillen, Allen Leech, Tom Hollander, Mike Myers.

In telling the history of the legendary rock band Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody doesn’t get any more complicated than it needs to be.

Presented primarily as a biopic of lead singer Freddie Mercury, the film depicts the band’s formation, their rise to stardom and their triumphant performance at the 1985 Live Aid concert. Mercury’s sometimes turbulent personal life as he realizes his sexual identity provides the primary character drama of the movie, interspersed with the touchstones of the group’s greatest hits being created.

It’s essentially a two-hour long Queen tribute video that isn’t so much interested in diving into the more tawdry aspects of Mercury’s life as it is focusing on the music (which is to be expected, given how the film was co-produced by some of Mercury’s old bandmates, who were looking for more of a tribute than an exposé).

Of course, the fact that it’s such a loving tribute, loaded with such great music, makes it an easy movie to enjoy. There’s also a fun cameo from Mike Myers, calling back to the memorable use of “Bohemian Rhapsody” in Wayne’s World.

Rami Malek so thoroughly transforms into Mercury that it’s easy to forget it’s a performance, especially during re-creations of the band’s shows, particularly the final Live Aid extravaganza, which is the subject of two separate extras on the Blu-ray.

One is the complete 22-minute re-creation of the Live Aid performance, which is absolutely faithful to the original event and a pretty fantastic medley of Queen songs. The other is a 20-minute featurette about staging the Live Aid performance, which involved a lot of visual effects to re-create the old Wembley Stadium and digitally fill it with 100,000 screaming music fans.

Malek’s transformation into Freddie Mercury is the subject of another 16-minute featurette, while the 20-minute “The Look and Sound of Queen” deals with the process of re-creating the era.