Reviewed July 25th, 1999 by Staff
Muriel’s Wedding is a strange Australian comedy that teaches one about the underdog making its way to the top. Muriel Heslop (Toni Collette) lives in Porpoise Spit – she is not gorgeous, popular, or successful. Her one true dream is to be finally married my someone (anyone). After being socially discarded by her “friends”, she steals money from her family and takes a vacation. She eventually teams up with Rhonda (Rachel Griffiths) from her old hometown and moves with her to Sydney. To even further changing to someone she isn’t, Murile changes her name to Mariel. Will Muriel finally find true love? Will her dream of marriage finally come true?
While watching this movie, you will know one theme for sure: ABBA music! Muriel loves them more than herself it seems. All the favorites have their place in the movie: Fernando, Dancing Queen, Waterloo and more.
The image is presented in 1.85:1 widescreen and it seems the transfer was done very well. Some color bleeding does seem to occur a few times, but it is hardly noticeable. Sharpness and blacks seem dead on.
The disc has been encoded with a DD 2.0 soundtrack. A 5.1 master would have been much more enjoyable (especially with all the ABBA music) but overall it does very well. Dialogue seems clear.
Supplement materials include a re-vamped ABBA music video for Dancing Queen, and it has 25 chapter stops.
This DVD is a highly entertaining, off-beat choice. Murile’s Wedding is rated R and runs 105 minutes.
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