Blu-ray Review: The Poison Ivy Collection

Poison Ivy (1992) was directed by Katt Shea from a screenplay by Andy Ruben and stars Drew Barrymore, Sara Gilbert, Tom Skerritt and Cheryl Ladd.

Tempestuous young Ivy (Drew Barrymore) befriends introverted teen Sylvie (Sara Gilbert) and seduces her way into the lives of Sylvie’s wealthy family in Poison Ivy.

This 1992 erotic thriller follows Sylvie Cooper (Sara Gilbert), a high school outcast who ends up meeting and befriending the new girl at school. Sylvie doesn’t even know her name so she nicknames her Ivy (Drew Barrymore) when her father Darryl (Tom Skerritt) asks. Sylvie and her family welcome Ivy in their nice home where she slowly changes into a manipulating temptress. She’s fascinated with Sylvie’s sick mother Georgie (Cheryl Ladd) and even makes an attempt to replace her after her “accidental” death. What happens is, Sylvie catches on to Ivy’s deadly game but convincing her father that she’s no good ends up being the hard part because Ivy has seduced him. This is easily the best in the series.

Run Time: R – 91 Minutes / Unrated 92 Minutes

Rated: R and Unrated (with standard definition inserts)

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Subtitles: English

Special Features: The Blu-ray extras include some new audio commentary and two trailers.

  • NEW Audio Commentary with co-writer/director Katt Shea (theatrical version)
  • Trailers (04:39)

Poison Ivy II: Lily (1996) was directed by Anne Goursaud from a screenplay by Chloe King and stars Alyssa Milano, Johnathon Schaech, Xander Berkeley, Belinda Bauer and Camilla Belle.

In the piquant follow-up, Poison Ivy 2: Lily, a sheltered art student (Alyssa Milano) finds Ivy’s diaries and, after reading them, is lured into uninhibited risk-taking to become a wild woman!

This 1996 sequel follows Lily (Alyssa Milano), an art student who finds herself at a new school where she takes on a whole new identity after she finds Ivy’s old diary. Long story short, Lily is a good girl who pretends to be a bad girl and it gets the wrong kind of attention. Lily meets Gredin (Johnathon Schaech), a fellow art student who becomes her boyfriend but there’s also her teacher Donald Falk (Xander Berkeley) who also has a fling with her and he becomes obsessed with Lily. The art student finds herself caught up in an uncomfortable love triangle so when she decides to break it off with her teacher it doesn’t set well with him and it takes him over the edge. Some hard lessons are learned and Lily comes back down to reality where Gredin gives her another chance. This is the third best in the series.

Run Time: R – 106 Minutes / Unrated – 108 Minutes

Rated: R and Unrated (with standard definition inserts)

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Subtitles: English

Special Features: The only Blu-ray extra is the trailer.

  • Trailer (02:01)

Poison Ivy: The New Seduction (1997) was directed by Kurt Voss from a screenplay by Karen Kelly and stars Jaime Pressly, Megan Edwards, Michael Des Barres, Greg Vaughan and Susan Tyrrell.

Then Ivy’s sister (Jaime Pressly) visits the Greer residence in Poison Ivy: The New Seduction, and it doesn’t take long for her to use her skills of manipulation to throw the household into a slate of panic and deceit.

This steamy third entry follows Violet (Jaime Pressly) who visits her childhood friend Joy (Megan Edwards) and the two instantly pick up where they left off ten years earlier. The two friends catch up on old times but Violet has other plans that she slowly sets in motion. She ends up seducing Joy’s boyfriend Michael (Greg Vaughan) as well as her own father Ivan (Michael Des Barres). Years earlier Violet’s mother who also happened to be Ivan’s housekeeper also has a fling with him and it caused the family some grief and now she’s picking up where her homewrecking mother left off. What happens is, Joy catches on to what her psychopathic house guest is doing but before she can kick her best frenemy out of the house, Violet delivers some fatal blows that will leave Joy scarred for life. To me this is the second best in the series.

Run Time: 94 Minutes

Rated: R and Unrated (with standard definition inserts)

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Subtitles: English

Special Features: The only Blu-ray extra is the trailer.

  • Trailer (01:39)

Poison Ivy: The Secret Society (2008) was directed by Jason Hreno from a screenplay by Liz Maverick, Peter Sullivan and Michael Worth and stars Miriam McDonald, Shawna Waldron, Ryan Kennedy, Andrea Whitburn, Crystal Lowe, Catherine Hicks and Greg Evigan.

A college freshman (Miriam McDonald) is invited to join an exclusive campus sisterhood, where cold blooded ambition causes the group to seduce, blackmail or do away with anyone that gets in their way in Poison Ivy: The Secret Society.

This fourth and final entry in the Poison Ivy series (that originally aired on Lifetime) follows Daisy (Miriam McDonald), a small town good girl-type who leaves the simple life and her boyfriend behind for college. As soon as she arrives, Daisy gets lured into a secret society by Azalea (Shawna Waldron) who’s nothing more than a seductive opportunist. Daisy also meets Blake (Ryan Kennedy) who happens to know how sinister Azalea and her Ivy sisters really are. There’s also Daisy’s roommate Magenta (Andrea Whitburn) who warns her about these girls but Daisy desperately wants a since of belonging so she joins them going against her own better judgement. It doesn’t take Daisy long to realize how dangerous this secret society really is but when she decides she wants out she finds out the hard way that it’s not going to be easy to get out alive. This fourth entry is the weakest of the series but it’s not far behind Lily.

Run Time: 95 Minutes

Rated: Unrated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.78:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Subtitles: English

Special Features: The only Blu-ray extras is the trailer.

  • Trailer (00:53)

The packaging comes with a slipcase with one blue plastic keepcase inside. The front of the slipcase features the artwork you see up top and the back includes special features for each movie along with some images. The front of the packaging for the Blu-ray keepcase features matching artwork and the back includes some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve also features some matching artwork and movie credits. Each Blu-ray disc also features some matching artwork. Inserting each disc, the menu screens were simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for these high-definition upgrades were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, all four movies in The Poison Ivy Collection ended up being first time watches for me. These movies are nothing more than erotic thrillers that somehow incorporate the word “Ivy” even if it’s just a reference. The weak storylines for each movie pretty much features the same basic plot where a seductress is introduced into the mix and she has some kind of sinister agenda at play so it’s up to the good girl to stop her. All four exploitive thrillers starred some very familiar faces that just about everybody will recognize and to me that’s the standout about this series. The acting is good and there’s little to no blood or gore even though each movie has at least one death scene. What these movies are full of is hot and steamy sex scenes that include lots of nudity so if you’re into that kind of “soft porn” then this is for you. I always enjoy first time watches because of my curiosity about the movies and I thought these four Poison Ivy entries where okay for what they are – hot and steamy erotic thrillers. The Poison Ivy Collection makes its Blu-ray debut on February 12th.

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