Blu-ray Review: THE POISON ROSE

THE POISON ROSE is based on the novel of the same name by Richard Salvatore. From directer George Gallo (the writer of Midnight Run and Bad Boys) comes a Texas tale of murder and corruption starring John Travolta, Morgan Freeman, Famke Janssen, Kat Graham, Peter Stormare, Ella Bleu Travolta, with Robert Patrick and Brendan Fraser.

John Travolta, Morgan Freeman, and Brendan Fraser lend their talents to this searing detective thriller. Travolta plays Carson Philips, a hard-drinking L.A. private eye who takes a case in his old hometown of Galveston, Texas. While searching for a missing woman, Philips must confront a crime boss (Morgan Freeman), a shady doctor (Brendan Fraser), a sexy club singer (Kat Graham), his former lover (Famke Janssen) — and his own dark, disturbing past.

This noir-style thriller follows Carson Philips, a Los Angeles private investigator who travels back to his home town in Texas when he’s hired to check out his client’s relative in a senior living facility. Upon arrival, he’s given the run around by the charismatic Dr. Miles Mitchell (Brendan Fraser) who not only runs the home but he’s full of dark secrets. Carson also reunites with his old friends Slide (Peter Stormare) who’s the town hippie, Chief Walsh (Robert Patrick) and Doc (Morgan Freeman), a once small town bookie who’s turned into the town’s kingpin. There’s also Doc’s beautiful daughter Rose (Kat Graham) who’s able to share a few secrets of her own with Carson.

While he’s snooping around the small town, Carson ends up becoming a target and because he’s up caught in the middle of something much larger than just a missing senior citizen. He ends up running into his former lover Jayne Hunt (Famke Janssen) who’s also full of secrets. There’s also her daughter Rebecca (Ella Bleu Travolta) who ends up playing an important part to the story. What happens is, a murder happens while Carson is investigating this case and Rebecca is the only suspect because it was her husband and he abused her. The thing is, if she didn’t do it then who did? It’s up to Carson to clear her name and reveal who the real killer is and at the end of the day all of these players are connected and the mystery of the missing senior citizen is also revealed.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, more artwork and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc is blue and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, The Poison Rose ended up being a really good crime-thriller that’s full of interesting characters, plot twists, murder, drugs, betrayal, suspense and old school atmospheric noir. If that’s not enough the movie has such an impressive cast and every character in this movie has something to do with what’s going on and they’re all connected to each other in some form or fashion. John Travolta takes the lead as this likable private investigator and in my opinion this is his best movie in years but there’s also Brendan Fraser who’s extremely fun to watch as this charismatic doctor with big secrets. This is also the first time Travolta and Freeman have been on screen together. George Gallo is probably known more for his writing but he did a really good job bringing this complex story to life on screen. The movie isn’t without its flaws because maybe there’s too much going on in this small town. The Poison Rose will be available on Blu-ray (plus Digital) on June 25th. Put this one on your watch list!

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 98 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include some audio commentary, the official trailer and a digital copy of the movie.

  • Audio Commentary with Director George Gallo and Writer-Producer Richard Salvatore
  • Official Trailer (02:14)
  • Digital Copy
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