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Director: Todd Haynes     Starring: Edith Meeks
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Format: DVD
Sku: 220688915
UPC: 795975113533
UPC 14: 00795975113533
Rating: NR
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Editor's Note
In director Todd Haynes's feature film debut, POISON, three stories, each told in their own unique cinematic style, illustrate the lives of a people living outside the fringes of "normal" society. There is HERO, the pseudo-documentary about a seven-year-old boy who kills his own father; HORROR, a sci-fi spoof about a brilliant research scientist who becomes the victim of his own biochemical discovery when he finds the source of the human sex drive; and HOMO, a noirish drama exploring the obsessive, and sexual, relationship between two male prisoners. As each compelling story is told, their themes become inextricably linked, and the tension intensifies, culminating in an explosive climax of unsettled emotions. POISON is perhaps Todd Haynes most experimental, and most controversial, film.

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Video Features DVD, Black & White, English, Widescreen

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Zeitgeist Films
Video Release Date Release Date: 6/21/2011
Video Play Time Running Time: 85 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1991
Video UPC UPC: 00795975113533
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

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Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Susan Norman
Video Cast Info James Lyons
Video Cast Info Scott Renderer
Video Cast Info Edith Meeks
Video Cast Info Larry Maxwell
Video Cast Info Todd Haynes - Director
Plot Summary
Part horror film, part drama, part exposé, POISON is a starkly original, provocative film that weaves together three stories. In one, a doctor turns into a strange creature after discovering the source of the human sex drive; in another, two prisoners become entangled in an obsessive relationship. There is also the story of a seven-year-old who commits murder, leaving his family and the town to wonder if that wasn't such a bad thing after all. Dark, funny, and fascinating, POISON is an anthology of stories each told in a different cinematic style, but connected like an insane, imaginative jigsaw puzzle.

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"...A work of original aspirations....Nicely acted..." 04/05/1991 p.C8

USA Today
"...There's raw talent obviously in evidence..." 04/12/1991 p.2D

A.V. Club
"[T]he film was a genuine underground hit, a victory for the outsiders it championed." -- Grade: B 12/07/2011

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Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD