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In Short: I can hardly believe I've watched all three.

The Movie:

Other Reviews:Poison Ivy 3,Poison Ivy

In this very thin sequel to the original picture, Alyssa Milano stars as Lily, a shy girl studying at the local university who undergoes a drastic change once she reads the diaries of Ivy, the character from the original picture played by Drew Barrymore. Although it's not quite as connected to the series as the other two, it's also not even as good as the other two pictures, with Milano being not nearly as interesting a character as Pressley's or Drew Barrymore's.


The DVD

VIDEO: In terms of image quality, "Poison Ivy 2" fares a a little worse than the first film in the series does; although not by much. It's still certainly a watchable image, although just not consistent. Images are generally crisp and clear, although not terribly sharp, and some of the darker scenes tend to look hazy. Colors are, for the most part, nicely saturated and clear, sometimes looking quite vivid during a few of the outdoor scenes. Detail is actually quite nice during a few scenes of this picture.

Like the other two films though, there are a few scenes that seem on the grainy side, and once or twice, an instance of shimmering pops up. Other than that though, there really isn't too many problems to mention here. Certainly an acceptable anamorphic transfer in the film's original 1.85:1 aspect ratio. As with both of the other films, the R/Unrated versions are both included, in widescreen and full-frame.

SOUND: Like the other two movies in the series, "Poison Ivy 2" is almost completely dialogue driven, although this one does use a little heavier score than the other two pictures do. Dialogue fares well, sounding clear and without problems. Nothing that's too impressive here.

MENUS: Stylish but basic menus with no animation.

EXTRAS:: Like the rest of the series, New Line has included both the unrated and R-rated versions of the movie on this DVD.

Final Thoughts: Not a real great movie at all, and like the third one, not even one of those "good bad movies" that you can at least goof on. If you're looking to get any of these movies, the first one is the best out of them.





The Film: 40/F = (200/500 possible points)
Video 85/B = (340/400 possible points)
Audio: 80/B- = (320/400 possible points)
Extras: 70/C = (225/300 possible points)
Menus: 70/C = (140/200 possible points)
Value: 80/B = (240/300 possible points)

TOTAL POINTS:1465/2100
Average:70%/C-


DVD Information


Poison Ivy 2
New Line Home Video
1.85:1/Full-Frame
Dolby Digital 5.1/2.0
English subtitles
Dual Layer:Yes
Rated:R/Unrated
106/108 Minutes
1995
Released On:11/2/99
Anamorphic:Yes
Region:1

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