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Small Screens: Todd Haynes’ “Poison” Celebrates its 20th Anniversary & More

Small Screens: Todd Haynes' "Poison" Celebrates its 20th Anniversary & More

This week on Small Screens Todd Haynes’ debut still packs a punch, a doc delves into the business side of the female orgasm, Uma Thurman seduces a youngster and much more.

DVD/Blu-ray Picks

“Poison: 20th Anniversary Edition”
The Deal: 20 years on, Todd Haynes’ (“Far From Heaven,” “I’m Not There”) feature film debut, “Poison,” still packs a punch. Following his underground short sensation, “Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story,” Haynes shot out of the gate with this ambitious, highly stylized queer activist hybrid, garnering immediate acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival where it won the Grand Jury Prize. Told in three intertwined, unconnected strands (titled “Hero,” “Horror” and Homo”), “Poison” was loosely inspired by the works of controversial French novelist Jean Genet.
Extras: New high-definition transfer created from original film elements; Sundance Q&A with Todd Haynes, producer Christine Vachon and executive producer James Schamus, for the 20th anniversary of the film’s Grand Jury Prize; archival 1999 audio commentary by Haynes, Vachon, and star/editor James Lyons; original poster concepts and collages by Haynes; behind-the-scenes polaroids by Kelly Reichardt; last Address, a short film by Ira Sachs; original 1991 U.S. theatrical trailer; english subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired (SDH); 16-page booklet with original press kit documents and more

“Orgasm Inc.”

The Deal: This eye-opening documentary tracks director Liz Canner’s journey as she follows a string of companies racing to win FDA approval for a product to cure “female sexual dysfunction.” The prize? Billions of dollars in profits.
Extras: Bonus scenes; the featurette ‘Take Action: A Resource Guide’; and the director’s bio.

“Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders”
The Deal: Set in war-torn Congo and Liberia, Mark N. Hopkins acclaimed documentary interweaves the stories of four volunteers with Doctors Without Borders as they struggle to provide medical care under extreme conditions. The film was shortlisted for Best Documentary at the 2010 Academy Awards.

The Deal: This charming coming-of age romantic comedy from first time filmmaker Max Winkler (son of Harry Winkler), stars Michael Angarano as a naive, aspiring writer who treks out to the Hamptons to win back his ex (Uma Thurman)…the week of her wedding. Click here to check out our profile of promising up-and-comer Winkler.

Video on Demand Pick

“The Trip”
The Deal: Michael Winterbottom’s latest follows two good friends (Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan, reprising the semi-fictionalized versions of themselves they played in Winterbottom’s “Tristam Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story”) as they embark on a tour of the Lake District and the Yorkshite Dales of Northern England. Click here to read indieWIRE’s review of the comedy.

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