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Criterion Collection: Scanners [Blu-ray] [Import]

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  • Format: NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Criterion
  • Release Date: July 15 2014
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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Scanners (Blu-ray + DVD)

David Cronenberg's 1981 horror film is a darkly paranoid story of a homeless man (Stephen Lack) mistakenly believed to be insane, when in fact he can't turn off the sound of other people's thoughts in his telepathic mind. Helped by a doctor (Patrick McGoohan) and enlisted in a program of "scanners"--telepaths who also can will heads to explode--he becomes involved in a battle against nefarious forces. A number of critics consider this to be Cronenberg's first great film, and indeed it has a serious vision of destiny that rivals some of the important German expressionist works from the silent cinema. Lack is very good as the odd hero, and McGoohan is effectively eccentric and chilly as the scientist who saves him from the street, only to thrust him into a terrible struggle. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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Format: DVD
It's hard for any movie to do anything 'telepathically', without it being overwrought with voice overs, sound effects, facial contortions as if having a large dump, and/or robotic zombie movements. Scanners does it in spades, yet it works for the most part here. An interesting spin outside of Stephen King stories, and Star Wars reveals. The acting is pretty subdued and/or lame, but is good enough to continue down the rabbit hole with. Probably one of Cronenberg's 'funnest' (maybe even 'funniest'?) movies, that leaves you thinking at the end. Vis a vis Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (whichever version you prefer) That said, why would Criterion go to such extent with an in depth and preserved version? The story construct, special effects design, and filming obstacles could make a movie in itself! Whether you think of the movie as 'B Grade Drive In fare', or high grade art house social commentary. It's the bonus disc that will make you appreciate this movie either way. For film geeks (like myself), to special effect hopefuls and historians, there's much offered here to learn from. Kudos to Criterion for enlightening me! And if you're a everyday film buff, I'm sure you'll appreciate the investment as well.
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Format: DVD
By now you have all heard about the infamous exploding head scene. I actually never heard of this because all I was interested at the time was that it was a Cronenberg film and thought it would be worth a go. It was a great purchase!
The whole idea of the film is that there are scanners in this world who can read people's minds and if they don't like what they hear they kill them! I have a feeling some people would love that power. The scanners can be either " self destructive or simply destructive." I'll admit the acting here at times can be wooden but I think there's a need for Cronenberg to have his characters perform wooden acting. It enhances the view that these socially inept scanners are all dehumanized humans who don't know how to survive in this world.
By the way I must mention the soundtrack here. This has got to be the most insane thing I've ever heard. It's as out there as you can possibly get. I don't know how they managed to get it the way it is but I really like it. I only wish they released it on CD because I'd love to listen to this more and more
The ending must be intentionally meant to confuse people. I've seen this about 10 times or so and I still don't know what they meant by " It's alright - we've won! " Who's won - I don't understand. Am I missing a scene from the film? That could be true since the censors where I lived in Ireland are notoriously picky about some scenes and would edit them out. Then again I don't know if there was an uncut edition in the first place! Even still I'd probably still be left confused by it all
Anyway as Cronenberg movies go this is an essential purchase! It's intelligently done and well worth seeing
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Format: DVD
The government is at it again, this time trying to recruit "scanners" (telepaths w/ telekinetic as well as pyrokinetic abilities) for a secret project. Cameron Vale (Stephen Lack) is found / captured at a shopping mall after turning a woman's brain into pudding. He awakens at "CONSEC", a government installation for the bringing in of scanners. Meanwhile, Revok (Michael Ironside) busts up a meeting of corporate executives who are there to see what a scanner is. Revok volunteers to be scanned by the guest speaker. Instead, Revok makes the poor guy's head explode like a poodle in a microwave! Dr. Ruth (Patrick McGoohan) sends Vale out to find Revok and his mysterious scanner underground. Along the way, Vale runs across a separate underground of benevolent scanners. This group includes Kim (Jennifer O'Neill). Soon, Revok is at war with them and sends several assassins to finish them off. Many secrets are revealed, and things are nothing like what they seem to be! David Cronenberg both wrote and directed this film. He was ahead of his time as far as gore was concerned, but more importantly, he had a great imagination! "Scanners" is one of those movies that shocks you if you let it. It's also a lot of fun to watch...
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As is the case of most of Cronenberg's work, the plot of Scanners begins in a straight line, becomes murky, and then almost nonsensical, The Fly remake being the exception, but barely. That's not to say that Scanners wasn't enjoyable. The special effects really are what make the movie; the exploding head in the beginning has since become one of horror's greatest movie moments-it's that priceless. The acting, with the exception of Patrick McGoohan, is non-plussed and wooden, oftentimes just downright uninspired. Steven Lack has to be one of the most ironic and appropriate names for an actor that ever existed. At it's heart, Scanners is an action movie, there are plenty of scenes of tension that move the story forward; at no point will you feel very bogged down by exposition until you get to the ending, and then you will have whiplash from having had the whole story laid on you so fast. Many Cronenberg elements can be seen in this film: excessive violence, fatalistic outlooks from many of the characters, and Cronenberg's own patented pessimism, which seems to hover over every one of his films like a specter. Cronenberg is a marginal director, by that I mean that he doesn't take the easy road to get his message across to you. Many of his films are a lesson in hubris coupled with excessive power. Just don't try to take any of this with you when you watch Crash. There just was no excuse for that one. Enjoy.
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