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Product Details

  • 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 (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00JPUUQVE

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Scanners (Blu-ray + DVD)

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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.

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By falcon TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Oct. 16 2007
Format: DVD
after just watching this movie,i can see why it is a cult classic.for
it's time,i'm sure it was very original.it also has some shocking(at
least for that time)scenes.the acting is not great though,and the movie
s very slow.it is also quite modestly budgeted.,and the dialogue is not
too great.there is also one glaring gap in logic.nevertheless,the movie
is worth watching for the subject matter.some of the issues are still
relevant today.and the special effects were quite good for their
time.they may be a bit dated by todays standards,but i think they still
stand up fairly well.it's David Cronenbeg film,so if you like his
work,you might like this movie.for me,just based on the uniqueness of
the story,i give Scanners a 2.7/5
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vic on March 10 2004
Format: DVD
This film is one of my personal new 'classics' of horror, although it's also a sci-fi film. The plot centers around a small group of 'mutants,' long before the 'X-Men' made them cool, who have the unique ability to scan the thought patterns of others, thus knowing what people are thinking. However, as always, not all mutants play nice, as actor, Michael Ironside, has a great role as the demented Revok, who likes to scan people's minds just a bit too long, leading one to lose one's head, as in the infamous exploding head scene! Revok leads his bands of rebel mutuants against the establishment, and only another Scanner with equal ability can stand in his way. Even though this film is dated somewhat and campy in parts, it's definitely entriguing and fans of gross-out effects will eat this film up!
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Format: DVD
If you have read the other reviews you get the idea what the story is about. It's quite original and Cronenberg had the ability, back then, to wring every ounce out of his story and special effects on his very limited budget. I've owned this DVD for years and I am writing this review now for a particular reason. I've just recently purchased a new Blu-ray player that has the ability to upscale standard DVD's. My old player wasn't able to upscale. So naturally I started sampling my old DVD collection to see if they really improve when they get upscaled. Generally there is an improvement in the quality of the video, some more than others. However, I can report that Scanners upscalled magnificently, sharp and clear, about as close to Blu-ray quality in a standard DVD that I've seen so far in my collection.

I've purchased through Amazon and elsewhere a lot of older movies that were rescanned into Blu-ray and some were better than others. I even looked at the Blu-ray version of this movie on Amazon, but at $50.00, I don't like Scanners that much. I can say that even if the Blu-ray version drops in price I don't believe I would get because this standard version upscalled magnificently.
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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
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"I must remind you that the scanning experience is usually a painful one...sometimes resulting in nosebleeds, earaches, stomach cramps, nausea. Sometimes other symptoms of a similar nature."

The above comes from this absorbing sci-fi horror movie written and directed by David Cronenberg.

What is a scanner? "A freak of nature, born with a certain form of ESP. A derangement of the synapses which we call telepathy."

Cause: Unknown (but eventually revealed in this movie).

Number of Scanners on our planet according to this film: 237

This is a futuristic thriller, involving industrial espionage and intrigue, car chases, conspiracies, and shoot outs (including a grotesque scanner duel scene at the end). It has good special effects.

This movie displays Cronenberg's trademark combination of the visceral and the cerebral. As well, it is considered his breakout hit in the U.S.

I must warn you that the plot can be complex so it's imperative to watch closely. Very generally, the plot involves Darryl Revok (Michael Ironside), a renegade and tyrannical scanner, who is being hunted by another scanner, Cameron Vale (Stephen Lack).

This movie spawned sequels and spin-offs. Cronenberg had no involvement with these possibly because they move away from philosophical angles explored by this film.

This movie's budget was three and a half million dollars and its box office earnings, so far, has been over fourteen million.

Finally, the DVD set itself (released in 2014) has 8 extras. All of them are worthy of consideration.

In conclusion, I can't promise that this movie will blow you away but it might just cause your head to explode!!

(1981; 1 hr, 40 min excluding end credits; 2 discs, 12 scenes, wide screen, Criterion Collection, rated `R')

<<Stephen PLETKO, London, Ontario, Canada>>

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