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Telekinetic Horror Presented in Awesome Widescreen; Unfortunately, No Extras!Sept. 17 2013
J. B. Hoyos
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****No Plot Spoilers****
Ever since watching Brian De Palma's "Carrie" (Carrie) and "The Fury" (The Fury), I've been obsessed with telekinesis. The Scanners franchise also fulfilled my desire to watch people move objects with their thoughts. The original "Scanners" (Scanners) was directed by David Cronenberg who became famous for his controversial science fiction horror films starring controversial actors [e.g., "The Brood" (The Brood), with brawler hunk Oliver Reed, and "Rabid" (Rabid) with former porn star Marilyn Chambers]. "Scanners" focuses on an emotionally disturbed, homeless scanner, Cameron Vale (Stephen Lack) who meets an art gallery assistant, Kim Obrist (supermodel Jennifer O'Neill) who is also a scanner. Together, they attempt to locate an evil scanner, Darryl Revok (Michael Ironside), who wants the scanners to rule the world. During their quest, they discover the dark secret concerning the origin of scanners. Note: Scanners not only have the ability to move objects with their thoughts, but they can also read (i.e., scan) and manipulate other people's thoughts. However, many become insane because of sensory overload.
Having owned "Scanners" on DVD for years, I was naturally thrilled to learn that Shout Factory had released its first two sequels as a Blu-Ray and DVD combo pack. I saw them on VHS too many years ago in muted, full-frame formats. Thanks to Shout Factory, each film has been presented correctly in its original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.78:1. All colors are bright, clear and crisp and the audio is great (DTS-HD Master Audio Stereo for Blu-Ray; Dolby Digital Stereo for DVD). Each film appears as though it has been recently released at the theatre. There are no vertical lines or dark splotches. I played the DVD version on my Blu-Ray player and couldn't tell a significant difference from the Blu-Ray. The remastering for both the Blu-Ray and the DVD has been excellent. I`ll be able to loan the DVD to my girlfriend, Tammy, who doesn't own a Blu-Ray player. A horror buff like me, she's going to kill me with her evil thoughts when she learns I watched these films without her.
Both Scanners II and III were directed by Christian Duguay. Like "Scanners," they boast gorgeous casts, contain themes of good versus evil and were filmed in and around the cold, gray environs of Montreal and Quebec, Canada. In "Scanners II: The New Order," a veterinarian student, David Kellum (David Hewitt) is a scanner on the run who finds another scanner, Julie Vale (Deborah Raffin); together they try to destroy the corrupt Commander John Forrester (Yvan Potton) who is using scanners to kill anyone who stands in his way of becoming mayor. Similar in plot to the original "Scanners," it has, however, some shocking twists. Also, it has considerably more gore and violence than the original. This one was more emotionally disturbing to me because it deals more with violence perpetrated against family members.
In "Scanners III: The Takeover," a Christmas tragedy causes a scanner, Alex Monet (Steve Parrish), to become a monk in Thailand. Meanwhile, his sister, Helena (Liliana Komorowska), also a scanner, is suffering from severe migraine. She uses her father's experimental drug and becomes insanely diabolical. She then commandeers her father's pharmaceutical company to take over the world. As in the previous film, there is a tremendous amount of violence and gore. Again, there is familial violence; this time, it is even sadder when relatives attempt to kill one another. Note: I loved the unforgettable character of Helena. She is extremely diabolical, beautiful and sensual. Komorowska played her perfectly.
There are two discs in this Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack. One disc contains both films on DVD and the other disc contains both films on Blu-Ray. Unfortunately, the combo pack doesn't have any extras. There are no subtitles, no audio commentaries, no theatrical trailers, no deleted scenes, no "making off featurettes," and, worst of all, no scene selections. The menu gives you a choice of which Scanners movie to watch and that is all. Unbelievable! If not for the widescreen presentations, stereo audio and remastering, I would have thought that these two films had been released by Mill Creek, which churns out films on Blu-Ray and DVD at a high rate, regardless of quality. Because of its blatant lack of extras, I cannot give this Scanners II and III Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack the highest rating.
If you are a fan of horror films, especially the ones involving telekinesis, then I recommend this Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack. However, I wish Shout Factory had either included a digital copy or just decreased the price and given us the choice of buying the Blu-Ray or the DVD, not both. I also wish that Shout Factory or another company would properly release "Scanner Cop" and "Scanner Cop 2: Volkin's Revenge" on Blu-Ray. Both films star Daniel Quinn as Detective Samuel Staziak who hunts down rogue scanners. The original "Scanners," released by MGM and out of print at the time of this review, also deserves the Blu-Ray treatment. Many fans are hoping it will be re-released by the Criterion Collection. My MGM release of "Scanners" only has a theatrical trailer and subtitles for extras. A commentary from David Cronenberg would be nice.
Joseph B. Hoyos
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
SCREAM FACTORY'S SCANNERS II & IIISept. 25 2013
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I'm a big fan of Scanners especially the original scanners film by David cronenberg which is a classic but Scanners II is pretty Good and Scanners III is a bit ridiculous but still Good. any fan of Scanners knows what scanners II & III are about, they're both similar to the original
Scanners II was released in 1990 but was a Direct to video release i don't think it was shown in many cinemas, if it was shown in some Cinemas then it would have been a short run Scanners III was no different, it was released in Cinemas 1 year after Scanners II again Direct to Video after a short run playing in some cinemas. both Scanners II and III never got a U.S. DVD release ever both Scanners films were only released on Anchor bay DVD in the U.K. back in 2003 so both scanners films have only been available in the U.K. on Anchor bay DVD.
Until now this year, scream factory who's part of shoutfactory in L.A. California finally got the copyright to release both films on DVD and Blu-ray for the first time ever in the U.S. both films on DVD and blu-ray are in Widescreen format i didn't bother watching the DVD version cause the Audio quality is only in Dolby stereo so i just assumed the picture quality would be average anyway i only watched the blu-ray of both films in HD surround sound i was blown away and amazed, the picture quality looks fantastic in blu-ray the Audio quality is even better in High Definition surround sound scream factory really Did make an effort to enhance the picture and audio quality this blu-ray version is better quality than the U.K. Anchor bay release for sure. Definitely worth getting this blu-ray release if your a big fan of scanners II & III
now about the special features, there is none at all not even a Trailer very very unfortunate that there is no making of featurette there's no interview with Director Christian Duguay or even Producer Pierre David who produced all 3 scanner films which i thought Pierre David should've been interviewed at least. there's not even an Audio commentary by the Christian Duguay or Pierre David i did email scream factory about the special features the person that emailed me back said to me that Christian Duguay and Pierre David wasn't interested and declined to be interviewed for this blu-ray release for some reason the person who emailed did not give me details so i just had to accept it.
you only get 2 films on 1 Blu-ray/DVD Disc which is better than nothing so all you do is choose which film you want on the Menu that is it. considering this blu-ray is the first time both films have been released on dvd or blu-ray in the U.S. be Grateful for that but it's Definitely worth the money for the Blu-ray quality for sure i gave this blu-ray/dvd combo 4 stars based on that if there was any extras at all like an interview with Christina Duguay or Pierre David or even an audio commentary i would have given this blu-ray 5 star rating.
but Definitely worth the money just to watch both films in High Definition Audio regardless
these 2 are great movie of it's timeDec 23 2014
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these 2 are great movie of it's time, a must see collector items, now all we need is scanners 4, I hope to see that one soon, it was different.
Great MoviesOct. 13 2014
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I always liked the Scanner movies. This item was received in great time, well packaged and excellent quality. Was very happy with this item.