Criterion Collection: Scanners [Blu-ray] [Import]
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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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If you are reading this chances are you are already familiar with the movie and you are looking for information about this release. Well, first of all, the picture looks absolutely gorgeous as most Criterion releases do. Then the actual case and artwork are truly something to behold.
As far as extras are concerned, the highlights are a view at some of the special effects for the film, this featurette falls a little bit on the short side in my humble opinion. We also get a 2014 interview with Michael Ironside, which is really interesting. But the main extra is a 2K-restored version of Stereo, Cronenberg's first feature film. I believe Stereo was only available in DVD format as part as the special edition of Cronenberg's Fast Company by Blue Underground.
Final verdict: this Criterion Blu-ray of Scanners comes HIGHLY recommended!
The transfer is crisp and the movie is everything that I remembered it to be : the smart, memorable cousin of such duds as The Fury, and Firestarter.
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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Thank you verry much for the product and I am very sorry for the delayed response. Delivery was fast, the product was perfect and I highly recommend this provider!Published 11 months ago by Marc-Andre Marcil
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... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Info
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... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Johnny Rocker
"I must remind you that the scanning experience is usually a painful one...sometimes resulting in nosebleeds, earaches, stomach cramps, nausea. Read more