Scanners (Blu-ray + DVD) The Criterion Collection
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"Scanners" tells the story of Cameron Vale, a man who has spent most of his life in a perpetual fog. Roaming through the streets of the city as a homeless person, Vale suffers from a plethora of voices constantly yammering away in his head. He cannot hold a job or have a regular life with this problem, so he copes the best way he can by always staying on the run.Read more ›
Additionally, I would like to encourage anyone that already owns this version of the film to check out the supplemental feature, The Ephemerol Diaries. During this feature, several segments from the film are shown. Here, the film looks SPECTACULAR. The detail, contrast, and color is gorgeous. For some reason, Cronenberg's tweaking is absent. You only wish you could actually watch the film with this version of the transfer. After having poked around a bit online, I found out these clips are from the German blu-ray, from the distributor, Subkulture.
I have already ordered the UK Blu-ray, from distributor Second Sight. You can get it on amazon's UK site, and you don't have to get the fancier steelbook version, unless you want to. However, you'll need a region-free player.
I can only recommend the Criterion version over the previously released DVDs. All other blu-ray versions, in terms of picture quality, are far more to my taste. My strongest recommendation is to pick up a region-free player and get one of the blu imports.Read more ›
In 1981, Cronenberg moves from the purely physical horror to one where the technology man was forever trying to create and achieve perfection would turn on the biological aspect of the human condition. This new form of techno-organic mutation was as terrifying as it was seductive in its potential to those afflicted with it. Cronenberg begins this phase in his filmmaking voice with his excellent, underappreciated and cult-classic Scanners.
The premise for Scanners had alot in common with Stephen King's novel Firestarter in the fact that in dealt with an omnipresent and powerful organization: the CIA's shadowy branch that dealt with experimental weapons programs for Firestarter and the ultra-powerful CONSEC multinational corporation in Scanners. These two organizations experiment on random select individuals using experimental drug treatments under the guise of helpful medications. What results from these experiments are more than what was truly expected by their handlers.Read more ›
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What is weird is I liked this movie because of the bad guy. Michael Ironside makes that movie. They could have used a better actor for the good "scanner" but all in all I... Read morePublished 1 month ago by wildbill
It was probably a good movie at the beginning o the 80s. Now it got old, and not in a good way.Published 3 months ago by Anibal
This is a review for the Amazon Instant Video of Scanners. This is a glorious HD transfer from the Criterion Collection that mirrors its blu ray release. Read morePublished 4 months ago by mns9232k
I think this is the only scanners film I liked lol.Published 6 months ago by Margarita G. Gutierrez
Very good movie the quality was excellent condition for it to be digitalPublished 7 months ago by Alicia Wadlington
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