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Scanners II: The New Order / Scanners III: The Takeover (BluRay/DVD Combo) [Blu-ray]
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A breed of humans with dangerously powerful telepathic abilities, the scanners, are being recruited by a corrupt police commander, John Forrester, in his crusade to take over the city. Forrester first enlists the help of an evil scientist, Dr. Morse, who wants to conduct mind-control experiments on the scanners with a new drug. When the side effects render the scanners incapable, Forrester then finds David Kellum (David Hewlett, Cube, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes), a rational scanner who, unaware of his own powers, agrees to help him. Will Kellum discover Forresters real motive and prevent the New Order from being established?
SCANNERS III: THE TAKEOVER
A young scanner (Liliana Komorowska, </ >Screamers) with extraordinary telepathic powers transforms into a lethal killing machine after taking one of her fathers experimental drugs. After taking over his pharmaceutical company, the deranged scanner runs amok on a killing spree and takes over a television company in her quest for world domination. As her thirst for more power grows stronger, only one man, her scanner brother, might have the power to stop her.
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
So naturally, I was curious about the sequels, and this Blu-Ray set from Scream! Factory is pretty cheap for two movies plus a DVD of both, included (if you want to watch it at a friend's house and they don't have a Blu-Ray player or something). As some other reviewers have said there are no special features whatsoever, not even trailers, which is a little disheartening because the second movie "Scanners II: The New Order," is not a bad movie at all. It picks up some twenty years after the original and is about a new generation of scanners who are being hired to change the course of government in the city (which is never named) but of course there's drama and turmoil along the way.
I was surprised how much I enjoyed "Scanners 2," I probably enjoyed it way more than I should have. The cinematography is similar to Raimi's chaotic camera techniques employed in "Evil Dead 2" and it has a far more fast-paced feel than the first movie in the "Scanners" trilogy, but it doesn't subvert the oddities of the original-- at least, I didn't feel like it did.Read more ›
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It took me quite a few years to find a copy of the SCANNERS II movie. I finally found a copy compatible for the U.S. DVD players (Region 1). Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kimmy Kay
the nineties were a period devoid of many sci-fi/horror releases and these two from Canada are a welcome addition to my collection. Read morePublished 15 months ago by gavin william cox
First off, the source material for these films was very low quality and, from what I see here, Scream Factory did a fine job of sharpening the image and correcting for color... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Rae
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.Published 19 months ago by john braswell