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Scanners Collection [DVD]

Michael Ironside , Patrick McGoohan , David Cronenberg , Christian Duguay    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Michael Ironside, Patrick McGoohan, Stephen Lack
  • Directors: David Cronenberg, Christian Duguay
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Oct 2011
  • Run Time: 309 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005DZIML6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,275 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Scanners Cameron Vale (Stephen Lack) is living on the fringe of society, self induced due to his telepathic ability to read other people's minds. Darryl Revok (Michael Ironside) has the same condition and is the head of an underground association of scanners that want world domination. When Vale is taken to Dr. Paul Ruth (Patrick McGoohan) as a result of supposed insanity, he s enlisted into a program that will involve him in a battle against his fellow scanners. Scanners 2 In order to take over the city, corrupt police commander Forrester (Yvan Ponton) intends to use a telepathic breed of human, scanners. To control the scanners, Forrester enlists the help of evil scientist, Dr. Morse (Tom Butler), who wants to conduct mind control experiments on the scanners with a new drug. Unfortunately the side effects render the scanners incapable, so Forrester finds David Kellum (David Hewlett), a good, rational scanner who, unaware of his own powers, agrees to work with him. Will Kellum discover Forrester's real motive and prevent the New Order from being established? Scanners 3 A young, lovable scanner (Liliana Komorowska) with extraordinary telepathic powers transforms into a murderous megalomaniac after taking one of her father's 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. Will her scanner brother (Steve Parrish), fresh from a spell in a Thai Monastery, have the power to stop her?

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great 1 Jan 2013
Cronenberg loyalism aside, these three films are all pretty fun, but don't think too hard about what you're asked to believe. At their core, you have three films who's primary mode of suspense is to slowly dolly a camera in toward a squinting face while a fuzzy synth keyboard plays on the soundtrack, which makes it hard to take too seriously.

I love these movies, though yes they do get a little worse with each installment. If there's one reason Scanners succeeds the most I wouldn't say it was David Cronenberg, who I am a big fan of, but rather Michael Ironside who plays Daryl Revok at two stages of his life with just the right kind of performances for both. Patrick MacGoohan is drunk off of his face and can be seen reading the script off of tables and the like several times in the film.

Scanners II may be a low rent sequel, but it often actually looks more flashy than the original, with a much better actor as a lead and some really great stunt work. It's a shame the villain is a bit too over the top - he often acts like he's on crack rather than enjoying scanning, which seemed to be a kind of metaphor for intellectualism in the first film, here is simply a superpower. The villain behind that Scanner is quite boring, unfortunately.

Scanners III is almost universally derided as the worst in the series (bear in mind there are two films AFTER this), but I actually enjoyed it too! Sure, it has the same old "there's a bad scanner on the loose, we need a good scanner to stop them!" plot again, but the bad Scanner in this film is a sexy Eastern European woman with big shoulder pads. When I say sexy, I really mean it! I actually enjoyed the crap out of this film, though not as much as the first two.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 5 for Scanners 1, 1 for the rest... 16 Nov 2011
Oh why couldn't they let it rest at number one?

This 3-movie package is useless to say the least. If they only had released the original "Scanners" all by itself in a Collector's Edition, perhaps in a 2-Disc version crammed with gems such as discarded scenes, newly recorded interviews with cast and crew, this special treat would have been truly enjoyable.

But no. In order to get rid of the other two duds, they HAD to slam them with a jewel of the Horror genre, directed by no less than David Cronenberg.

As if Christian Duguay, the misguided director of both sequels, had the talent and the vision of Cronenberg, but no, not an iota. Pure commercial crap and cheaply done as well...

What made anyone think that someone else could actually step into the shoes of actors such as Patrick McGoohan, Michael Ironside and Jennifer O'Neill?

Even conceiving that the sequels state the early demise of the original characters in a freak accident, one would have expected some truly talented and at least somewhat experienced actors and actresses to take over from there, but what one gets are just wannabes and as bad as one can possibly still tolerate.

Not to speak of all the same-o, same-o cliches attached to the original movie, that by the third installation, become almost a joke if not outright funny.

It is amazing that someone came actually to think that this would be a welcome addition.

If I were David Cronenberg I would have sued their pants off.

But let's concentrate of what is good in this. As said, the original "Scanners" uncut and beautifully remastered image, at least for this medium (DVD), and a perfect sound in DTS or Dolby Digital 5.1 (and this for all 3 movies).
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not that bad 29 Feb 2012
I felt I should post this as the review already listed is a bit harsh. You know about Scanners so I won't say too much. It's good but nowhere near Cronenburgs best. Scanners 2 is entertaining but very cheesy and looks like they changed what they were doing with it about half way through, its also about 20 minutes too long. Scanners 3 is rubbish, but a guilty pleasure that you can get some enjoyment out of.

Wierdly Scanners 2 & 3 look very 80's (they were released in the 90's) and have dated a lot worse than the original (which looks like a 70's film although released in the 80's).

Picture quality is average at best on Scanners 2 & 3 and mostly good on the original. Props to Anchor Bay for making the menu screens on all 3 similar so it truely looks like a set.

I enjoyed them, but then I do enjoy rubbish. I think the price is right and you cant really go wrong even if you just dig the first one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars DVD Review (Complete collection) 16 Dec 2013
By Darkalo
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David Cronenberg's Scanners is without doubt the best film in the series, but if you liked the concept of the first entry of the saga you will probably find a way to enjoy Scanners II and III. They are definitely not that bad. So, if we also take into account the special features (though I do miss some deleted scenes, a making of, etc.), the good quality of the picture of all three movies and the packaging, we definitely have quite a nice DVD collection.

SCANNERS (1981)
1 disc. Feature running time: 99 mins. Audio: Stereo 2.0, Optional 5.1., DTS. Feature aspect ratio: Widescreen presentation (1:85.1) Enhanced for 16:9 TVs.
Region 2. English subtitles for the Hard of Hearing (feature only)

>Extras
* 'The Directors: The Films of David Cronenberg': 59:02 mins. documentary
* 'Inside Scan: Scanners': 08:28 mins. featurette
* Trailer 1, Trailer 2 and Trailer 3.
* 'The Brood' trailer
* Film Notes
* Biographies: David Cronenberg, Jennifer O'Neil, Patrick McGoohan and Michael Ironside
* Stills gallery

SCANNERS II: THE NEW ORDER (1991)
1 disc. Feature running time: 100 mins. Audio: Stereo 2.0, Optional 5.1., DTS. Feature aspect ratio: Widescreen presentation (1:78.1) Enhanced for 16:9 TVs.
Region 2. English subtitles for the Hard of Hearing (feature only)

> Extras
* 'Inside Scan: The New Order': 07:42 mins. featurette
* Trailer 1, Trailer 2 and Trailer 3.
* Film Notes
* Biographies: Christian Duguay, David Hewlett, Deborah Raffin.

SCANNERS III: THE TAKEOVER (1991)
1 disc. Feature running time: 95 mins. Audio: Stereo 2.0, Optional 5.1., DTS. Feature aspect ratio: Widescreen presentation (1:78.1) Enhanced for 16:9 TVs.
Region 2.
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