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Scanners [DVD]

Stephen Lack , Jennifer O'Neill , David Cronenberg    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Stephen Lack, Jennifer O'Neill, Patrick McGoohan, Lawrence Dane, Charles Shamata
  • Directors: David Cronenberg
  • Producers: Claude Heroux
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: 18 July 2005
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009S9LQM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,860 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



David Cronenberg's 1981 horror film Scanners 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 programme 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,

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Controversial horror auteur David Cronenberg gained his first international success with this conspiracy thriller, featuring a notorious exploding head sequence. A group of psychics, nicknamed 'scanners' for their ability to read minds, realise they can also induce massive brain haemorrhaging in their subjects by locking into their nervous system. A 'good' scanner is sent out by doctors to track down the psychics who are using their powers for evil purposes.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Scanners Blu-ray Limited Edition Steelbook 10 April 2013
By Daniel
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
The steelbook of Scanners is a lovely looking item but it was lacking a booklet inside the case, i have rated it 4 stars because of this reason. For a limited edition release they could have at least included a booklet with some background tales on the movie and some still photos etc.

The Blu-ray transfer of this movie is simply stunning for such an old movie! The picture is very sharp throughout most of the movie with vibrant colours and contrast used perfectly, and just the right amount of subtle noise to give it that filmy feel. You have a choice of two audio tracks, either a Stereo PCM track or 5.0 DTS HD MSTR. I chose the 5.0 DTS HD MSTR and i found it very good indeed, lots of fine detail in the track with crisp and clear dialogue throughout. (i did play it through a home cinema separates system)

The extras were quite good as well which included an interview by it's main star and then some interviews about the "Chaos of Scanners" and the "Special Effects" in the movie.

I definitely recommend this Blu-ray release
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "..TOP 80'S HORROR CLASSIC, COOL STEELBOOK.." 10 April 2013
This is one of David Cronenberg's finest pieces of work from the 80's along with the Fly of course, great horror with a brilliant story and a very good cast, Michael Ironside is amazing in this film and plays the perfect villain as always, quality and shocking effects for the time make it quite gruesome in places, this is a must own classic for any horror fan, the bluray looks nice quality, the STEELBOOK is fantastic and limited edition, there is features but they are only interviews.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars nearly 27 April 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Beautiful steelbook let down that there is no booklet inside(it's crying out for it)
The movie does not need explaining or reviewing by me.If you are here you are looking for an upgrade from the dvd or the german blu ray.

Everything is spot on with the PQ and the sound is lush...Buy it know you want it..
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Blow Your Mind 28 Nov 2008
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Scanners was notorious at its time of release for the exploding head sequence. A scene the late great Kenny Everett spoofed on his television show.This film along with Rabid, The Brood and Dead Ringers cemented David Cronenbergs name as a master of urban horror.Any film that can get a restrained performance from the normally vigorous Michael Ironside has to be worth checking out. He is actually rather good in this. For me the excellent Patrick McGoohan is what lifts this very original film above the rank of a mere gorefest. If your a thinking mans horror fan add this to your stash. Its excellent.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A splatter movie for the discerning viewer 23 Oct 2000
Format:VHS Tape
I have watched this film at least 50 times and I never tire of seeing it. It's proof that Cronenberg was, even nearly 20 years ago, a visionary with a strong stomach. The exploding head, the ruptured veins, nosebleeds and spontaneous combustion should have produced a film whose violence is completely tasteless, but it didn't. Instead, the director uses strong photography, an interesting notion for a plot (Cronenberge studied as a biochemist, and many of his films deal with the concepts of disease and infection) and a gripping soundtrack by his long-time collaborator Howard Shore, to build a film which is truly enjoyable. Despite the uniformly wooden acting and appallingly weak dialogue, the 'kinda' happy ending and a rather obvious 'right versus wrong' storyline, the overall effect is still gripping and - somehow - great fun. Great.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A mind-blowing telekinesis thriller that immediately put Michael Ironside on the map as one of the most intense actors around. Classic Cronenberg, famous for its exploding head. Part conspiracy thriller, part political tract, it is Cronenberg's most coherent movie to date, drawing a dark world in which corporate executives engineer human conception to produce ever more powerful mental samurai.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch what you think. 8 July 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
A classic horror film that's past the test of time. Beautiful steelbook, superb restoration, a must see film for fans of unusual horror films.

Roger Shore
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still impresses in several ways 18 May 2013
When I was a kid, this was one that boys longed to watch and couldn't get to see. Seeing it on video when that became possible, it wasn't a disappointment, and today, despite its faults, the film still has a lot to offer.

First, the five core players all aquit them selves quite well. Patrick McGoohan didn't have enough meaty roles to apply his skills to in his career, but is always a pleasure to watch. It's nice to be reminded of the absolutely gorgeous Jennifer O'Neil. And what- Michael Ironside with hair ? Amazing !

The story, which I won't go into, is a short one, but nicely compact and rather claustrophobic, to enhance the paranoia surrounding the good Scanners, and indeed all the stakeholders.

OK, it's simple, the effects by today's standards can be seen as weak, and a lot more negatives can be said.

However, it still entertains and impresses with its compactness, almost minimalism, and as I say, I think it's all well played.

In this case, nostaglia is what it used to be, and I will watch this again.

One might hope for a remake- there are many good older Sci Fi/ Horror movies that could benefit from today's special effects, but when you consider the failure of the remake of "The Crazies", perhaps let's just keep this one as an enjoyable snapshot of a style associated with that period.

And if you've no empathy with that period, you may well hate it, but me, I do like it. Four stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If You want good olf fashioned horror
It cannot be beaten! 100 percent horror! I just could not wait to see this film as soon as it was available on VHS at the time! Read more
Published 19 hours ago by Mr. M. K. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Cult film at its finest
If you enjoy John Carpenter flicks such as they live then YOU WILL LOVE THIS! As i said "cult film at it's finest". A bit dated of course but what do you expect from 1981.
Published 1 month ago by Luke
3.0 out of 5 stars Audio sync problems with latest release (still)
This isn't a full review, just a note about the latest Second Sight release (no-one really reads the forums). Read more
Published 5 months ago by Conrad Black
4.0 out of 5 stars Explosive Mind Games
Dvd Info.
Running time 103 minutes approx, Region 2.

1)Tenisons were always running high with star's Patrick McGoohan & Jennifer O'Neil whom didn't get along during... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Timelord007
1.0 out of 5 stars I am amazed that Cronenberg had a career after this
Having never seen Scanners, despite many movie magazines hyping it during my youth, and several home video incarnations coming and going over years, I naively assumed that it would... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Inspector Gadget
5.0 out of 5 stars Explosive!
Outstanding quality transfer to blu-ray with fairly good audio improvement.
Great steel book release (shame there's no booklet). Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mr. A. M. Rixon
5.0 out of 5 stars SCANNERS BLU-RAY Second sight
I'm a big fan of David cronenberg films especially scanners, one of my favourites
there's been more than one DVD release of scanners over the past 12 years
the first... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Ben30
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