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Scanners II - The New Order [1990] [DVD]


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  • Actors: David Hewlett, Deborah Raffin, Yvon Ponton, Isabelle Mejias, Tom Butler
  • Directors: Christian Duguay
  • Producers: Pierre David, Rene Malo
  • 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: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009S9LQW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,942 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Sequel to David Cronenberg's 1981 feature, about a fringe group of humans who have developed telepathic powers. When a corrupt police commander (Yvan Ponton) decides to use the scanners to help take over the city, he convinces evil scientist Dr Morse (Tom Butler) to help him. Morse has plans to use a new mind-controlling drug on the telepaths, but has not reckoned with a rogue scanner who is determined to stop them.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Albatross on 21 Nov 2013
Format: DVD
I know, from looking at other people's reviews, that there are some who feel that this is an `okay' sequel to David Cronenberg's classic eighties horror flick `Scanners.' And, maybe it was... once upon a time. However, there are those films that stand the test of time and then there are those who do not age well. I feel this is the latter.

It's about more of those psychics (or `scanners' as they call them here). A corrupt police chief wants to harness their unnatural power to end crime (and generally make himself equally powerful). But, after years of experimenting on boring scanners who no one cares about, he finds lovely, nice scanner `David' to exploit. But, luckily for all that is good, David is too nice to be used and sets about ending this corrupt cop's regime before it really starts.

Whereas you can watch Star Wars and not be bothered by the `seventies haircuts' Han and Luke are sporting, here, everything just seems waaaay too eighties (which is doubly ironic as it's made in 1990).

But it's not just the look of the film I disliked - it's also the story. Everything just happens to fit together waaay too well to be believable. It's one coincidence and obvious plot-motivating device after the next. The (seemingly-mandatory) love story is quite unnecessary and forced, plus the characters either under-act or overact (and I'm thinking about the `bad scanner' when I mention overacting - he's practically a pantomime villain he's that nasty!). Yes, there's the odd bit of decent gore, but that's a small part of an 1 hour 40 minute film.

Maybe this was an okay film in the eighties, or if you've never seen the original, but, if you're looking for dark and nasty horror, stick to the first Scanners - it's head and shoulders over this one.
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By MR on 25 July 2014
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Very good value product.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. LAZAR on 10 Aug 2009
Format: DVD
After enjoying the first Scanners film so much I just couldn't resist checking out the sequel even after reading some poor reviews for it.
It just goes to show you should always trust your instincts,this is a top film and a worthy follow up.The plot is based around a scanner (David Hewlett) who is the son of the original film's leading characters, Stephen Lack & Jennifer O'Neil.Once made aware of his power he must help stop a group of evil scanners from taking over the world.I can't praise Hewlett enough for a fantastic lead performance and I think this helps the film to rise above possible pre-conceived low expectations.Some great SFX as in the first film and a great ending.Well worth the ridiculous low price you can buy it for.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
long time scanner fan 3 Jan 2013
By kevin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This movie takes up 20+ years after the last one and it deals with the children of the original scanners. If you are truly a scanner fan (as I am), you may find some redeeming qualityes to this film. I'm still waiting for Scanners III on dvd to complete my collection.
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Christian Duguay's Scanners 2: The New Order 29 May 2002
By Charles Tatum - Published on Amazon.com
The dynamic duo from the first film apparently got together and had children. Those children have grown up to become super scanners in this unnecessary followup.
This time, the evil corporation has been replaced by an evil civil servant moonlighting at an evil corporation. A young man meets with him, solves a lovely subplot crime involving poisoned children's milk, finds out his new boss is not nice, and turns against him. The evil civil servant wants to start a "new order," where there would be no crime because the scanners would run everything. The evil corporation does have a bunch of scanners in their basement, hopelessly addicted to a new version of what turned them into scanners in the first place.
This film has the adult children of the original's scanner couple, although the films were only ten years apart. David Cronenberg had nothing to do with the series of sequels his film spawned. Deborah Raffin, second billed, does not show up until an hour and ten minutes into this, her character is explained in such a way that it must have been written in on set.
We are treated to more violence, more gore, more good scanners, and more bad scanners. Obviously, the good scanners win in the end, and yet this was followed by a few more sequels. This is just a retread of the first film, which was no classic to begin with, and I felt the same way here as I did with the original: no recommendation.
This is rated (R) for strong physical violence, strong gun violence, strong gore, and some profanity.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
scanners 2 24 Feb 2013
By eva tyson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This movie is part of my collection and I'm glad that I was able to find it.It arrived on time and plays beautiful.
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