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5.0 out of 5 stars SCANNERS BLU-RAY Second sight, 11 April 2013
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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 release is 2001 region 1 U.S. release by MGM with no extras at all
and then came the 2005 Anchor bay U.K. release which had pretty good picture and audio quality presentation
with only a 10min featurette about the making of scanners by a U.K. film critic
which was average plus a Documentary on David cronenberg films which was the only best extra on the DVD
this Doco had interviews with some of the Actors from his films
and then many years later 2012,
a German distributor SUBKULTUR released a DVD/BLU-RAY set which i bought
this only had an interview with stephen Lack and a audio commentary track by a film critic
which ended up being German commentary, so it was a waste of money

and now a U.K. company SECOND SIGHT have released a special edition of scanners on DVD and Blu-ray
which i bought on the day it was released, DVD and Blu-ray
for any David cronenberg fan or scanners fan, this SECOND SIGHT release is the best special edition
release of SCANNERS you'll ever get, it's been a long time coming aswell
both versions are in widescreen, the DVD quality is excellent about 8/10
the blu-ray picture and audio quality is better about 10/10

i've seen the film many times
So the special features are the main reason i bought the second sight release
it's the best special features you'll ever get, never before released interviews

with Stephen Lack (Cameron vale), in depth 20min interview, excellent interview

Interview with Executive producer Pierre David, his Interview was brilliant, very in depth
Pierre talked about the making of the film, the Actors involved, the production etc.

Interviews with Cinematographer Mark Irwin
and Make up effects artist Stephen Dupois

and also a interview with Actor Lawrence Dane, only goes for 5mins

very unfortunate that David cronenberg was not interviewed for this second sight release
i emailed second sight about that, they replied back to me saying they did ask him but he refused an interview
he Declined and interview about this film for some reason
the interview with Pierre David was the next best thing his interview explains alot about the film
and David cronenberg

So Both DVD and Blu-ray have the same extras, so it doesn't matter which one you buy
but the picture and audio quality is outstanding, fantastic on this second sight release
better then the old 2005 Anchor bay U.K. release which you might aswell sell if you have it
that's still being sold on amazon uk which is pointless buying, this second sight release is better

the DVD is region 2 PAL ofcourse and the blu-ray is region B,
so you do need a region free player for both Discs
info for any American David cronenberg fans reading this review

so for any scanners fan or David cronenberg fan,
definitely buy this second sight release of scanners on DVD or blu-ray, it's up to you
scrap the old releases like the 2005 Anchor bay release which is pointless buying now.
get the second sight release instead, way better and definitely worth the money
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Initial post: 3 Jan 2014 11:28:24 GMT
Last edited by the author on 3 Jan 2014 11:28:33 GMT
Mr. R. Patel says:
THe German subkultur release has the isolated score, which is omitted from the second sight uk release

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jan 2014 21:54:09 GMT
Ben30 says:
Hello
i didn't know scanners had another score, an isolated music score
i am more interested in the amazing special features that second sight made for this blu-ray release
for the first time ever on dvd or blu-ray there are interviews about the making of the film
with the actor stephen lack, actor Lawrence Dane
the producer Pierre David interview is the best interview, very detailed interview
also the cinematographer Mark irwin gives a detailed interview aswell
and the special effects make up assistant
very unfortunate David cronenberg was not interviewed, maybe he just wasn't interested

scanners has never ever been given a special edition treatment before until now
the original region 1 dvd release had no extras, nothing plus the picture quality was terrible
and Anchor bay UK released their version of scanners
which only had a Documentary on Cronenbergs films actually
so i definitely think that this new release by second sight is the best version any fan will get
mainly cause of the new special features, i don't know about the music score
it doesn't bother me
you obviously prefer the isolated score well good for you
watch the German version just for the isolated score.
thanks

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jan 2014 22:20:58 GMT
Mr. R. Patel says:
There is a criterion release on the way, which may include a cronenburg interview. Normally, directors are invited for criterion releases; to approve the output and add commentary.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jan 2014 23:17:21 GMT
Ben30 says:
i checked the criterion collection website for this scanners blu-ray or DVD you say they're releasing
there is no listing of it, no info about it.
so the criterion collection is releasing scanners on blu-ray and there's no info about this
on their website
so how do you know they are releasing a blu-ray version
how did you find this out.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jan 2014 23:33:07 GMT
Mr. R. Patel says:
Because a man with a exploding head featured on their 2014 illustration. Also they have already done the hard work as its available via Hulu on stream but they haven't got around to releasing the disc.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jan 2014 00:04:53 GMT
Ben30 says:
i did a google search of this illustration your talking about
i saw the illustration and read the article about criterion releasing scanners on dvd/blu-ray
if criterion are definitely releasing scanners on blu-ray this year
for some bizarre reason there is no info about it on their website
if they are releasing scanners on blu-ray sometime this year
then i would think they would have a release date on their website
or some announcement on their coming soon page
but there is nothing stating a scanners blu-ray
so i don't know what to think
you say they havn't got around to releasing the blu-ray disc
are they that slow, is it going to take them most of this year to release it on blu-ray or DVD
as that why there's no info about it on their website
cause until i see some info about it on their website saying scanners blu-ray coming soon
then i'm going to assume it's not happening
so i'm still staying with my second sight blu-ray version, the best version currently available

what's Hulu on stream i've never heard of it.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jan 2014 17:49:47 GMT
Last edited by the author on 5 Jan 2014 17:50:53 GMT
D. Bank says:
The German Blu-ray has a superior picture quality, the UK has a contrast boosting which eliminates some content, see the following example:

http://www.caps-a-holic.com/hd_vergleiche/multi_comparison.php?art=part&x=468&y=184&action=1&image=5&hd_multiID=170&cap1=30423&cap2=17641&disc1=3306&disc2=1889&lossless=#vergleich

The German Release has also a different coloring, I dont know which is more accurate but I would also prefer the German.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Jan 2014 21:07:44 GMT
Ben30 says:
every scanners fan will have opinions, if you like the German blu-ray version better fine
i have no problems with that
i think the second sight blu-ray is very Good picture/audio quality
plus has more better special features than the German blu-ray
there's interviews with stephen lack, Lawrence Dane
Pierre David, Mark irwin etc
for the first time ever Producer Pierre David is interviewed about the making of the film
which is very special for this film
the German version only has an interview with stephen Lack that's it
and the Audio commentary is in German, which is pathetic
so you prefer the German blu-ray, Good for you i have no problems with that.
thanks

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jan 2014 07:19:53 GMT
D. Bank says:
There is no doubt that the UK has the better special features, but it`s obvious when you check the screenshots, that the picture quality is not perfect. You gave 10/10 for the picture, so the German release should get 12/10 for the picture ;)

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Apr 2014 09:31:53 BDT
Mr. R. Patel says:
have a look at criterion's new releases, Scanners will be out in July
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