Scanners

Scanners

DVD - 2014
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"A scientist sends a man with extraordinary psychic powers to hunt others like him"--www.imdb.com.
Publisher: [New York] : Criterion Collection, c2014.
ISBN: 9781604658675
1604658673
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (103 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. --

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Shellie1_us
May 31, 2018

Interesting movie. I enjoyed the different scenes of the scanners. The pregnant woman was a good twist to the story. Rather like X-Men they are mutants that are hunted, and a group of the scanners want to fight back and even rule the regular people. Enjoyed the movie.

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MontMoroc
Oct 07, 2017

"Scanners"(1981) was directed by David Cronenberg. This film is a sci-fi horror film about people with telepathic abilities, some of whom are being used by a rogue corporation to try and dominate the world.

As with other Criterion releases this set has an excellent selection of special features including Cronenberg's first feature film "Stereo" (1969,62 min.) which shows Cronenberg's early obsession with telepathy and science fiction. Other special features include a booklet with an essay by critic Kim Newman, and a new documentary on the movie's special effects, an interview with Michael Ironside, and another with an interview with actor Stephen Lack, as well as an excerpt from 1981 of an interview with David Cronenberg on The Bob Mclean Show.

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Calvacade
Feb 04, 2017

A 1981 science fiction film about telepaths, directed by Canadian David Cronenberg- this film accurately predicted the corporatization of science and technology ( it even includes private security forces ) for evil purposes. The film is clunky in places but if you stick with the movie, it has a ' good ' ending. There are some good interviews and ' making of ' documentaries that are worth watching if you're a fan of this movie.

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Me_Tarzan
Nov 04, 2016

(*Favourite movie-quote*) - "I'm gonna suck your brain dry!"..... (What a pleasant thought, eh?)

Amongst all of the confusion, violence, and gore that prevailed in 1981's "Scanners" - It was really clear (right from the start) that Canadian director/screenwriter, David Cronenberg had actually put some reasonably intelligent (though often far-fetched) thought into this Sci-Fi/Horror film's storyline.

Featuring a well-chosen cast of competent actors - Scanners' story about a ruthless manhunt, mounting paranoia, and manufactured telepathy did tend to take itself a little too seriously - But, for the most part - Its story's suspense and tension was sustained surprisingly well as the action escalated into the inevitable "final showdown" of a brand new breed of terror.

Anyway - If you are a fan of pre-CGI Sci-Fi/Horror, then Scanners' awesome make-up effects are sure to blow your mind (literally). And, Michael Ironside's portrayal of the evil, power-hungry villain, Darryl Revok, will surely get right under your skin like you could never imagine.... (Watch "Scanners" video-teaser*)

Never having been a huge Cronenberg fan, and not having seen SCANNERS back in the day, meaning the early '80s, when there was quite a kerfuffle about the exploding head at the beginning of the film, I was pleasantly surprised what a watchable movie this is. Shot quickly on the cheap in Canada, SCANNERS is like a really good made-for-television movie. The idea is that Big Pharma is cultivating a race of telepathic supermen. Patrick McGoohan is dynamite, as are Canadian actors Michael Ironside (bad guy Revok) and Stephen Lack (good guy Cameron Vale). As with all these Criterion Collection DVDs, the second disk containing interviews is a must-see. Stephen Lack's interview is laugh-out-loud hilarious as he riffs on the insanity of the movie industry. (Lack is a internationally-renowned fine artist who largely abandoned the silver screen after SCANNERS.)

Just the ambience alone in the film adds to the deary atmosphere.

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voisjoe1_0
Aug 19, 2015

Scanners are people with telepathic powers. With exreme concentration they can destroy another person just with the power of their mind. This is an early David Cronenberg psychological/horror/thriller film made prior to excellent The Fly, The Dead Zone, and Dead Ringers, all about people afflicted with psychological or futuristic science problems. Scanners seems like a practice film for his later work, which often resulted in a mix of art film and psychological horror films.

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sdiblasio
Feb 05, 2015

The extra film was interesting-Stereo. It was about human experimentation. I thought of the MKULTRA experiments. That resulted in the Joint Hearings before the Select Committee on Intelligence and the Subcommittee on Health and Scientific Research of the Committee on Human Resources on August 3, 1977, and Sept. 20, 21, 1977. Most of that has been expanded from that time, so it is applicable today. Mind control patents include: US Patent 20050067492, 20050067492 A1,USPatent Num
5697076,US 8918174B2,5791344,6975346 B2. .

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Quetzlzacatenango
Sep 25, 2014

A wonderfully psychotic psychological thriller. Michael Ironside plays the perfect villain as always. The music and sound effects add so much to the overall mood of the film. The artwork done just for the Ben Pierce (Robert Silverman) scenes are worth a second look. Over 30 years old and still remarkable despite everyone's dated appearance.

nickmick Oct 09, 2013

I've seen this movie when I was a kid. Vividly remember the scenes but not so much about the story, so I saw it again with my husband ( first time) last week.
So great! Can't believe that this movie was made 1981, still watchable this time 2013

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