April 16, 2014

Cronenberg's Scanners coming to Blu-ray in July, courtesy of The Criterion Collection!


We thought that The Criterion Collection were already spoiling us by releasing Picnic at Hanging Rock on Blu-ray in June, and then here they go announcing that they're also giving us a BD of Scanners in July...  It's safe to say that we are pleased.

It may not be our favorite Cronenberg movie (that honor goes to The Brood), but Scanners certainly is one 80's gem that holds a special place in our hearts; I mean as kids, seeing a man's head explode so gloriously made quite an impression on our fragile little minds, so how can we not love it?

"With Scanners, David Cronenberg plunges us into one of his most terrifying and thrilling sci-fi worlds. After a man with extraordinary—and frighteningly destructive—telepathic abilities is nabbed by agents from a mysterious rogue corporation, he discovers he is far from the only possessor of such strange powers, and that some of the other “scanners” have their minds set on world domination, while others are trying to stop them. A trademark Cronenberg combination of the visceral and the cerebral, this phenomenally gruesome and provocative film about the expanses and limits of the human brain was the Canadian director’s breakout hit in the United States."

  • New, restored 2K digital film transfer, supervised by director David Cronenberg, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • The “Scanners” Way, a new documentary on the film’s special effects
  • New interview with actor Michael Ironside
  • The Ephemerol Diaries, a 2012 interview with actor and artist Stephen Lack
  • Excerpt from a 1981 interview with Cronenberg on the CBC’s The Bob McLean Show
  • Stereo (1969), Cronenberg’s first feature film
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Kim Newman

...all of that, and what may our favorite Criterion cover art ever. Nice job on that, Connor Willumsen.

Scanners hits Blu-ray on July 15th, and we can not wait. *You can click the cover art above if you want to pre-order yourselves a copy. All the cool kids are doing it, after all.

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