Get your mind blown with SCANNERS
Criterion will be releasing a special collector’s edition Blu Ray of David Cronenberg’s 1981 sci-fi/body horror cult classic SCANNERS on July 15th.
The story focuses on a group of telepathically gifted human beings referred to as “scanners” who are sought by ConSec a weapons and security systems company for use in their special programs. When a renegade telepath named Daryl Revok (Michael Ironside) wages a one man war on ConSec, the company brings in aother Cameron Vale (Stephen Lack) to try to stop him. One of the film’s main main highlights is Revok’s ability to explode people’s heads with his focused telekinetic powers. Scanners followed Cronenberg’s earlier low budget efforts Shivers, Rabid and The Brood and became his first breakout hit. The Criterion Blu Ray will feature a restored high-definition transfer and includes a variety of cool extras.
– 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
– PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Kim Newman