Written by Daniel Benson
Published on Thursday, 28 February 2013 22:04
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, one of the most iconic horror films of the eighties from legendary director David Cronenberg (Cosmopolis, A History of Violence, The Fly
), comes to Blu-ray for the first time in a highly collectable limited edition steelbook thanks to Second Sight Films.
Drifter Cameron Vale (Stephan Lack - Dead Ringers
) is plagued by incessant voices in his head, unaware that he is a Scanner - a person with extraordinary powers that can not only read people's minds, but literally tear them apart. He soone encounters Dr Paul Ruth (Patrick McGoohan - The Prisoner
), a scientist trying to help his kind adapt to society, but an underground movement of Scanners led by the psychotic Derryl Revok (Michael Ironside - Total Recall
) has other intentions and the ultimate confrontation of minds awaits.
This cult classic horror comes to Blu-ray as a limited edition steelbook along with a DVD release on 8 April 2013 complete with a slew of brilliant new special feature including:
Scanners II: The New Order
- MY ART KEEPS ME SANE – Interview with star Stephen Lack
- THE EYE OF SCANNERS – Interview with cinematographer Mark Irwin
- THE CHAOS OF SCANNERS – Interview with executive producer Pierre David
- EXPLOPING BRAINS & POPPING VEINS – Interview with makeup effects artist Stephen Dupuis
- BAD GUY DANE – Interview with actor Lawrence Dane
and Scanners III: The Takeover
will also be released for the first time on Blu-ray only as single releases on 8 April 2013.
Scanners II: The New Order
is the sequel to David Cronenberg's original classic. A corrupt, power-crazed police official has high ambitions and plans to use the telepathic power of Scanners to achieve his goal. With the aid of a scientist and a new drug, he believes he can control their minds to do his bidding, but a rogue Scanner has other plans.Scanners III: The Takeover
is the final installment of the trilogy that began with David Cronenberg's classic shocker. A Scanner named Helena takes an experimental drug that turns her into a psychotic killer. As she goes on a murderous rampage with visions of world domination, only one man can stop her - her brother, Alex.
Second Sight had originally planned to release the trilogy without region coding, making them attractive buys for non-UK horror fans. Unfortunately, licensing restrictions have forced them to change plan and the Blu-rays will be Region B locked, while the DVD of Scanners will be Region 2. "We sincerely apologise for this, but unfortunately a contractual issue has arisen at the 11th hour which means we are no longer in a position to proceed with a region-free release as originally intended. We are very sorry indeed for the inconvenience, but unfortunately the coding is something we must now adhere to with this release, as on the majority of releases."
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