Sci-Fi Stash: Four Things To Spend Your Hard-Earned Cash On This Week

By David Wharton | 7 years ago

ScannersScanners (The Criterion Collection)
If you just don’t have enough exploding heads in your life — and I don’t know you, but I feel comfortable in assuming that you don’t — David Cronenberg’s Scanners is your one-stop solution. First released in 1981, Scanners follows the havoc created when one Darryl Revok, a renegade “scanner” — shorthand for people with telepathic or telekinetic powers — decides to make life thoroughly shitty for ConSec, a weapons and security manufacturer that seeks out scanners for their own nefarious purposes. Honestly, I shouldn’t really have to tell you anything but the facts that 1) it’s written and directed by David Cronenberg, 2) a dude’s head explodes in spectacular fashion, and 3) at one point Michael Ironside (as Revok) looks like he does in that picture up there. Honestly, I soiled myself a little just from resizing the image.

Cronenberg’s horror/sci-fi classic is getting a new Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack from the prestigious Criterion Collection, and as is SOP with their stuff, they’ve packed in a ton of goodies:

  • 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
  • One Blu-ray and two DVDs, with all content available in both formats
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Kim Newman


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