Scanners (Widescreen)

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Scanners (Widescreen)
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Rating 3.8
98 ratings
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DVD Features:

  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Languages: English, French
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Rated: R
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 43 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1981
  • Label: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
  • Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital Mono - English
    • Dolby Digital Mono - French
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring , , , &
Performer: , &
Directed by

Entertainment Reviews:

Variety - 01/21/1981
"...[The] modernistic natural locations have been exceedingly well chosen and are beautifully complimented by Mark Irwin's sharp lensing..."
USA Today - 01/10/1997
"...A murky mood piece that has lingered in the memory for 15 years..."
Sight and Sound - 09/01/2005
"In Cronenberg's icy, insidious original the head-to-heads exude a menacing intensity..."
Uncut - 09/01/2005
"[W]onderfully paranoid and menacingly moody..."
Total Film - 06/01/2013
4 stars out of 5 -- "David Cronenberg's original 1981 cult classic remains serious sci-fi..."

Description by OLDIES.com:

Welcome to the world of the Scanners - a race of humans with telekinetic powers that can wreak havoc beyond your most dreaded nightmare. Writer/director David Cronenberg (The Fly, Naked Lunch) brings the terror closer than ever before - he brings it right into your mind. Cronenberg is a modern-day horror master whose name fits easily with the likes of King, Craven and Carpenter, and Scanners, with its spectacular and shockingly realistic special effects, is a startling masterpiece of the genre.

When a rogue Scanner of unparalleled power (Michael Ironside) wages a bloody war against the "normals," young empath Cameron Vale (Stephen Lack) is recruited to track him down. But Vale is inexperienced - and a battle with another Scanner could mean a grisly death or worse. Can Vale vanquish his insanely violent, power-mad adversary? Only one thing is certain: Scanners "delivers the chills-down-your-spine, heart-in-your-throat, you-can't-watch-but-you-daren't-leave goods" (Time)!

Product Description:

Scanners are men and women born with incredible telepathic and telekinetic powers. This breed of superbrains was developed as an accidental side effect of a tranquilizer administered to some women during pregnancy. Cameron Vale is one such scanner, and he, like most of those with similar powers, exercises the benefits of his special gifts in a safe and judicious manner. But a group of renegade scanners, led by the nefarious Revok, plans to create a race of telepathic ubermenschen who will rule the world. Vale must team up with a like-minded female scanner in order to thwart the plans of the fiendish gang. The protracted end game between Revok and Vale is heightened by a dark secret which is shockingly revealed just before their duel begins.

Plot Synopsis:

Scanners are men and women born with incredible telepathic and telekinetic powers. This breed of superbrains was developed as an accidental side effect of a tranquilizer administered to some women during pregnancy. Cameron Vale is one such scanner, and he, like most of those with similar powers, exercises the benefits of his special gifts in a safe and judicious manner. But a group of renegade scanners, led by the nefarious Revok, plans to create a race of telepathic ubermenschen who will rule the world. Vale must team up with a like-minded female scanner in order to thwart the plans of the fiendish gang. The protracted end game between Revok and Vale is heightened by a dark secret which is shockingly revealed just before their duel begins.

Plot Keywords:

Action | Essential Cinema | Psychic Forces | Recommended | Theatrical Release

Production Notes:

  • Photographed in Eastmancolor on location in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The film was shot in a widescreen process, with an aspect ratio of 1.85:1.
  • Estimated budget $4.1 million.
  • Cronenberg previously dealt with the subject of telepathy in one of his earlier, more experimental, short films: "Stereo" (1969, Canada). "Stereo" is 63 minutes long and was shot without direct sound on black-and-white 35mm stock; a voice-over narration was written and added to the film after editing. Its story unfolds in an undesignated year in the future at a clinical institution established for the study of telepathic powers. Various cold-blooded experiments take place in this eerie institute, and the film can be seen as a deadpan satire on the humorless solemnity of scientific language and methods. As of 1993, "Stereo" was not available on video.

Movie Lovers' Ratings & Reviews:

Customer Rating: Rating 3.8
Based on 98 ratings.
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Rating 4.5 Good for its time Movie Lover: from N. HUNTINGDON, PA US -- December, 16, 2010

The movie is good real good.Well its got Michael Ironside as the bad guy,He makes a good bad guy.
If u like a movie with some blood this is it.


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