Scanners and Its Sequels Heading to UK Blu-ray from Second Sight Films

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Scanners, one of the most iconic horror films of the Eighties from legendary director David Cronenberg (Cosmopolis, A History of Violence, The Fly), is heading to Blu-ray for the first time in a highly collectible limited edition steelbook thanks to Second Sight Films.

From the Press Release:
The cult classic horror Scanners 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 features including:

• 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
• EXPLODING BRAINS & POPPING VEINS – Interview with makeup effects artist Stephen Dupuis
• BAD GUY DANE – Interview with actor Lawrence Dane

Scanners II: The New Order 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 Synopsis:
Drifter Cameron Vale (Stephen Lack – Dead Ringers) is plagued by incessant voices in his head unaware that he is a Scanner – a person with extraordinary powers who can not only read minds but literally tear them apart. He soon encounters Dr. Paul Ruth (Patrick McGoohan – “The Prisoner”), a scientist trying to help his kind adapt to society, but another underground movement of Scanners led by the psychotic Darryl Revok (Michael Ironside – Total Recall), has other intentions, and the ultimate confrontation of minds awaits.

Scanners II: The New Order Synopsis:
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 Synopsis:
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.

Unfortunately, while originally we heard the releases would be region-free, Second Sight regretfully announced that the three Scanners films on Blu-ray will be Region B, and the Scanners DVD 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.”

We can’t think of a better reason to break down and buy a region-free player, can you?

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