Production Year: 1981
Release Date: 04/08/2013
Studio: Second Sight
Collection Number: 201
I was hoping to have this up yesterday but I'm afraid Oklahoma's crazy weather stopped that from happening. Tornadoes be damned, this is now one of my favorite steelbooks in the ol' collection. Second Sight is a company based in the UK that are responsible for some pretty epic editions of some of my favorite horror films. If I would have made some sort of "top ten releases" list last year their Return of the Living Dead Blu-ray certainly would have been a contender for the top spot.
Continuing the trend is their latest steelbook release for David Cronenberg's Scanners. Scanners is one of Cronenberg's better known films, and even if you have yet to see it you've likely viewed the famous head explosion scene somewhere on the internet. It'd be pretty hard not to stumble upon that GIF, especially if you find yourself on similar websites. I've always been a big fan of the director's work, and I knew it was only a matter of time before his films got the HD treatment that they deserve. I was very pleased when I learned of Second Sight's obtaining of the rights to the Scanners trilogy. I figured if any company out there could do something great with those films it would be them.
The steelbook design is certainly a change as far as past artwork goes, the releases for ROTLD and The Basket Case Trilogy were all very colorful and vibrant designs. This one is a bit more subtle, a flat black case featuring the famous image of Revok goin' super saiyan. It might not be as flashy as their past releases, but it doesn't really need to be. The film is presented with a new high definition transfer along with DTS 5.0 audio. As far as extras go this blu-ray has it's fair share of interviews, more than enough to keep any fan busy for a while.
Very few releases are perfect, my one complaint with this is that I would have much preferred the company to release the trilogy as a steelbook set, much like their Basket Case release. This is just a minor gripe though and doesn't affect the quality of the over all product. It's also worth noting that this set is indeed locked to Region B. Keep that in mind when ordering.
As of 2013 there have been no announcements made here in the US regarding a blu-ray of this film so if you desire to see Scanners in high definition anytime soon you will have to import. While there are a few different releases around the world, I give this release my full support. It's a great looking release and I'm very happy to have it sitting on my shelf.