Scanners Film Still


David Cronenberg

Scanners (Criterion Blu-Ray)


1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • Canada
  • 1981
  • 103 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.78:1
  • English
  • Spine #712

With Scanners, David Cronenberg plunges us into one of his most terrifying and thrilling sci-fi worlds. After a man with extraordinary—and frighteningly destructive—telepathic abilities is nabbed by agents from a mysterious rogue corporation, he discovers he is far from the only possessor of such strange powers, and that some of the other “scanners” have their minds set on world domination, while others are trying to stop them. A trademark Cronenberg combination of the visceral and the cerebral, this phenomenally gruesome and provocative film about the expanses and limits of the human mind was the Canadian director’s breakout hit in the United States.


Kim ObristJennifer O’Neill
Cameron ValeStephen Lack
Dr. Paul RuthPatrick McGoohan
Braedon KellerLawrence Dane
Darryl RevokMichael Ironside
Benjamin PierceRobert Silverman
First ScannerLouis Del Grande


DirectorDavid Cronenberg
Written byDavid Cronenberg
Produced byClaude Héroux
Executive producersVictor Solnicki and Pierre David
Director of photographyMark Irwin
MusicHoward Shore
EditorRonald Sanders
Art directorCarol Spier
Special effectsGary Zeller
Micro effectsDennis Pike
Consultant for special makeup effectsDick Smith

Disc Features


  • 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 by Michael Lennick on the film’s special effects, featuring interviews with Cronenberg’s collaborators
  • Mental Saboteur, a 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
  • New, restored 2K digital transfer of Stereo (1969), Cronenberg’s first feature film
  • Trailer and radio spots
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Kim Newman

    New cover by Connor Willumsen

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