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Scanners Blu-ray

Australia
Umbrella Entertainment | 1981 | 103 min | Rated R18+ | Feb 06, 2013

Scanners (Blu-ray)
Large:


Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (23.00 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)

Subtitles
None

Discs
25GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

Playback
Region B (locked)

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United Kingdom Scanners £8.41
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Blu-ray rating
Video 4.0 of 54.0
Audio 4.0 of 54.0
Extras 2.5 of 52.5
Based on 1 user review

Movie appeal

 
Horror100%
Sci-Fi-
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popularity
55
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Scanners

 (1981)

Scanners Blu-ray delivers great video and audio in this enjoyable Blu-ray release

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.

For more about Scanners and the Scanners Blu-ray release, see Scanners Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.5 out of 5.

Starring: Jennifer O'Neill, Michael Ironside, Patrick McGoohan, Stephen Lack, Lawrence Dane, Robert A. Silverman
Director: David Cronenberg

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Scanners Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC and granted a 1080p transfer, David Cronenberg's Scanners (1981) arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Australian distributors Umbrella Entertainment.

Even though the high-definition transfer the release uses does not appear to have been struck from a brand new scan, I like it quite a lot. Excluding some extremely light noise and minor compression artifacts, the film has a very solid organic look. During the many close-ups, for instance, detail is often excellent (see screencapture #4), while the large panoramic shots where daylight is prominent boast very pleasing depth (see screencapture #3). The light artifacts are present during a couple of scenes where light is restricted (see screencapture #10), but in motion even on very large screens they never become distracting. Furthermore, colors are stable and natural. There are no traces of excessive degraining corrections. Problematic sharpening corrections have not been applied either. The edges of the image frame also remain tight and stable when one projects the film. Lastly, there are no large damage marks, cuts, stains, warps, or debris to report in this review. All in all, Scanners has a solid organic look, which I am convinced will please, and possibly even impress, its fans. (Note: This is a Region-B "locked" Blu-ray disc. Therefore, you must have a native Region-B or Region-Free PS3or SA in order to access its content).


Scanners Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

There is only one audio track on this Blu-ray disc: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1. For the record, Umbrella Entertainment have not provided optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature.

Depth and clarity are good. The range of nuanced dynamics, however, is limited, which should not be surprising considering when and under what conditions Scanners was shot. Overall balance, even during non-action sequences, could have been better. Occasionally, the dialog becomes somewhat subdued and portions of it become somewhat difficult to hear. Still, there are no serious dynamic fluctuations. Turning up the volume a bit makes it quite easy to enjoy the film.



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