Scream Factory continues its impressive run of announcements, as the label has announced its acquisition of the two "Scanners" sequels, which it release on home video sometime next year.
David Cronenberg's original "Scanners" is one of the director's landmark films that set him on the path to becoming one of the most important and respected directors of his generation. Centered around a community of psychics gifted with telepathic and telekinetic powers, the film concerns a renegade Scanner's attempt to rebel against a corporation that exploits his kind.
It's a film that's literally mind-blowing at times, and it went on to become a cult classic during the video age. As such, that made it the perfect target for a couple of direct-to-video sequels, "Scanners II: The New Order" and "Scanners III: The Takeover."
Despite being directed by the same guy (Christian Dugay) and being released in close proximity to each other, the sequels have little to do with each other, let alone Cronenberg's original film. Sharing the same central concept but featuring different casts of characters, the two films tell different stories set in the same general universe.
Predictably, the films did not garner as much praise or enthusiasm as the original, which has landed both in obscurity for the past two decades. These are just the sort of films that Scream Factory has excelled in acquiring so far, however, so it's no surprise that the company has tapped them for a release.
Unfortunately, the company was unable to secure the rights to the first film, so fans expecting a box set release will still be left wanting. Likewise, Scream Factory still isn't sure if the sequels will be released on Blu-ray yet but has mentioned it as a possibility.
In the absence of a proper box set, perhaps Scream can acquire the rights to and release "Scanner Cop" and "Scanners: The Showdown," a couple of spin-offs that were also released back in the 90s. That'd be pretty mind-blowing.
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