Scanners III: The Takeover (1992)

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Released 18-Aug-2004

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Science Fiction None
Rating Rated R
Year Of Production 1992
Running Time 96:03
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Christian Duguay
Studio
Distributor
Malofilm Group
Universal Pictures Home Video
Starring Liliana Komorowska
Valťrie Valois
Steve Parrish
Colin Fox
Daniel Pilon
Peter Wright
Sith Sekae
Harry Hill
Claire Cellucci
Michael Copeman
Chip Chuipka
Jean Frenette
Sylvain Beauchamps
Case ?
RPI Box Music Marty Simon


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio Unknown Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

††† Two words: God awful.

††† Scanners III: The Takeover is everything bad about sequels and then some. It follows the story of a pair of scanner twins adopted by the wealthy CEO of a pharmaceutical company. When one scanner, Alex Monet (Steve Parrish), accidentally kills his best friend, he flees to Thailand. His sister Helena (Liliana Komoowska) remains, plagued by headaches, until one day her father brings home Ephemerol 3 Ė an experimental drug that is not as addictive as its predecessors. Sadly, it also induces psychosis and so Helena goes on a rampage killing people in order to take over her fatherís enterprise, and then one day the world. Itís up to her brother to stop her, but can he put his past behind him and control his powers in order to save the world?

††† I started watching this on the tail of Scanners II: The New Order, and by the end of it I felt like Iíd just spent a month at Camp X-Ray in Guantanamo Bay. Forget sleep deprivation and evangelism Ė put this on repeat and youíll be broken, I guarantee it. I think itís time to indict director Christian Duguay for crimes against cinema, and make him watch this on repeat, over and over, until hauled before a Cinematic Tribunal.

††† The worst thing Ė the acting is bad. Really bad. Wooden, uninspired, camp, and really silly. And that was the good moments. Not that the cast have anything to work with Ė they donít. This script is so thin Iím surprised it didnít crumble into ash on the way to the studio execs.

††† In short Ė Donít waste your time. Iím not wasting any more of mine...

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Transfer Quality

Video

††† This has been transferred at an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, 16x9 enhanced Ė I think this was done originally at 1.85:1, though I have no confirmation of this. Regardless, this is not a huge difference.

††† The picture is slightly soft. The softness compensates for any graininess. Shadow detail is good, but a little murky due to the softness.

††† Colour is better than previous Scanners releases, but is still slightly washed out.

††† There are no MPEG artefacts. Film-to-video transfer artefacts are limited to minor aliasing. There was some dirt on the print but nothing too bad.

††† There are no subtitles.

††† This is a single layered disc.

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Audio

††† There is only an English 2.0 Dolby Stereo soundtrack.

††† Dialogue is reasonably clear, and sync was acceptable, though not always perfect with the dialogue.

††† The score is about the same as the first one Ė which was done over 10 years previously. Get a new act guys.

††† There is minimal surround information and no subwoofer use.

Extras

Menus

††† All menus are 16x9 enhanced. The main menu has periodic laughter. Iím not laughing.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

††† This title has not yet been released in R1 on DVD.

Summary

††† Scanners III: The Takeover ... I canít mince words, it is just plain bad. Aside from the spa scene, which was pleasant on the eyes if unpleasant on the ears, this is torture.

††† Video is decent.

††† The audio track is limited but does the job.

††† There are no extras. Thankfully.

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© Edward McKenzie (I am Jack's raging bio...)
Tuesday, September 07, 2004
Review Equipment
DVDPanasonic DVD-RV31A-S, using S-Video output
DisplayBeko 28" (16x9). This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver.
AmplificationMarantz SR7000
SpeakersEnergy - Front, Rear, Centre & Subwoofer

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