David Cronenberg made six movies before Scanners, and it felt like all of them were a precursor to a great coming out. Critics were shocked with what he put onscreen. Nobody knew what to make of it. They only knew that they were seeing something strange and disturbing, something that resembled nothing else in movie history. They were disgusted by the groundbreaking visual effects, and disturbed by the paranoid fantasy lying beneath them. But the film became a big hit and with it, the career of one of cinema’s most distinctive auteurs had well and truly begun. The new Criterion Blu-ray edition is everything any fan could possibly hope for. Hit the jump for my full Scanners Criterion Collection Blu-ray review.