Last year, I briefly covered the Koch Media Blu-ray of David Cronenberg's inexplicably classic science fiction experiment SCANNERS. That release was so god-awful it gave the word "upscale" a bad name, and I'd have sooner suggested anyone within earshot wiped his ass with fifteen Euros than actually paid for that atrocity.
Thankfully for the impatient Cronenbergophiles among us, German label
Bonus features aren't exactly epic in scope, but you do get a still gallery, original trailers in both English and German, and the rather rare treat of a "Music and Effects" track, which are common on archival tape masters but almost never find their way out to the general public. It's also got a new interview with Stephen Lack (presumably in English)* and a commentary with Narcus Stiglegger, a German pop-culture aficionado who founded the German "Ikonen" magazine. I'm going to go out on a limb and assume that's not an English friendly feature.
For those interested - and word is the disc is region free, despite the case promising "Region B" only - just make sure the cover looks like THIS. Full color, Ironside's looking off to the right, and a big ugly "UNCUT!" blob on the cover. Koch Media had a funky monochromatic design, which was suitably drab for the shitty transfer it held. There's also a LIMITED EDITION (1,000 copies) from FilmArt that comes in a Digipak with a booklet and a DVD copy - nice of them to offer different editions and price points and all that, but I just don't see anything there worth an extra 10 Euros.
We know a Steelbook from Second Sight is just around the corner, and rumors of Cronenberg having recently visited the Criterion Collection offices leave me suspicious as to what other title of his they'd be interested in that they haven't already got materials for... but regardless, we finally have a stellar video presentation to tide us over until somebody gets their act together and can present a truly definitive release.
* I evidently wish it was interview with Michael Ironside, but maybe that's where Criterion can pick up the slack.