I know I'm probably going to get attacked for this, and I sincerely hate to burst everyone's bubble. I, too, was very excited about the Anchor Bay UK releases of THE BROOD and SCANNERS. Given Anchor Bay's almost impeccable reputation for providing quality presentations, I was sure these would be wise purchases even for those that already had the Region 1 releases from MGM. Alas, my copies just arrived today, and I'm sorry to report that the quality of both discs is utterly disappointing. Both films feature transfers that are extremely yellow and washed out. Yet, in both cases, this is overcompensated for by the severely high contrast of the transfers therein. Both are also excessively soft and hazy, almost giving Mark Irwin's skillful cinematography in both an unintentional look of "diffusion" that certainly doesn't fit Cronenberg's vision in either. SCANNERS is acceptable, and most folks probably wouldn't complain about this if MGM hadn't already released a surprisingly fresh, crisp looking transfer on their own bare-bones disc. Still, Anchor Bay's is noticably inferior and very disappointing. The featurette by critic Alan Jones, while interesting, is only about 8 min. long and doesn't really tell us too much more than we knew previously. The quality of THE BROOD is especially appalling. Again, yellow, washed out, overly soft, inappropriately bright. And what's worse...particularly on the uncut version, there is clearly a severe PAL/NTSC conversion effect visible here that's not necessarily so on the SCANNERS disc. The whole presentation of the uncut version smears and blurs with any movement or action of either the actors or the camera. Just awful, especially for Cronenberg's first admittedly "good looking" movie. Especially ironic is the fact that the transfer on the cut UK version actually looks better than that of the uncut version...but who wants that? Sorry to have disappointed anyone here who was looking forward to these discs like I was. But, to be honest...aside from the novelty value of both versions of THE BROOD, the Cronenberg/Directors documentary on both, and small featurette on SCANNERS...I would strongly recommend people stick to their bare-bones and more economically priced MGM discs, both of which featured far superior transfers. These two fine Cronenberg films deserved much better than this, especially from Anchor Bay.