Hunchback of Notre Dame, The (Blu-ray)
Flicker Alley, in association with the Blackhawk Films® Collection, is proud to present The Hunchback of Notre Dame, starring Lon Chaney as Quasimodo, looking as if he had just stepped out from the original illustrations of Victor Hugo’s novel.
Hunchback is a huge production: the sets depicting 15th-century Paris covered nineteen acres of Universal Pictures’ back lot and included the façade of Notre Dame Cathedral. Filming took six months and the climactic sequence employed two thousand extras, but it’s Lon Chaney’s performance that makes the character unforgettable. The Hunchback of Notre Dame premiered at New York’s Astor Theatre on September 2, 1923. The success of the film was immediate; it made Carl Laemmle and Universal Pictures a fortune, and turned Lon Chaney into a screen legend.
This edition is mastered from a multi-tinted 16mm print struck in 1926 from the original camera negative. (The film apparently does not survive in 35mm). Visible wear in the source material is diminished with a moderate amount of digital restoration. It is pictorially much better than earlier video editions and represents the best condition in which this landmark film survives today. A new symphonic score arranged by Donald Hunsberger was recorded in the Czech Republic by full orchestra conducted by Robert Israel.
This edition produced by David Shepard and Serge Bromberg; Special Contents Copyright 1991, 1996, 2007, 2014 by Film Preservation Associates, Inc. All rights reserved.
Starring: Lon Chaney, Patsy Ruth Miller
Directed By: Wallace Worsley
Written By: Perley Poor Sheehan, Edward T. Lowe Jr.
Score By: Donald Hunsberger (arranger) and Robert Israel
Language: Silent with English Intertitles
Video: 1080P / 1.33:1 / Black and White / Tinted Color
Audio: Dolby Digital Stereo
Theatrical Release: 1923
Runtime: 110 Minutes
Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Region Code: Region A,B,C (All Regions)
Special Features: An essay and an optional audio commentary by Chaney scholar Michael F. Blake; rare footage (in standard definition) of Chaney out of makeup on the Cathedral set; a 1915 film Alas and Alack, in which Chaney plays a hunchback; a dynamic HD photo gallery with over 50 original production and publicity stills; and a digital reproduction of the original souvenir program.