The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Starring: Charles Laughton Director: William Dieterle
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 57 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1939
  • Label: Turner Home Ent
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: Behind-the-scenes documentary featuring an interview with Maureen O'Hara
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English, Spanish
    • Subtitles - English, French, Spanish

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Plot Synopsis:

Charles Laughton stars as deformed bellringer Quasimodo in William Dieterle's adaptation of the oft-filmed Victor Hugo classic. Set in 15th-century Paris, as both church and state struggle to maintain their loosening grip on the populace, the story is driven by the beautiful Gypsy dancer Esmeralda. She attracts the attention of evil High Justice Frollo, who sends the hunchback to abduct her, but he's foiled by the captain of the guard, Phoebus. When Quasimodo is flogged sometime later, it is Esmeralda who risks exposure to bring him water, transforming the hunchback's spirit.

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Production Notes:

  • The film marked Edmond O'Brien's debut.
  • The film marked actress Maureen O'Hara's first Hollywood film.
  • The TCM Turner Classic Movies VHS release (Cat.#6377V) includes several special features:
    *An exclusive interview with Maureen O'Hara
    *A new documentary on the making of the film
    *The original 1939 trailer and lobby card art
    *A new introduction by Robert Osborne
  • The TCM Turner Classic Movies CLV laserdisc release includes a short documentary and analog-track commentary by film historian Paul Mandell. It is the first laser release from Turner Classic Movies.

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  • Sales Rank: 80,569
  • UPC: 883929151387
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