The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Silent)

This silent classic is the first feature version of the Victor Hugo epic. Lon Chaney's performance and incredible make-up vividly bring this picture to life
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Silent)
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DVD Features:

  • Silent film based on the novel "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" by Victor Hugo
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 50 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: February 19, 2002
  • Originally Released: 1923
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33

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AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 2,949
Rating: 4/5 -- It's for [Chaney's] inimitable genius alone that this sprawling saga is now most fondly remembered. Full Review
Radio Times
Oct 17, 2016
Rating: 3.5/4 -- An awe-inspiring achievement, featuring magnificent sets (built on the Universal backlot), the proverbial cast of thousands (the crowd scenes are mesmerizing) and an opportunity to catch Lon Chaney at his most commanding. Full Review
Creative Loafing
Apr 18, 2014
Rating: 3.5/4 -- It's held up remarkably well. Full Review
Three Movie Buffs
Jan 16, 2011
Rating: B+ -- It's a total physical transformation that's often stunning to behold, selling effective make-up effects and behavior extremes with real gusto. Full Review
Blu-ray.com
May 10, 2014
The self-torture demanded by Chaney's makeup is impressive, as are the scales of the sets and the crowd scenes, but nothing comes to life under the flat direction of Wallace Worsley. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Mar 28, 2002
Rating: 3.5/4 -- Despite being 95 years old, it remains a classic. It also marks a true beginning of Universal Monster Films that would come to define horror for decades. Full Review
1428 Elm
Oct 12, 2018
Rating: 8/10 -- From any facet or dimension, The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a true classic in its own right due to its ambition, scope, scale and payoff. However, the real reason to see this film is the incomparable performance of one Lon Chaney. Full Review
PopMatters
Apr 18, 2014

Description by OLDIES.com:

Lon Chaney, cinema's "Man of a Thousand Faces," stars in this silent classic - the first version of Victor Hugo's novel about the tortured hunchback. Half-blind and monstrously deformed, Quasimodo dwells within the sanctuary of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Ridiculed and exploited by a cruel world, he passionately rings the cathedral's great bells to express his feelings. Quasimodo secretly loves a beautiful gypsy girl named Esmeralda, for whom he sacrifices his life when he rescues her from her evil guardian. Chaney's great performance and his incredible use of make-up brilliantly evoke both terror and pity for the hunchback as this classic tale is played out in medieval Paris.

Product Description:

This silent film is the first screen version of Victor Hugo's 1831 novel. Chaney plays the deformed bell-ringer who is smitten by a beautiful dancing girl persecuted by the wicked Bishop of Notre Dame.

Plot Synopsis:

A disfigured outcast from society, Quasimodo shows his humanity by rescuing a fair maiden marked for death. In the star-making gothic classic, the noble hunchback gives his life for the love of a young woman.

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Production Notes:

  • The Image Entertainment CAV laserdisc version (Cat. #ID-3544DS) contains the following:
    * A remastered sepia-and-blue tinted print of the film.
    * A look at the Notre Dame courtyard set.
    * A trivia-packed reproduction of the original souvenir
    program.
    * A gatefold essay by Lon Chaney's biographer, Michael F.
    Blake.
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The Hunchback Of Notre Dame Movie Lover: from clamart, Hauts-de-Seine FR -- March, 27, 2004

Closer to Hugo's novel than the 1939(more critically acclaimed)version and in ways as close as the 1957 version,this version remains one of the truly great silent masterpieces. Still totally watchable and absorbing tale of terror,revenge and passion set in Paris's Notre
Dame Cathedral. Unquestionably one of Chaney's finest films!


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  • UPC: 089218319593
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