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  • Actors: Lon Chaney
  • Directors: Wallace Worsley
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Elstree Hill Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Oct. 2004
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006B93BA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,652 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Deformed bellringer Quasimodo falls for a beautiful gypsy girl, Esmeralda and comes to her aid when she is accused of murder. Starring the acknowledged master of horror films, Lon Chaney, this is widely regarded as one of his finest performances.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S J Buck TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 May 2007
Format: DVD
This classic silent film starring Lon Chaney as the hunchback is well worth getting. Made in the mid 1920's its based on Victor Hugo's classic novel and for a film that is over 80 years old it holds up remarkably well.

You do need to concentrate when watching it as there are quite a few major characters and as there is no dialogue its easy to get confused. Of course there are captions to give you a clue. Chaney's makeup is well done, and apparently took hours every day to put on.

The picture quality for a black and white film from so long ago is reasonable. So long as you don't expect too much, you will get a lot out of this early horror classic.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Colin Jones on 9 July 2006
Format: DVD
Prospective buyers should note that the picture quality on this DVD (the version from Elstree Hill Entertainment) is really quite awful. The film has not been restored properly - it is full of blemishes - and for that reason I found it unwatchable. The one star is for Lon Chaney's memorable characterisation and make-up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Random Tandem on 11 Feb. 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This film was made in 1923, when movie making was in its infancy. That doesn't just mean silent, or black and white - it means scripts, casting, sets, lighting, make-up and everything else.

Praise be, they made a fantastic film here. It is what we would perhaps now describe as an "action drama" or maybe an "action thriller". There is plenty going on in the plotline and it's pretty compelling to watch, with huge chunks of pathos. Patsy Ruth Miller gives a wonderful lively take as Esmeralda; Lon Chaney is excellent as the poor afflicted Quasimodo, whether with slapstick fun, lonely despair, or untempered rage. But there are so many other wonderful convincing character portrayals, including gallant heroes and wicked villains that established a high benchmark for others to aim at down the years.

And this is a hugely long film too, at more than 100 minutes duration. Astonishing for that era. Watch it with an awareness of movie-making history and you shouldn't be at all disappointed.

Okay, so it's a budget package without extras, but that's also why it's a budget price. Wonderful and highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A.J.Bradley on 16 July 2014
Format: DVD
The five stars awarded are for the film, not for the woeful transfer. The images - as with Murnau's 'Nosferatu' - remain powerful after all these years. RKOs remake was a fairly glossy affair - and remains a classic, yes - but the original is not only moving but also quite powerfully erotic, as you know that several of the male characters would be interested in stripping the clothing off Esmerelda.
The older I get, the more drawn to the silent screen classics.
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By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Aug. 2012
Format: DVD
The honours for the ultimate Hunchback, has to go to Charles Laughton, in the 1939 film directed by William Dieterle, that includes Maureen O'Hara as Esmeralda.

However, Lon Chaney as Quasimodo in Wallace Worsley's 1923 Silent is a memorable and spirited one, his even more crude make-up, which includes what looks like a golf ball stuck to his eye socket (his blind eye, presumably) than Laughton's is quite a triumph for the period. Lots of bits of putty and a 72lb rubber 'hunchback', I read!

The sets are good, as is the baroque style music, more fitting than an orchestral one. However, whilst the film would get four stars, the overall softness of this feature's picture means that you need the saintliness of Esmeralda herself to watch it intently, especially for those of us who already know the story.

I realise its age - 89 years 'young' - holds this to ransom and it must have been something quite spectacular at the time, but there are better versions and so this is really now for those who particularly follow the story, Lon Chaney or specialise in Silent movies.
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