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Elephant Man [DVD] [1980] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Format: DVD-Video, Import, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, Korean
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Imports
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Feb 2010
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0037FFBCW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 355,085 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



You could only see his eyes behind the layers of makeup in The Elephant Man but those expressive orbs earned John Hurt a well-deserved Oscar nomination for his moving portrayal of John Merrick, the grotesquely deformed Victorian man. Inarticulate and abused, Merrick is the virtual slave of a carnival barker (Freddie Jones) until dedicated London doctor Frederick Treves (Anthony Hopkins in a powerfully understated performance) rescues him and offers him an existence with dignity. Anne Bancroft co-stars as the actress whose visit to Merrick makes him a social curiosity, with John Gielgud and Wendy Hiller as dubious hospital staffers won over by Merrick. David Lynch earned his only Oscar nominations as director and co-writer of this sombre drama, which he shot in a rich black-and-white palette, a sometimes stark, sometimes dreamy visual style that at times recalls the offbeat expressionism of his first film, Eraserhead. It remains a perfect marriage between traditional Hollywood historical drama and Lynch's unique cinematic eye, a compassionate human tale delivered in a gothic vein. The film earned eight Oscar nominations in all and though it left the Oscar ceremony empty-handed, its dramatic power and handsome yet haunting imagery remain just as strong today. --Sean Axmaker,

On the DVD: Being black and white, it's easier to judge the digital transfer in terms of shade and thankfully this print looks just fine. There's a little confusion over the sound, however, which is advertised as Stereo on the box but says Mono on the Audio Menu. It certainly seems to be a basic Dolby stereo but it's a shame Lynch hasn't given it the personal touch since he's obsessed with mixing his films' sound himself. From the nicely thought-out animated menus there's a gallery of 20 photos and a misguiding, dramatic theatrical trailer. The only other extra is a 64-page book of which only 10 pages relate directly to the film (the rest re-tell Lynch's career and the real Elephant Man's life). --Paul Tonks

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Blu Ray 5 May 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
It's easy to forget what a one-off work of genius this movie is. Think about it - a young David Lynch fresh off Eraserhead and bubbling with talent and creativity. A cast of the UKs finest actors - pre ham Anthony Hopkins, Johns Hurt and Geilgud, a wonderful turn by Freddie Jones. All shot by arguably the best cinematographer ever from these shores, Freddie Francis. Did I mention Chris Tuckers makeup effects? It's a never to be repeated mix of talents and the resultant film is luminous, dark, tragic and unforgettable.
This blu ray is a revelation - the glistening, steamy Victorian world is even more vivid. This is a must have for all movie lovers, and the packaging is great too.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
'The Elephant Man' is a must-see film that tells the heart-wrenching tale of John Merrick, a man severely deformed by a rare disease.
The black-and-white picture brings you from joy, seeing Merrick slowly progress, with the help of Frederick Treves, a London doctor, to an intelligent member of society. The joy turns to despair in the depths of the film as we are forced to watch human society tear down this man of everything he is, just so they can have a cheap laugh.
It is an emotional masterpiece, a true story that deals with the depth of human acceptance and care for its fellow man. Beneath the skin, John Merrick was just as human, perhaps more, than any of the others - particularly those who were so blind as only to see him as a 'monster' without ever considering that he might be the same underneath as any of them.
If you want a film that asks serious moral questions and examines the human psych beautifully, then this is it. I would recommend it to any age. Let us just hope that humanity can learn from its past mistakes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful film gets a new lease of life ! 15 May 2001
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This wonderful film about the life of the tragic John Merrick and the man who gave him shelter and love, Treves, should be compulsive viewing for everyone. It shows both man's inhumanity to other men as well as the compassion and care that is so often lacking in peoples lives. John Hurt's eyes and voice are still distinctive in a magnificent performance, even under the mass of make-up. Hopkins rates his own performance as one of the best of his career and the supporting cast are superb. With the film being shot in black and white and the locations often being dark and dingy this film lends itself to DVD media. The anamorphic picture is both sharp and well defined, the sound, although not Dolby 5.1, still brought out words and atmosphere I have never heard before and certainly highlighted the evocative music that I for one have always thought massively underrated. With this release, it gives us the definitive version of a classic film, I recommend this to anyone who has seen the film or currently owns it on video - no contest !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth shelling out for. 26 Dec 2009
The tale of John merrick, crueley dubbed the elephant man is brought to the screen by genius/madman director David lynch in a film that was nominated for 8 oscars. I don't need to go deeper into any plot synopsis for this one, Amazon's gives you the gist suffice to say all these years on the film is still brilliant and well worth watching, even if your one of those strange people that hates black and white film. Some of Britains finest actors appear giving it their all including John gielgud Anthony hopkins and John Hurt as merrick himself in a performance that should have got him the oscar.
Older films can often be hit or miss on blu-ray, some like the omega man or close encounters can look fine others like evil dead 2 are not so good. Fortunately this one fits in the latter quality with hi-def bringing out all the details in the picture supurbly, ok some of the print grain also shows as this is the sharpest picture quality I have seen with the movie, the sound mix and general audio quality are also excellent. The extras on the disc, as with any lynch disc, are limited to interviews and on this a short documentary on the real elephant man but this is certainly better than previous bare bones releases and the packaging and book that come with it are excellent. I got this as an xmas present and was highly impressed and while it's certainly dearer than the standard dvd blu ray owning lynch fans and apreciaters of quality cinema could do a lot worse than treating themselves to this disc.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful film about man's concept of beauty 24 May 2000
Format:VHS Tape
"The Elephant Man" is almost unbearably moving.It concerns the true story of John Merrick and the doctor who rescues and befriends him. Every aspect of this film is stunning - the acting (John Hurt as Merrick and Anthony Hopkins are particularly outstanding), the cast (including John Guilgud, Wendy Hiller, Freddie Jones ...), the photography and direction, the music. The final combination is a poetic tribute to the human spirit and a damning inditement of the cruelty mankind can inflict on those they perceive as different and deformed. It is an agonising film to watch but somehow afterwards, I felt uplifted, even though I had cried copiously from Trieves' first view of Merrick (a remarkable piece of acting by Hopkins) until after the video had finished rewinding!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly a unforgetable film. 23 Jan 2003
An emotional,heart thumping masterpiece everyone should enjoy and learn from. The elephant man has to be one of the greatest films ever made and really shows you that beauty is inside whatever state the outside is. Even i, a grown man, shed tears for the elephant man as he moved through his tormented yet beautiful life. Every happy moment he spends appreciating what he has got, being such a happy, polite and very positive man.
A must-see for everybody whatever race and gender in todays society.
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John Hurt has been unforgettable in a number of roles, but never more so than in The Elephant Man. It is the one where he is unrecognisable, both facially and in voice, yet retains... Read more
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Enjoyable way of seeing history - education and entertainment in one - quality acting from some of the best of Bristish
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5.0 out of 5 stars a timeless heart breaking classic
what can i say - incredible in every aspect - I was very grateful for extra features which shed more light on John Mereck and gave more details of his life. Read more
Published 7 months ago by A. Watts
5.0 out of 5 stars An overlooked masterpiece
The Elephant Man is a fantastic, underrated and very powerful film. I've always been fascinated with the true story of John Merrick, otherwise known as the Elephant Man. Read more
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This was for a present. We had talked about the film and about elephant man. My friend had never seen the film. We talked on Monday by Wednesday he was watching it. Read more
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