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Hunchback of Notre Dame [DVD] [1939] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French, English
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: NR (Not Rated) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0045HCJS0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,569 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By ChrissyJJ on 13 Jun. 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Previously filmed in 1923 (with Lon Chaney as Quasimodo) this version is a vast improvement. Directed by German expatriate William Dieterle and featuring a superb performance from Charles Laughton as the lonely misshapen bellringer who falls in love with a beautiful gypsy girl. This was Laughton's second portrayl of a Hugo character (after playing Javert in 'Les Miserables' in 1935) and it became one of his most famous roles; overcoming the discomfort of the make up and the heat (it was filmed during the hot September of 1939) and pulling off a wonderful charectarisation, managing to convey Quasimodo's kindness and beauty of character. He is matched by a great cast - Cedric Hardwicke as the corrupt Frollo, Thomas Mitchell as the rebellious Clopin and Harry Davenport as the kindly old King while the nineteen year old Maureen O'Hara is breathtaking in her Hollywood debut as Esmerelda. Dieterle's direction brings genuine mood and atmosphere to the film and is matched by the tremendous sets (a mock up Notre Dame was built in the San Fernado Valley). The film cost more than $2 million and was a huge success - both critically and financially.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By russell clarke TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Jun. 2007
Format: DVD
The dramatic tool of having someone in love with another who will never return their feelings has been used extensively in cinema .I am willing to bet that it's never been done better or with more emotional resonance than the 1939 version of Victor Hugo's novel set in 15th century France.

This is more of a straight up love story than the previous 1923 silent version starring Lon Chaney with the hapless disfigured bell ringer Quasimodo (Charles Laughton) hopelessly in love/lust with the stunningly beautiful gypsy girl Esmeralda (Maureen O'Hara) who naturally doesn't reciprocate .The film though draws parallels between 15th century France and the 20th century . Claude Frollo( Cedric Hardwicke ) the films villain is not only a sexually repressed religious hypocrite , and they ,ve always been in short supply , but advocates the destruction of the printing press so the proles will never be able to think for themselves and the wholesale destruction of the gypsies so the comparisons with Hitler are clear.

Many of the sub-plots of Hugo's, novel however have been dispensed with so director William Dieterle can concentrate primarily on the relationship between Quasimodo and Esmeralda though he does use the poet Gringoire ( Edmond O'Brien) as an agit-prop to further highlight the difference between the haves and the have- not's. The movie catches the tumultuous sweep of events very well while retaining the intimacy of the characters motivations and stories.

The sets of medieval Paris are truly awesome , particularly Notre Dame Cathedral itself ( which cost an at the time astonishing $250,000) and the score by Alfred Newman is excellently restrained. The script is literate -Quasimodo asks of a gargoyle -"why was I not made of stone like thee?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Anne Anderson on 27 Aug. 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Bought for my brother who has been tryin to find a copy for ages.I watched it to make sure it was ok & it took me back 40yrs when i first saw it.Still a great classic movie so much so that i will be ordering another copy for myself & another for 3 of my friends.Excellent film about power,love & humiliation.Buy it,you wont regret it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Aug. 2014
Format: DVD
What a truly lavish and gorgeous film this is, thematically it pulls the emotions in different directions, and as a story it's as sharp as a tack. Boasting a quite incredible performance from Charles Laughton as the tragic bell ringer Quasimodo (no nomination Academy, are you flipping sure?), and sets that are simply out of this world, this film to me defines classic cinema.

Into the mix we get a radiant Maureen O'Hara as Esmeralda who lights up the screen in every scene she is in, it's a very special performance in view of it being her first lead US turn. However, really the film's triumph lies with its script, a very aware piece of writing encompassing political goings on and the corruption of the church set around the hunchback's tragic love. The make up of Laughton leaves an indelible image when brought into focus with the great detail of the surroundings, and the score is mightily appropriate.

All in all this film cost 2 Million Dollars for RKO Studios, one of their most expensive outlays, but they were rewarded in spades as the film was a monster success and here in the modern day age of cinema the film still stands up as a benchmark for great movie making. 9/10
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BudapestFan on 15 May 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
It's inexplicably difficult to find a copy of this classic film, but thankfully here it is. On the negative side, the cartoonish cover looks like it would be more suitable for a pulp-fiction novel, and the cast biographies in the extras are in Korean (God only knows why - there's both Korean and English subtitles available as well), but it seems churlish to quibble over such insignificant details considering the trouble you'll have trying to find this on DVD elsewhere. The film itself, for those who haven't seen it, is quite simply a masterpiece of cinema. Almost every single frame could be a work of art in itself, but still it's thrilling entertainment, eliciting just about every possible emotion from the viewer in two hours. It's a shame that TV companies seem to be getting more shy of broadcasting black & white films, so most people have probably only seen the Disney version. The DVD is All-Region, NTSC. 4:3 Aspect.
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