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The Hunchback Of Notre Dame [VHS]

Lon Chaney , Patsy Ruth Miller , Wallace Worsley    Parental Guidance   VHS Tape
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  • Actors: Lon Chaney, Patsy Ruth Miller, Norman Kerry, Kate Lester, Winifred Bryson
  • Directors: Wallace Worsley
  • Writers: Edward T. Lowe Jr., Perley Poore Sheehan, Victor Hugo
  • Producers: Carl Laemmle, David Shepard, Irving Thalberg
  • Format: Black & White, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Sovereign
  • VHS Release Date: 24 Jan 2000
  • Run Time: 137 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CWEQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 372,953 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Lon Chaney, the man of a thousand faces, was best known for playing Quasimodo and the Phantom of the Opera. But the former role in The Hunchback of Notre Dame was clearly the most ambitious of his illustrious career, full of such longing and anguish. It's as though his entire being was consumed by this ugly outcast with a heart as big and beautiful as Notre Dame itself. And the makeup is still astonishing. The rest of this unrequited love story is pretty effective as well, with the re-creation of medieval Paris a standout for its lavishness. Like all great silent films, it delivers a poetry of life that is abstract and tangible at the same time. --Bill Desowitz

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Gothic drama in which the hideously deformed bell-ringer Quasimodo (Lon Chaney) lives in the bell-towers of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. He strikes out viciously at the city folk after their constant taunting, but is saved from their wrath by a beautiful gypsy girl, Esmeralda (Patsy Ruth Miller). When she is accused of stabbing her lover, Quasimodo spirits her away into the bell-tower, but their friendship ends in tragedy.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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The 'Ultimate Edition', and ONLY the 'Ultimate Edition is a revelation. Over the years I have seen many copies of this old film but this edition really is the bees knees. Granted it is from a 16mm print, but that, in turn was taken from an original master and is as sharp as 16mm can be under the circumstances. It keeps its original grey scale integrity which means you won't miss any details, and it is even slightly picture framed so you won't lose anything at the edges. There are a lot of scratches and general blemishes in places, and these could no doubt be removed digitally, but only at extreme expense.
Amazon have this regretable habit of scattering reviews of a film throughout all DVD editions available, so don't be fooled, especially by one particular edition, which uses the same original poster on the box, but is inferior in every other respect. Look for 'Ultimate Edition' at the top of the cover picture.
Until a 35mm archive print can be found this is probably the best it will get.
This edition has an excellent and informed commentary if you need it, a copy of the original programme, a film of Lon Chaney visiting the set, 3D pictures actually taken on the set, to view with supplied glasses, and best of all will play on your region 2 machine.
Fussy upstarts and contemporary Philistines be warned, however - this is a silent film, Lon Chaney aint gonna talk!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth all of the torture 4 Aug 2002
Format:VHS Tape
This film is classic Lon Chaney. He plays the Huntchback with all of the grusome makeup and in dept humanity that made him famous.
To bring Victor Hugo's novel to the screen, Chaney wen (as ever) to the extremes of make up and Universal built a full scale model of Notre Dame; it was worth it and although the 1939 remake recieves all of the attention this is a brilliant film and well worth watching.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true Classic with a well deserved Edition. 17 Feb 2010
By Rick
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Lon Chaney Snr - The Man Of A Thousand Faces - There has been several version of Victor Hugo's Classic, but none of them really get anywhere near Chaney's version ( with the exception of Charles Laughton version). The story of Quasimodo & his love for the gypsy, Esmerelda. What makes thie Ultimate edition so good is someone has genuinally taken the time and the trouble to clean this vintage film up to near perfection. For those of you who own a dire copy of this Chaney Classic now is the time to throw it out and invest in this - you will not be dissapointed
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 Stars Go to Lon Chaney 18 Mar 2003
Format:VHS Tape
As a film, the original Hunchback of Notre Dame is not a great film, just a very good one. However, Lon Chaney's performance is what makes this film so special. The opening scene is spectacular (who says you need a computer to create stuff like that?) but the moment the crowd catch sight of Chaney is where the time stands still and cinema history takes over. Much of the rest of the film is very good but in general not amazing. Chaney is spellbounding throughout.
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