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5.0 out of 5 stars You won't get the hump with the 'Ultimate Edition'
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...
Published on 7 Mar. 2011 by Allan Broadfield

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3.0 out of 5 stars Brand new product from a reliable seller
The rating I've chosen for this DVD reflects more the contents than it does the seller. The seller got me new sealed product quickly, inexpensively, and quickly. The DVD, however, is a bit slap-dash for purporting to be The Ultimate Edition of this classic silent monster movie. The print is in very poor shape, the 'audio essay' is dull and unessential, and the extras are...
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You won't get the hump with the 'Ultimate Edition', 7 Mar. 2011
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Allan Broadfield (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Hunchback of Notre Dame [DVD] [1923] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
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
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
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Brand new product from a reliable seller, 18 Jan. 2014
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D. M. Centifanti "aliceboy" (Durham, County Durham, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Hunchback of Notre Dame [DVD] [1923] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
The rating I've chosen for this DVD reflects more the contents than it does the seller. The seller got me new sealed product quickly, inexpensively, and quickly. The DVD, however, is a bit slap-dash for purporting to be The Ultimate Edition of this classic silent monster movie. The print is in very poor shape, the 'audio essay' is dull and unessential, and the extras are weak. This release would have done better to take a look at the earlier double-disc version of Chaney's Phantom of the Opera or (had it been released before this) the superb Masters of Cinema BD of Murnau's Nosferatu; both provide truly ideal versions of ancient films. I can't see myself watching this very often, but am glad to have an at-least-decent version that won't wear out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ULTIMATE EDITION?, 4 Dec. 2013
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This review is from: Hunchback of Notre Dame [DVD] [1923] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
There are many Public Domain versions of this classic out there, but i have to say that this multi-region release is the best yet. Difficult to imagine a better image than we have here without an unrealistic amount of restoration. You really can't wish for anymore considering we are talking 1923.
This is the full length print complete with colour tinted images taken from a high definition source, and after only experiencing poor quality TV showings or grainy VHS, this was a joy to behold.
Some interesting extras including about a dozen production stills in 3D!!! (They even give you 2 pairs of glasses).
At the moment this is indeed the ultimate edition and i can't really see myself buying another version.
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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
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Mr. A. E. Hall "brother_of_sadako" (Liverpool, UK) - See all my reviews
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Print, 5 Jun. 2013
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It seems that the ultimate edition is the finest print available on DVD.For fans of silent films its well worth getting.
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