4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A wonderful film gets a new lease of life !,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Elephant Man [DVD] (DVD)
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 !