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The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) Blu-ray (Updated)

Posted January 25, 2014 11:43 PM by Webmaster

Flicker AlleyIndependent U.S. distributors Flicker Alley have confirmed that they will release on Blu-ray Wallace Worsley's The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923), starring Lon Chaney, Patsy Ruth Miller, Norman Kerry, and Kate Lester. The release will be available for purchase in February.

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.

Update

Special Features:
  • Audio commentary track with Chaney scholar and professional make-up artist Michael Blake
  • Rare behind-the-scenes footage with Lon Chaney out of makeup on the Cathedral set (1:40)
  • Alas and Alack (short one-reel film from 1939 in which Chaney plays a hunchback) (13:17)
  • Dynamic HD photo gallery with over 50 original production and publicity stills
  • Essay by Chaney scholar and professional make-up artist Michael Blake



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News comments (20 comments)



rollinwith26s
  Jan 11, 2014
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I had no idea this existed. I was only aware of the 1939 version.
insomniac013
  Jan 11, 2014
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Neat! Hopefully it'll be a nice steelbook like Le Voyage!
filmmusic
  Jan 11, 2014
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Oh, I'm really looking forward to the 1939 version..

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RipleyLV426
  Jan 11, 2014
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More classic Chaney is always welcome! Day one!

rootless
  Jan 11, 2014
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Yep, more classic Chaney is always welcome, and as always Warner will sit on his ass on the other Chaney classics.

Alex82
  Jan 11, 2014
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This is a fantastic, REALLY overlooked classic silent film, I'm glad someone is rescuing it.

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Wdm81
  Jan 11, 2014
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I love squinting and reading Flicker Alley's Logo

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Dr_Bedlo
  Jan 11, 2014
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Excellent news indeed! Day 1 for sure!

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BluPat
  Jan 12, 2014
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Great news! I have never seen this version but I will definitely rectify that with this Blu-ray release!

growler
  Jan 12, 2014
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Good news! I think the 1939 film version of Hugo's superb novel is generally considered the "best" version. But, it will be great to see "The Man of a Thousand Faces" play the title role!

pickfair
  Jan 13, 2014
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The Laughton 1939 version is great, but for my money, I think the 1923 version is the best ever. Lon rules!

charlieray1
  Jan 13, 2014
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The 1939 version is superior, but the real problem with the Chaney version is that there are no known existing prints of any quality. Neither the original negative or any original 35mm prints are known to survive. The source for all home video versions are a few surviving 16mm prints made for home use in the 20's and 30's, then copied and reissued in the 60's and 70's by Blackhawk. Some releases have looked better than others, but they're all fairly poor -- soft and contrasty.

I'd love to have a really good print of this -- with PQ like like Metropolis or The General -- but that's highly unlikely. I'm anxious to see what they ARE able to do with it.

Banned User
  Jan 14, 2014
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There is no comparison IMO. The 39' version was a remake of this more popular 23' version. As much as I love Charles Laughton, Chaney is much better in this role and this was the film that rocketed him to stardom. The problem here with this release is that the film only survives in 16mm prints. While I can't wait to see if HD brings out any detail I'm doubtful that detail won't be anything but added noise.

lcsl
  Jan 26, 2014
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<<<Alas and Alack (short one-reel film from 1939 in which Chaney plays a hunchback)>>>

Er, should that be 1915?

Bucky
  Jan 27, 2014
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Wdm81 - Jan 11, 2014
I love squinting and reading Flicker Alley's Logo
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Glad I am not the only person with that thought.

Carcosa
  Jan 27, 2014
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Perhaps on the of the most unimaginative covers I've seen. I will, however, wait to see if it's a significant improvement of the the Image/Blackhawk films DVD. It was VERY good and this looks to be basically an updated version of that release, with an awful cover.

THGhost
  Jan 27, 2014
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@rollinwith26s You're kidding, right?

rollinwith26s
  Jan 27, 2014
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Wow you people are stuck up. Lol! I was expressing my joy at discovering this and you people down vote it? You people need to think about that.
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Mr.Romo
  Jan 27, 2014
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Question about the one reel film extra Alas and Alack.

How could it be from 1939 if Lon Chaney died in 1930. Did they splice in old footage or is it Lon Chaney Jr. donning his father's mighty hump?

Carcosa
  Jan 27, 2014
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rollinwith26s, the movie IS a treasure, and it's great that you've discovered it now. Its only a shame it exists in less than desirable condition, but the previous Image DVD was and is leap years beyond what's been available until it made its appearance. Looks like they are using the same source print, but with some digital cleanup as well this time around. Its should be pretty nice.

The best packaging ever was the old Image laserdisc, which came with a reproduction of the original souvenir program book.


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