Blu-ray Release: The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)

Blu-ray Release Date: Sept. 28, 2021
Price: Blu-ray $19.99
Studio: Kino Lorber

Wallace Worsley’s 1923 is a million-dollar super-production of Victor Hugo’s famous novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) is presented here in a 4K restoration by Universal Pictures.

This epic adaptation recreated the Paris of 1482 complete with its own Notre Dame, and it established Lon Chaney as a monstrously sympathetic superstar. Chaney stars as Quasimodo, the mocked and vilified bell-ringer of Notre Dame who selflessly protects the starcrossed street performer Esmerelda (Patsy Ruth Miller), who is in an ill-fated love affair with the dashing Captain Phoebus (Norman Kerry). Chaney famously created the legendary makeup himself, and gave a performance of enormous sensitivity and pathos, launching him into Hollywood immortality.

Special features Kino Lorber’s new edition of the horrific drama-romance include the following:

-Audio commentary by film critic Farran Smith Nehme
-Booklet essay by film historian Michael F. Blake
-“Life in Hollywood” newsreel -Lon Chaney Home Movie footage
-Music by Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum & Laura Karpman
-Slideshow of production correspondence
-Slideshow of production stills

Buy or Rent The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)

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