The Elephant Man

Edition no. 1051

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Paramount Home Entertainment
Directed by: David Lynch

With this poignant second feature, David Lynch brought his atmospheric visual and sonic palette to a notorious true story set in Victorian England. When the London surgeon Frederick Treves (Anthony Hopkins) meets the freak-show performer John Merrick (John Hurt), who has severe skeletal and soft tissue deformities, he assumes that he must be intellectually disabled as well. As the two men spend more time together, though, Merrick reveals the intelligence, gentle nature, and profound sense of dignity that lie beneath his shocking appearance, and he and Treves develop a friendship. Shot in gorgeous black and white and boasting a stellar supporting cast that includes Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud, and Wendy Hiller, The Elephant Man was nominated for eight Academy Awards, cementing Lynch’s reputation as one of American cinema’s most visionary talents.

Technical Specifications

Format: Blu-ray
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Audio: English 1.0 PCM Mono
Subtitles: English
Region: A
Discs: 1 Disc |  BD-50
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Supplements

  • Director David Lynch and critic Kristine McKenna reading from Room to Dream, a 2018 book they coauthored
  • Archival interview with director David Lynch
  • Archival interview with actor John Hurt
  • Archival interview with stills photographer Frank Connor
  • Archival interview with makeup artist Christopher Tucker
  • Archival interviews with producers Mel Brooks and Jonathan Sanger, director of photography Freddie Francis
  • Audio recording from 1981 of an interview and Q&A with David Lynch at the American Film Institute
  • The Terrible Elephant Man Revealed, a 2001 documentary about the film
  • Trailer
  • Radio spots
  • A booklet featuring excerpts from an interview with David Lynch from the 2005 edition of filmmaker and writer Chris Rodley’s book Lynch on Lynch, and an 1886 letter to the editor of the London Times concerning Joseph Merrick, the “elephant man,” by Francis Culling Carr Gomm, chairman of the London Hospital at the time

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