Monday, March 24, 2008

DVD: The Hunchback of Notre Dame -- March 24, 2008

The "Ultimate Edition" includes two DVDs with the best print I have ever seen of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, a brief clip of Lon Chaney in plainclothes showing someone around the cathedral set, the surviving reel of "Alas and Alack," a 1915 Cleo Madison short where Chaney played a hunchback and a fisherman, a set of 3-D production stills taken on the sets, and two pairs of red-green 3-D glasses. I enjoyed Michael Blake's commentary. He is a makeup artist and obviously a Chaney fan. I was bothered by the way he pronounced "Phoebus" and "Gringoire."
The sharp print made it easier to appreciate the Paris set and the costumes.

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