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The Elephant Man [Blu-ray]

  • Blu-ray
  • 1 disc
  • Region 2 Europe+ (info)
  • David Lynch brings his own dreamlike style to the heartbreaking yet somehow uplifting story of John Merrick (John Hurt), a hideously deformed individual dubbed the Elephant Man during his years in a circus freak show in Victorian England. After suffering for years at the hands of his circus "master," the eloquent, soft spoken Merrick is "rescued" by compassionate surgeon Dr. Frederick Treves (Anthony Hopkins), who allows him to live at the hospital where he works. Merrick becomes a social celebrity when he meets a popular stage performer (Anne Bancroft), but he must continue to fight for his dignity with those who still choose to view him as a freak. Meanwhile, Treves begins to question whether his supposed act of humanity has been just as exploitative as Merrick's former caretaker's.

    Lynch's follow-up to his 1978 cult classic ERASERHEAD is a seamless blend of art and entertainment, which earned the film eight Academy Award nominations in 1980. Freddie Francis's breathtaking black-and-white cinematography combines with John Morris's score to re-create Victorian England with a deeply haunting beauty. It is the compassionate performances of Hurt and Hopkins that lift THE ELEPHANT MAN to a more emotional level, however, bringing an inspired sadness to Lynch's striking vision.
  • Credits
    John Hurt, Anthony Hopkins, Anthony Hopkines, Anthony Hopkins, John Gielgud, John Gielgud, Arthur John Gielgud, Anne Bancroft, Anna Maria Louise Italiano, Anne Marno, Wendy Hiller, Wendy Hiller, Freddie Jones
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Haunting....Hurt is truly remarkable..."
    New York Times

    "...Lynch's immaculate portrait of the tortured John Merrick emerges as one of the director's most experimental cinematic projects..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...THE ELEPHANT MAN remains one of Lynch's most outstanding dramas..."
    Total Film

    Sight and Sound

    "Hurt brings an almost divine grace to Merrick....The film is among the more tender and restrained efforts from director David Lynch."

    4 stars out of 5 -- "[Lynch] creates surreal dream images and swirling, dissolving montages....John Merrick is the beauty -- it is the modern world, suggests Lynch, that is the beast."

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