Elephant Man, The (Criterion Collection Blu-ray)

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Elephant Man, The (Criterion Collection Blu-ray)

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Elephant Man, The (Criterion Collection Blu-ray)

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 Lynchs reputation as one of American cinemas most visionary talents.


  • Length
  • Rating PG
  • Added Aug 31 2020
  • Production Year 1980
  • Empire SKU 3050640
  • UPC Code 715515251518
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging HD
  • Number of Discs 2
  • Disc SS-SL
  • Subtitles English


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New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack
Director David Lynch and critic Kristine McKenna reading from Room to Dream, a 2018 book they coauthored
Archival interviews with Lynch, actor John Hurt, producers Mel Brooks and Jonathan Sanger, director of photography Freddie Francis, stills photographer Frank Connor, and makeup artist Christopher Tucker

Audio recording from 1981 of an interview and Q&A with Lynch at the American Film Institute
The Terrible Elephant Man Revealed, a 2001 documentary about the film
Trailer and radio spots
English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
A booklet featuring excerpts from an interview with Lynch from the 2005 edition of filmmaker and writer Chris Rodley’s book Lynch on Lynch
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


  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 B&W

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