Flicker Alley To Release Lon Chaney Classic ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ In A Newly Restored Blu-ray Edition on 11 March, 2014


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Flicker Alley, in Association with the Blackhawk Films Collection, Brings the Lon Cheney Classic to Blu-ray Disc in this Beautiful New Restoration.  

Release Date: March 11, 2014

Flicker Alley, in association with the Blackhawk Films Collection, is proud to present The Hunchback of Notre Dame, starring Lon Chaney as Quasimodo, looking as if he had just stepped out from the original illustrations of Victor Hugo’s novel.

This new Blu-ray disc edition is now available to pre-order from the Flicker Alley website (www.FlickerAlley.com) for the special reduced price of $34.95.

Hunchback is a huge production: the sets depicting 15th-century Paris covered nineteen acres of Universal Pictures’ back lot and included the façade of Notre Dame Cathedral. Filming took six months and the climactic sequence employed two thousand extras, but it’s Lon Chaney’s performance that makes the character unforgettable. The Hunchback of Notre Dame premiered at New York’s Astor Theatre on September 2, 1923. The success of the film was immediate; it made Carl Laemmle and Universal Pictures a fortune, and turned Lon Chaney into a screen legend.

This edition is mastered from a multi-tinted 16mm print struck in 1926 from the original camera negative. (The film apparently does not survive in 35mm.) Visible wear in the source material is diminished with a moderate amount of digital restoration. It is pictorially much better than earlier video editions and represents the best condition in which this landmark film survives today. A new symphonic score arranged by Donald Hunsberger was recorded in the Czech Republic by a full orchestra conducted by Robert Israel.


Bonus Materials Include:

Essay and optional audio commentary by Chaney scholar Michael F. Blake

Rare footage (in standard definition) of Chaney out of makeup on the Cathedral set

ALAS AND ALACK, a 1915 short film in which Chaney plays a hunchback

Dynamic HD photo gallery with over 100 original production and publicity stills

Digital reproduction of the original souvenir program


Release Date: 11 March, 2014

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This edition produced by David Shepard and Serge Bromberg; Special Contents Copyright 1991, 1996, 2007, 2014 by Film Preservation Associates, Inc. All rights reserved.



Blackhawk Films was founded in 1927 as a producer of film advertising for merchants and as a distributor of regional newsreels. The company made its mark as a nontheatrical distributor with the advent of 16mm sound film in 1933, establishing several regional offices before WWII. In 1947, Blackhawk expanded into sales of used film and soon thereafter began distributing new 8mm and 16mm prints of Laurel & Hardy comedies from Hal Roach Studios as well as titles from such other suppliers such as Fox Movietone, Killiam Shows, and National Telefilm Associates. David Shepard joined Blackhawk as Vice President (1973-1976) and after founding Film Preservation Associates in 1986, acquired the Blackhawk Films library, which now comprises some 5,000 titles.



Flicker Alley, LLC was founded in 2002 by Jeff Masino. Each Flicker Alley project is the culmination of hundreds of hours of research, digital restoration, and music production. Flicker Alley has partnered with Turner Classic Movies on several historic cable broadcasts including three previously unavailable silent films produced by Howard Hughes, three rarely seen Rudolph Valentino films and new digital editions of J’Accuse and La Roue, by Abel Gance. The Flicker Alley brand has grown to enjoy national and international critical acclaim.

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