18 June 2024

David Lynch’s Seminal The Elephant Man Getting A Cinematic 4K Re-Release

It’s been a packed week if you’re a David Lynch fan, and its getting better. The week he celebrated his birthday and the release of his short film (What Did Jack Do?). Studiocanal announce The Elephant Man  is coming back to cinemas.

This critically acclaimed masterpiece will be returning to cinemas newly restored in March. A few weeks later released digital, DVD, BD and a 4k UHD Collector’s Edition, including a Special Steelbook edition.

An intensely moving true story of humanity and bravery, the film won 3 BAFTA awards including Best Film and Best Actor, and received 8 Oscar® nominations on release in 1980.

A short new Trailer has been released to celebrate the upcoming release…

John Merrick (John Hurt) is The Elephant Man, forced into becoming a circus sideshow freak and spurned by society due to the disfiguring disabilities he was born with. Rescued by a well-meaning surgeon (Anthony Hopkins), he escapes a life of prejudice and cruelty as he tries to fit into a world ruled by Victorian sensibilities. With news of Merrick quickly spreading, he becomes a celebrated curiosity amongst London’s upper class, including with the famed actress Mrs. Kendal (Anne Bancroft). Despite being treated somewhat more humanely, the question becomes whether Treves’ actions are in fact a just a further form of exploitation of Merrick.

Beautifully shot in black and white by the incomparable Freddie Francis (Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Cape Fear) and with BAFTA-winning production design by Stuart Craig (The English Patient, The Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), THE ELEPHANT MAN is an unforgettable story of human dignity and courage in the face of unimaginable adversity, that proved to be David Lynch’s first commercial and critical success.

Home Entertainment Extras:
– NEW – BFI Q&A with Jonathan Sanger
– NEW – Interview with stills photographer Frank Connor
– Interview with David Lynch
– Interview with John Hurt
– Mike Figgis interviews David Lynch
– The Air Is On Fire: Interview with David Lynch at Cartier Foundation
– Joseph Merrick, The Real Elephant Man
– The Terrible Elephant Man Revealed
– Behind The Scenes Stills Gallery

BIOGRAPHY, DRAMA / 1980 / Cert: PG / Total Running Time: 124 mins approx.

Boasting an exceptional lead performance from John Hurt in the iconic role of John Merrick, along side Anthony Hopkins, John Gielgud, Anne Bancroft, Hannah Gordon, Freddie Jones, Wendy Hillier and Michael Elphick.

The 40th anniversary of The Elephant Man will be released in 4K in UK & Irish cinemas from 13th March. Then on digital, DVD, BD and a 4k UHD Collector’s Edition from 6th April.

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