New life for Lon Chaney's poignant 'Hunchback'

One of Lon Chaney's greatest cinematic feats was playing Victor Hugo's tragic Quasimodo in the lavish 1923 Universal silent "The Hunchback of Notre Dame." His poignant performance made Chaney one of the major players in Hollywood. No expense was spared to bring this classic to the big screen. Acres of Universal's back lot were transformed into 15th century Paris, including the elaborate facade of the Notre Dame Cathedral. The production took six months to film, using 750 crew members and more than 2,000 extras. Now Flicker Alley in association with Blackhawk Films Collection has released the Blu-ray of this seminal silent. Since the film apparently did not survive in 35mm, the digital restoration was made from a multi-tinted 16mm print that had been struck from the original camera negative in 1926. This edition also features a new symphonic score arranged by Donald Hunsberger and conducted by Robert Israel. For more information go to Pictured: Lon Chaney as Quasimodo in "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," directed by Wallace Worsley, 1923.
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