The Elephant Man is getting a stand-alone 4K UHD Blu-ray release in November

Having been part of a special edition earlier this year, the 40th Anniversary Edition of The Elephant Man is now to get a more conventional release on 4K UHD Blu-ray on 9th November.

The new release is available for pre-order now from Zavvi and will be available via other retailers shortly.

The new 4K restoration of The Elephant Man was carried out at L’Immagine Ritrovata (Bologna and Paris) under the supervision of David Lynch, who also personally curated the color correction which took place at Fotokem (Los Angeles). The restoration was created from the Original Camera Negative with the latest HDR 16bit workflow used in order to obtain the best possible result. As a result, the black and white image has been restored to its original look.

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.


  • BFI Q&A with Jonathan Sanger
  • 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

For a full list of all upcoming releases for you to buy to own you can check out our 4K Blu-ray release schedule and DVD and Blu-ray release schedule.

The Elephant Man (1980)
Dir: David Lynch | Cast: Anne Bancroft, Anthony Hopkins, John Gielgud, John Hurt | Writers: Ashley Montagu (in part on the book "The Elephant Man: A Study in Human Dignity"), Christopher De Vore (screenplay), David Lynch (screenplay), Eric Bergren (screenplay), Frederick Treves (book)

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