David Lynch’s The Elephant Man is set to return to cinemas on 13th March to mark the 40th Anniversary of its original release. The theatrical presentation will be followed by a DVD, Blu-ray and 4K UHD Blu-ray release on 6th April 2020.
An intensely moving true story of humanity and bravery, The Elephant Man won 3 BAFTA awards including Best Film and Best Actor, and received 8 Oscar® nominations on release in 1980. Boasting an exceptional lead performance from John Hurt (Alien, 1984, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) in the iconic role of John Merrick, the stellar cast features Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of The Lambs, The Two Popes), John Gielgud (Gandhi, Julius Caesar), Anne Bancroft (The Graduate, The Miracle Worker), Hannah Gordon (Watership Down), Freddie Jones (Dune), Wendy Hillier (A Man for All Seasons) and Michael Elphick (Gorky Park).
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
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