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The Elephant Man R2 SE in August

Optimum Home Entertainment have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of The Elephant Man (Special Edition) on 4th August 2008 priced at £12.99. Brilliant young Doctor Frederick Treves (Anthony Hopkins) shocks his colleagues at the London Hospital when he unveils a man so hideously deformed that he is condemned to life as a freak in a circus sideshow. Upon returning this unfortunate to his “owner” Bytes, Treves witnesses Bytes’ brutal treatment of the Elephant Man – whose real name is John Merrick - and decides to rescue him for medical study at hospital. As he grows to know Merrick (John Hurt) however, he comes to realise that underneath the grotesque exterior there exists a gentle and intelligent man, whose capabilities have never been appreciated or allowed to develop. After years of suffering abuse and ridicule, Merrick sweetly delights in this chance at a better life, but will fate and those who seek only to profit from his deformity conspire against him?

Directed by David Lynch The Elephant Man was nominated for 8 Oscars and won 3 BAFTAS including Best Film and Best Actor for John Hurt’s portrayal of the titular character.

Features include:

  • 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
  • English DD2.0
  • The Real Elephant Man featurette on life for Merrick in Victorian England (19 mins)
  • Trailer
  • New & Exclusive John Hurt interview
  • New & Exclusive David Lynch interview

Released a few weeks later on 25th August is a 3-Disc David Lynch Collection which bundles together this new edition of The Elephant Man with Mulholland Drive (disc one of the two-disc release) and Inland Empire. Retail is £19.99.

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