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  • Actors: NOTRE DAME OF PARIS
  • Format: Color, Import, NTSC
  • Language: French
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MAGADA
  • DVD Release Date: April 22, 2003
  • Run Time: 210 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (216 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005Y7KX
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,290 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "NOTRE DAME OF PARIS" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

This 150 minute DVD feature film stars Bruno Pelletier, Garou, Helen Segara, Patrick Fiori, Julie Zenatti, Daniel Lavoie and includes a 15 minute making-of documentary.

Customer Reviews

I have the DVD and it is so great I absolutly wanted the CD to listen in my car.
karine posson creamer
It is a very exciting addition to the musical theatre after Les Miserables to have another Victor Hugo story and characters come out of the book and onto the stage.
Herbert E. Paradis Jr.
Anyone with a love for moving music will enjoy this cd, whether or not he or she can understand French.
Stacy Fuller

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86 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Hazen B Markoe on June 30, 2004
Format: DVD
With the huge success of such grand musicals as LES MISERABLES and THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, it was perhaps obvious that sooner or later Victor Hugo's classic of love and fate, NOTRE DAME DE PARIS (AKA "The Hunchback of Notre Dame") would also get the musical treatment. Disney had already done it before as an animated film, but this time, the tragic story would be presented as a big operatic musical production. The end result would be somewhat mixed as NOTRE DAME DE PARIS became a theatrical box-office hit in both France and Canada, while underwhelming British and American audiences. (Part of this could be blamed on an English translation that proved to be both repetitive and banal.)
This DVD of NOTRE DAME DE PARIS presents the production in its original French with the option to access other language sub-titles, including English. There is also a 15 minute documentary covering the making of the musical. NOTRE DAME DE PARIS is indeed a sprawling production on a grand scale. It tells the story of the beautiful gypsy Esmeralda and of the three men who are enthralled by her: the soldier Phoebus, the priest Frollo, and Notre Dame's hunchbacked bell ringer, Quasimodo. When Esmeralda is accused of a crime which she did not commit, Quasimodo rescues and shelters her in the sanctuary of Notre Dame. However, things fall apart with tragic results.
Garou does a wonderful job of capturing the pain and humanity of Quasimodo. With his plaintive gravelly voice, his is a touching performance. Helen Segara makes for a wonderfully beautiful, if somewhat distracted, Esmeralda. Daniel Lavoie is appropriately tortured as the nasty Frollo, while Patrick Fiori is solid as the shallow Phoebus.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 3, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This double CD version, (as well as the French concept version), are entirely not to be missed! I can't help encouraging EVERYONE, French speakers or not, to buy THIS version, instead of the English one, which is too cut to pieces, and a bit dull sounding. I have been collecting musicals for... never mind how long, and I can freely call this one The best when it comes to the performances, enthusiasm, passion, and absolutely gorgeous music. Plamondon's lyrics are also good. I didn't speak one word of French when I bought this CD, and the French concept, and I am now learning it, not because I couldn't understand the story (most of the performances are so strong-- Garou, Lavoie, Pelletier, Mervil, Fiori, that they simply tell the story with the singing) but because I've become so enthusiastic with the beauty of the language! Run, don't walk...
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By hallospacegirl on November 7, 2004
Format: DVD
When you discover the French musical "Notre Dame de Paris," you'll get the feeing that you've stumbled upon a rare and wonderful gem that nobody else has been lucky enough to know about, but you. Thankfully, the video of this fabulous musical is readily available for anyone to see, but this doesn't make it any less of a gem!

The story is that of Victor Hugo's "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," and as people here have mentioned before, this musical sticks incredibly close to the storyline of the novel. Unlike Disney or many Broadway shows, "Notre Dame" doesn't try to gloss up Hugo's tragedy or cover up its many controversial themes with happy endings or peppy little dance numbers.

The setting is the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, and the time, pre-Renaissance. A poet named Gringoire is the storyteller as he opens and closes the musical with a song about the ancient cathedral and of the many conflicting new changes, inventions, and traditional values that seem to be causing unrest in Paris at the time. A band of wandering gypsies, led by Clopin, enter the gates of Paris in order to start a life in the city. Esmeralda, a young Spanish gypsy girl, catches the eye of Phoebus, a Parisian soldier, and is in turn attracted to him. Phoebus is engaged to a young firl named Fleur De Lys, and his heart becomes torn between the captivating foreigner Esmeralda, and his duty to Fleur De Lys and to the city. Meanwhile, inside the cathedral, both the priest Frollo and the deformed bellringer Quasimodo see Esmeralda, and fall in love with her. Frollo, unable to ever have Esmeralda as his own, becomes consumed by jealousy. Events reach a climax as there is a murder... a framing... and an innocent thrown in jail.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Tango on March 3, 2006
Format: DVD
I was on a high for days after I watched this show. It is a profoundly moving, synergistic combination of music, acting and dance that has very little in common with traditional musicals as we know them. French musicals have always developed along a different path to the Broadway/West End tradition, and nowhere is it more evident than in the production of "Notre Dame de Paris".

Before getting into the production, a word about the story. This is slimmed down from Victor Hugo's original novel, but essentially faithful to the text. Even Hugo's major thesis, that the age of the cathedrals will be killed by modernity, is touched upon, although the emphasis is on the fear of the gypsies/foreigners. The only significant omission is the subplot with Esmeralda's mother: in this version, Esmeralda is indeed a gypsy, rather than a child stolen by the gypsies from her mother. The character is thus also altered somewhat from the book, although the essentials remain: she is a young woman who is as yet unaware of her own sensuality and finds herself the subject of the unwanted attentions of two men, while falling in love with a third. Helene Segara is peraps a trifle too deliberate in her flirting at the start, but she is stunning in the second act. Vocally, I prefer Noa's version on the cast recording, but this is a matter of taste.

The production itself is very modern, and very sophisticated. It is not a musical in the classical sense, although there are some elements of rock-operas like "Jesus Christ Superstar". Here, the story and themes are expressed through movement (modern dance) as much as music, and some of the numbers that sound fairly repetitive on the recording (Les Sans-Papiers, for instance) come to life with the choreography, which is clearly the intent.
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