- Actors: Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud, Wendy Hiller
- Directors: David Lynch
- Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Dolby, NTSC
- Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Mono)
- Subtitles: English
- Dubbed: French
- Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Rated: Parental Guidance SuggestedPG
- Studio: Warner Bros.
- DVD Release Date: December 11, 2001
- Run Time: 124 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 445 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00AEFXV3E
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,993 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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All the human spirit needs to thrive...is a chance. In one of his most l egendary films, director David Lynch chronicles the intense emotional jo urney of a complex, lonely man and the dedicated surgeon who changed his life. John Merrick (John Hurt) was born with a horribly disfiguring con genital disease, and suffered the humiliation of being a sideshow freak. Only when London doctor Frederick T reves (Anthony Hopkins, SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, RED DRAGON) rescues him does Merrick begin to regain the life of dignity and respect t hat everyone deserves. Based on a true story, the critically acclaimed, Oscar®-nominated film has earned its place in cinematic hist ory. Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud and Wendy Hiller lend mo ving performances to an already powerful story. Visually fascinating and hi storically relevant, Lynch has created a haunting masterpiece of com passion, beauty and ultimately, humanity.]]>
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This wondrous, shattering, electrifying, deeply humane film moved me so profoundly upon first seeing it a preview studio screening that when I approached John Hurt afterward to tell him how deeply his performance had touched me I found that I could only get out a few heartfelt words before my throat closed up completely and tears spilled down my cheeks. Oh Lord -- what is the man going to think?! Well, I was stunned when Hurt put his arms around me, hugged me close, and whispered in my ear "Thank you. That is the greatest compliment I have ever received. But those tears aren't for me - they're for John Merrick."
Needless to say, I found myself going home in an emotionally drained yet exhilarated daze, and could not sleep because of the haunting primal power of Lynch's extraordinary artistry, the unforgettable, heartbreaking score by John Morris (a family friend), the exquisite black and white cinematography by Freddie Francis, the astonishing make-up by Christopher Tucker, and the magnificent performances by the entire ensemble of brilliant actors.
Equal parts fable, fairy-tale, and dark, brooding, industrial-revolution nightmare, 'The Elephant Man' is that true rarity - a film filled with compassionate sentiment which somehow manages to be neither maudlin nor cloying: a miracle given the myriad potential traps inherent in the subject matter.
Both hellish and heavenly, 'The Elephant Man', along with 'Eraserhead', 'Blue Velvet', 'The Straight Story' and 'Mulholland Drive', is one of Lynch's finest artistic achievements and destined to be a timeless classic. Miss it at your peril.