The elephant man

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[New York, New York] : The Criterion Collection, [2020]., , ©2020.
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1 videodisc (123 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (36 pages ; illustrations ; 12 x 17 cm).
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[New York, New York] : The Criterion Collection, [2020]., , ©2020.


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Title from disc label.
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Originally released as a motion picture in 1980.
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Based on the books "The elephant man and other reminiscences" by Sir Frederick Treves, and "The elephant man : a study in human dignity" by Ashley Montagu.
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Wide screen (2.35:1 aspect ratio).
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Special features: New 4K digital restoration; director David Lynch and critic Kristine McKenna reading from Room to Dream, a 2018 book they co-authored; archival interviews with Lynch, actor John Hurt, producers Mel Brooks and Jonathan Sanger, director of photography Freddie Francis, stills photographer Frank Connor, and makeup artist Christopher Tucker; audio recording from 1981 of an interview and Q&A with Lynch at the American Film Institute; The Terrible Elephant Man Revealed, a 2001 documentary about the film; Joseph Merrick: The Real Elephant Man, a 2005 program featuring archivist Jonathan Evans; Mike Figgis and David Lynch 2006; Clapper board; John Hurt; Skintricks: Christopher Tucker and John Hurt; trailer and radio spots.
Creation/Production Credits
Director of photography, Freddie Francis ; editor, Anne V. Coates ; composer, John Morris ; production design, Stuart Craig ; costume designer, Patricia Norris.
Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud, Wendy Hiller, Freddie Jones.
"When the London surgeon Frederick Treves meets the freak-show performer John Merrick, who has severe skeletal and soft tissue deformities, he assumes that he must be intellectually disabled as well. As the two men spend more time together, though, Merrick reveals the intelligence, gentle nature, and profound sense of dignity that lie beneath his shocking appearance, and he and Treves develop a friendship." --container.
Target Audience
MPAA rating: PG.
System Details
Blu-ray; region A; 16:9 wide screen presentation (2.35:1); stereo; requires Blu-ray player.
English dialogue ; optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing (SDH)


APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Lynch, D., Sanger, J., De Vore, C., Bergren, E., Hopkins, A., Hurt, J., Bancroft, A., Gielgud, J., Hiller, W., Morris, J., Francis, F., Coates, A. V., Craig, S., Norris, P., Treves, F., & Montagu, A. (2020). The elephant man (Director approved Blu-ray special edition.). The Criterion Collection.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

David Lynch et al.. 2020. The Elephant Man. The Criterion Collection.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

David Lynch et al.. The Elephant Man The Criterion Collection, 2020.

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Lynch, David, et al. The Elephant Man Director approved Blu-ray special edition., The Criterion Collection, 2020.

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