Reviews and Problems with The Hunchback of Notre Dame
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Movie overall 8
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)
3 May 2014
Conclusion: Emotions (often sold with expressionist fury) are volatile here, while scope is also successfully executed, watching a marauding band of extras stomp around immense sets and locations. "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" has achieved classic status due to Chaney's transformation, but the entire picture retains a thunderous quality that services the dramatic interests of the story and its thematic power, preserving spectacle while carefully observing the unfolding tragedy.
Conclusion: Flicker Alley brings 1923's Hunchback of Notre Dame to Blu-ray with much love, passion, and lots of valuable bonus features. It's a platter I'd like to recommend wholeheartedly, but have to confess that the movie interested me far more as a showcase for early Hollywood epic ambition than for its retelling of Victor Hugo's story. If you can accept that and adjust your expectations accordingly, you should find much to admire about this strong release.
Conclusion: The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a worthy addition to any Disney Animation collection. It's flawed, yes. But it has too much to offer to allow a few chatty gargoyles and cringe-inducing gags to spoil one of the later Disney Renaissance's best films. The Hunchback of Notre Dame II is not a worthy sequel, though, so consider yourself warned. Fortunately, both trips to Notre Dame are blessed with strong AV presentations, even if special features are few and far between.
Excerpt: ”Creep Quasimodo / Yeah, I am a likely target / sure I'll play the part / born with the face of an old De Soto / If misery loves...more / then why am I crying alone? / I'd make a better bore / if there were someone to practice it on.” (”I need somebody” - Chagall Guevara, 1991) - Min herre borde bada oftare. - Hur ofta då? - Två gånger om året, minst. Sent franskt 1400-tal. Medeltiden, den så legendariskt mörka, sägs vara ”slut” och upplysningen är på väg in.