To mark the 40th anniversary of its original release, StudioCanal has announced the first ever 4K and UHD release of David Lynch‘s seminal film, The Elephant Man. It’ll arrive in UK cinemas from 13th March, with a home entertainment release on DVD, Blu-ray and a 4K UHD Collector’s edition on 6th April – complete with brand-new extras, a 64-page booklet and artcards.
Lynch’s first venture into a traditional narrative, while still retaining his unique filmmaking style, The Elephant Man is a poignant, beautifully made film with pitch perfect casting. John Hurt gives a career-defining performance as John Merrick, and makes his character painfully human and expressive, even while underneath some hideously realistic prosthetics. The film also contains an uncharacteristically subtle performance from Anthony Hopkins as the doctor who discovers Merrick, alongside an excellent supporting cast including Freddie Jones, Hannah Gordon, Anne Bancroft and John Gielgud, all playing richly observed, nuanced characters.
This was Lynch’s first commercial and critical success, and it’s not hard to see why – it’s humane and moving, and it remains the most visually impressive film he has ever made. The legendary Freddie Francis makes excellent use of panoramic lenses, and the crisp black and white cinematography is stunning. With a transfer overseen by Lynch himself, created from the original camera negative (with the latest HDR 16bit workflow used in order to obtain the best possible result), this is sure to look utterly beautiful in 4K.
The Elephant Man is proof if need be that even when Lynch works in a more traditional narrative he can still knock it out of the park! By turns beautiful and devastating, this promises to be an unmissable re-release.
Home Entertainment Extras:
- – NEW – BFI Q&A with Jonathan Sanger
- – NEW – Interview with stills photographer Frank Connor
- – Interview with David Lynch
- – Interview with John Hurt
- – Mike Figgis interviews David Lynch
- – The Air Is On Fire: Interview with David Lynch at Cartier Foundation
- – Joseph Merrick, The Real Elephant Man
- – The Terrible Elephant Man Revealed
- – Behind The Scenes Stills Gallery