HUNCHBACK is a huge production: the sets depicting 15th-century Paris covered nineteen acres of Universal Pictures’ back lot and included the façade of Notre Dame Cathedral. Filming took six months and the climactic sequence employed two thousand extras, but it’s Lon Chaney’s performance that makes the character unforgettable. THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME premiered at New York’s Astor Theatre on September 2, 1923. The success of the film was immediate; it made Carl Laemmle and Universal Pictures a fortune, and turned Lon Chaney into a screen legend.


This edition is mastered from a multi-tinted 16mm print struck in 1926 from the original camera negative. (The film apparently does not survive in 35mm). Visible wear in the source material is diminished with a moderate amount of digital restoration. It is pictorially much better than earlier video editions and represents the best condition in which this landmark film survives today. A new symphonic score arranged by Donald Hunsberger was recorded in the Czech Republic by full orchestra conducted by Robert Israel.



Format: Blu-ray NTSC / Region All
(No Regional Code)


(US, 1923)

Director: Wallace Worsley
Cinematographer: Robert Newhard
Art Director: E.E. Sheeley
Producer: Irving Thalberg
Cast: Lon Chaney, Patsy Ruth Miller, Norman Kerry,  Kate Lester

• 110 minutes
• B&W, Tinted


 Bonus Material

(US, 1915)

• 1915 film in which Chaney plays a hunchback.

• Audio Commentarry by Michael F. Blake.

• Rare footage of Lon Chaney out of makeup on the Cathedral set.

• HD photo gallery with over 100 original production and publicity stills.

• Digital reproduction of the original souvenir program.


Total Running Time: 01:50:00

Language: English intertitles

Musical Score: Robert Israel & Donald Hunsberger

Booklet Text: Michael F. Blake

Published By: Flicker Alley

Institutional Price: $250 (plus shipping)

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