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The Elephant Man restored in cinemas in March, on disc and digital in April

22 January 2020

To mark the 40th anniversary of its original theatrical release, Studiocanal has announced the release of the first ever 4K and Ultra HD version of The Elephant Man in UK cinemas this Spring.

The second feature from director David Lynch after his extraordinary debut Eraserhead, this critically acclaimed masterpiece will return to cinemas newly restored on 13 March before being available, complete with brand-new extras, on digital, DVD, BD and a 4K UHD Collector’s Edition with a 64 page booklet and artcards on 6 April. A Special Steelbook edition will also be available to own.

The Elephant Man

John Merrick (John Hurt) is The Elephant Man, forced into becoming a circus sideshow freak and spurned by society due to the disfiguring disabilities he was born with. Rescued by a well-meaning surgeon (Anthony Hopkins), he escapes a life of prejudice and cruelty as he tries to fit into a world ruled by Victorian sensibilities. With news of Merrick quickly spreading, he becomes a celebrated curiosity amongst London's upper class, including with the famed actress Mrs. Kendal (Anne Bancroft). Despite being treated somewhat more humanely, the question becomes whether Treves' actions are in fact a just a further form of exploitation of Merrick.

An intensely moving true story of humanity and bravery, The Elephant Man won three BAFTA awards including Best Film and Best Actor, and received eight Oscar nominations on its release in 1980. Boasting an exceptional lead performance from John Hurt (Alien1984, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) in the iconic role of John Merrick, the stellar cast features Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of The LambsThe Two Popes), John Gielgud (Gandhi, Julius Caesar), Anne Bancroft (The Graduate, The Miracle Worker), Hannah Gordon (Watership Down), Freddie Jones (Dune), Wendy Hillier (A Man for All Seasons) and Michael Elphick (Gorky Park).

Beautifully shot in black and white by the incomparable Freddie Francis (Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Cape Fear) and with BAFTA-winning production design by Stuart Craig (The English PatientHarry Potter, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them)The Elephant Man is an unforgettable story of human dignity and courage in the face of unimaginable adversity, that proved to be David Lynch’s first commercial and critical success.

The new 4K restoration of The Elephant Man was carried out at L’Immagine Ritrovata (Bologna and Paris) under the supervision of David Lynch, who also personally curated the color correction which took place at Fotokem (Los Angeles). The restoration was created from the Original Camera Negative with the latest HDR 16bit workflow used in order to obtain the best possible result. As a result, the black and white image has been restored to its original look.

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