The Criterion Collection will release Twin Peaks director David Lynch’s The Elephant Man on Blu-ray and DVD on September 29th.
Newly restored in 4K with uncompressed stereo audio, the cover art is designed by Sister Hyde. Check it out below with a list of special features.
- Filmmaker David Lynch and critic Kristine McKenna reading from Room to Dream, the 2018 book they coauthored
- Archival interviews with director David Lynch, actor John Hurt, producers Mel Brooks and Jonathan Sanger, cinematographer Freddie Francis, stills photographer Frank Connor, and makeup artist Christopher Tucker
- Audio recording from a 1981 Q&A with director David Lynch at the American Film Institute
- The Terrible Elephant Man Revealed – 2001 featurette
- Radio spots
- Booklet featuring excerpts from an interview with director David Lynch from Chris Rodley’s Lynch on Lynch and an 1886 letter to the editor of the London Times concerning Joseph Merrick by London Hospital chairman Francis Culling Carr Gomm
Dr. Frederic Treves (Anthony Hopkins) discovers Joseph (John) Merrick (John Hurt) in a sideshow. Born with a congenital disorder, Merrick uses his disfigurement to earn a living as the “Elephant Man.” Treves brings Merrick into his home, discovering that his rough exterior hides a refined soul, and that Merrick can teach the stodgy British upper class of the time a lesson about dignity. Merrick becomes the toast of London and charms a caring actress (Anne Bancroft) before his death at 27.
It sports a 92% on Rotten Tomatoes with a Critics Consensus that reads: David Lynch’s relatively straight second feature finds an admirable synthesis of compassion and restraint in treating its subject, and features outstanding performances by John Hurt and Anthony Hopkins.