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The Hunchback of Notre Dame [Special Edition] [3 Discs] [Blu-ray/DVD] [1996]

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  • Release Date: 03/12/2013
  • Rating: G
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (270 out of 272)

    Special Features


    • Disc 1 - Blu-ray: two feature films and bonus
    • Features Disney enhanced high definition picture and sound
    • The making of The Hunchback of Notre Dame
    • Audio commentary
    • Multi-language reel - "a guy like you"
    • Behind the scenes with Jennifer Love Hewitt
    • A gargoyle's life
    • Disc 2 - DVD: feature film + bonus
    • The Hunchback of Notre Dame:
    • Disc 3 - DVD: feature film + bonus
    • The Hunchback of Notre Dame II

    Synopsis


    The Hunchback of Notre Dame
    After the critical and commercial success of The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King, the Walt Disney Pictures animation studio embarked on their most serious and ambitious animated feature to date with this adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic novel Notre Dame de Paris. Quasimodo (voice of Tom Hulce) is a grotesquely deformed but kind-hearted young man who was abandoned by his parents as an infant and thrown down a well; he was rescued by the priests of Notre Dame, the massive cathedral in the heart of Paris, and he lives there, earning his keep as a bell ringer. Quasimodo has become the ward of Judge Frollo (voice of Tony Jay), an outwardly pious but deeply hateful man who treats Quasimodio with indifference and violently loathes the Gypsies who spend their days in the cathedral's courtyard. Frollo hopes to clear the Gypsies out of Paris with the help of Phoebus (voice of Kevin Kline), leader of the troops under Frollo's command. However, Phoebus does not share Frollo's racist views and harbors no ill will against the Gypsies. When Quasimodo is crowned King of the Fools after leaving Notre Dame during the annual festival of Topsy Turvy Day, the hunchback is ordered beaten by the guards as punishment, but Esmerelda (voice of Demi Moore), a hot-blooded but compassionate gypsy beauty, shows pity on him and helps free him from his chains. The lovely Esmerelda is the first woman to show kindness to the unfortunate Quasimodo, and the hunchback soon falls in love with her. However, the dashing Phoebus is also infatuated with her, and Esmerelda is attracted to Phoebus as well, though she feels a motherly affection for the hunchback. Judge Frollo finds that he also desires Esmerelda, which only inflames his hatred for the Gypsies when she refuses his proposals. Darker and less outwardly comic than most of Disney's features, The Hunchback of Notre Dame does feature comic relief in the form of Victor (voice of Charles Kimbrough) and Hugo (voice of Jason Alexander), a pair of gargoyles who befriend Quasimodo, as well as several songs from Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Tom Hulce
      Tom Hulce - Quasimodo
    • Demi Moore
      Demi Moore - Esmeralda
    • Kevin Kline
      Kevin Kline - Phoebus
    • Tony Jay
      Tony Jay - Frollo
    • Jason Alexander
      Jason Alexander - Hugo



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 272 reviews

    99%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Original only ok, sequel unnecessary

      Posted
      CKCSWHFFAN
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      I remember back when Pocahontas was released I was not looking forward to it but when I saw it I thought it was great. So, the year after when the original film was released I was hoping for the same. I was disappointed. The film is just OK. Nothing special. When the film starts you think you are looking at Beauty and the Beast. No. The music is a disappointment. No characters you remember after the fact. Although they did you some names for characters voice, Jason Alexander at the height of Seinfeld fame, Moore, Oscar winner Kevin Kline. No memorable scenes. You do not remember the film after you just saw it. I remember at Disneyland that summer they had a show for the film. Never saw it. Animation is fine but not usual at this point Disney standards. To me it looks like Saturday morning animation. They have a making of extra. For this one & Brother Bear released at the same day as the Mulan blu ray. Mulan, a bigger hit, did NOT get one. A sequel. NOT needed for this film at all. And, Disney now going cheap on blu ray releases. NO art work on the discs. The original film is just fine, nothing more to say about it. The sequel unnecessary & a cheap blu ray package.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Reliving A Disney classic

      Posted
      Chooch
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      I remember watching the Hunchback of Notre Dame back when I was a kid and I remember how many times I would watch this film and watching it again today on blu-ray and DVD just feels like I was watching it again for the first time and I do remember renting the 2nd film I believe it was back when Blockbuster was still in business I remember how excited I was to see the film when it became available to rent I was happy that the main character was able to find love though the music wasn't as good as the first film but it was still a good movie so I'm happy to have bought the blu-ray and DVD set and I can't wait to see how many more of my favorite Disney films I will buy and watch again.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Hunchback is back!

      Posted
      Torgon
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      If you love Disney's animated movies this is a must for your collection. Though not as popular or a great as Beauty & the Beast, this is one of Disney's best during their 'hot streak' in the '80s & '90s. Though not as spectacular as some of the others during this period, it still has a good solid story and decent songs. Even though Disney tries to make it more kid friendly, it's still a little dark for small children. It comes packaged with it's direct-to-video sequel. Small children will find it more enjoyable than adults #as most of their direct-to-video movies are#. Still, it's a great addition to your collection. Buy it!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Hunchback never looked better

      Posted
      Superman730
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      Got this for my wife who is a huge Disney fan. The Hunchback of Notre Dame looked great. This was a top notch Blu Ray release. The story isn't as kid friendly as others so make sure your children are mature enough to watch it if you're buying it for them. The sequel is absolute garbage. The animation is so poor that there are times characters are walking across the screen and just disappear. I'm not sure if its because they were drawing for full frame or something but it was very distracting. The story is bad, the music isn't very good. Just overall brings down the first one. Enjoy the first one, skip the sequel.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Come one, come all...

      Posted
      ArcaneGuy

      First, the good. We really enjoyed this movie in the theater and have a copy on laser-disc that has seen a few spins over the years. The quality of the blu-ray is excellent and makes a great addition to our collection. Now, the not so good. The addition of Hunchback II as a bonus is nice, but to be honest it's no where near the quality of the original. Not even close. Yes, this is common theme with Disney movie sequels, however the real problem is my kids have seemed to latch onto this version. Hopefully it's a short-lived obsession. If you liked the original this is a great buy.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Kind of goofy, but still great

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      KevinV
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      This one is kind a strange one. It seems like they did everything they could with the subject material and perhaps that was the limitation. The set itself is really nice and it wasn't very pricey for a disney movie. I'm upgrading for the kids (and future grandkids - I don't forsee blu-rays looking nearly as dated as a 20 year old copy of a VCR tape). The movie gets 3 stars, the set 5, so overall 4. If you love the movie, there is no reason not to pick this up.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Not one of Disney's best works

      Posted
      Happytater
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      I've been a fan of Disney since I was a little girl. I'm surprised that this movie was even adapted by Disney since the original movie is so dark. However, like most Disney movies, it ends with some sort of clean, happy ending. What is particularly interesting is not the common theme behind other famous classics (true love) but about acceptance beyond just appearances and that is what will most likely appeal to other fans who want a different storyline than princes and princesses.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      classic Disney is back :)

      Posted
      Jorge1

      This movie is definitely one to pick up. The bluray makes the whole experience so much more memorable, like seeing it for the first time. The colors are spectacular, the music and voices are excellent, the bluray just makes this move more memorable than what it already is. I am so glad Disney is releasing their renaissance movies (aristocrats, Pocahontas, etc). These are the classic famous disney's we all know and love. This movie is definitely worth the pick up.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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