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  • Actors: Tom Hulce, Demi Moore, Jason Alexander, Mary Kay Bergman, Corey Burton
  • Directors: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise
  • Writers: Irene Mecchi, Tab Murphy, Jonathan Roberts, Bob Tzudiker, Noni White
  • Format: Anamorphic, Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, DVD-Video, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: G
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Jan. 25 2005
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 95 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00005TN8K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,319 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Inspired by Victor Hugo's classic novel, Disney brings the heroic adventures of Quasimodo, the gentle and lonely bell ringer of Notre Dame, to spectacular life. This critically acclaimed Disney masterpiece is an "uplifting, thrilling story with a heart-touching message that emerges from the comedy and song" (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times). At the urging of his hilarious gargoyle pals Victor, Hugo, and Laverne, Quasimodo leaves the solitary safety of his tower, venturing out to find his first true friend, the gypsy beauty Esmerelda. The most unlikely of heroes, Quasi fights to save the people and the city he loves and, in turn, helps us to see people for who they are, rather than how they appear. The star-studded voice cast includes Jason Alexander, Tom Hulce, Kevin Kline, and Demi Moore in a magnificent Disney musical from renowned composer Alan Menken.

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Chef-d'œuvre salué par la critique, le 34e long métrage d'animation de Disney ? un ajout sensationnel à la vidéothèque Disney de votre famille ? est une «histoire réjouissante et captivante dont le message, porté par l'humour et les chansons, va droit au cœur» (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times)! Avec cette adaptation spectaculaire du roman classique de Victor Hugo, Disney donne vie aux aventures héroïques de Quasimodo, le gentil sonneur de Notre-Dame qui souffre de solitude. Encouragé par ses copains les gargouilles Victor, Hugo et Laverne, Quasimodo défie Frollo, son gardien diabolique, et quitte sa tour pour participer à la joyeuse fête des fous sur la place. Mais la foule cruelle le rejette à cause de son apparence repoussante. Une autre exclue, la bohémienne Esmeralda, vient le sauver et Quasimodo se retrouve à se battre pour le peuple et la ville qu'il aime tant ? tout en nous rappelant de voir les gens pour ce qu'ils sont plutôt que pour leur apparence. «La musique d'Alan Menken est emballante et les paroles de Stephen Schwartz sont souvent drôles et toujours inspirantes... Les héros, les méchants, la comédie, le suspense, la musique sont un charme à écouter et une merveille à regarder. Les enfants vont l'adorer. «Le Bossu de Notre-Dame» est une œuvre maîtresse. C'est un véritable carillon de bonheur.» ? Gene Shalit, THE TODAY SHOW

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The misconception about this animated film from Disney was that it was a movie for kids--something Victor Hugo never had in mind. In fact, despite a cute brace of singing gargoyles who are Quasimodo's (Tom Hulce) best friends, this version of Hugo's classic tale is really adult entertainment, with a strong set of songs by Alan Menken. The story remains mostly the same (though tricked out with a happier ending than Hugo's): Quasimodo, the ward of repressive monk Frollo, falls for a gypsy girl named Esmerelda (Demi Moore)--though she loves one of the king's guards (Kevin Kline). But they are all put in jeopardy by the wicked Frollo, whose secret passion for Esmerelda leads him to seek her death. At times too dark and even a shade kinky, something that may scare younger viewers. --Marshall Fine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Blu-ray
VIDEO:

The Hunchback of Notre Dame I (blu ray):

‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame I’ arrives at blu ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 1.78:1 encode. Colours are warm and vibrant, with bold primaries, rich purples and golds, and deep blacks. Detail is excellent too. The animators' line art is crisp and clean on the whole, the brushstrokes and textures of the hand-painted backgrounds are wonderfully resolved, and the CG elements fare well, even under high definition scrutiny. (4/5)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame II (blu ray):

Like the utterly ugly sequel to 'Pocahontas,' this Direct-To-Video (MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 1.66:1) sucks all the life and charm out of the original animation, instead producing a movie that befits the starkly flat animation of a 'Duck Tales' episode. It's a very sad movie to look at, let alone watch. (1.5/5)

AUDIO:

The Hunchback of Notre Dame I:

Disney has provided a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track for 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame.' The audio mix does a good job at showcasing the movie's musical numbers and also provides ample room for all sorts of ambient sound. The movie's score, however unmemorable, resonates through the channels with stunning clarity. The streets of Paris are alive with the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The clanging of the church bells fills each channel with beautiful echoing. One of the best examples of the encompassing effect of this mix's ability to produce believable ambient sound is during the Festival of Fools when Quasimodo gets mocked. People yell from every direction and voices ping-pong around the soundfield like you were actually standing there. (4/5)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame II:

The sequel's audio mix doesn't turn out as well though.
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Great movie about accepting people despite physical differences. This movie is very touching to me as my nephew has cancer in his eye, and now that its been removed, it has a strange, milky look that is hard to get used to, and my niece has a herniated belly button that other kids make fun of. Every kid should watch this and realize that just because someone may look a little different, they can be just as fun and normal than a kid without the difference.
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THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME [1996] [Blu-ray] [UK Release] Disney’s 34th Animated Classic!

Inspired by Victor Hugo's classic novel, Disney brings the heroic adventures of Quasimodo, the gentle and lonely bell ringer of Notre Dame, to spectacular life.

At the urging of his hilarious gargoyle pals, Victor, Hugo and Laverne, Quasimodo leave the solitary safety of his tower, venturing out to find his first true friend, the gypsy beauty Esmeralda. The most unlikely of heroes, Quasi fights to save the people and the city he loved and, in turn, helps us to see people for who they are, rather than how they appear.

The star-studded voice cast includes Jason Alexander, Tom Hulce, Kevin Kline, and Demi Moore in this magnificent Disney musical from renowned composer Alan Menken.

Voice Cast: Jason Alexander (Hugo voice) Tom Hulce, Mary Kay Bergman, Demi Moore, Corey Burton, Jim Cummings, Bill Fagerbakke, Tony Jay, Paul Kandel, Charles Kimbrough, Kevin Kline, Heidi Mollenhauer, Patrick Pinney, Gary Trousdale, David Ogden Stiers, Frank Welker, Mary Wickes and Jane Withers

Directors: Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise

Producers: Don Hahn, Roy Conli and Philip Lofaro

Screenplay: Bob Tzudiker, Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts, Noni White and Tab Murphy

Composer: Alan Menken

Video Resolution: 1080p

Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1

Audio: English: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, Dutch: 5.1 DTS Digital Surround, French: 5.1 DTS-HD HR and Flemish: 5.
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"Achilles! Heel!"
- Captain Phoebus
The Hunchback of Notre Dame, adapted from Victor Hugo's tagic novel, was something that was not of the same mold as other Disney films like Aladdin or The Little Mermaid or The Lion King. It was much darker, much more daring, more beautiful, complicated, powerful, and much more dazzling. It is a tale that begins with murder, and through it runs a dark vein that Disney had rarely ever dipped into.
The story itself is daring, dealing with race and class issues, sexuality, and self-worth. At the center of the story is the Hunchback, Quasimodo, the bellringer of Notre Dame cathedral. Foremost, Quasimodo is a departure from the usual Disney fare of strapping, handsome young men or cute/noble animals. He is deformed, and he is ugly, but he is kind and gently, and such a fantastic character. Through the movie he is taken from the shelter of his belltower to the streets of Paris. He meets the Gypsy Esmerelda, falling hard for her stunningly sensual beauty and and strong character. He meets Phoebus, captain of the guard, and an unlikely ally. In the end, it is up to the two of them to save not only the woman they love, but all of Paris, from destruction.
Quasimodo's master, Judge Claude Frollo, is the cause of much suffering in Paris. For years, he has been stamping out the Gypsies, who he sees as agents of evil, spreading corruption among his people. Here, we have Disney's most complex and thoroughly evil villain since the Queen in Snow White. Frollo is not a man seeking power or money, but he is a man seeking to end an entire race of people, a man whose wonton cruelty is matched only by his religious contempt. His life is complicated when he finds that he is lusting after Esmerelda, wanting to love and be loved by the Gpysy.
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