“This new edition of The Hunchback of Notre Dame will certainly be the best-available on DVD home video. Producer David Shepard has prepared a new high-definition video transfer from an “original” [siehe unten] color-tinted print. The film is accompanied by a score composed by Donald Hunsberger, adapted and conducted by Robert Israel, and recorded in digital stereo.
The supplemental section includes an early Lon Chaney short, Alas and Alack (1915), in addition to footage of Chaney on the Hunchback set, audio commentary by Chaney expert Michael F. Blake [siehe Amazon Look Inside], galleries of stills and advertising materials (including stereoscopic productions stills — 3D glasses included). Also included is a facsimile reproduction of the original souvenir program and an essay by Blake. ” (Silent Era)
Man darf auf das Ergebnis der Arbeit von David Shepard (Interview) gespannt sein, da offenbar nur 16mm-Material von dem Film erhalten ist. Shepard hatte schon eine Laserdisc und zur Anfangszeit der DVD 1999 bei Image eine DVD des Films veröffentlicht (siehe alt.movies silent):
“Original prints of the film were on cellulose nitrate film stock and were either worn out, decomposed or were destroyed by the studio (mostly the latter). Original prints were on tinted film stock in various colors, including sunshine, amber, rose, lavender and blue.
The only surviving prints of the film are 16 mm “show-at-home” prints distributed by Universal in the 1920s and 1930s for home-movie purposes, and no original 35mm negatives or prints survive. Most video editions of the film are derived from 16 mm duplicate prints that were distributed by Blackhawk Films in the 1960s and 1970s.” (Wikipedia)