The Hunchback of Notre Dame has been a favorite of mine since it’s original release in 1996. I was 13 at the time and had a bit of a thing with gargoyles, gypsies & all other things that would generally creep other people out and the dark nature of The Hunchback drew me right in.
In 15th century Paris, Clopin the puppeteer tells the story of Quasimodo, the misshapen gentle-souled bell ringer of Notre Dame, who was nearly killed as a baby by Claude Frollo, the Minister of Justice. But Frollo was forced by the Archdeacon of Notre Dame to raise Quasimodo as his own. Now a young man, Quasimodo is hidden from the world by Frollo in the belltower of the cathedral. But during the Festival of Fools, Quasimodo, cheered on by his gargoyle friends Victor, Hugo, and Laverne, decides to take part in the festivities, where he meets the lively gypsy girl Esmeralda and the handsome soldier Phoebus. The three of them find themselves ranged against Frollo’s cruelty and his attempts to destroy the home of the gypsies, the Court of Miracles. And Quasimodo must desperately defend both Esmeralda and the very cathedral of Notre Dame.
– From imdb.com
The Hunchback of Notre Dame I & II Blu-ray Combo Pack comes packaged in a fabulously shiny sleeve, much like many others found on shelves today. Inside you will find a total of three discs, one DVD for each movie and one blu-ray which holds both parts I and II of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. You will also get a magic code that can be used on DisneyMovieRewards.com, where you can save up points and trade them in for rewards.
The 3 disc Blu-ray combo pack is available for purchase as of today, March 12, 2013. Be sure to enter my Hunchback of Notre Dame giveaway for your chance to win a copy of your own! The giveaway is open to Canadian residents and ends on March 22nd, 2013.
How about the quality?
I’ve never been one to be picky when it comes to choosing a blu-ray over a DVD, this could be because I own very few blu-rays but this was the first time I compared the quality of a blu-ray back to back with a DVD of the same film. If you were wondering if it makes a difference, the answer is yes! It honestly does. The blu-ray features Disney Enhanced HD Picture and Sound and the picture on the blu-ray is indeed better than that of the DVD. What really threw me off was the difference in the sound quality. With the blu-ray the sound is right out there, I had the volume on the tv turned down so that it wasn’t too loud for my liking and when I put the DVD in at the same volume it was barely audible and flat.
There were a few scenes on the blu-ray that did look wavy or pixelated for a few moments. I noticed it right away as the first 5 or so minutes of the movie looked a little bit off but I wasn’t sure if this was due to my new TV (which I still haven’t perfected the settings on) or the blu-ray itself. Since it wasn’t consistent through the entire film I’m going to have to assume it was the blu-ray at fault. These were small imperfections that I probably wouldn’t have noticed at all had I not been planning to write a review and overall I was highly impressed with the quality.
The bonus features on both the blu-ray and the DVDs include:
- 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 Gargoyles Life