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It’s understandable when someone doesn’t want to re-purchase a film he already owns on DVD, but the Criterion Collection makes it hard to resist by adding such outstanding bonus material. Many titles are also making their debut in the Blu-ray format. In the case of Harold Lloyd’s Safety Last!, I actually hosted its 2005 DVD debut as part of a Harold Lloyd collection from the now-defunct New Line Cinema label, and recorded a commentary track with Lloyd expert Rich Correll. Our conversation is revived on the new release, which adds three newly-restored Lloyd shorts (Take a Chance, Young Mr. Jazz, and His Royal Slyness) and a piece on Lloyd’s location work and visual effects featuring...
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- Leonard Maltin
The timeless comic genius of Harold Lloyd shines through in Fred Newmeyer and Sam Taylor’s 1923 classic Safety Last!, one more silent film championed by the Criterion Collection folks. The indelible bookish, horn-rimmed glasses, straw-hat-wearing comedian show wonderfully how he earned the moniker “the King of Daredevil Comedy”. The “third genius” of the silent era (after Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton), stars in this Horatio Alger-style story of a country boy trying to make good in the big city.
The naive Boy (Harold Lloyd) travels on a train to the big city from the small town Great Bend, promising to send for his Girl (Mildred Davis, Lloyd’s real-life wife) after he has ‘made good’ with fame and fortune. In the opening sequence, he appears behind vertical bars – presumably imprisoning jail bars, but they are actually the train station’s gate. He becomes a low-paid, bookish-looking salesman in the »
- Larry Peel
I first saw Harold Lloyd's Safety Last! back in 2009. I'd made a list of the current IMDb Top 250 Films and it was the only one I had not yet seen. Problem was, at the time, it wasn't on Netflix and was only available as part of an $80+ boxset of Lloyd films. Fast forward four years later and you can buy a pristine, restored, feature-filled Blu-ray edition of the 1923 silent classic from Criterion and it's worth every penny. For those that read the site on a regular basis, I wrote up some brief thoughts on the film after seeing it for the first time four years ago in what was then only the third installment in my Sunday morning "What I Watched" column, which has grown considerably since. I mention this because my first time viewing Safety Last! was not on DVD or Blu-ray, but by finding it on TCM's »
- Brad Brevet
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 18, 2013
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95
Harold Lloyd clocks his rise to success in Safety Last!
In the film, Lloyd plays a small-town bumpkin trying to make it in the big city, who finds employment as a lowly department-store clerk. He comes up with a wild publicity stunt to draw attention to the store, resulting in an incredible feat of derring-do on his part that gets him started on the climb to success.
Directed by Fred C. Newmeyer and Sam Taylor, Safety Last! is the first Harold Lloyd film to be released by the Criterion Collection since the Lloyd catalog was acquired by Janus Films in 2012. Janus Films will tour Safety Last! theatrically starting in April to celebrate the ninetieth anniversary of its Release, »
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