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Having appeared in more than 200 films and widely considered to be one of cinema's most respected comic geniuses, Harold Lloyd was one of Hollywood's first true movie stars. Now, entertainment enthusiasts of all ages can enjoy the work of the man who inspired generations of acting greats with The Harold Lloyd Comedy Collection.

DVD Features:
Audio Commentary:Commentary by Leonard Maltin, Rich Correll and film historian Richard Bann on The Freshman Commentary by Harold Lloyd's granddaughter Suzanne Lloyd, Author Annette Lloyd and Rich Correll on Kid Brother
Other:*All feature films and shorts are full frame versions. **All content will have Spanish subtitles. Only the pictures with sound will have English subtitles and closed captions
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The second volume of the definitive Harold Lloyd collection in no way plays second banana to Vol. 1. This splendid two-disc set might be the best of the three Lloyd volumes, and on its own serves as a worthy introduction to one of silent cinema's comic geniuses. It has three of Lloyd's finest features, Grandma's Boy, <>The Freshman, and The Kid Brother, one of his funniest sound features, and a smorgasbord of topnotch shorter films.

The Freshman (1925) presents Lloyd's successful screen persona fully realized: hopeful, plucky, a regular guy with high ambitions. He plays a college plebe whose ridiculous ideas about making himself ingratiating to others (including hilariously inapt jig during a handshake) makes him the laughingstock of the campus. The movie concludes with a justifiably famous football sequence, later excerpted by Preston Sturges for his Lloyd-starring comedy, The Sin of Harold Diddlebock. The Kid Brother (1927) is Harold as the weak link in the tough Hickory family, while Dr. Jack (1922) casts him as a country doctor whose ordinary ways prove sharper than they seem (his co-star, as in some other films here, is future wife Mildred Davis). In Grandma's Boy (1922) Lloyd plays a small-town fellow who lives with his frisky grandmother; convinced of his own cowardice, he yearns to compete for the hand of a pretty girl. His courtly call to the girl's home is the occasion for uproarious battle with a ridiculous "formal" suit, mothballs, and a litter of kittens attracted by the goose grease on his shoes. There's also a long (and quite funny) flashback to Lloyd's ancestor, tangled in a Civil War fracas.

The short films include Bumping Into Broadway (1919), which gives an early glimpse at Lloyd's athleticism, and Billy Blazes, Esq. (1919), which puts Lloyd in the Old West. The gem is High and Dizzy (1920), a warm-up for his classic Safety Last (on Vol. 1), which has a great sequence with Lloyd tipsily navigating a ledge on a high building. Feet First (1930), Lloyd's second talking picture, has Harold as an upwardly-striving shoe salesman trying to finesse his way up the ladder. Some good shipboard sequences in the middle of this one, but the main drawing card is a throwback: Lloyd re-visiting the Safety Last hanging-from-a-building sequence, but this time working every variation known to slapstick. It's really funny, and shows his physical dexterity to be undiminished (the bit is marred only by the insensitive racial jokes at the expense of actor Willie Best, who is billed under his wince-worthy performing name, Sleep 'n Eat). Commentaries on two films and lots of production stills round out the package, along with a short doc about music for silent slapstick comedy. --Robert Horton


Special Features

  • Includes: The Kid Brother, Bumping Into Broadway, The Freshman, Billy Blazes Esq. with alt. organ score, Dr. Jack, Feet First, Grandma's Boy, Now or Never, High and Dizzy
  • Commentary by Leonard Maltin, director Richard Correll, and film historian Richard W. Bann on The Freshman
  • Commentary by Harold Lloyd's granddaughter Suzanne Lloyd, author Annette D'Agostino Lloyd, and Richard Correll on The Kid Brother
  • Production galleries
  • Featurette: "Scoring for Comedy"

Product Details

  • Actors: Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston, Mildred Davis, Barbara Kent, Bebe Daniels
  • Directors: Harold Lloyd, Clyde Bruckman, Fred C. Newmeyer, Hal Roach, J.A. Howe
  • Format: Black & White, Color, Original recording remastered, Restored, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 15, 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000B5XORU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,293 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Harold Lloyd Comedy Collection Vol. 2" on IMDb

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Reliable Reviews on August 19, 2006
Harold Lloyd was a top star in his day; and for good reason.

Harold's "Kid Brother" and "The Freshman" are in this volume-2. They are very funny, entertaining, clever, and well worth seeing.

Harold's films have a girl he is trying to win, bullies, chases, and clever humor. The "Kid Brother", in the old west, has the youngest brother outsmarting his bully, older brothers. "The Freshman" is the perils of a freshman college student falling prey to some clever pranks of the upperclassmen.

These silent-films are not movies with just music; they are planned so you understand the action, just by watching, at a good pace. A lost art. I did not care for Harold's later talking-pictures.

Harold was funny, when chased by bullies, as Harold was short, skinny, had straw-hat and glasses, looking unathletic. So convincing, film critics today still believe him frail. However, Harold was very able, he was very quick, nimble, balanced, and had unusually strong, climbing strength; getting him away from those bullies just in time.

Harold's "Safety Last" is his best. (In the other volume-1, or in the 3-volume-set). I recommend volume-1 first, then volume-2, or the 3-volume-set. Volume-3 has "Speedy", which is funny, but not as good as the these others, "Speedy" does show Coney Island amusement park rides in the 1920's, a scene with Babe Ruth, and volume-3 has a 15-minute extra of Harold's palatial estate.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jack E. Lundy on December 12, 2009
There was a wonderful surprise when I watched the Comedy Collection. Jobyna Ralston. She is in 7 of the masterpieces we get to see. She interacts with Lloyd as a classic, beautiful setting enhances an exquisite jewel. The chemistry they generate together is a major reason why these 7 movies she did are still as good as they were when they were made so long ago and far away.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Adkins on October 26, 2006
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I remember watching Harold Lloyd as a kid. When I came across these DVDs I had to try at least one. The DVD and reproduction quality are excellent, I'm very pleased at with buy. As a kid I remember Harold Lloyd being funny but now that I'm an adult I can really appreciate the genious and humor even more. A great DVD - I can't wait to buy the rest of the set.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marty L. on February 26, 2010
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We "found" Harold Lloyd films on TMC when they were have a Harold Lloyd day. I have never been a silent movie fan, but this guy was so funny we watched several. I had to have the one talkie, "Feet First". Harold Lloyd is a funny guy and pretty athletic to do the stunts he did.
Him being stuck on a scaffolding going up and down a building was hilarious.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andre M. on July 8, 2006
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This collection has more prime cuts from the TRUE king of silent comedy (Sorry Charlie!).

We have here an interesting collection of our man's varying personas. The everyman go-getter (Dr. Jack & Feet First) and the geek who overcomes (Grandma's Boy, The Freshamn, and the Kid Brother).

In DR. JACK (with cameos from the Our Gang kids), our hero is a likeable commonsense country doctor who tries to foil the plans of a quack to exploit a rich family. GRANDMA'S BOY is the foundation of Harold's geek tales. Here, he's a pitiful coward whose Grandma encourages him to have guts and fight a persistant bully and the tramp who terrorizes the town. THE FRESHMAN has Harold as the White Steve Urkel. This pathetic nerd goes to college and goes up to people with a stupid dance and says "step right up and call me speedy." He becomes the school joke, but see what happens. It's a great story about being yourself, as is THE KID BROTHER, another geek vs. bullies tale distiguished by some really heartwarming moments and a hilarious scene with a monkey.

However, things go south with the early talkie FEET FIRST, with Harold as an ambitious shoe salesman. Like most early sound films, it's wooden and unfunny (except for Harold's ridiculous pontificating speech about shoes "Without shoes, we'd all be- BAREFOOT!" delivered with gusto). You'll skip a number of chapters on this one! The film goes on with a sound remake of the "human fly" scene from SAFETY LAST, marred by some Stepin Fetchit stereotype antics by Willie "Sleep & Eat" Best (Harold, who is usually nice to Blacks and other ethnic groups in his films refers to Best as "Charcoal!" Fortuantely, this was a rare exception for this usually likeable character).

With that said, go for it.
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I'm quite interested in the lovely, angelically sweet, and sadly now forgotten Jobyna Ralston, who played the romantic interest in several of Harold Lloyd's films including the two films listed in the title above.

The chemistry these two had together is the cutest and most heart-warming thing you ever saw! The tree-climbing scene in The Kid Brother is one of the sweetest and most romantic things I know of in movie history! Wow, I'm gushing! I don't normally gush in reviewing a movie, but honestly I wanted to be her in that scene. I would just melt if a guy did that for me. Sigh.

OK, that's enough of that! According to the audio commentary you can turn on if you want, Lloyd took steps to protect his negatives, which partly accounts for the high quality of the more ambitious movies. If you count the back of the second disk as a third disk, this is a three-disk set that includes some of Lloyd's other work such as Bumping into Broadway, Billy Blazes, Esq, Dr Jack, Feet First, Grandma's Boy, Now or Never, and High and Dry.
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