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The Freshman (Criterion Collection) (Blu-ray + DVD) (1925)

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  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Criterion Collection
  • DVD Release Date: March 25, 2014
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00HE010LC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,302 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Harold Lloyd's biggest box-office hit was this silent comedy gem, featuring the befuddled everyman at his eager best as a new college student. Though he dreams of being a big man on campus, the freshman's careful plans inevitably go hilariously awry, be it on the football field or at the Fall Frolic. But he gets a climactic chance to prove his mettle-and impress the sweet girl he loves-in one of the most famous sports sequences ever filmed. This crowd-pleaser is a gleeful showcase for Lloyd's slapstick brilliance and incandescent charm, and it's accompanied here by a new orchestral score by Carl Davis (NAPOLEON).

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5.0 out of 5 stars Criterion packs this classic with many extras! March 23, 2014
I picked this up a couple days early at a local record store and have been glued to my set enjoying the film and the extras!
Unlike others , I enjoy the BR / DVD sets.... I have a DVD player in my computer and in my office so the ability to watch the recent Criterion releases in both Standard and hi definition with a single purchase I find helpful ...and a space saver for my collection, but I digress.

Normally I cringe when I hear Harold Lloyd described as "the third genius" with Chaplin and Keaton. In my humble opinion at his very best he approaches what the other two did as a matter of routine and I even wondered if I should buy this. I think what put me over the top was that I rate "The Freshman" as one of his best and I know his films are in good state so it should look much more like a vintage Chaplin and much better than (sadly) most of the Keaton classic films of the 20's and the print does not disappoint.
I do believe that this was Lloyd's most popular film and while not of the "thrill" variety that he popularized shows his character at his most earnest and likeable. This also predates Buster Keaton's "College" by a couple of years.

But this is very expensive for a film of just over an hour in length (76 minutes) so how can I rate it that high? As I said, it is a good film , one of his best and a classic of the silent era. The bonus features are another thing all together and why I rate this a 5 star value. The first one I checked out was a delicious 7 minutes from Mr Lloyd's appearance on "What's My Line?" where he displays such charm and humor. The nearly 40 minute interview with archivists and friends of Mr Lloyd , Kevin Brownlow and Richard Correll had me thoroughly entertained as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Filmography of Harold Lloyd on DVD and Blu-Ray June 25, 2014
Harold Lloyd Films.
The best available prints, in alphabetical order.
Whenever there was overlap, I chose the best-looking transfer:

VOL 1-3 = New Line Home Entertainment The Harold Lloyd Comedy Collection Vols. 1-3 (7 DVD box, available separately) *

KINO = The Harold Lloyd Collection, Vol. 1 (Slapstick Symposium) (includes 2 early shorts unavailable elsewhere) , and
The Harold Lloyd Collection, Vol. 2 (Slapstick Symposium) (includes 5 early shorts unavailable elswhere)

CRITERION = THE FRESHMAN + 3 shorts, reviewed here , and
SAFETY LAST + 3 shorts, available on Blu-Ray: Safety Last! (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray], or DVD: Safety Last! (Criterion Collection)

SILENT FILM SHORTS:
Among Those Present ** (1921) - VOL 3
Ask Father * (1919) - VOL 1
Are Crooks Dishonest? * (1918) - KINO vol.1
Billy Blazes, Esq. * (1919) - VOL 2
Bumping Into Broadway * (1919) - VOL 2
Captain Kidd's Kids * (1919) - KINO vol.2
the City Slicker * (1918) - KINO vol.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Harold Lloyd was a Boss. May 8, 2014
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I finally got around to picking this bad boy up. Usually I don't spend much on a movie anymore, but when I heard that Criterion would be releasing this Harold Lloyd masterpiece, I felt a surge of such overwhelming ecstasy that my trousers nearly gave off sparks. The chemistry between Lloyd and Jobyna Ralston is absolutely phenomenally splendid that it is one of the reasons that this movie works so well. In my opinion, Ralston was the best leading lady Lloyd ever had. Another cool aspect with this movie is getting to see football in the 1920s, it's cool to look back in time and watch such a thing.

So yeah, this is an excellent release with a lot of brilliant features, including: Lloyd short films, commentaries, a Lloyd appearance on a 50s talk-show, and much more. If Criterion releases another Lloyd film anytime soon, I hope its "Movie Crazy" (hilarious film). It will likely be "The Kid Brother" (another excellent picture), but "Movie Crazy" getting a Criterion release would definitely be grand.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Another great winner from our friends at Criterion! This may just be the release of the year!! Harold Lloyd fans rejoice at this amazing blu ray/DVD set Criterion has released onto the world (at least the region A world). Have loved Harold Lloyd since discovering his films on Turner Classics and New Line's massive box set of his amazing work. All his films are preserved and in great condition from seeing these in the New Line box set. And Criterion did an awesome job on releasing our favorite THE FRESHMAN onto blu ray coming from a 4K master. This is the time I crave that the 4K technology catches up, because blu ray upconverted to 4K is not the same as real 4K. And this great film should be seen in real 4K. It is hard to believe this film was released in 1925! The beauty that lies within this masterful work is a sight to be seen. I don't care how old this movie is, but blu ray brings out more detail and sharpness that the DVD (even upconverted) cannot come nowhere close to the blu ray's resolution (although the DVD in this set looks good).
There are tons of special features that we come to expect from Criterion. Several short films in HD among others. I am still impressed on how great this set represents the brilliance of Harold Lloyd's masterpiece. Criterion once again proves why they are the best when it comes to releasing classics onto blu ray. Even if you are not a fan of silent films, this is one funny movie. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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