The Harold Lloyd Comedy Collection Vol. 2
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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
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
- 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"
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Him being stuck on a scaffolding going up and down a building was hilarious.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My only regret is that this DVD can only be rated as 5 Stars. Harold Lloyd's humor and physical abilities are well above 5 stars. EnjoyPublished 20 months ago by Diamond Jim
Amazing! You have to get used to the way they filmed movies back then, but it's still absolutely hilarious.Published 23 months ago by Andrew
another great volume!! love his tender stories and great chase scenes!!Published on August 23, 2014 by roberta napoli
The collection is great; but, for me, at least, THE FRESHMAN is worth the whole thing. A great great comedy. Personally one of my ten favorite film comedies. Read morePublished on January 18, 2014 by John R. Freimann
I watched these with my 15 year old son and we laughed so hard! It's nice to watch something with a teen that doesn't have any bad language or references and is genuinely funny!Published on July 7, 2013 by Happy San Diegan