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Safety Last! (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
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But the difference between these three men is that Harold Lloyd is not as well-known because unlike the other two, he wanted complete ownership of his films and if they were to be re-released or shown on television, he set the price high because he did not want TV commercials interrupting his film. While, some appreciate Lloyd's business-sense at the time to have complete ownership but also to be one of the first who looked into preserving his films, the unfortunate aspect is that unlike Chaplin or Keaton, his name would not be as well-known to the general public.
Of course, times have changed as more and more people are becoming fans of silent cinema, especially comedies, because they quickly learn that there are three men who earned a lot of money through the box office and were successful. And for Harold Lloyd, one can only be thrilled that this wonderful filmmaker has been acknowledged by the Criterion Collection and his most popular film, "Safety Last!", would be released by the Criterion Collection, in HD on Blu-ray!
One such film was "Safety Last!", a silent film from 1923 and one of the many films included in the Harold Lloyd Comedy Collection box set. An impressive box set featuring over 25 classic comedies including well-known Lloyd films such as "Safety Last!", "The Freshman", "Speedy!" and many more.Read more ›
While the first half of the film abounds in brilliant, hilarious sight gags, it is Lloyd's climb up the skyscraper that is best remembered: attacked by pigeons, entangled in a net, running afoul of a mouse, and ultimately hanging from the hands of a clock face hundreds of feet above a cheering crowd. Filmed without stunt-doubles or such devices as rear-screen projection, the squirm effect of the sequence is still tremendous--and the film is all the funnier for it. Always wearing his signature straw hat and round-frame glasses, Lloyd's eager optimism personified the go-getter mentality of the 1920s, when the sky seemed the limit and progress hadn't yet gone on too long. If you are a fan of silent film but have not yet encountered Harold Lloyd, SAFETY LAST is the perfect introduction--and an essential for your collection.
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Acrobatics and much fun in this classic movie. One of the great moments of comedy in the silent era.Published 2 months ago by Sergio Goldstein
Safety Last! Is further proof that Harold Lloyd is a national treasure. While not as well known as Charlie Chaplin, or Buster Keaton, Lloyd is just as funny. Read morePublished 3 months ago by B. Adducchio
Amazing what they did back in the day Not to be missed...just fantastic! Make sure you re-watch the film with the commentaries. Outstanding job Criterion!Published 4 months ago by Daniel D. Teoli Jr.
My 9 year old son saw the image of Harold Lloyd hanging from the clock in the Scorcese film "Hugo" and wanted to find out which movie it was from. Read morePublished 6 months ago by JHoeff
I first bought Safety Last in the 70s from Blackhawk Films on super 8 film with a magnetic jazz score. Read morePublished 9 months ago by CarlBudaTx
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