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 e... more »njoy the work of the man who inspired generations of acting greats with The Harold Lloyd Comedy Collection. DVD Features:
Audio Commentary:Commentary by critic Leonard Maltin & director Rich Correll on Safety Last!
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
Robert K. (Kent) from METAIRIE, LA Reviewed on 7/6/2009...
Harold Lloyd stars as a small-town boy who journeys to the big city to make his fortune, and his girl (Mildred Davis) proud. Although he works laboriously as a sales floor clerk (who is often late for work and late for his rent), the boy builds himself up as an office bigshot in his letters home, which prompts his girl to make a surprise visit so they can be married. In actuality, these early series of gags are all a set-up for the film's climactic sequence, in which the boy is forced to scale the department store building in place of his human-fly buddy, Limpy Bill (Bill Strothers), as part of a publicity stunt, and is left dangling for his life from the hands of a giant clock. Incredibly, Lloyd performed the bulk of his own stunts with missing fingers, the result of an on-set accident years earlier while playing with what he thought to be a prop bomb. The film also features Earl Mohan as a fanciful Drunk and Noah Young as The Law in constant pursuit of Limpy Bill.
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Terrific intro to Lloyd, but the whole set is a better value
Donald Rogers | Seattle, WA United States | 10/26/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Volume 1 of the 3-volume Harold Lloyd Comedy Collection includes Lloyd's best-remembered thrill comedy, Safety Last!, which is on no account to be missed. However, the complete 7-disc collection is priced very attractively -- at just a little more than double the cost of the 2-disc Volume 1, it is probably the better value.
Volume 1 ======= Disc 1: Girl Shy (1924) Safety Last! (1923) w/ commentary by Leonard Maltin and director Richard Correll An Eastern Westerner (1920) Ask Father (1919) From Hand to Mouth (1919)
Disc 2: The Milky Way (1936) The Cat's Paw (1934) Why Worry? (1923) Featurette "Harold's Hollywood: Then and Now"
A rare chance to see (and own) Safety Last among other Lloyd
K. Corn | Indianapolis,, IN United States | 11/26/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"How often does an opportunity like this come along? Not only to get a chance to see Harold Lloyd in action, one of the classic film comedians of all time, extremely popular in his day, but to see a movie like Safety Last, a film which wasn't even seen by that many people - EVER? To own a copy of the film...when I learned of that possibility, I truly felt shivers run up my spine.
Many people HAVE seen the classic photo of a man hanging from the face of a clock, high above a city. Consider that this photo, taken from the film, was created BEFORE the days of special effects which are so easily created for movies today. Think about HOW this scene was filmed.
Many have argued that Lloyd put himself in terrible danger to create some of those scenes, that he simply had to, that there was no way to create them otherwise. See what you think.
But first, simply sit back and enjoy the films themselves. Try to imagine living in the days when Harold Lloyd films came out, if you can. Try not to compare him to Chaplin or Keaton but experience him as the unique genius he was. I think his films are wonderful, even when judged by the preferences of today's filmgoers.
And be grateful that you have the opportunity to add this set of films to YOUR collection. Truly a must for film buffs and historians, not to mention anyone who simply wants to experience something very different from the films shown today.
Amazon lists the films in this series and other reviewers have listed the plots of those films so I'm simply urging you to get this collection (or the more extensive collection that is available as well) while you can."
Side-splitting Silents! Terrible Talkies
R. Houck | USA | 11/29/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Two of the Lloyd films in this set, Milky Way and Cat's-Paw are talkies from the 1930's. The other six are silent films from the late teens to mid twenties.
I thought the talkies were truly awful, entirely forgettable. Lloyd's voice is high and annoying, and these films are dramas although with a few funny moments. Lloyd is entirely a fish out of water here, as one of the best silent comedians of the 20's is attempting to do talking dramas in the 30's. All of the manic energy of his 20's films is missing.
The silent films are great fun, however, and run around 4 1/2 hours. So, they alone make this package a good deal.
Lloyd constantly gets into jams, and watching him wriggle out is very entertaining. The picture quality of these and other Lloyd silents I've seen is extremely good - the best I've ever seen for films this old. The musical scores fit the movies very well.
Safety Last - most readers of this review will probably be familiar with Back to the Future. The scene where Doc Brown is hanging from the clocktower with his right hand and grabbing for an extension cord with his left hand looks based on a similar scene in Safety Last, although Lloyd is grasping for a rope rather than an extension cord.
The shots of 1920's Los Angeles are fascinating."
ONE OF HAL ROACH'S BEST COMEDIANS
John Profetto | Hamilton, Ontario Canada | 01/27/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Harold Lloyd was definetly among the silent movie era's best comedians.My two favourite films in this compilation are Safety Last and Girl Shy.Until I bought this DVD set,I had only seen the image of Harold dangling from the clock near the top of the building.So I finally got to see the actual movie.It was nerve wracking.Our Gang member Joe Cobb appears at the beginning of Girl Shy.But my favourite part of this film is when Harold tries to stop a certain wedding from taking place.First he steals a streetcar,then a cop's motorcycle,than a wagon pulled by two horses.He really made those horses run.Hilarious.
I have to agree about the two Harold Lloyd talkies,The Cat's Paw and The Milky Way.Pretty cheesy in comparison to his silent films.Especially The Cat's Paw.That film's final scene is rather disturbing."
Essential Survey of Lloyd's Work
Robert Morris | San Francisco | 04/23/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This volume is the best to buy if you are not planning to develop a complete library of Harold Lloyd's work. This volume contains Safety Last, with the iconic image of Lloyd dangling from the clock hands as he tries to scale a high rise to execute a publicity stunt for the department store he works for. This movie is not nearly the most satisfying of Llyod's output, but it is entertaining. Much funnier and better executed is Why Worry, about a millionaire hypochondriac who takes a vacation for his health in a volatile Latin American country in the grips of civil war. The sheer quantity and continuity of funny moments in this movie is breathtaking, and is about the best introduction to Lloyd's genius as you can get. By the time of this movie, Lloyd had developed his most successful formula: his character typically has a flaw (shyness, hypochondria) that needs to be overcome. Challenged by a bully and/or the love of a beautiful girl, Harold jumps into almost super-human action. We see this formula in An Eastern Westerner and Girl Shy as well. But Why Worry is, in terms of sheer persistent laughter, the best of this collection.
The other movies made at the prime of this career, including Girl Shy, An Eastern Westerner, and From Hand to Mouth, are also priceless gens. This collection also contains glimpses into the early and late careers of Lloyd, and effectively demonstrates that his productivity spanned a long interval of time. The earliest film in the collection, Ask Father, is remarkably charming, funny and creative. Lloyd's early glasses character tended to be all energy, with few character flaws except perhaps obsessiveness. Here Lloyd's character is infatuated with a businessman's daughter, and much of the humor derives from his repeated attempts to gain access to the elusive father to ask his permission to marry his fickle offspring. Bebe Daniels, Lloyd's first romantic partner in his movies, is very funny and appealing in this and other of Lloyd's movies of the time.
This collection also shows that during the sound era Lloyd, while no longer in his prime creatively, was still producing interesting, creative ventures. Of the two sound movies in this collection, by far the best is Cat's Paw, in which Lloyd portrays a naive but determined Chinese missionary's son who returns to the big city to find a woman to marry. Some of the gags here, especially the faked execution sequence at the end, is a bit forced, but the story is interesting and there are still moments of genius to witness. Milky Way, chronologically the last in the series, has very little going for it and will be of interest only to die hard Lloyd enthusiasts."