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The Freshman

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The Freshman (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

25 Mar 2014

Dual Format Blu-ray/DVD

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  • United States
  • 1925
  • 76 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
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  • Spine #703

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 is accompanied here by a new orchestral score by Carl Davis.

Cast

The freshmanHarold Lloyd
PeggyJobyna Ralston
The college cadBrooks Benedict
The college heroJames Anderson
The college belleHazel Keener
The college tailorJoseph Harrington
The football coachPat Harmon

Credits

Disc Features

  • New 4K digital transfer from a 1998 restoration by the UCLA Film & Television Archive
  • New orchestral score, composed and conducted by Carl Davis, presented in uncompressed stereo on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary featuring director and Harold Lloyd archivist Richard Correll, film historian Richard Bann, and film critic Leonard Maltin
  • On-camera introduction to The Freshman by Lloyd and a clip reel, both from Harold Lloyd’s Funny Side of Life (1966)
  • Three newly restored Lloyd shorts: The Marathon (1919), with a new piano score by Gabriel Thibaudeau, and An Eastern Westerner and High and Dizzy (both 1920), with new orchestral scores by Davis
  • Harold Lloyd: Big Man on Campus, a new visual essay on the film’s locations by Lloyd author John Bengtson
  • Conversation between Correll and film historian Kevin Brownlow
  • Footage from a 1963 Delta Kappa Alpha tribute to Lloyd, featuring comedian Steve Allen, director Delmer Daves, and actor Jack Lemmon
  • Lloyd’s 1953 appearance on the television show What’s My Line?
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Stephen Winer

    New cover by F. Ron Miller

Film Essays

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The Freshman: Speedy Saves the Day! A Harold Lamb Adventure!

By Stephen WinerMarch 25, 2014

Silent comedy superstar Harold Lloyd played big dreamers; few were more determined to succeed . . . Read more »

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Film Essays

Freshman_current_600x338_thumbnail

The Freshman: Speedy Saves the Day! A Harold Lamb Adventure!

By Stephen WinerMarch 25, 2014

Silent comedy superstar Harold Lloyd played big dreamers; few were more determined to succeed . . . Read more »