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Safety Last!

Fred Newmeyer and Sam Taylor

 
Safety Last! (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • United States
  • 1923
  • 73 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.37:1
  • Silent
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  • Spine #662

The comic genius of silent star Harold Lloyd is eternal. Chaplin is the sweet innocent, Keaton the stoic outsider, but Lloyd—the modern guy striving for success—is us. And with its torrent of perfectly executed gags and astonishing stunts, Safety Last! is the perfect introduction to him. Lloyd plays a small-town bumpkin trying to make it in the big city, who finds employment as a lowly department-store clerk. He comes up with a wild publicity stunt to draw attention to the store, resulting in an incredible feat of derring-do on his part that gets him started on the climb to success. Laugh-out-loud funny and jaw-dropping in equal measure, Safety Last! is a movie experience par excellence, anchored by a genuine legend.

Cast

The BoyHarold Lloyd
The GirlMildred Davis
The PalBill Strother
The LawNoah Young
The FloorwalkerWestcott B. Clarke

Credits

DirectorFred Newmeyer and Sam Taylor
Assistant directorRobert A. Golden
StoryHal Roach, Sam Taylor and Tim Whelan
Photographed byWalter Lundin
Edited byT. J. Crizer
Titles byH. M. Walker

Disc Features

  • New, restored 2K digital film transfer
  • Musical score by composer Carl Davis from 1989, synchronized and restored under his supervision and presented in uncompressed stereo on the Blu-ray edition
  • Alternate score by organist Gaylord Carter from the late 1960s, presented in uncompressed monaural on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary featuring film critic Leonard Maltin and director and Harold Lloyd archivist Richard Correll
  • Introduction by Suzanne Lloyd, Lloyd’s granddaughter and the president of Harold Lloyd Entertainment
  • Harold Lloyd: The Third Genius, a 108-minute documentary from 1989
  • Three newly restored Lloyd shorts: Take a Chance (1918), Young Mr. Jazz (1919), and His Royal Slyness (1920), with commentary by Correll and film writer John Bengtson
  • Locations and Effects, a new documentary featuring Bengtson and visual-effects expert Craig Barron
  • New interview with Davis
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic Ed Park

Film Essays

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Safety Last!: High-Flying Harold

By Ed Park June 17, 2013

The silent legend practices slapstick with clockwork precision in his most iconic, astonishing comedy. Read more »

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On the Channel: 100 Years of Harold Lloyd’s Glasses Character

December 11, 2017

Celebrate the centennial of one of silent cinema’s most iconic figures with a documentary about actor Harold Lloyd, now playing on the Criterion Channel on FilmStruck. Read more »


On Five

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On the Channel: The Art of Effects

December 28, 2016

One of the enduring pleasures of the movies is the thrill of succumbing to the medium’s capacity to toy with our senses. While advances in technology continue to introduce ever more complicated . . . Read more »


Web Exclusives

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Up in the Air with Harold Lloyd and His Followers

By Stephen Winer July 01, 2013

How the original comic everyman made us laugh and fear for his life. Read more »


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Film Essays

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Safety Last!: High-Flying Harold

By Ed Park June 17, 2013

The silent legend practices slapstick with clockwork precision in his most iconic, astonishing comedy. Read more »

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