The release of SPEEDY in Blu-Ray is almost here!
When: December 8, 2015
Speedy was the last silent feature to star Harold Lloyd—and one of his very best. The slapstick legend reprises his “Glasses Character,” this time as a good-natured but scatterbrained New Yorker who can’t keep a job. He finally finds his true calling when he becomes determined to help save the city’s last horse-drawn streetcar, which is operated by his sweetheart’s crusty grandfather. From its joyous visit to Coney Island to its incredible Babe Ruth cameo to its hair-raising climactic stunts on the city’s streets, Speedy is an out-of-control love letter to New York that will have you grinning from ear to ear.
- New 4K digital restoration from elements preserved by the UCLA Film & Television Archive
- Musical score by composer Carl Davis from 1992, synchronized and restored under his supervision and presented in uncompressed stereo on the Blu-ray
- New audio commentary featuring Bruce Goldstein, director of repertory programming at New York’s Film Forum, and Turner Classic Movies director of program production Scott McGee
- In the Footsteps of “Speedy,” a new short documentary by Goldstein about the film’s New York shoot
- Selection of rare archival footage from UCLA Film & Television Archive’s Hearst Newsreel Collection of baseball legend Babe Ruth, who has a cameo in the film, presented by David Filipi, director of film and video at the Wexner Center for the Arts
- New visual essay featuring stills of deleted scenes from the film and narrated by Goldstein
- Selection of actor Harold Lloyd’s home movies, narrated by his granddaughter, Suzanne Lloyd
- Bumping into Broadway, a 1919 Lloyd two-reeler, newly restored and with a 2004 score by Robert Israel
- PLUS: An essay by critic Phillip Lopate
New cover by F. Ron Miller
Random Media and Harold Lloyd Entertainment are pleased to announce the release of 100 Years of Harold Lloyd, fifteen works from the library of legendary silent film star Harold Lloyd. Seven features and eight shorts will be available for rental or download to own on iTunes beginning December 15th in the US and around the world.
Harold Lloyd (1893-1971) was one of the great comic stars of the cinema, a genius on par with Chaplin and Keaton. Yet, he came from a humble background, and perhaps this was the key to his affinity with "the ordinary man" who does extraordinary things. His motion picture career spanned 34 years and over 200 comedies. Among his most famous films are Grandma's Boy (1922), Safety Last! (1923), The Freshman (1925), The Kid Brother (1927), Speedy (1928), and Movie Crazy (1932).
100 Years of Harold Lloyd will be available in three packages: The Films: a package of seven features; The Shorts Vol. 1, a package of three shorts; and The Shorts Vol. 2, a package of five shorts. The films will be released in various languages in over fifteen countries, many for the first time.
The feature films included in the package are: Dr. Jack (1922), Why Worry? (1923), Safety Last! (1923), The Freshman (1925), For Heaven's Sake (1926), The Kid Brother (1927), Speedy (1928). The shorts included are: An Eastern Westerner (1920), High and Dizzy (1920), Never Weaken (1921) in the first, and Take a Chance (1918), Young Mr. Jazz (1919) The Marathon (1919), Bumping into Broadway (1919), His Royal Slyness (1920), in the second.
This unprecedented release follows on the heels of the Criterion Collection's DVD and Blu-ray debut of Speedy, Lloyd's final silent film.
"We are honored to be able to bring this collection of extraordinary films to an international audience," Eric Doctorow, CEO of Random Media said. "Partnering with Criterion and iTunes made this possible and we are grateful for their help to make this happen."
Sue Lloyd Hayes, Harold Lloyd's granddaughter and CEO of Harold Lloyd Entertainment, said, "This is a very thrilling way to bring Harold Lloyd to the digital age with his death-defying stunts and pure humor to the new generation with genuine laughter."
Towards the end of his life, Lloyd himself stated, "It has been amazing to me that these comedies can still strike a responsive note of laughter with audiences of all ages and in all parts of the world. Laughter is the universal language. It establishes a common identity among people-regardless of other differences. It is the sweetest sound in the whole world."