Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Freshman (1925)

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: March 25, 2014
Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.95
Studio: Criterion

The Freshman movie scene

Harold Lloyd gets kittenish in The Freshman.

Harold Lloyd’s (Safety Last!) biggest box-office hit was the 1925 silent comedy classic The Freshman, 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.

The popular, crowd-pleasing movie directed by Fred C. Newmeyer and Sam Taylor is a gleeful showcase for Lloyd’s slapstick brilliance and incandescent charm, and it’s accompanied here by a new orchestral score by Carl Davis (Napoleon).

Criterion’s Blu-ray/DVD Combo of The Freshman includes the following features:

• New 4K digital transfer from a restoration by the UCLA Film and 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 and historian Leonard Maltin
• Lloyd’s prologue to the film, created for the 1966 rerelease
• Three newly restored Lloyd shorts: The Marathon (1919), with a new score by Gabriel Thibaudeau, and An Eastern Westerner and High and Dizzy (both 1920), with new scores composed and conducted by Davis
Big Man on Campus, a new visual essay on the film’s locations by silent-film historian 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?
• One Blu-ray and two DVDs, with all content available in both formats
• A booklet featuring an essay by critic Stephen Winer

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.