Blu-ray, DVD Release: Speedy

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Dec. 8, 2015
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95
Studio: Criterion

The 1928 film Speedy is the last silent feature to star Harold Lloyd (Safety Last!)—and one of his very finest.

Harold Lloyd is Speedy

Harold Lloyd is Speedy

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 trolley, 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 (directed by Ted Wilde) is an out-of-control love letter to New York that will have you grinning from ear to ear.

Criterion’s Blu-ray and DVD editions of the movie include the following:

  • New 4K digital restoration
    • Musical score by composer Carl Davis from 1992, synchronized and restored under his supervision and presented in uncompressed stereo on the Blu-ray
    • Audio commentary featuring Bruce Goldstein, director of repertory programming at New York’s Film Forum, and Turner Classic Movies program director Scott McGee
    • In the Footsteps of “Speedy, a new short documentary by Goldstein about the film’s New York locations
    • Selection of rare archival footage 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 in Columbus, Ohio
    • New visual essay featuring stills of deleted scenes from the film and narrated by Goldstein
    • Selection of 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
    • An essay by critic Phillip Lopate


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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.