Freshman [Criterion Collection] [2 Discs] [Blu-ray/DVD]


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One of Harold Lloyd's best feature-length comedies, The Freshman, features the bespectacled regular guy as Harold Lamb, a naïve young man who heads off to college believing campus life will be just as it is in the movies; he even learns a little dance he saw one of his favorite actors do in a film. However, Harold soon discovers that real life isn't all that much like the pictures, and he quickly becomes the laughing stock of the university. Determined to prove himself, Harold tries out for the football team, but he serves as water boy and rides the pine until he finally gets a chance to redeem himself at the big game. Along the way, Harold also tries to woo a lovely co-ed, Peggy (Jobyna Ralston). 22 years later, writer/director Preston Sturges used the climactic football game as the opening for his collaboration with Harold Lloyd, The Sin of Harold Diddlebock. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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MPAA Rating
NR -- Not rated
1 hour, 16 minutes
  • Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Dolby Digital Mono
  • USA & territories, Canada
  • Blu-ray region A (North America, Central America, South America, Japan, Taiwan, North Korea, South Korea, Hong Kong, Southeast Asia)
Video Features
  • New 4k digital film transfer from a 1998 restoration by the UCLA Film & Television Archive
  • New orchestral score, composed and conducted by Carl Davis, persented in uncompressed stero 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 orchestral scores by Davis
  • Harold Lloyd: Big Man on Campus, a new visual essay on the film's locations by Lloyd author John Bengston
  • 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
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