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Safety Last
(1923)

 
coverThe Criterion Collection
2013 Blu-ray Disc edition

Safety Last (1923), black & white, 74 minutes, not rated,
with Take a Chance (1918), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, Young Mr. Jazz (1919), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, His Royal Slyness (1919), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, and Harold Lloyd: The Third Genius (1989), color and black & white, 108 minutes, not rated.

The Criterion Collection,
spine number 662, UPC 7-15515-10651-1.
Pillarboxed 16:9 1080p MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, one single-sided Blu-ray Disc, Region A, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, uncompressed stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops, standard BD keepcase, $39.95.
DVD release date: 18 June 2013.
Country of origin: USA
This Blu-ray Disc edition features a new 2K high-definition video transfer, accompanied by the familiar orchestral music score composed by Carl Davis for the Photoplay Productions video presentation of the iconic Safety Last. An alternate music score features Gaylord Carter on theatre pipe organ.

The disc is supplemented with the Photoplay Productions documentary Harold Lloyd: The Third Genius (1989).

This is likely to be the best available edition of the film available on home video.

 
USA: Click the logomark to purchase this Region A Blu-ray Disc edition from Amazon.com. Your purchase supports Silent Era.
 
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coverThe Criterion Collection
2013 DVD edition

Safety Last (1923), black & white, 74 minutes, not rated,
with Take a Chance (1918), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, Young Mr. Jazz (1919), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, His Royal Slyness (1919), black & white, ? minutes, not rated, and Harold Lloyd: The Third Genius (1989), color and black & white, 108 minutes, not rated.

Criterion Collection, spine number 662, unknown UPC number.
Full-frame 4:3 NTSC, two DVD discs, Region 1, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital stereo sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops, two-disc standard DVD keepcase, $29.95.
DVD release date: 18 June 2013.
Country of origin: USA
This DVD edition features a new 2K high-definition video transfer, accompanied by the familiar orchestral music score composed by Carl Davis for the Photoplay Productions video presentation of the iconic Safety Last. An alternate music score features Gaylord Carter on theatre pipe organ.

The disc is supplemented with the Photoplay Productions documentary Harold Lloyd: The Third Genius (1989).

This is likely to be the best available edition of the film available on home video.

 
USA: Click the logomark to purchase this Region 1 NTSC DVD edition from Amazon.com. Your purchase supports the Silent Era website.
 
Canada: Click the logomark to purchase this Region 1 NTSC DVD edition from Amazon.ca. Your purchase supports the Silent Era website.
coverNew Line Home Entertainment
2005 DVD edition

The Harold Lloyd Comedy Collection, Volume 1 (1919-1936), black & white, color-toned black & white and color-tinted black & white, 420 minutes total, not rated,
including Safety Last (1923), color-toned black & white, 73 minutes, not rated.

New Line Home Entertainment, N8446, UPC 7-94043-84462-1, ISBN 0-7806-5289-4.
Full-frame 4:3 NTSC, one single-sided, dual-layered DVD disc and one dual-sided, dual-layered (side A)/single-layered (side B) DVD disc, Region 1, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 1.0 mono sound, English language intertitles, English and Spanish language subtitles, closed captions, 17 chapter stops, two-disc standard DVD keepcase, $29.95.
DVD release date: 15 November 2005.
Country of origin: USA

Our first look at this edition was a pleasant surprise when we were greeted with the familiar orchestral music score composed by Carl Davis for the Photoplay Productions video presentation of the iconic Safety Last, long out-of-print on VHS. The 35mm print utilized for the slightly color-toned video transfer is excellent, easily making this the best available edition of the film available on home video.

We highly recommend this edition of Safety Last.

 
USA: Click the logomark to purchase this Region 1 NTSC DVD edition from Amazon.com. Your purchase supports the Silent Era website.
 
Canada: Click the logomark to purchase this Region 1 NTSC DVD edition from Amazon.ca. Your purchase supports the Silent Era website.
coverUnknown Japanese
200? DVD edition

Safety Last (1923), black & white, ? minutes, not rated.

Unknown home video company, unknown catalog number, unknown UPC number.
Full-frame 4:3 NTSC, one single-sided, single-layered? DVD disc, Region 0, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 mono? sound, English? language intertitles, foreign language subtitles?, chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase?, unknown suggested retail price.
DVD release date: 200?.
Country of origin: Japan
This unknown edition of Harold Lloyd’s best-known comedy showed up for sale on eBay. We do not know the gauge of the film print utilized for the video transfer.
Other silent era HAROLD LLOYD films available on home video.

Other silent film music scores by CARL DAVIS available on home video.

 
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