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Monday, November 09, 2015

Speedy (1928) d. Ted Wilde

Speedy (1928), Harold Lloyd's last silent film.

Movie Review
Speedy (1928)
 d. Ted Wilde
Criterion Collection #788
DVD release 12/8/15

   This was the last silent Harold Lloyd film, and it is his love letter to New York City.  Speedy is a typical New Yorker, trying to make his way up the ladder of success through a series of low paying jobs that he can't keep for more than a day.  Lloyd's "glasses" character was as American as Charlie Chaplin's Little Tramp was global, and his presence in New York City makes engaging viewing.  Speedy is also helped by a digital 4k restoration and a newish soundtrack from 1992.

   If ever there was a service where I would pay for a stand alone source of entertainment, it would be for a subscription to the Criterion Collection.  It seems like the audience for that service would positively dwarf the audience for the DVD's.  It is very clear why Criterion chooses to withhold so many titles from the Hulu channel- either they don't have the streaming rights, or they don't want to compromise sales.  Personally, I'd like to see them leave the DVD's behind, and act as a subscription streaming channel.

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