Kid Brother (BLU-RAY)
Silent-comedy legend Harold Lloyd goes west in this irresistible blend of action, romance, and slapstick invention. The bespectacled everyman is at his inimitable best as Harold Hickory, the gentle son of a prominent lawman who lives in the shadow of his rough-and-tumble brothers. When a traveling medicine show rolls into town, it brings with it excitement, the possibility of love, and a chance for Harold to prove his mettle. Deftly balancing Lloyd’s brilliant sight gags and thrilling set pieces—including an epic, knock-down, drag-out fight aboard an abandoned ship—with one of the actor-filmmaker’s most fully realized, root-for-the-underdog narratives, The Kid Brother is a hilarious and heartwarming high-water mark of early screen comedy.
- New 4K digital restoration
- Orchestral score by composer Carl Davis from 1989
- Alternate archival organ score performed by Gaylord Carter
- Audio commentary from 2005 featuring filmmaker and Harold Lloyd archivist Richard Correll, film historian Annette D’Agostino Lloyd, and Harold Lloyd’s granddaughter Suzanne Lloyd
- Harold’s Leading Ladies, a new conversation between author Cari Beauchamp and Suzanne Lloyd
- Anatomy of a Gag: Monkeyshoes, a new video essay by critic and filmmaker David Cairns
- Behind-the-scenes stills gallery curated by Harold Lloyd archivist Richard Simonton Jr.
- Close to Home, a new video essay on the film’s shooting locations by author John Bengtson
- Dutch television interview with Lloyd from 1962
- Featurette from 2005 about Greenacres, Lloyd’s estate, hosted by Suzanne Lloyd
- Two restored rare early Lloyd shorts: Over the Fence (1917) and That’s Him (1918), with new Wurlitzer theater pipe organ scores and a discussion of their early film formats by archivist Dino Everett
- New tour of the Wurlitzer organ with composer Nathan Barr and organist Mark Herman
- PLUS: An essay by critic Carrie Rickey
New cover by F. Ron Miller