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Garbo Signature Collection (R2) in January

On 23 January 2006, Warner Home Video debuts Garbo: The Signature Collection exclusive to HMV in celebration of the luminous and mysterious star's glittering career. Priced at £49.99 the collection consists of six Garbo classics, all brand new to DVD including Mata Hari, Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, the four-time Academy Award®-nominated Ninotchka, Queen Christina, Anna Christie and Camille.

Garbo: The Signature Collection

Garbo made her landmark transition to "Talkies" with this film, playing a former prostitute whose past threatens her chance for happiness. A different director and cast join Garbo in a German-language version (Side B, with English subtitles) filmed on the same sound stages immediately after the English version. Later, Garbo called it the better film, and this new DVD release gives fans the rare opportunity to compare the two versions.

DVD Special Features:
  • German-Language Version

MATA HARI (1931)
Garbo is mesmerizing as a dancer turned German secret agent in wartime Paris seething with secrets and betrayal. The notable supporting cast includes Lionel Barrymore as a Russian general in love with her, Lewis Stone as an icy master spy and Ramon Novarro as a handsome aviator who wins the heart Mata Hari did not know she possessed.

DVD Special Features:
  • Theatrical Trailer

To escape the burdens of the monarchy, Sweden's Queen Christina (Garbo) rides into the countryside disguised as a boy. She meets and secretly falls for a dashing Spanish envoy on his way to the royal court. When her lover's true identity is revealed, Christina knows her people will not accept her marriage to a foreigner. Torn between her duty and her heart, she must make a fateful decision. Garbo is luminous in this lavish costume drama, starring with her one-time off-screen fiancé John Gilbert under the direction of Rouben Mamoulian.

DVD Special Features:
  • Theatrical Trailer

Leo Tolstoy's novel of a dutiful wife and doting mother, who gives up her life of contentment to experience real passion, receives sumptuous treatment in a David O. Selznick production. Clarence Brown directs a stellar cast - including Fredric March, Basil Rathbone, Maureen O'Sullivan and Freddie Bartholomew. Greta Garbo is the soul of the film in a nuanced performance that won the New York Film Critics Best Actress Award. At the height of her art, Garbo is unforgettable as a woman helpless in love's grasp and heartbroken at the loss of her son.

DVD Special Features:
  • Theatrical Trailer

CAMILLE (1936)
Life in 1847 Paris is as spirited as champagne and as unforgiving as the gray morning after. In gambling dens and lavish soirees, men of means exert their wills and women turned courtesans exult in pleasure. One such woman is Marguerite Gautier (Garbo), the Camille of this sumptuous romantic tale based on the enduring Alexandre Dumas story. Garbo earned an Academy Award nomination and the New York Film Critics Best Actress Award for her memorable work in this George Cukor-directed film.

DVD Special Features:
  • 1921 Silent Version Starring Alla Nazimova and Rudolph Valentino
  • 1936 Version Theatrical Trailer

Garbo shines in her first comedy, a frothy tale of a dour Russian envoy sublimating her womanhood for Soviet brotherhood until she falls for a suave Parisian man-about-town (Melvyn Douglas). Working from a clever script written in part by Billy Wilder, director Ernst Lubitsch knew better than anyone how to marry refinement with sublime wit. That's how we see Garbo's love struck Ninotchka: serenely dignified yet endearingly ridiculous.

DVD Special Features:
  • Theatrical Trailer of this Film and Its Musical Remake Silk Stockings

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