Garbo Signature Collection (R1) in September

Warner Home Video have announced the Region 1 DVD release of Garbo: The Signature Collection for 6th September 2005. Released in celebration of the luminous and mysterious star’s 100th birthday on September 18, the ten film, ten disc Collection includes seven Garbo classics – six of which are 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, as well as the previously released Academy Award Best Picture winner Grand Hotel. The Collection also includes the deluxe two-disc TCM Archives: Garbo Silents with three of the star’s greatest silent films – Flesh and the Devil, The Temptress and The Mysterious Lady. In addition, the brand new insightful bonus feature-length documentary from acclaimed filmmaker Kevin Brownlow and Turner Classic Movies, Garbo, featuring interviews with Garbo’s friends and colleagues, is available exclusively with the gift set.

Garbo: The Signature Collection will sell for $99.92 SRP and the two-disc TCM Archives: Garbo Silents will be available as a separate set for $39.92 SRP. Each Garbo: The Signature Collection title will also be available individually for $19.97 SRP.

About the Signature Collection

TCM Archives: Garbo Silents
This TCM Archives two-disc collection focuses on Garbo’s earliest years in Hollywood. In The Temptress (1926) Garbo establishes her magnetic screen persona as a vamp who destroys the lives of men who cannot resist her charms. In Flesh and the Devil (1927), she is an irresistible vixen who comes between lifelong friends John Gilbert and Lars Hanson, and in The Mysterious Lady (1928), she’s a Russian spy who seduces her victims. Each film greatly contributed in building the Garbo legend that still fascinates audiences almost 80 years later.

DVD Special Features include:
  • Settling the Score Goes Behind the Scenes of the TCM Young Film Composers Competition and the Scoring of Notable Silent Movies, Including These Garbo Classics
  • Commentary on Flesh and the Devil by Garbo Author Barry Paris
  • Commentary on The Temptress by Greta Garbo: A Cinematic Legacy Author Mark A. Vieira
  • Commentary on Mysterious Lady by Film Historians Tony Maietta and Jeffrey Vance
  • The Divine Woman: Surviving 9-Minute Excerpt of This Lost 1928 Silent Film
  • Alternate Ending on The Temptress
  • Photo Montages on Garbo’s Silent Years at MGM
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

Anna Christie (1930)
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 include:
  • German-Language Version
  • Subtitles: English, French & Spanish

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 include:
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Subtitles: English, French & Spanish

Grand Hotel (1932)
Ruined aristocrat John Barrymore. Terminally ill clerk Lionel Barrymore. Ruthless tycoon Wallace Beery. Scheming stenographer Joan Crawford. And disillusioned ballerina Greta Garbo. Based on Vicki Baum's novel and produced by Irving Thalberg, this radiant film captured the 1932 Best Picture Academy Award.

DVD Special Features include:
  • New Documentary Checking Out: Grand Hotel
  • Premiere Newsreel
  • Vintage Musical Short Nothing Ever Happens
  • Just a Word of Warning Theatre Announcement
  • Trailers of the film and the 1945 Remake of Week-End at the Waldorf
  • Languages: English & French
  • Subtitles: English, French & Spanish

Queen Christina (1933)
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 include:
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Subtitles: English, French & Spanish

Anna Karenina (1935)
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 include:
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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 include:
  • 1921 Silent Version Starring Alla Nazimova and Rudolph Valentino
  • Audio Bonus: Leo Is On the Air Radio Promo
  • 1936 Version Theatrical Trailer
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

Ninotchka (1939)
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 include:
  • 1967 BBC Show Garbo – hosted by Joan Crawford
  • Theatrical Trailer of this Film and Its Musical Remake Silk Stockings
  • Subtitles: English, French & Spanish

TCM Original Documentary: Garbo (2005)
A brand-new Turner Classic Movies original, feature-length profile from legendary documentarian Kevin Brownlow and his Photoplay Productions, Garbo offers an intimate look at the life and career of Greta Garbo. Brownlow’s unique portrait of the enigmatic actress is drawn through rare footage, new and vintage interviews with biographers and admirers, plus many of the friends, relatives and associates who came closest to penetrating the lonely star’s veil of solitude. Her career is illustrated with clips from all her movies, ranging from her early film work in Sweden to such Hollywood triumphs as Anna Christie, Grand Hotel, Camille, Ninotchka and her swan song in 1941’s Two-Faced Woman.

Among those offering analysis and reminiscences are biographers Barry Paris; actor/playwright Charles Busch; Garbo’s niece and great nephews, Gray, Derek and Scott Reisfeld and friends Gore Vidal, Gavin Lambert, Jack Larson and Sam Green, Garbo’s confidante and walking companion for 20 years. Archival interviews include those with childhood friend Mimi Pollak, author Adela Rogers St. Johns and her favorite director Clarence Brown. The new documentary (a co-production with Turner Entertainment Co.) features a rousing musical score from the eminent film composer Carl Davis and premieres on Turner Classic Movies in September as part of a month-long tribute to the enigmatic beauty.

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