Grand Hotel (Snap case)
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Documentary:New making-of documentary Checking Out: Grand Hotel
Featurette:Vitaphone musical short Nothing Ever Happens
Other:Just a Word of Warning theatre announcement
Theatrical Trailer:Trailers of this and the 1945 remake Weekend at the Waldorf
- "Checking Out: Grand Hotel" (new making-of documentary)
- Hollywood Premiere of "Grand Hotel" (1932 newsreel)
- Just a Word of Warning (1932 theatre announcement)
- Nothing Ever Happens (newly discovered 1933 Vitaphone short, a spoof on "Grand Hotel")
- Theatrical trailers
Top Customer Reviews
The casting of this movie shows absolute genius. Garbo is beautiful and engimatic as Grusenskaya the dancer, John Barrymore is the suave but impovrished baron masquerading as a jewel thief, Joan Crawford as Flamchen never looked more beautiful (although she appears in yet another of her stenographer roles), and Wallace Beery comes off well as the ruthless businessman. All of the personalities blend together to make this a memorable film.
The quote "Grand Hotel...people come, people go, nothing ever happens" is the opening and closing line of the movie, but don't let that fool you! A lot happens and this movie is well worth the time it takes you to see it.
The high point of "Grand Hotel", for me, is the central love scene between John Barrymore and Greta Garbo, which is probably the most gorgeous ever filmed -- enchanted, poignant and steeped in doom. The actors were also demonstrably attracted to each other, adding depth and authenticity.
I have to disagree with another reviewer here: I find John Barrymore's performance quite restrained, even staid at times, and Garbo's very mannered (and -- listen carefully -- she says "I ouant to be alone", not "I vant..."). Barrymore did plenty of "over the top" performances, but this isn't one of them. Compare "Twentieth Century", "Midnight", or his last film, "Playmates".Read more ›
TRANSFER: After years of looking as though the camera negative had been fed through a meat grinder, this DVD digital remastering is a considerable improvement. Having said that, a lot of work is still needed to get this one looking up to par. Solid blacks are about the best thing on this DVD. Contrast levels appear too low in many of the scenes. There are a considerable number of age related artifacts and quite a bit of film grain present on this 70 plus year old classic. The audio has been extensively cleaned up but continues to exhibit considerable hiss. Truly, if this is a special edition it's one of the poorest I've seen.
EXTRAS: Some featurettes that round out the history - if too briefly, of this classic film.
BOTTOM LINE: "Grand Hotel" is undeniably engrossing and a brilliant Oscar winner that is sure to enthrall for decades to come! For the film and NOT the transfer, this is an absolute must for your film library!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is simply a classic film with an all star cast....especially the great Garbo and both John and Lionel Barrymore. This is when movies were really movies!Published 6 days ago by mrmoviestar
I watched this via Amazon Instant video, and I have to say, I was disappointed. First of all, I still can't see what all the fuss is over Greta Garbo - to me she is very hammy and... Read morePublished 5 months ago by missy mo
Wanted to see this movie for a long while. When I finally saw it, I was disappointed. I'm sorry to say it was boring.Published 5 months ago by T. Rose
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