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Greta Garbo - The Signature Collection (Anna Christie / Mata Hari / Grand Hotel / Queen Christina / Anna Karenina / Camille / Ninotchka / Garbo Silents) (2005)

Sam Hennings , Colleen Coffey , Kelley Cauthen  |  NR |  DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Sam Hennings, Colleen Coffey, Doug Jeffery, Griffin Drew
  • Directors: Kelley Cauthen
  • Format: Box set, NTSC, Full Screen, Black & White, Closed-captioned
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 10
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 6, 2005
  • Run Time: 518 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009S4IJM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,272 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Greta Garbo - The Signature Collection (Anna Christie / Mata Hari / Grand Hotel / Queen Christina / Anna Karenina / Camille / Ninotchka / Garbo Silents)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Ninotchka
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Queen Christina
  • Camille
  • 1921 silent version starring Alla Nazimova and Rudolph Valentino
  • "Leo Is on the Air" radio promo (audio only)
  • 1936 version theatrical trailer
  • Anna Christie
  • Includes simultaneously filmed German version (with English subtitles)
  • Anna Karenina
  • Mata Hari
  • Grand Hotel
  • "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
  • TCM Archives: The Garbo Silents Collection
  • Includes: The Temptress (1926), Flesh and the Devil (1927), and The Mysterious Lady (1928)
  • Commentary by "Garbo" author Barry Paris on Flesh and the Devil
  • Commentary by "Greta Garbo: A Cinematic Legacy" author Mark A. Vieira on The Temptress
  • Commentary by film historians Tony Maietta and Jeffrey Vance on The Mysterious Lady
  • The Divine Woman: surviving 9-minute excerpt of this lost 1928 silent
  • Alternate endings on Flesh and the Devil and The Temptress
  • 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
  • Photo montages on all three movies
  • Garbo: Bonus documentary narrated by Julie Christie

Editorial Reviews

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Who was Greta Garbo? For a while the greatest of all movie stars, then a celebrated recluse, always "the mysterious lady," Garbo purred, "I want to be alone," and people took her at her word. Of course, the real Garbo is actually the "reel" Garbo, the silvery, suffering creature on the movie screen--the way the light caught her eyes, and the way she slithered around in silk. There are other Garbo films to be seen, but Garbo: The Signature Collection is the essential Garbo, the alpha and omega for fans and beginners. This 10-disc package collects seven of her MGM sound pictures, three silents, and the Turner Classic Movies documentary Garbo, which gives a good career overview and warm testimony from friends and relatives (although more critical perspective on her talent would have been welcome). Some extras and commentaries are mixed in.

The Garbo Silents disc features Flesh and the Devil, one of her sizzling box-office duets with John Gilbert; The Temptress, a wild number with Garbo as a man-killer who follows Antonio Moreno to the plains of Argentina; and The Mysterious Lady, a tight spy picture with Garbo as a Russian agent seducing the susceptible Conrad Nagel. When Garbo finally talked it was headline news, and if Anna Christie has aged a bit, the star's sultry enunciation of "Gimme a visky" retains its historic punch. (The disc includes a German-language version of the film shot at the same time.)

Mata Hari continues the exotic storytelling of Garbo's silent years, as she does an eye-popping turn as the famous German spy. Grand Hotel casts her as a tired, tired ballet dancer, in a star-studded MGM project that played on her public image as aloof and mysterious. The movie was a box-office smash and took the Best Picture Oscar for 1932, and still stands as a glittery gem of the studio system. Under the sympathetic direction of Rouben Mamoulian in Queen Christina, Garbo flourishes in a tale of a Swedish royal who escapes the grind by disguising herself as a boy. She insisted that John Gilbert--his career in tatters and his life near its end--be her leading man. Garbo rarely seemed more spot-on, and the film's final grand adoration of her is justifiably famous.

Anna Karenina is Garbo's second crack at the Tolstoy heroine, after the silent Love. It's a throbbing performance, even if the movie itself is one of those MGM productions that seems to doze under all its finery and respectability. Camille is scrumptious costume tragedy, with Robert Taylor as co-star and George Cukor as director. Finally, Ernst Lubitsch's Ninotchka (you know--"Garbo Laughs") is a bubbly comedy of frosty Sovietism meeting the champagne pleasures of Paris. Garbo retired two years, ending her reign but keeping the enigma intact. --Robert Horton

Product Description

Includes the best known films from a timeless and alluring actress of the 1920s and 1930s whose enigmatic beauty in a series of MGM silent films catapulted her to international movie stardom.

DVD Features:
Additional Scenes:THE DIVINE WOMAN: Surviving 9-Minute Excerpt of This Lost 1928 Silent
Alternate endings:Alternate Ending on The Temptress
Audio Commentary:Commentary on Flesh and the Devil by Garbo Author Barry Paris; The Temptress by Greta Garbo: A Cinematic Legacy Author Mark A. Vieira; Mysterious Lady by Film Historians Tony Maietta and Jeffrey Vance
Documentaries:TCM ARCHIVES: GARBO - New Feature-Length Documentary Exclusive to This Set!
Featurette:SETTLING THE SCORE - Goes Behind the Scenes of the TCM Young Film Composers Competition and the Scoring of Notable Silent Movies
Photo gallery:Garbo's Silent Years at MGM
Theatrical Trailer


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76 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exquisite DVD for a beautiful lady September 15, 2005
Format:DVD
I feel like a kid in a candy store as I gaze with anticipation at an expensive DVD boxed set I just bought from Amazon: GRETA GARBO-THE SIGNATURE COLLECTION. Manufactured by Warner Home Video, this is a good purchase for vintage film lovers and a younger generation who maybe wants to just see some compelling and mesmerizing silent and sound romance. I believe Amazon is selling the set for $70, but we are talking about ELEVEN MOVIES on ten disks that individually sell for $15-$20.

It is not Garbo's entire film output-another disk could be filled with what is missing. But it has her finest films, like QUEEN CHRISTINA (1933), CAMILLE (1937), and NINOTCHKA (1939). Also included are both the English-language and rare German-language versions of ANNA CHRISTIE (both 1930-and Garbo spoke fluent German), MATA HARI (1931), the Best Picture Oscar winner GRAND HOTEL (1932), and ANNA KARENINA (1935). All of the sound films here at least include a theatrical trailer-it is fun to see how MGM promoted a given movie. GRAND HOTEL includes a new documentary, a premiere newsreel, a vintage musical short, and trailers for both this and the WEEKEND AT THE WALDORF (1945) remake. And CAMILLE includes the 1921 silent version starring Nazimova and Rudolph Valentino, a "Leo is on the Air" radio bonus, and the 1936 theatrical trailer.

As if all this were not enough for $70 (or even the $100 suggested price), we have three of the eight or so silent romantic classics Garbo made: FLESH AND THE DEVIL (1927), THE MYSTERIOUS LADY (1928), and THE TEMPTRESS (1926).
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58 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Old Soul September 5, 2005
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I suppose the following remarks will make more sense to someone who's seen a number of Garbo films and responded to their particular magic. No matter how tiresome the workings of the various plots, or the sometimes ridiculous headgear, couture, coiffure, costars, mise en scene - all of this in the end counts for nothing as she cannot be defined or contained either by her moment in time or her physical surroundings. When you see her and hear her "up there," on the screen, you are in the presence of a very, very, Old Soul neither feminine or masculine but a conglomeration of elements unique unto itself. This truth is evident from that first glimpse in "Gosta Berling" right through the wreck and ruin of "Two Faced Woman." How courageous of her to allow us a look inside!

A wise old professor of mine once said that you cannot consider your education complete until you've seen what Greta Garbo does. Thats why even the weakest of her films (The Torrent? Susan Lennox? Romance?) are worth watching, and "coffee table" books are still being published (2 more this month) professing to answer why she remains an object of fascination and study. Could it be this ultimate symbol of that most superficial of epitaphs "movie star" went far beyond the expected and actually evoked something timeless and outside the traditional scope of the medium in which she practiced?

Watch these films and discover - either for the first time, or all over again. If they themselves are not worthy of repeated scrutiny, she certainly is. Garbo is soon to be 100, but I think her age is best measured in millenia.

Steve Charitan
Hudson, OH
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless July 29, 2006
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Initially I had reservations about buying WB's Garbo set, simply because it was so stratospherically priced. Fortunately, my parents must have sensed it was on my wish list, regardless of its price, and bought it for me as a gift last Christmas. I just couldn't bring myself to take it back! The quality of this set is just too overwhelming. Not only do you get at least three classic film masterpieces (Camille, Queen Christina, and Flesh and the Devil), but also a whole selection of good Garbo films, ranging from obscure to highly popular. Mata Hari has always been a Garbo classic, even if it's not a masterpiece. Anna Christie was based on a great play and, although the production is stagy, the excellence of the story shines through. Anna Karenina is one of the best films in the lot--the photography alone is astonishingly beautiful. Ninotchka was an entertaining comedy, but probably my least favorite Garbo film. Grand Hotel speaks for itself as an enduring cinema legend, as do Camille, Queen Christina, and Flesh and the Devil. What was Garbo's best film? It's a toss-up between these three timeless titles. It's also nice to have two very rare silents: The Temptress and The Mysterious Lady, even if these films are slightly less than stellar.

As far as quality goes, the set is teriffic. Picture quality is extremely good, but not perfect; I think we can blame this on the age of the films and not because of any disservice from Warner's. The prints are cleaned up very nicely, but just not as pristine as other releases such as Now Voyager or Mildred Pierce, which fairly glimmer. Very good quality, though.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars big collection but a lot of unnecessary shelf space July 22, 2007
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This is an impressive set, by far the most economical way to get all of these movies in one place. Since Garbo made so few films in her career, this is an excellent way to get a survey of her filmography, from her first silent MGM films to her later talkies.

My only real complaint is that the contents are not as filling as the overwhelming size of this giant cube of a package would imply. Aside from the movies, we only get commentaries on the silent films; on Camille, we get the original silent version starring Nazimova and Valentino; Anna Christie includes the German language version, and Grand Hotel has the most extras on a disc. Queen Christina, Anna Karenina, Mata Hari, and Ninotchka have nothing more than a trailer for extra features, and the Garbo documentary takes up a whole disc by itself. Not that I expect Warner to load each DVD with unrelated content (although i have no objections to their "night at the movies" features), but what's really surprising is what's missing from each DVD that could have been included. After all, it's not like Garbo hadn't already made a silent version of Anna Karenina with John Gilbert called Love that could have been put on that disc. Ninotchka was remade as Silk Stockings, but you wouldn't know that from this set.

In summary, the movies and features just seem to be spread thin across 9 discs, the result is a set that takes up more space than is really necessary. To put into perspective, the TCM Lon Chaney Collection also included 3 films with commentaries, as well as a documentary; this set could have easily consolidated those discs just the same.

With no other historical context, it would not be recommended to buy these DVDs separate from this set, especially if one was unfamiliar with Greta Garbo.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For all Garbo lovers
There was no one like Garbo and there never will be. When she comes on the screen, you simply cannot look away. Good collection although I have not yet watched the silents.
Published 1 month ago by Peg D.
5.0 out of 5 stars its garbo. isn't that enough said.
wonderful. like i said. it is garbo. nothing to compare it to. i can say, came in good condition, no problems. originally $100, and worth that. so wonderful. she's great. Read more
Published 2 months ago by SusanC
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful collection!
You will fall in love with this mysterious lady. I enjoyed the biography of her life. She was as mysterious in her private world as the characters she played. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sukie
5.0 out of 5 stars Nobody brings it like Garbo
So glad I found these movies by one of the very greatest actresses ever. She copies no one, but many have emulated her.
Published 4 months ago by dbeadery.etsy
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must for any GARBO fan!
Amazing collection of Garbo movies! Great price for such a vast selection. Also includes a few silents & a great documentary.
Published 4 months ago by CS
4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Nice Gift for a Greta Garbo Fan
This was for my mother, as she loves Greta Garbo. It's a mix of her movies, which were good quality. There is also a VERY interesting biography on her that I particularly enjoyed. Read more
Published 5 months ago by MzDelaware
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection of Garbo's best talkies and MGM silents.
This is one great collection. It contains 6 of Grabo's best MGM talkies, a DVD with three silent films and a TCM documentary about Garbo. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Shane Sullivan
5.0 out of 5 stars item got on time
item got here on time love the movie selection. wish there is another volume like this will recommend this to friends
Published 8 months ago by robert s. lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous collection
So happy I bought this! It's a wonderful deal for a very complete collection of Garbos' films. I love that there are two discs of her silent films. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Sherri
4.0 out of 5 stars Elusive Garbo
Garbo is still legend. She has a mystique that is still tangible today. Is she a good actress? I don't know, but she is an honest actress and physically embodies true emotion. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Thom J. Bowers
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