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Garbo - The Signature Collection

Warner Bros. // Unrated // September 6, 2005
List Price: $99.92 [Buy now and save at Amazon]

Review by Svet Atanasov | posted September 29, 2005 | E-mail the Author
Mata Hari (1931):

Paris, 1917. Mata Hari (Swedish-born Greta Garbo) is a chic, seductive, and above all elegant German spy on a mission to obtain crucial documents from Russian Gen. Serge Shubin (Lionel Barrymore). Relying on her seductive skills Mata Hari impeccably exerts her power over Gen. Shubin and quickly moves on to her next target- a young and utterly romantic Lt. Alexis Rosanoff (Ramon Novarro). But when Rosanoff falls madly in love with Mata Hari her mission is jeopardized and things become rather complicated. Will she be forced to pay the ultimate price?

Given a lavish treatment by the once glorious MGM Mata Hari (1932) is a flawed film that nevertheless shines from the beginning to the end. There are spectacular decors, excellent costumes, an elegant erotic dance performed by Greta Garbo, and of course a passionate affair with a twist. Despite all of its tasty ingredients however Mata Hari is perhaps one of Greta Garbo's less stellar works. It feels as if there is a certain amount of tension between the main actors as neither Lionel Barrymore nor Ramon Novarro as the young and rather naïve Alexis Rosanoff deliver the convincing performances one would expect from such a glorious cast. Even Garbo's heavy Swedish accent is easily discernable as she often seems rather less convincing in her speech.

If there is one thing in Mata Hari that during the years I always found extremely erotic it was Garbo's shiny, stylish, and often exotic costumes. The dresses which she wore, the long sparkly gowns, the elegant French top, even the manner in which she would gracefully walk through the room, made me look at Mata Hari as a guilty pleasure. There is absolutely no doubt in me why she was regarded as the timeless seductress and there is no doubt in me why American directors from the beginning of the century were madly in love with her. Greta Garbo truly was the ultimate femme fatale of her time.

How Does the DVD Look? There is one reoccurring theme with this exceptional Greta Garbo collection which Warner Brothers have provided for the North American market-each film and its audio-video presentation must be judged individually. With this said Mata Hari is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.37:1 and in my opinion the film looks spectacular. Yes, there are a few print specks here and there, there are some occasional contrast "flicks" (at certain areas where the frames switch you would notice a different degree of contrast boosting), and yes one could tell that the print of this film must have not been in a pristine condition. However considering the age of the film, the manner in which it has dated, and most importantly the extensive restoration work Warner Brothers have provided I am utterly pleased with the results. I doubt it Mata Hari will ever look any better than what has been offered to us in this boxset and I am satisfied with the results to say the least. The DVD has the options of viewing the film in English or French with optional English, French, and Spanish subtitles.

How Does the Disc Sound? Similar to the video presentation it is obvious the WB have performed some meticulous restoration work as sound quality is very good. Once again you would notice that some digital adjustments have been performed so we can have such a crisp (for the film and its age) quality and WB are to be commended for their efforts.

Extras: The only extra material on this DVD is the theatrical trailer for Mata Hari.

Grand Hotel (1932):

Recipient of the coveted 1932 Academy Award for Best Picture Grand Hotel is a lavish production that teams an enormous array of stars- Greta Garbo, John Barrymore, Joan Crawford, Lewis Stone, Wallace Beery, and Jean Hersholt among others. Perhaps best remembered for its timeless statement: "People come. People go. Nothing ever happens" uttered by Lewis Stone's character Dr. Otternschlag Grand Hotel tells the story of the eccentric Baron Geigern, who appears to be in a dire need of some financial relief, and is secretly planning to steal the pearls of Grusinskaya, a charming Russian ballerina performed flawlessly by Greta Garbo. His plans however take an unexpected turn when Grusinskaya falls madly in love with the Baron and he is forced to consider a different way to pay off his debts.

Labeled by many as one of the true glamour classics of its time Grand Hotel is indeed a curious film to watch. Its often over-polished style and camera work that can not be mistaken with anything else but as Hollywood-esque give this film a special charm. Created at a time when MGM was the most powerful and celebrated studio in Hollywood Grand Hotel was directed by British playwright-turned-director Edmund Goulding (The Great Lie). After he immigrated to the United States in 1921 Goulding built an enormous reputation as a film director which truly fits the marquee proclamation "An American dream come true".

It is almost an impossible task for a reviewer to try and describe in simple words why Grand Hotel is admired by film buffs and what are its strengths as a film. I suppose it is an easier job to dig deep and attempt to explain why one might not find the film as appealing as it once was. For me personally it was always a feature that staged two of the greatest film stars Hollywood would ever be graced with- the sophisticated and elegant European diva Greta Garbo and the all-American, irresistible and very young, Joan Crawford. I always considered Grand Hotel somewhat of a character clash if you will for two of America's film divas that 73 years later look as classy as they once were.

How Does the DVD Look? Presented in its original aspect ratio-the academy ratio of 1.37:1- Grand Hotel looks exceptionally good for a 73 years old film. Once again one would have to consider a number of aspects when evaluating this DVD and its video presentation adequately. The DVD offers a rather "soft-look" which at times comes off with a larger degree of grain as one would have hoped for. But it is certainly a successful print that I would rather have as it is offered here by WB as opposed to having it "filtered" with an over-compressed digital look. With other words Grand Hotel looks very good for a film of its age and in my humble opinion this is the best restoration work the film could have received. Excellent!!!

How Does the DVD Sound? Similar to the rest of the DVDs in this boxset Grand Hotel is offered with a choice of English or French audio tracks (original mono) and optional English, French, and Spanish subtitles. Aside from an occasional hiss here and there which is almost unnoticeable the audio presentation is more than well done. Once again, I suspect that WB invested a lot time and effort(s) into delivering an adequate audio presentation which considering the age of the film is nothing short of spectacular.

Extras: Grand Hotel was initially released as a single disc (not part of this collection) and it appears that the same extras have been provided for this DVD as well. The following extras are present:

Checking out: Grand Hotel -an informative featurette on the history of the film and some interesting facts surrounding the main stars and their performances-

The Hollywood Premiere of MGM's Grand Hotel – a short "documentary" recreating the gala opening of Grand Hotel where the old vibe of classic Hollywood is easily detectable. While extremely short, only nine minutes, I found this little bit of extra material to be extremely charming.

A Word of warning –a short trailer-"warning" announcing that Grand Hotel will be screened at the famous Grauman's Theater.

Nothing Ever Happens –a Vitaphone presentation of Grand Hotel with slightly different characters that nevertheless recreate the basic plot utilized for the motion picture.

Two trailers- The original 1932 trailer for Grand Hotel as well as the trailer for the 1945 remake Week-end at the Waldorf.

Ninotchka (1939):

Regarded as the first Greta Garbo comedy feature Ninotchka follows the story of a young Russian woman on a mission in Paris. Ninotchka must follow up on a group of Russians and their assignment involving the diamonds of Grand Duchess Swana. But when the patriotic Russian encounters Count Leon d'Algout (Melvyn Douglas) she is instantly captivated by his charm and irresistible personality. All of a sudden Ninotchka finds herself in a complicated situation where her loyalty to Mother Russia is contradicted by her attraction to the Count. Can love win over politics?

Without a doubt a cornerstone in Greta Garbo's career Ninotchka marks the transition of the Swedish film star from silent cinema to her classic "spoken-films". Directed by Ernst Lubitsch Ninotchka is indeed the film that catapulted Greta Garbo to an internationally renowned star though oddly enough it left some rather mixed feelings among film critics. As it appears Ninotchka never really convinced the critics that its narrative was flexible enough to outgrow the political overtones Lubitsch snuck in. The easily recognizable attacks at the Russian state targeting their favorable at the time policy of collectivism as well as the unfortunate class tensions that instigated the Bolshevik ascend are certainly aspects that defy Ninotchka as more than a simple comedy feature.

Above all however this early Greta Garbo film is a happy, warm, and ultimately extremely charming film that touches upon some very controversial issues. The "luxuries and excess" of capitalism versus the loyalty and comradeship of socialism quickly become the stage for an engaging film that easily ranks amongst Greta Garbo's best. Even her Russian accent is quite convincing as she manages very convincingly to portray the Russian zenstina that ultimately succumbs to the power of love. What a magnificent film!!

How Does the DVD Look? As it is the case with most of the films included in this commemorative boxset by WB some of the films show some noticeable contrast flickering and occasional dust specs here and there. Though the picture quality on this DVD is very good I wonder what the actual state of the prints was that Warner had to rely on in order to restore these early films. I have to point out that the contrast issues that are only partially noticeable on the rest of the DVDs in this collection are quite visible on this disc. Again, this is not a major issue but as it is present I wonder how damaged the original print was? I also noticed that Ninotchka looks a bit soft on this DVD and not quite up to the standards established by WB in their previous treatments of classic films. It all depends on the materials they had to operate with so I am certainly not expecting the impossible and when all is considered I think that the film looks just great. Ninotchka is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.37:1.

How Does the DVD Sound? Including the original mono English track and an optional French track complimented by optional English, French, and Spanish subtitles Ninotchka sounds very good. There are a few instances where the audio becomes a tiny but shaky (a slight amount of hissing) but overall the restoration and the final results are impressive. I don't think that there is anything I could fault this WB presentation for. An all around steady job considering the age of the film.

Extras: The only piece of extra material on this DVD is the theatrical trailer for the film.

Anna Karenina (1935):

The enigmatic story of Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina has been a favorite film subject for many directors– Frederic Zelnik and his silent 1919 classic German picture, Marton Garas' almost unknown Hungarian rendition completed in 1918, Tatyana Lukashevich's famous Soviet production released in 1953, Aleksandr Zarkhy's Soviet remake funded by Mosfilm in 1967, and of course Bernard Rose' more recent remake starring French superstar Sophie Marceau released in 1997. While each one of these films had its fair share of success and of course passionate criticism directed at those that dared touch the legacy of the famous Russian character Clarence Brown's version of Anna Karenina starring Greta Garbo, Fredric March as Vronsky, May Robson as Countess Vronsky, Basil Rathbone as Karenin, and Freddie Bartholomew as Sergei among others is one of the few film adaptations that actually stays rather true to Leo Tolstoy's timeless novel.

Clarence Brown's film focuses extensively on the love relationship between Anna Karenina and Vronsky unveiling remarkable production values and impressive acting from everyone involved in this early adaptation funded by MGM. The film stays true to Tolstoy's novel following the struggle of Anna Karenina to overcome her feelings for Vronsky that will ultimately lead to her tragic fate. Greta Garbo's performance comes at the pinnacle of her acting career and not surprisingly she scored big with both critics and audiences earning the coveted New York Critics Best Actress Award for her role as Anna Karenina. A true testament for the enormous international success of the film however was its well-deserved acceptance by the jury at the Venice Film Festival in 1935 where Anna Karenina won the prestigious at the time Mussolini Cup for Best Foreign Film.

There has been an ongoing debate during all these years as to which is the most powerful yet truthful rendition of Leo Tolstoy's novel and there is no doubt in me that Clarence Brown's film ranks as one of the best if not the most poignant adaptation of Anna Karenina. The acting and especially stage presence of Greta Garbo as the emotionally battered Anna Karenina is among the best in her career as an actress. A lot of credit should also go to Clarence Brown for his amazing camera work as the talent of Garbo is captured in a manner that many film directors can only dream about. In fact Anna Karenina is unlike any of the previous films Garbo became known for as the film reveals an extremely sophisticated and mature actress well aware of her radiant presence in front of the camera.

How Does the DVD Look? Out of all the films offered in this splendid boxset Anna Karenina boasts one of the most impressive visual presentations I have seen for a film this old. WB have achieved exceptional results as contrast level is excellent, blacks are deep, and the quality of the print in excellent condition. There are some occasional specs but they are almost invisible. Film grain appears satisfactory and frame transition, something I was a bit concerned with in some of the other films from the boxset, handled just fine. All in all a splendid presentation of film that I consider to be between Greta Garbo's very best. Presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.37:1.

How Does the DVD Sound? WB offer the original English mono track with optional English, French, and Spanish subtitles. There are absolutely no problems that I can report regarding the audio presentation. An excellent restoration work has been performed by WB as virtually I did not hear even a single hissing throughout the entire film, quite impressive indeed considering how old this film is.

Extras: The only extra material on this DVD is the original theatrical trailer for the film.

Queen Christina (1933)

Much like the famous story of Queen Elizabeth Sweden's Queen Christina (Greta Garbo) must choose between power, loyalty, and her heart. She is forced into a marriage of interest where she must marry her cousin though her heart longs for a charming and beautiful Spanish nobleman (John Gilbert).

Perhaps one of Greta Garbo's most treasured films Queen Christina offers an intimate look at the personal struggle of a woman attempting to outgrow her feelings for a man that society would not accept. Queen Christina offers a subtle character study that showcases a very emotional yet strong woman up against some difficult decisions. Easily one of the greatest duos to ever appear in front of the film camera Greta Garbo and John Gilbert deliver a performance that is hard to describe in simple words. The famous inn scene is easily one of the most romantic and touching encounters I have ever seen captured on film negative.

Directed by Russian filmmaker Rouben Mamoulianm, who immigrated to the United States in the beginning of the century, Queen Christina is also known for the fact that the great Lawrence Olivier and Greta Garbo failed to muster a productive relationship and as a result the role of Don Antonio was given to John Gilbert.

Though often disputed and criticized for its portrayal of (bisexual?) Queen Christina, it is not the story but the elegant performance of Greta Garbo (yet again) that elevates this production as one of the best that MGM was able to finance at the time. Without a doubt a remarkable achievement in Greta Garbo's career Queen Christina is a spectacular film that blends flawlessly both style and substance.

How Does the Film Look? A remarkably good-looking print!! I happen to own an old and jittery VHS copy of this film and upon directly comparing the image quality between this newly released DVD and the old tape…the results are simply mind-blowing. If there ever was a film that truly needed to be restored this certainly is it. With this said you have to understand that there are still plenty of dust marks that pop up here and there and contrast at time seems a bit unstable but…this is certainly the best this film has ever looked. Some may claim that the print certainly shows its age and I tend to agree with such a claim but what WB offer here is certainly more than acceptable for anyone that holds this film in high regard. There is good amount of film grain, mostly good black/white balance (look at Chapter 9 for example when Garbo enters the inn and see the show falling…by all means the results are very, very good). Overall, despite the occasional soft look that the print showcases I am more than happy to report that Queen Christina looks amazing!! Presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.37:1.

How Does the DVD Sound? Similar to some of the other discs in this boxset Queen Christina is presented with the original English mono track and an optional French mono track. There are optional English, French, and Spanish subtitles.
Once again, an excellent audio quality delivered by WB that will certainly satisfy even the most demanding audiophiles. Great!!

Extras: Aside from the obligatory theatrical trailer there are no other extras on this DVD.

Anna Christie (1931):

This is it!! The film where Greta Garbo spoke for the very first time! Her famous "Gimme a whiskey…" changed the world of cinema forever. Based on the Pulitzer Prize play by Euegene O'Neal Anna Christie was shot in two versions, a German and an English one, and without a doubt both of them created legions of adamant supporters and unforgiving critics. Anna Christie is famous for the fact that this is the only film where Greta Garbo spoke a foreign language before creating some of her famous MGM pictures. I am certainly having a difficult time deciding which one is better. They both appear equally curious in terms of composition and especially camera work as unlike many of Garbo's earlier silent films and of course her later work under the MGM logo Anna Christie very much reminds me of a German expressionistic film.

Following the story of a former prostitute attempting to erase her past and begin her life anew Anna Christie is a film that begs to be analyzed. Under the supervision of director Clarence Brown the English version (1930) features a totally different cast boasting such actors as Charles Bickford (Hell's Heroes), Marrie Dressler (The Girl Said No), and George F. Marion (Chris Christofferson) among others. The German version (1931) was directed by Jacques Feyder and brought together some impressive cast as well- Theo Shall (Ten Minute Alibi), Salka Viertel (Anna Karenina), and Hans Junkermann among others. Regardless of where your preferences fall, be it the English version or the favored by Garbo German version, Anna Christie is indeed a remarkable film that reveals the elegant style of a star waiting to be embraced by a whole new generation of film lovers unfamiliar with her early silent films!

How Does the Film Look? On a nicely put together "flipper-disc" WB offer both the English version of Anna Christie on side A and the German version of the film on side B. With this said, I have a few reservations regarding this particular DVD. When blown-out via a digital projector the German version of Anna Christie appears a bit muddy to my eyes. There is certainly a good amount of detail to the film and those watching it on regular tubes will likely be satisfied with the results but I am a bit weary of this transfer. This is certainly an excellent restoration work and I assume that WB have done whatever they could, there is simply no question about that but I can most definitely tell that Anna Christie's print must have been in a rather poor condition. Overall, I am pleased to report that this is perhaps the best that these two versions will ever look…and I am thankful that finally we have them on DVD. Both versions are presented in their original aspect ratio of 1.37:1.

How Does the DVD Sound? Let me start with the fact that the English version is in much better condition compared to the German one and even the audio quality appears slightly better. The German version on the other hand have the English subtitles directly on the film print (which should not surprise anyone) and the audio track certainly offers some noticeable "hissing". This is certainly not distracting as one has to take into consideration the age of this film and understand that time has definitely left its mark on it. The English version is offered with optional English, French, and Spanish subtitles.

Extras: There are no extra features on this disc (even the mandatory original trailer is not included).

Camille (1936)

Based on the famous novel by Alexander Dumas Camille is most certainly the signature Greta Garbo film. Following the love affair between a sophisticated French courtesan (Greta Garbo) and a young and charming nobleman (Robert Taylor) Camille is the ultimate escapist film-Paris full of elegant courtesans, men dressed in spectacular tuxes, and of course the games they all play…ahh…how could you not love Camille.

Directed by George Cukor and lavishly produced by MGM in 1936 Camille earned an Oscar nomination for Greta Garbo and won her the prestigious NYFCC Award (the New York Film Critics Circle) for Best Actress. Set to deliver such hits as The Philadelphia Story (1940) and of course My Fair Lady (1964) George Cukor created what is considered by many as the ultimate adaptation of Alexander Dumas' Camille.

While certainly not amongst Greta Garbo's best films Camille in my opinion is one of the most enjoyable features she was involved with. The film is full of passion, drama, and of course plenty of romantic scenes that place Camille between the best classic tearjerkers Hollywood once proudly produced. Filled with witty humor and regarded as the "sequel" to the famous line that supported the premiere of Anna Christie "Garbo Talks" Camile earned the smiles of its viewers with the notorious…"Garbo Coughs"!

How Does the DVD Look? Once again I believe that WB have delivered a print that simply compliments this film in the best possible way. There is an excellent degree of contrast, solid blacks, stable image, and an acceptable amount of film grain. The image does appear a bit soft at times (something that you would notice all throughout the entire collection) but I am more than satisfied with the presentation. Certainly the restoration work that has been performed by WB shows and I don't think that the film has ever looked any better. One of the few reservations that I have with the entire collection and especially Anna Christie and Queen Christina-a bit of a shaky image at a few selected frame switches- also appears to be the case with this DVD. It is not distracting at all but for the purists out there it is certainly something that needs to be mentioned in this review. I still consider this to be an absolutely delightful presentation of Camille that certainly more than lives to the standards that WB themselves have set up with their spectacular deluxe editions of classic films. Camille is presented in is original aspect ratio of 1.37:1.

How Does the DVD Sound? In one word: GREAT!! Cleaned up and clear sound quality-the original mono English track is fantastic. In addition, one could select the optional English, French, and Spanish subtitles offered on this DVD.

Extras: A great bonus to this DVD is the inclusion of the silent 1921 version of Camille starring Rudolph Valentino. Written by June Mathis and photographed by R. J. Bergquist the film is a little treasure which WB have decided to add up to this DVD and I am absolutely delighted by their decision. EXCELLENT.

Leo is on the Air- A short Radio Promo that announces the emergence of Camille.

The original theatrical trailer for Camille.

The Garbo Silents Collection

Perhaps the jewel of the Garbo collection this double DVD set includes the timeless classics that preceded Greta Garbo's "spoken" films. The following films are included in this set:

Disc 1:

Flesh and the Devil (1926):

This is the famous Clarence Brown production starring John Gilbert, Lars Hanson, and Greta Garbo in a story that defies the modern perception of a "doomed love triangle". Leo (John Gilbert) and Ulrich (Lars Hanson) are two inseparable friends and from a very early age they tend to share everything in their lives. Until one day Leo falls in love with the enigmatic Felicitas (Greta Garbo) and the friendship between the two friends is put to the test. Based on Hermann Sudermann's novel "The Undying Past" and a screenplay by Benjamin F. Grazer.

How does the Film Look? Certainly one could tell that this is a very old film...the original film print must have been in a terrible condition. Despite WB's (I assume) tremendous efforts to erase the mark of time the print we are offered here does offer a very minor degree of print damage. You could see the occasional dust spec here and there though I am more than impressed with the final results. Once again, to be honest I don't think this film will ever look any better. Excellent job Warner!!! Presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.37:1.

How Does the Film Sound? The supporting music score for this silent film is just great!! This newly added orchestral score (Thames Television) is crisp and simply compliments the film in the best possible way. Absolutely delightful to listen. Once again Bravo Warner!!

Extras: The following extras are present on this film:

A commentary by Barry Paris- a very insightful commentary that I listened to in its entirety and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about the history of these early silent Garbo films. Barry Paris is the author of the Greta Garbo biography book simply titled "Garbo".

Settling the Score- a TCM original production investigating the nature of music scores composed to compliment the timeless silent classics. The documentary follows the final hours of a group of young composers as they get judged in a ruthless competition.

Alternate Ending-

Photo montage- a series of photo stills

Disc 2 (a "flipper" containing data both on side A and Side B):

My Mysterious Lady (1928):

Directed by Fred Niblo My Mysterious Lady tells the story of a merciless Russian spy (Greta Garbo) who seduces her victims in order to accomplish...her mission. Attracted by the enormous beauty of Tania Federova, Captain Carl Von Raden (Conrad Nagel) quickly succumbs to the beauty of the Russian spy. He possesses important documents which Tania steals from him. Consequently, after being humiliated by an army court, the Captain heads back to Vienna as he is determined to avenge Tanya.

How Does the Film Look? Well, this is one of the more damaged prints in the Garbo collection as there are a number of print scratches, dust specs, and some very visible print damage especially in the opening scenes to the film. I am guessing here that the film material WB had to operate with was in extremely poor condition and there wasn't much room for improvement. Certainly one could be a bit unhappy with the fact that the original film print deteriorated so much that the restoration work that was performed for this DVD did not really save the film to the extent some of the other Garbo films were. Time was certainly a factor with this film!! Presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.37:1.

How Does the Film Sound? As it was the case with the previous silent film in this double set My Mysterious Lady has benefited from a brand new music score that brings life and charm to this exceptional film. All in all a very successful addition to this early silent film.

Extras: A Commentary by film historians Jeffrey Vance and Tony Maietta following the history of My Mysterious Lady.

The Divine Woman- a section of a very early silent feature (1928) starring Greta Garbo, Lars Hanson, and Polly Moran, and directed by Victor Sjostrom (9 min.). This is the only section of this film known to exist and the quality is indeed rather poor. Kudos to WB for including it in this collection. Interestingly enough there is some Russian text on it.

Photo montage-

The Temptress (1926):

Here it is the crown jewel of the silent films that Garbo made in the early 1920s. Based on the novel by Vicente Blasco-Ibanez and directed by Fred Niblo The Temptress is Greta Garbo's second Hollywood feature. A personal favorite The Temptress retells the story of a Spanish girl that gets involved in some rather dubious affairs before she discovers the man of her dreams.

How Does the Film Look? This is a film that I absolutely adore and to be honest I was very much looking forward to this DVD so I could see it restored. Well, the results are great. Stable image, good contrast, and a lack of substantial amount of damage to frown over transform this double DVD into the jewel of the Garbo collection. I am absolutely enthused to have it on DVD as honestly the film has never looked this good (yes, there are the "mandatory" dust specks here and there as well as the occasional damage spots but remember…this is almost a century old film). Thank you WB!

How Does the DVD Sound? Once again we are offered a newly recorded music score that I thought captured the feeling of the film flawlessly. Very well done! With the original English mono track and optional French and Spanish subtitles.

Extras: There is a commentary by film historian Mark A. Vierra, and alternate ending again with a commentary by Mark A. Vierra, and a photo montage with stills from the main feature.

Garbo- from the TCM Archives (bonus DVD)

Available exclusively through this magnificent boxset of films WB have decided to add up the spectacular documentary about Greta Garbo and her life that was originally shown on Turner Classic Movies. Narrated by Julie Christie this magnificent documentary follows the life and career of the "Sphinx of Hollywood" from her early years in Sweden to her arrival in Hollywood and her glory days at MGM All in all if you consider yourself a Garbo fan you have to see this documentary, it is splendid.

Final Words: I really took my time with this magnificent set by Warner Brothers as I was simply overwhelmed with the amount of information and care that was put in it. To be honest I am quite biased when it comes to Greta Garbo and her work. There are only two other stars that I hold in such a high regard-Marlene Dietrich and of course the magnificent Romy Schneider. I wanted to go through every bit of info that was provided in this boxset, I wanted to listen to every documentary that was supplied, and last but not least I wanted to watch the films in a week without being distracted by anything else…just pure Garbo enjoyment. Now having seen all of them...all that I could say is...if you consider yourself even an average Greta Garbo fan, if you care to see Hollywood as it once was…glorious, the true Mecca of film, if you simply love classic cinema, this set belongs in your collection.
One could certainly write pages and pages of pointless words...the truth is...what the Garbo set delivers is a journey back to the glory days of Hollywood and the works of one the best to ever step in front of the camera...the "Sphinx of Hollywood".

Thank you Warner Brothers!!!!

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