Sunday, July 31, 2005

New Garbo DVD set on the way

September will see the release of a new box set of Greta Garbo DVD's. Garbo - The Signature Collection includes many of the actresses best known films including Anna Christie (English and German versions), CamilleAnna KareninaNinotchka,Queen ChristinaGrand HotelMata Hari and three silent films, Flesh and the DevilThe Temptress, and The Mysterious Lady. There are also a number of worthwhile extras including the TCM documentary Garbo, the surviving 9-minute fragment from The Divine Woman (the only lost Garbo film), an alternate ending and a theatrical trailer, a photo gallery and more. In addition, there will be audio commentary on Flesh and the Devil by Garbo and Louise Brooks biographer Barry Paris; audio commentary on The Temptress by photo historian and author Mark A. Vieira; and audio commentary on Mysterious Lady by film historians Tony Maietta and Jeffrey Vance.

Mark A. Vieira's new book, Greta Garbo: A Cinematic Legacy, will also hit stores in September. I have a copy, and can tell you it is  fabulous - a worthwhile addition to any Garbo or silent film bookshelf. Vieira is the author of a number of other books, including Sin in Soft Focus, a smashing pictorial survey of  pre-code films.

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