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The Secret of Santa Vittoria

Golden Globe winning comedy The Secret of Santa Vittoria, directed by Stanley Kramer gained much critical acclaim, including two Oscar nominations on its original release in 1969. Now it comes to DVD courtesy of Odyssey Video, on 26 September 2016.

Anthony Quinn (Lawrence of Arabia) leads a stunning international cast with a typically larger than life performance, alongside iconic Italian Anna Magnani (The Rose Tattoo), as his long suffering wife Rosa. Also starring, award-winning Virna Lisa (La Reine Margot), Giancarlo Giannini (Quantum of Solace) and international singing sensation Sergio Franchi.

Set in Italy, 1943, when the German army occupies most of Italy, The Secret of Santa Vittoria tells the story of small town Santa Vittoria where life revolves around the production (and consumption) of wine. Knowing the Germans intend to seize their wine, the mayor Italo Bombolini (Quinn), has devised a plan. Eventually German forces arrive in the town, and so begins a battel of wills between Bombolini and army commander Captain von Prum (Hardy Kruger - The Flight of the Phoenix).

This summer discover The Secret of Santa Vittoria.



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Softly Softly Task Force: Series 2

The second series of Softly Softly Task Force, the classic long running hit BBC police drama, is coming to DVD for the very first time in the UK on 26 September 2016. A revamp of Softly, Softly, itself an offshoot from Z-Cars, it has become one of the BBC's most successful spin-offs.

Stratford Johns (Z-Cars) stars as the no-nonsense DCS Charlie Barlow, a superior officer not averse to thrashing his suspects into submission, and Frank Windsor (Z Cars) as his mellower sidekick DS John Watt. Together with their special squad, they tackle the toughest cases Thamesford has to offer.



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The Commitments

25 years ago, on the big screen, wannabe band manager Jimmy Rabbitte put this advert in the local newspaper and before long a loveable ragtag group of Dubliners got together to form the soulful sounds of The Commitments.

Renowned director Alan Parker's (Midnight Express, Bugsy Malone), funny, uplifting, gritty film, based on Roddy Doyle's (The Snapper, The Van), debut novel, took the world by storm on its 1991 release, garnering critical acclaim and awards galore including a BAFTA for Best Film. It has since spawned a slew of touring bands and a hugely successful stage musical which commences its UK tour later this year.

To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of this seminal film, RLJ Entertainment is thrilled to release The Commitments Special Edition, featuring a host of bonus features, including brand new interviews with Alan Parker and cast members and much much more. It will be released in both Blu-ray and DVD formats, with a digital copy to download, watch and own, and a collectible booklet, on 19 September 2016.



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The Long Hot Summer

Hollywood legends Paul Newman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid) and Orson Welles (Citizen Kane) star in The Long Hot Summer, a smouldering Southern Gothic classic, directed by Oscar nominated, award-winning Martin Ritt, which is set for DVD release on 19 September 2016.

Adding to the star power are luminous leading lady Joanne Woodward (The Three Faces of Evil) who met Paul Newman on set and went on to become his wife of 50 years, alongside Angela Lansbury (Murder She Wrote), Lee Remick (The Omen) and Anthony Franciosa (A Hatful of Rain).

In the small town of Frenchman's Bend, Mississippi where life is dominated by elderly patriarch Will Varner (Welles) life is stirred at the arrival of drifter Ben Quick (Newman). Meanwhile, Will's daughter Clara (Woodward) and son Jody (Franciosa) are a disappointment to him. When Will meets Ben, he sees in him the passion and drive that Jody lacks. He invites Ben to live with the family, and Ben launches a relentless campaign to break Clara's desperate measures to prove his manhood - a situation that sparks both deadly danger and shocking revelations over the course of one long, hot summer.

This holiday, enjoy the sizzling heat of The Long Hot Summer.



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Sour Grapes

It's the kind of story that sounds more like a work of fiction, or the kind of yarn recounted after a few bottles of Burgundy, but the tale of Rudy Kurniawan, wine connoisseur and trader, who sold a whopping $35 million worth of vintage wine at just two auctions, is as true as it comes.

With a plot that has more than a hint of international crime thriller and a dose of satire, SOUR GRAPES - deftly directed by Jerry Rothwell (Town of Runners) and Reuben Atlas (Brothers Hypnotic) and a Met Film and Faites Un Voeu co-production -features FBI agents, dodgy auction houses, international collectors, money men, and outraged wine producers. See for yourself when SOUR GRAPES opens across the UK on 16 September.



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Go Now

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a neurological condition which affects around 100,000 people in the UK. Highlighting the impact multiple sclerosis has on a young sportsman and his loved ones, Go Now is a heart-wrenching, intense and unforgettable film from 1995, and it comes to DVD 20 years after it was originally broadcast by the BBC, courtesy of Simply Media.

Starring an outstanding cast with Robert Carlyle (Trainspotting) in the lead role, directed by BAFTA winner Michael Winterbottom (The Trip) and written by the multi-award-winning Jimmy McGovern (The Street) and Paul Henry Powell (The Vice). The BAFTA winning film arrives on DVD 12 September 2016, accompanied by an exclusive special feature with footballer Danny Wallace talking about his own experiences suffering with MS. Simply Media is collaborating with The MS Society UK and will be donating 1GBP per DVD sold to the charity.



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World War Two 1942 and Hitler's Soft Underbelly

The British fought the Second World War to defeat Hitler. World War Two 1942 and Hitler's Soft Underbelly asks why, then, did they spend so much of the conflict battling through North Africa and Italy?

Reynolds reassesses Winston Churchill's conviction that the Mediterranean was the 'soft underbelly' of Hitler's Europe. Travelling to Egypt and Italian battlefields like Cassino, scene of some of the worst carnage in western Europe, he shows how, in reality, the 'soft underbelly' became a dark and dangerous obsession for Churchill.

Reynolds reveals a prime minister very different from the jaw-jutting bulldog of Britain's 'finest hour' in 1940 - a leader who was politically vulnerable at home, desperate to shore up a crumbling British empire abroad, losing faith in his army and even ready to deceive his American allies if it might delay fighting head to head against the Germans in northern France. It arrives on DVD 5 September 2016.



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McCallum: The Complete Collection

Set within the morgue at St. Patrick's Hospital in London's East End, gripping drama McCallum stars John Hannah (The Mummy) in the title role of Dr. Iain McCallum, a motorcycling forensic pathologist with a passion for truth and more women problems than he can handle.

Surrounding him are his dedicated team of Angela Moloney (Zara Turner - Sliding Doors), Sir Paddy Penfold (Richard Moore - Emmerdale), Fuzzy (James Saxton - Les Miserables) and Bobby (Richard O'Callaghan - Born and Bred), making up a formidable body of opposition to those determined to flaunt the law.

Also starring Suzanna Hamilton (1984), Eva Pope (Waterloo Road) and Nathaniel Parker (Merlin), McCallum: The Complete Collection comes to DVD on 5 September 2016.



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