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A Special Day

CultFilms presents the definitive version of A Special Day aka Una Giornata Particolare, from director Ettore Scola (Ugly, Dirty, Bad), a rarely seen masterpiece starring one of cinema's legendary couples Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni (La Dolce Vita).

Set in Rome on the day of Hitler's momentous 1938 state visit to Mussolini, while the rest of the residents are at the parade, housewife Antonietta (Loren) reluctantly stays at home to do chores, only to find her mysterious gay neighbour Gabriele (Mastroianni) has also chosen to abstain from the political propaganda rally. Or was he told to stay away? Their chance meeting will change their perceptions of love, politics and life forever.

Painstakingly restored to its original specifications, the film will be available for the first time as an HD release from a 4K scan and will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on 31 October 2016. The unusual colour palette of A Special Day was specially conceived by Scola and the celebrated cinematographer Pasqualino de Santis (Death in Venice) is reinstated according to the director's instruction in this CultFilms release.



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Two Women

Two Women aka La Ciociara from celebrated director Vittorio De Sica (The Bicycle Thieves, Umberto D) is presented for the very first time on DVD and Blu-ray in pristine HD, sourced from a restored negative, on 31 October 2016. This neo-realist classic won Sophia Loren (El Cid) a Best Actress Oscar, the first and only actor or actress to win for a foreign-language film performance.

Adapted from the eponymous novel by Alberto Moravia, Two Women tells the story of a beautiful young widow Cesira (Loren) and her twelve-year-old daughter as they struggle to survive in war ravaged Italy. In the hope that Cesira can protect her daughter from the horrors of war they leave Rome to avoid the bombings and seek refuge in rural Italy, but there's no escaping the devastating tragedy of war.

Loren also won Best Actress in Cannes for Two Women which also won a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film on its release and also stars acclaimed actor Jean-Paul Belmondo (Breathless).



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Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives

During the 1990s The Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show was responsible for introducing some of the biggest names in hip hop to the world, including unsigned rappers Nas, Biggie Smalls, Fat Joe, Big Pun, DMX and Wu-Tang Clan, as well as unknown artists Jay-Z, Eminem and the Fugees. All went on to have major record deals with total record sales for all artists that premiered on the show exceeding 300 million.

Now the story of two friends whose love of music made them unlikely legends by bringing a unique audience together and breaking the world's biggest rap stars, can be seen in the amazing feature documentary Stretch and Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives, which makes its DVD debut as an HMV exclusive on 14 October 2016 and general release on DVD and digital download on 24 October 2016 thanks to STUDIOCANAL.



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Our Girl Series Two

Hit BBC drama Our Girl returns for a second series, this time with Coronation Street favourite Michelle Keegan in the titular lead. Following its run on BBC One, it will arrive on DVD in October 2016 alongside Our Girl Series One and Two Box Set, courtesy of RLJ Entertainment's Acorn Label.

This powerful new series stars Michelle Keegan (Ordinary Lies) as Georgie Lane, a Stockport-born army medic who joins Two Section, now posted to Kenya, a company still under the watchful eye of Captain James played by Ben Aldridge (Fleabag). They are joined by Special Forces operative Elvis Harte (Luke Pasqualino - The Musketeers) and doctor Jamie Cole played by Royce Pierreson (Murdered By My Boyfriend), as well as a fantastic new cast including Anna Tenta and Yusra Warsama as aid workers, Michael James as a high-ranking member of Al Shabaab and Anthony Oseyem as Kenyan military commander Captain Osoman.

The gripping six-part series Our Girl Complete Series Two, will be released on DVD as a two-disc set on 17 October 2016 and Our Girl Complete Series One and Two comprising of four DVDs, will also be released on the same date.



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The Electric Horseman

Sexual chemistry crackles between double Oscar winners Robert Redford (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid) and Jane Fonda (Nine to Five) in The Electric Horseman, a romantic comedy adventure directed by acclaimed director Sydney Pollack (Tootsie), which is set for a DVD release on 17 October 2016 thanks to Odyssey Video.

Sonny Steele (Robert Redford) has swapped his previous life as a rodeo champion for a corporate gig as a brand spokesman in a garish electrified cowboy suit. Everything changes at a Las Vegas convention when, appalled that the racehorse he is riding has been doped, he gallops away into the desert to restore the horse to freedom. In hot pursuit behind him are the state police, his employers, and not least, investigative journalist Hallie Martin (Jane Fonda).

The film features a stunning score by Academy Award-winning composer Dave Grusin (The Fabulous Baker Boys), and stars country music legend Willie Nelson, of supergroup The Highwaymen, in his feature film debut. Impressively, Robert Redford did all his own riding stunts and loved the horse so much he brought it home and kept it for the rest of its life. This autumn, gallop into the sunset with this madcap caper.



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The Legend of King Arthur

Andrew Davies' (House of Cards) sumptuous adaptation of the timeless saga, The Legend of King Arthur, makes its home entertainment debut on 10 October 2016 with the complete 1979 series.

Dark Ages wizard Merlin (Robert Eddison - Indiana Jones), weary of the barbarism around him, creates a new order of enlightenment and justice with a youthful Arthur (Andrew Burt - Emmerdale) at its head. Merlin presents Arthur with the magic sword Excalibur to help him defeat the nobles who oppose his rule. But Arthur must also beware his half-sister Morgan (Maureen O'Brien - Doctor Who), a sorceress who has sworn to kill him to avenge her father's death.

As Morgan intensifies her campaign, she uses magic to draw Lancelot (David Robb - Downton Abbey) and Guinevere (Felicity Dean - The Whistle Blower) into a passionate affair. But it is the still more traitorous Mordred (Steve Hodson - Break in the Sun) who will fatally halt Arthur's rule.

Bringing high romance, low treachery and magical adventure via a host of legendary characters and featuring an early appearance by Patsy Kensit (Holby City), this is a fabulous retelling of the gloriously twisting tale.



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Bite

So graphic that sick bags were handed out at the world premiere, the gut-wrenching gore fest Bite, about one woman's sickening transformation, gets its first UK DVD release in October courtesy of Second Sight Films.

While partying on a bachelorette getaway with her friends, bride-to-be Casey (Elma Begovic - Tear Us Apart) is bitten by a mysterious, unseen bug. On returning home what first appears to be a nasty infection rapidly mutates into something far more sinister as Casey takes on an horrific insect-like transformation.

Shedding skin, vomiting acidic bile, biting off nails and excreting slime drenched eggs all over her newly created nest, Casey must now find flesh to feed on.

As her transformation becomes complete, Casey discovers that everything can change with a single bite.

Written and directed by Chad Archibald (The Drownsman) this fantastically gruesome body-horror will be released on DVD on 10 October 2016.

Are you prepared to take a Bite?



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Back at Sea

When Timothy Spall (Secrets & Lies, The Enfield Haunting) one of Britain's best-loved actors, was facing a life-threatening illness, he promised himself that if he survived, he'd take up sailing. The result is a collection of three travelogues, four episodes apiece, of his adventures - Somewhere at Sea, Back at Sea and All At Sea.

Back at Sea, the second series in the trilogy, which arrives on DVD 3 October 2016 courtesy of Simply Media, sees the couple setting off from Cardiff, heading around the coast to Liverpool, across the Irish Sea to Belfast via the Isle of Man, and through the Caledonian Canal to the east coast of Scotland.



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