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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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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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Meet The Wife

One of the BBC's earliest domestic sitcoms, Meet the Wife affectionately dissects the trials and comforts of mid-life marriage after the kids have flown the nest.

Written by Ronald Chesney and Ronald Wolfe (On the Buses), and running for five series from 1963 to 1966, the series was immortalised in The Beatles' 'Good Morning, Good Morning': 'It's time for tea and Meet the Wife'.

BAFTA-winning Dame Thora Hird DBE (Last of the Summer Wine) and Freddie Frinton (Dinner for One) are Thora and Fred Blacklock, a middle-aged couple in the north of England, just about managing to make ends meet. Fred is an amiable, hard-working plumber who likes a pint on the way home, while Thora has ideas of improving the couple's social standing. Meet the Wife contains all remaining episodes from series 1-5 (including the Comedy Playhouse pilot 'The Bed'), and is released on 24 October 2016.



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Sleepers: The Complete Series

Amidst the thaw of glasnost, the Kremlin discovers that two Soviet agents, sent to England under deep cover in 1965, have been 'lost.' Sultry, unrelenting KGB high-up Nina Grishina (Joanna Kanska - The Tall Guy) flies into London to lead the search and soon becomes embroiled in a tangle of CIA, KGB and MI-5 plots and counter-plots as the two lost agents, now utterly assimilated, try to avoid detection.

A cat-and-mouse chase follows, delivering a hilarious cross-cultural comedy thriller directed by BAFTA winner Geoffrey Sax (Doctor Who), which is released on DVD on 24 October 2016. Nigel Havers (Chariots of Fire) and Warren Clarke (Dalziel and Pascoe) star as the spies who'd rather stay undercover, alongside Michael Gough (Batman).



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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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Tandoori Nights

First broadcast in 1985, and on DVD for the first time 24 October 2016, Tandoori Nights is a spicy, ground-breaking Channel 4 comedy about an embattled curry house owner (Saeed Jaffrey - My Beautiful Laundrette, Gandhi) and his wayward family.

Jimmy Sharma (Jaffrey) makes a comfortable living running an upscale Indian restaurant, The Jewel in the Crown, until one of his ex-waiters opens a rival, cheaper outlet right across the street. Then there's his family predicament - Jimmy is both supported and given the run-around by his feisty daughters Asha (Rita Wolf - Coronation Street) and 'Bubbly' (Shelley King - The Bill), who in turn are watched over by a domineering Gran (Zohra Sehgal - Bend it Like Beckham).

Created by prolific writer Farrukh Dhondy, the series takes a wry look at provocative issues around sexual and racial equality, including mixed-race relationships, politicised Asian women and grasping business methods.



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Prince Regent

BAFTA winner Peter Egan (Chariots of Fire), Oscar and Primetime Emmy nominee Susannah York (Superman) and Nigel Davenport (Chariots of Fire) star in the BAFTA winning eight-part historical drama, Prince Regent: The Complete Series.

Transmitted by the BBC in 1979, the series depicts the life and times of George IV (1762-1830) from his early days of debauchery, his ascent to the throne as Prince Regent and his reign as King. Covering his famously dissolute lifestyle including his two marriages (one legal, one not), his mistresses, the famous men of his day and the over-indulgence and frustration of waiting for his father George III to die or remain mad; this sumptuous series will be available on DVD from 17 October 2016.

Directed by BAFTA winner Michael Simpson (The Bill) and also featuring Patsy Kensit (Holby City) and Cherie Lunghi (Mary Shelly's Frankenstein).



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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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