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A Special Day

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Two of Italy's greatest film stars, Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni, are united in this special film about two special people. The day is May 8, 1939, the day of a huge rally celebrating Hitler's visit to Rome which underscored the infamous allianc

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  • Actors: Franoise Berd, Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, John Vernon, Alessandra Mussolini
  • Directors: Ettore Scola
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Televista
  • DVD Release Date: September 4, 2007
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007P0XNC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,227 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Rosen on September 12, 2007
Format: DVD
Horrible bootleg version of wonderful film. Why do these people continue to release sub par video. Avoid Televista or Jef Video or Newstar
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Erhan Kayaalp on October 21, 2007
Format: DVD
The recording quality is so low that it seems as if it was transferred from an ordinary VHS and dubbed in English. Even the original soundtrack is not avaliable! It's an awful edition, which only leaves me feeling that I have I thrown away my money.
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Z. Arevshatian on December 11, 2007
Format: DVD
DO NOT waste money on this item. This is a transfer made directly from a videotape. The quality is very poor. The image is soft and its colors bleed. Contrary to the item's description for the DVD as having subtitles, the DVD has an English voice over dubbed on top of the Italian soundtrack which makes it extremely annoying to listen to. The DVD is not subtitled.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Lapin on May 4, 2006
Format: DVD
the history is only a background in this film casting sophia loren & marcello mastroianni as a depressed middle aged housewife and a depressed middle aged gay man thrown together in rome on the day when hitler pays an official state visit to mussolini. this is a great movie, but i cant recommend it to anyone who did not see it in its theatrical release. why? because this dvd is of a horrid print dubbed into english! no actor of such import has been as badly served in the dvd market as has sophia loren, several of whose greatest movies ("two women", "yesterday today & tomorrow", "el cid", this) are available only on dreadful transfers. PLEASE somebody get decent transfers made; "a special day" deserves to get 5 stars, but not til its viewable.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By gt on September 3, 2011
Format: VHS Tape
I was considering buying this because the image showed the original cover and the descriptor indicated that it is subtitled - both facts leading me to believe that I'd be purchasing the original, not the dubbed version. I'm glad I read the reviews which advised otherwise. What's of greater concern, however, is that the first review pointing out this problem was written in 2005, and the most recent in 2011. So, 6 years of feedback to Amazon about this inaccurate information and still no change. Thanks to those of you who set me straight.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Demetrius Toutounas on March 26, 2008
Format: DVD
A Special Day is a masterful film by Ettore Scola. This version, dubbed into English, although clearly advertised as "in Italian", is a horrible copy. Do not purchase this copy!. I have notified Amazon that it is dubbed in English, and that they should either correct the information as given, or withdraw this copy from circulation, lest more unwitting buyers suffer as I have. Hopefully, in returning it,I will be immediately reimbursed.A Special Day
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Rosemary West on July 18, 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This may be a great movie, but you won't find out from watching this low quality dubbed version. It looks like a copy of a copy of a copy.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By H. F. Corbin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 18, 2005
Format: DVD
This film released in 1977, directed by Ettore Scola and starring Sophia Loren (Antonietta) and Marcello Mastroianni (Gabriele) was ahead of its time in its sensitive handling of homosexuality. The events take place during the space of one day, a "special day," when Hitler and Mussolini have a huge rally in Rome. Practically the entire city turns out for the event. While Antonietta's boorish husband and their six children-- he's anxious to have a seventh child-- go to the event, she stays home and meets a neighbor (Gabriele) when her parrot escapes from her window and lights on a ledge outside Gabriele's apartment. What follows is a beautiful story of two very different people whose lives touch each other briefly, and both of them are the better for it. The gentle Gabriele is totally different from and in stark contrast to Antonietta's brutish, selfish husband who is also a "father" and a "soldier." Of course Gabriele is none of these but rather a quiet, sensitive soul who reads and lives in a neat, tastefully furnished apartment.

Juxtaposed with the beautiful encounter of these two individuals is the constant martial music and speeches that are broadcast all over the City of Rome glorifying these two dictators. The film is ultimately optimistic-- at least mildly-- however, as Gabriele says that "life is worth living."

Loren and Mastroianni, both attractive and fine actors, give the kinds of performances we expect from them. Even as a tired housewife who wears Eleanor Roosevelt shoes, Ms. Loren is still incomparably beautiful.
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