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A Special Day

2.6 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews

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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: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007P0XNC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,760 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni 1977

The Rally for Hitlers visit with Mussolini in Fascist Rome Italy provides the back drop for a chance encounter between two neighbors from across an italian palazzo. Though only a courtyard apart, they live in two different worlds; one of an unappreciated housewife; and the other of a lonely bachelor. This special day brings together a man who feels less a man, and a woman who feels less a woman and in the course of that day, the two manage to navigate uncomfortable sexual attraction, rejection, politics and a snoopy old land lady. This is a loving film about how people in the midst of a huge building full of people, and the fascist fervor that often looses the individual, manage to find some heart felt honesty after the polite facade drops, and they confront their inner shadows, and share them with each other. Given the subject matter, and that this was made in 1977, it was fairly ahead of its time, and both actors give two of their most lovely performances. Pay no attention to the critics who can't see past a pour DVD transfer, or the dubbing; yes a better copy would be wonderful; yes, if it was in italian with subtitles it might be even better, but once you get past all that, you will find that these two seasoned actors will take you on a subtle ride into their hearts and minds, and make you remember that in a crowd there are real people, with real stories.
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