CultFilms announce Visconti and De Sica titles new to Blu-ray

❉ CultFilms is set to release newly remastered versions of two world cinema classics from two of the world’s finest filmmakers.

Luchino Visconti’s final film The Innocent aka L’Innocente and Vittorio De Sica’s highly acclaimed masterpiece Umberto D will make their debut on UK Blu-ray as well as DVD and digital release in April 2017, complete with brand new special features and distinctive collector’s packaging.

‘The Innocent’ aka ‘L’Innocente’

‘Visconti’s final film is also one of his best. Wondrously shot…it perfectly captures the splendour and decadence of 19th-century Italian society’ – Sight and Sound

Visconti’s epoch-closing tour de force, with its acclaimed cinematography, is shown in its full glory with the first ever release in widescreen HD taken from restored materials. This impressive release of the director’s last film, he died on its completion, features a previously unseen documentary, separate Italian audio and new improved subtitles and arrives on both Blu-ray and DVD formats, alongside a digital release on 10 April 2017.

Visconti, the father of Neo Realism revisits the dramatic themes from his award winning The Leopard in his final work of art The Innocent aka L’Innocente. Set in the late 19th Century against an opulent backdrop of “fin-de-siècle” aristocratic decadence, the film is driven by a formidable performance from Giancarlo Giannini (Casino Royale and Quantum Of Solace), whose antihero displays hitherto uncharted monstrosity.

Tullio (Giannini), having left his wife for his latest mistress, is seized by jealous fury when he discovers that his wife has also taken a lover. Outraged by this unsuspected audacity, he will do everything to reconquer her…

Special features include:

  • Exclusive Documentary: A conversation with Renata Franceschi & Giorgio Treves, who worked closely with Luchino Visconti during the making of this film and remained his friends
  • New, improved, English subtitles

Certificate: 15 Release date: 10 April 2017 Running time: 129 mins approx.

DVD Cat no: CULT003 RRP: £ 15.99

Blu-ray Cat no: CULT303 RRP: £ 19.99

Also available on iTunes

‘Umberto D’

‘A truly extraordinary picture’ – New York Times

Umberto D surpasses even Bicycle Thieves in many critics’ opinions, and has been acknowledged as one of the greatest films of all-time. It arrives in stunning HD on Blu-ray as well as DVD and digital release on 24 April 2017.

A heartfelt portrait of an impoverished retired civil servant, played with aplomb by the perfectly cast Carlo Battisti in his first acting role, who lives in a rented room in post war Rome with only his beloved dog and a teenage housemaid as companions. Faced with eviction when he can’t keep up with his rent, the old man struggles to make ends meet and maintain his dignity, but his growing despair leads him to contemplate suicide.

Written by De Sica’s long-standing collaborator, Cesare Zavattini, Umberto D’s depiction of poverty, old age and loneliness – far from being a recipe for bleakness – is bursting with life affirming qualities.

Despite international acclaim with Cannes and Oscar nominations, it was castigated by the Italian government for airing the country’s ‘dirty laundry’ in public. Today the film is universally considered not only as the apex of Italian neorealism but as one of cinema’s masterpieces with a profound influence on generations of filmmakers.

Presented in its new restored version, Umberto D’s life-affirming tale is as pertinent today as when it was made.

Special features include:

  • Exclusive Documentary: “Vittorio D” A tribute to multi-awarded maestro filmmaker De Sica, a milestone of cinema history. With contributions from Clint Eastwood, Woody Allen, Mike Leigh, Ken Loach etc.
  • New improved English subtitles.

Certificate: PG Release date: 24 April 2017 Running time: 90 mins approx.

DVD Cat no: CULT004 RRP: £ 15.99

Blu-ray Cat no: CULT304 RRP: £ 19.99

Also available on iTunes

CultFilms is a new independent label from the people behind one of the original world cinema specialist distributors, Nouveaux Pictures and Argent Films, which have been incorporated into the new label. CultFilms create luxury releases –all sourced from newly restored HD materials – of quality foreign and arthouse films as high end, collectible products which feature in-depth documentaries.

Already available on the label are two award-winning masterpieces starring screen siren Sophia Loren – Two Women, directed by neo-realist master Vittoria De Sica and A Special Day from revered director Ettore Scola.

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