Monday, January 5, 2015

Raro Video and Kino Lorber Release Adua and Her Friends on Blu-ray

Raro Video and Kino Lorber Release
Antonio Pietrangeli's Italian Neo-Realist Classic
Adua and Her Friends, starring European film icons Simone Signoret and Marcello Mastroianni

Available on Blu-ray January 20th in new HD transfer, packed with extras including an introduction by Italian film historian Maurizio Poro, an episode from the film Amori di Mezzo Secolo, an illustrated booklet with critical analysis of the film, and more!

Raro Video and Kino Lorber announce the Blu-ray release of ADUA AND HER FRIENDS, a classic of late Italian Neo-realism directed by Antonio Pietrangeli (The Visitor) and starring iconic actors Simone Signoret (Les DiaboliquesRoom at the Top) and Marcello Mastroianni (La Notte8 1/2). This drama tells the story of four prostitutes, forced into unemployment after the closing of Rome's bordellos, who attempt to start their own business by opening a restaurant. Their plans take a different turn when an unscrupulous benefactor helps them obtain their business license, with the stipulation that they continue with prostitution on the side, and pay him a steep monthly fee.

ADUA AND HER FRIENDS streets on Blu-ray on
January 20, 2015 with a SRP of $29.95, in a new HD transfer, and featuring new and improved English subtitle translation. The disc comes packed with special features including an introduction by Italian film historian Maurizio Poro; an episode from the film Amori di Mezzo Secolo, entitled Girandola 1910; director biography and filmography; a photo gallery; and a fully illustrated booklet including critical analysis of the film.

A rare masterpiece and a wonderful example of the Italian cinema starring two European film icons, Simone Signoret and Marcello Mastroianni, Adua and Her Friendstells the story of four prostitutes forced to fend for themselves when a new law closes the bordellos of Rome. They pool their savings to open a trattoria, but find they cannot get a license. A prominent fixer with connections obtains the license for them, on the condition that they conduct their old business upstairs and pay him and exorbitant monthly fee. The works of Pietrangeli, one of the most talented members of the Italian neo-realism movement and capable of delivering such gems as Adua and Her Friendsand The Visitor definitely deserves to be revisited and to be exposed to a larger international audience.

Adua and her Friends 
Adua and her Friends

Blu-ray Street Date: January 20, 2015  

Director: Antonio Pietrangeli  
Cast: Marcello Mastroianni, Sandra Milo, Simone Signoret

1960/Italy/129 min/B+W/1.65:1/Original Italian with English subtitles/Dual Mono PCM Linear/New and Improved English Subtitle Translation

Bonus Features: 
Introduction by Italian film historian Maurizio Poro
An episode from the film, Amori di Mezzo Secolo, entitled Girandola 1910
Director Biography and Filmography
New HD transfer from original 35mm negative print
Digitally restored
A fully illustrated booklet including critical analysis of the film  

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