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  • Rumpole of the Bailey: The Complete Series [DVD]Rumpole of the Bailey: The Complete Series | DVD | (06/11/2017) from £28.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Horace Rumpole (Leo McKern) is the down-at-heel yet brilliant barrister who plies the courtrooms of the Old Bailey. Fond of quoting Wordsworth and notorious for turning away many suits according to his own moral code, he never prosecutes, always defends. Famed for winning his cases, there is one person he will always lose out to his wife, She Who Must Be Obeyed ! Includes all seven series plus feature-length story, Rumpole's Return.

  • The Prisoner [DVD]The Prisoner | DVD | (25/09/2017) from £17.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Part action series, part psychedelic fantasy, part allegory, Patrick McGoohan's masterpiece, The Prisoner, was initially touted as a sequel to his earlier spy series, Danger Man. But when it was first broadcast in 1967 TV audiences were puzzled; when the show was cancelled 17 episodes later due to declining viewing figures, no one was any the wiser. Shot in the picturesque surroundings of Portmeirion in North Wales, whose architectural fantasies provided an ideal backdrop for the show's surrealism, The Prisoner has subsequently been recognised as one of the most innovative and thought-provoking series ever to be broadcast. Despite the primary-coloured flower-power look, the show's bold ideas haven't dated at all, proving that The Prisoner was simply years ahead of its time.McGoohan is Number 6, a man whose resignation from the secret service (seen every week in a montage title sequence--itself an impressionistic TV landmark) triggers his abduction and imprisonment in "The Village", a sort of open prison for spies where everyone has a number not a name. It's a pretty comfortable place and the other inhabitants all seem passively to accept the situation, allowing the Village authorities to control and limit their actions without protest (escape attempts are thwarted by mysterious bubble-shaped guards called "Rovers"). Number 6, however, is an indomitable freedom fighter whose refusal to accept the status quo is a metaphor for the individual ego struggling against the forces of social conformity: "I am not a number I am a free man" is the series' most resonant catchphrase. The Village's allegorical microcosm of society is presided over by Number 2, played by a different actor every week, with whom Number 6 clashes repeatedly in a battle of wills as he continually questions the authority that has imprisoned him ("Who is Number 1?"). In turn the Kafkaesque authorities try to discover the reason why he resigned. His trenchant refusal to provide any reason at all is itself a powerful assertion of individual freedom. The series culminates in perhaps the most bizarre and psychedelic TV episode ever made, "Fallout", in which Number 6's revelatory discovery of the real power that keeps him imprisoned raises more questions than it answers. --Mark Walker

  • The Day the Earth Caught Fire (Blu-ray)The Day the Earth Caught Fire (Blu-ray) | Blu Ray | (17/11/2014) from £7.99   |  Saving you £12.00 (150.19%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Newly remastered by the BFI National Archive and available in high definition for the very first time this is the definitive version of the classic British science fiction thriller. When the USA and Russia simultaneously test atomic bombs the earth is knocked off its axis and set on a collision course with the sun. As the planet inexorably heats up and society slowly breaks down Peter Stenning (Edward Judd) a washed-up Daily Express reporter breaks the story and sets about investigating the government cover-up. Made at a time when the nuclear threat of the Cold War loomed large The Day the Earth Caught Fire is an expertly crafted British science fiction film that boasts a BAFTA winning screenplay gritty characters and a vision of end-of-days London that really burns. Also Starring Leo McKern (Rumpole of the Bailey) and Janet Munro and directed by veteran Val Guest (The Quatermass Xperiment). Bonus Features: Brand new 4 K High Definition digital restoration by the BFI national archive. The H-bomb (David Villiers 1956 21 mins): Civil defence film showing by diagrams and demonstrations the damage that might be expected from a ten megaton bomb. Operation Hurricane (Ronald Stark 1952 33 mins): The work involved in and the research behind Britain’s first atomic bomb tests. The Hole in the Ground (David Cobham 1962 30 mins): A dramatisation of nuclear attack demonstrating of the operation of Britain's warning system for atomic war. The Day the Earth Caught Fire: An Audio Appreciation by Graeme Hobbs (9 mins) Original trailer Stills gallery

  • Amazon Add: The Prisoner [DVD]Amazon Add: The Prisoner | DVD | (13/10/2014) from £28.99   |  Saving you £11.00 (27.50%)   |  RRP £39.99

    Thanks to Network's fresh and vastly improved edition 'The Prisoner' can journey happily into the future.

  • A Man For All Seasons (Masters Of Cinema) (Dual Format) (Blu-ray & DVD)A Man For All Seasons (Masters Of Cinema) (Dual Format) (Blu-ray & DVD) | Blu Ray | (20/02/2017) from £9.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Robert Bolt's successful play was not considered a hot commercial property by Columbia Pictures--a period piece about a moral issue without a star, without even a love story. Perhaps that's why Columbia left director Fred Zinnemann alone to make A Man for All Seasons, as long as he stuck to a relatively small budget. The results took everyone by surprise, as the talky morality play became a box-office hit and collected the top Oscars for 1966. At the play's heart is the standoff between King Henry VIII (Robert Shaw, in young lion form) and Sir Thomas More (Paul Scofield, in an Oscar-winning performance). Henry wants More's official approval of divorce, but More's strict ethical and religious code will not let him waffle. More's rectitude is a source of exasperation to Cardinal Wolsey (Orson Welles in a cameo), who chides, "If you could just see facts flat on without that horrible moral squint." Zinnemann's approach is all simplicity, and indeed the somewhat prosaic staging doesn't create a great deal of cinematic excitement. But the language is worth savoring, and the ethical politics are debated with all the calm and majesty of an absorbing chess game. --Robert Horton

  • The Omen Trilogy [1976]The Omen Trilogy | DVD | (20/06/2006) from £8.99   |  Saving you £31.00 (344.83%)   |  RRP £39.99

    In 1976 The Omen scored a hit with critics and audiences hungry for more after The Exorcist with its mixture of Gothic horror and mystery and its plot about a young boy suspected of being the personification of the anti-Christ. Directed by Richard Donner (best known for his Superman and Lethal Weapon films), The Omen gained a lot of credibility from the casting of Gregory Peck and Lee Remick as a distinguished American couple living in England, whose young son Damien bears "the mark of the beast". At a time when graphic gore had yet to dominate the horror genre, this film used its violence discreetly and to great effect and the mood of dread and potential death is masterfully maintained. It's all a bit contrived, with a lot of biblical portent and sensational fury but few would deny it's highly entertaining. Jerry Goldsmith's Oscar-winning score works wonders to enhance the movie's creepy atmosphere. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com Damien: Omen II takes place several years after the mysterious events that claimed the life of the US Ambassador and his wife as the now teenaged and militarily enrolled Damien Thorne is slowly being made aware of his unholy heritage and horrific destiny. Woe is he (including anyone in Damien's adoptive family and his classmates) who suspects the truth or gets in his way. While not as unrelentingly frightening as its blockbuster predecessor, this more-than-competent sequel raises some interesting questions about the nature of free will (can the anti-Christ deny his birthright?) before falling into a gory series of increasingly outlandish deaths, the best of which is a terrifyingly protracted scene beneath the ice of a frozen lake. Jerry Goldsmith (who won an Oscar for his work on the first film in the series) contributes another marvellously foreboding score. --Andrew Wright, Amazon.com The series concludes with The Omen III: The Final Conflict, starring Sam Neill as the adult Damien--aka the son of Satan--in a battle with the heavens for control of mankind. The film ends up depending more heavily on effects and spectacle than on the kind of basic horrors that made the first movie in the series so unsettling but at least this one gives some closure to the seemingly endless saga. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com On the DVDs: On the original movie disc there is an all-new 45-minute documentary, "666: The Omen Revealed", with contributions from all the major behind-the-scenes players, including director, editor, screenwriter (who confesses the movie was only set in England because he wanted a free trip to London!), producer and composer. The latter, Jerry Goldsmith, has his Oscar-winning contribution to the movie recognised with a separate feature in which he talks through four key musical scenes in the score. There's also a thought-provoking short called "Curse or Coincidence?" in which the many bizarre accidents that happened during shooting are related, including the terrible story of what happened to the girlfriend of the man responsible for designing the decapitation scene. Director Richard Donner and editor Stuart Baird provide a chatty audio commentary to the movie. The second and third films lack as many extra features, being content with audio commentaries and theatrical trailers: the commentary for Omen II is by producer Harvey Bernhard, that for Omen III by director Graham Baker. --Mark Walker

  • Ryan's Daughter [1970]Ryan's Daughter | DVD | (13/02/2006) from £5.99   |  Saving you £11.00 (183.64%)   |  RRP £16.99

    World War I seems far away from Ireland's Dingle peninsula when Rosy Ryan Shaughnessy goes horseback riding on the beach with the young English officer. There was a magnetic attraction between them the day he was the only customer in her father's pub and Rosy was tending bar for the first time since her marriage to the village schoolmaster. Then one stormy night some Irish revolutionaries expecting a shipment of guns arrive at Ryan's pub. Is it Rosy who betrays them to the British? Wi

  • A Man For All Seasons [1966]A Man For All Seasons | DVD | (12/02/2007) from £5.38   |  Saving you £7.61 (141.45%)   |  RRP £12.99

    A Man For All Seasons: a motion picture for all time! Winner of six Academy Awards - including 1966 Best Picture - 'A Man For All Seasons' stars Paul Scofield as Sir Thomas More a respected English statesman whose steadfast refusal to recognise King Henry VIII's marriage to Anne Boleyn cost him his head. Featuring an all-star supporting cast - Wendy Hiller Leo McKern Robert Shaw Orson Welles Susannah York and Vanessa Redgrave - and directed by two-time Oscar-winner Fred Zinnemann Robert Bolt's A Man For All Seasons is ""a picture that inspires admiration courage and thought."" - The New York Times.

  • Time Without Pity (Limited Edition) [Blu-ray] [2019] [Region Free]Time Without Pity (Limited Edition) | Blu Ray | (28/10/2019) from £16.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Following his blacklisting in the McCarthy HUAC hearings, director Joseph Losey (Eva, The Damned, Secret Ceremony) moved to the England in the 1950s. The gritty British suspense thriller, Time Without Pity was the first film he made in the UK under his own name. In a BAFTA-nominated performance, the great Michael Redgrave (Goodbye Gemini, Connecting Rooms, Dead of Night) stars as an anguished father whose son is convicted of murder and languishing on death row. In a desperate race-against-time, he attempts to prove his son's innocence whilst bringing the real murderer to justice. With photography by Freddie Francis (The Elephant Man), and a superb supporting cast including Ann Todd (Taste of Fear), Leo McKern (X the Unknown), and Peter Cushing (Corruption, The Beast Must Die), Time Without Pity is brilliantly accomplished slice of Brit-noir, and a potent cry against capital punishment. Extras: High Definition remaster Original mono audio The Guardian Interview with Joseph Losey (1973): the celebrated filmmaker in conversation with film critic Dilys Powell at London's National Film Theatre Selected scenes commentary with film historian Neil Sinyard Introduction by Gavrik Losey (2019): a new interview with the filmmaker and son of director Joseph Losey Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography New English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Robert Murphy, archival interviews with cast and crew members, an overview of contemporary critical responses, archival articles, and film credits and more World premiere on Blu-ray Limited Edition of 3,000 copies All extras subject to change

  • French Lieutenant's Woman (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] [2019] [Region Free]French Lieutenant's Woman (Criterion Collection) | Blu Ray | (30/03/2020) from £17.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    An astounding array of talent came together for the big-screen adaptation of John Fowles's novel The French Lieutenant's Woman, a postmodern masterpiece that had been considered unfilmable. With an ingenious script by the Nobel Prizewinning playwright HAROLD PINTER (Betrayal), British New Wave trailblazer KAREL REISZ (Saturday Night and Sunday Morning) transforms Fowles's tale of scandalous romance into an arresting, hugely entertaining movie about cinema. In Pinter's reimagining, JEREMY IRONS (Dead Ringers) and MERYL STREEP (Sophie's Choice) star in parallel narratives, as a Victorian-era gentleman and the social outcast he risks everything to love, and as the contemporary actors cast in those roles and immersed in their own forbidden affair. The French Lieutenant's Woman, shot by the consummate cinematographer FREDDIE FRANCIS (Glory) and scored by the venerated composer and conductor CARL DAVIS, is a beguiling, intellectually nimble feat of filmmaking, starring a pair of legendary actors in early leading roles. Special Edition Features New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray New introduction by film scholar Ian Christie New interviews with actors Jeremy Irons and Meryl Streep, editor John Bloom, and composer Carl Davis Episode of The South Bank Show from 1981 featuring director Karel Reisz, novelist John Fowles, and screenwriter Harold Pinter Trailer PLUS: An essay by film scholar Lucy Bolton

  • The Omen Trilogy - The Omen/Damien - Omen 2/Omen 3 - The Final Conflict [Blu-ray] [1976]The Omen Trilogy - The Omen/Damien - Omen 2/Omen 3 - The Final Conflict | Blu Ray | (20/10/2008) from £16.49   |  Saving you £-1.50 (N/A%)   |  RRP £14.99

    Set Comprises: The Omen (1976): He was born at 6am on the 6th day of the 6th month. The coming of Armageddon the sign of the final confrontation between the forces of good and evil as foretold in the Book of Revelations will begin with the birth of the son of Satan - in human form. The Omen II (1978): After the tragedy that befell his parents Robert and Katherine Thorn Damien is taken in by his caring Aunt and Uncle. However Damien is growing and so too are his mysterious powers - it is time for Damien to find out what his destiny really is... The Omen III (1981): Armageddon has come and the Evil One stands among us. His name is Damien Thorn and the power of evil is no longer in the hands of a child. The final and most terrifying chapter in the Omen Trilogy sees the fate of all mankind hanging in the balance as the battle lines are drawn for the ultimate war between good and evil for the Final Conflict.

  • The Prisoner - Complete Series [Blu-ray] [1967]The Prisoner - Complete Series | Blu Ray | (28/09/2009) from £44.92   |  Saving you £15.07 (33.55%)   |  RRP £59.99

    The Prisoner is an extraordinary TV series that not only entertains but also offers you the chance to philosphise or ponder the human condition. It is highly regarded as one of the most famous the most acclaimed and most of intriguing of British cult TV adventure series. Staring Emmy award winner Patrick McGoohan as Number Six. A man removed from his position in a secret organisation and trapped in a nightmare village where his thoughts and movements are controlled by an unknown force- represented by the ever changing Number Two.

  • The Day the Earth Caught Fire (DVD)The Day the Earth Caught Fire (DVD) | DVD | (17/11/2014) from £7.79   |  Saving you £12.20 (156.61%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Newly remastered by the BFI National Archive and available in high definition for the very first time this is the definitive version of the classic British science fiction thriller. When the USA and Russia simultaneously test atomic bombs the earth is knocked off its axis and set on a collision course with the sun. As the planet inexorably heats up and society slowly breaks down Peter Stenning (Edward Judd) a washed-up Daily Express reporter breaks the story and sets about investigating the government cover-up. Made at a time when the nuclear threat of the Cold War loomed large The Day the Earth Caught Fire is an expertly crafted British science fiction film that boasts a BAFTA winning screenplay gritty characters and a vision of end-of-days London that really burns. Also Starring Leo McKern (Rumpole of the Bailey) and Janet Munro and directed by veteran Val Guest (The Quatermass Xperiment). Bonus Features: Brand new 4 K High Definition digital restoration by the BFI national archive. The H-bomb (David Villiers 1956 21 mins): Civil defence film showing by diagrams and demonstrations the damage that might be expected from a ten megaton bomb. Operation Hurricane (Ronald Stark 1952 33 mins): The work involved in and the research behind Britain’s first atomic bomb tests. The Hole in the Ground (David Cobham 1962 30 mins): A dramatisation of nuclear attack demonstrating of the operation of Britain's warning system for atomic war. The Day the Earth Caught Fire: An Audio Appreciation by Graeme Hobbs (9 mins) Original trailer Stills gallery

  • The Prisoner: The Complete Series [DVD]The Prisoner: The Complete Series | DVD | (17/02/2020) from £35.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Five decades on from its first UK broadcast, The Prisoner remains as fresh and dynamic as when it was first unleashed upon an unsuspecting world in 1967. This set presents the complete series, stunningly restored, together with a wealth of special features. THE SERIES All 17 episodes, presented with text commentaries on each episode, detailing the production history. IN MY MIND A feature length documentary in which director Chris Rodley recalls his 1983 efforts to interview Patrick McGoohan for a Channel 4 documentary. The film features interviews with Catherine McGoohan, rare archive footage and never-before-seen interview sessions with McGoohan himself. MANY HAPPY RETURNS A short revisiting the original locations used in the Prisoner. FILMING ARRIVAL Recently-discovered home movie footage of the filming of Arrival. THE PRISONER PUZZLE In a rare appearance to talk about the series, Patrick McGoohan is interviewed by Warner Troyer in an exclusive programme for TV-Ontario from 1977. STILLS GALLERIES Featuring rare and never-before-seen photographs from official and personal archives. CATHERINE McGOOHAN Reflects on her father s work and legacy. PORTMEIRION 1939 Recently-discovered 16mm Kodachrome amateur footage of Portmeirion showing the early days of its development circa 1939. PATHE NEWS: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Pathe News' initial visit to Portmeirion in 1939 presents the first opportunity to give the village mass exposure via Britain's cinema screens. PATHE NEWS: ITALY IN WALES Pathe News returns to Portmeirion in 1962, this time in Technicolor. LESLIE GILLIAT RECCE 35MM TRANSPARENCIES Producer Leslie Gilliat was assigned to The Prisoner in the early stages of the project and visited Portmeirion in 1966 to photograph the village. These 35mm transparencies are the results of that recce and present some initial ideas for the buildings' use in the series. TRIMS A selection of trims from Arrival, Many Happy Returns, The Chimes of Big Ben and The Girl Who Was Death. RADIO ON Radio 1 DJ Simon Bates was given a rare opportunity to interview Patrick McGoohan when he visited the NEC in Birmingham to be presented with a Caterham Super 7. PATRICK MCGOOHAN 1983 An outtake from one of Chris Rodley's full interview sessions with Patrick McGoohan for the original Six Into One The Prisoner File documentary.

  • Reilly - Ace Of SpysReilly - Ace Of Spys | DVD | (30/04/2007) from £13.48   |  Saving you £6.51 (48.29%)   |  RRP £19.99

    The amazing true story of the world's first international super spy. The true-life adventures of Sidney Reilly a British secret agent whose 25-year spying career came to an end when he unsuccessfully tried to overthrow the Bolsheviks in post-revolutionary Russia.

  • The Mouse That Roared [1959]The Mouse That Roared | DVD | (05/08/2002) from £3.99   |  Saving you £9.00 (225.56%)   |  RRP £12.99

    The Mouse That Roared, originally released in 1959, is mostly remembered as a tour-de-force from peerless comic actor Peter Sellers, playing all three of the principal roles. It's worth seeing for that alone, but the film is also one of the most memorable satires of nuclear geopolitics produced during the Cold War and, along with another Sellers vehicle, Dr Strangelove, provides an unbeatable illustration of the paranoia and helplessness engendered by that period. The Mouse That Roared tells the story of the fictional European principality of Grand Fenwick. Finding itself on the wrong end of a trade dispute with the United States, and noting America's generosity in rebuilding the countries it had fought in World War II, Grand Fenwick's rulers hit upon the idea of declaring war on the US, losing, and then reaping a Marshall Plan-style hand-out. The plan, proposed by Grand Fenwick's prime minister (played by Peter Sellers), is approved by the monarch (also played by Peter Sellers), who dispatches an invasion force of chain mail-clad archers under the command of Grand Fenwick's hapless Field Marshal (also played by Peter Sellers). Due to a series of happenstances and misunderstandings, Grand Fenwick's plan goes terribly wrong, and they inflict a surprising defeat on America, with curious consequences. On the DVD: The Mouse That Roared is presented in 1.85:1 widescreen; sound is mono. Soundtracks are available in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish, and subtitles in all those as well as most other major European languages, Hebrew and Arabic. Special features include a scene selector, and three theatrical trailers: one for this film (English audiences will get a kick out of the 1950s American announcer raving about "an hilarious new personality, Peter Sellers"), one for Sellers' much bleaker (and much funnier) Cold War satire Dr Strangelove, and one for his slight horror spoof Murder By Death. --Andrew Mueller

  • A Foreign Field - BBC [DVD]A Foreign Field - BBC | DVD | (07/05/2018) from £7.15   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    A heart-warming comedy/drama about old comrades reuniting through love and bittersweet memories. Originally shown as a part of the BBC One's series of plays for Screen One in 1993. Two veterans of the D-Day landings, Cyril (Leo McKern) and Amos (Alec Guinness) return to Normandy for the first time in 50 years. Amos, who took some shrapnel in the skull during the battle of Normandy, has been mentally scarred ever since. Cyril has brought Amos to visit the grave of their wartime buddy, Briggsy, but is also keen to catch up on another wartime friend, Waldo (John Randolph). Reminiscing about Angelique (Jeanne Moreau), a French woman they were both enamored with in their soldiering days, Cyril & Waldo decide to try and track her down, and fight for her affections once again, but where is Angelique, their former French sweetheart? And who exactly is Lisa (Lauren Bacall) the sorrowful American staying at the same hotel, and what is the guilty secret she appears to be nursing? Secrets will be revealed, rivalries stoked, and memories evoked at the Normandy cemeteries as the parties converge to pay their respects.

  • Rumpole Of The Bailey - The Entire First Series [1978]Rumpole Of The Bailey - The Entire First Series | DVD | (09/09/2002) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £24.99

    Eccentric defence lawyer Horace Rumpole (Leo McKern) is the scourge of the courtroom. However at home he is hen pecked by his wife (she who must be obeyed). This double DVD contains the entire first series of John Mortimer's popular Rumpole Of The Bailey including the first ever episode 'Rumpole and the Younger Generation'. Rumpole's initial case sees him called upon to defend the teenage son of a notorious criminal family with whom he is familiar. Rumpole knows that whilst the boy is innocent on this occasion he is destined for a life of crime...

  • Ladyhawke [1985]Ladyhawke | DVD | (17/04/2019) from £7.97   |  Saving you £5.02 (38.60%)   |  RRP £12.99

    This lushly produced fantasy has gained a loyal following since its release in 1985, and it gave a welcome boost to the careers of Matthew Broderick, Michelle Pfeiffer and Rutger Hauer. You have to ignore the overly aggressive music score by Andrew Powell, music director of the Alan Parsons Project (critic Pauline Kael aptly dubbed it "disco-medieval") and director Richard Donner's reckless allowance of anachronistic dialogue and uninspired storytelling, but there's a certain charm to the movie's combination of romance and heroism. Broderick plays a young thief who comes to the aid of tragic lovers Isabeau (Pfeiffer), who is cursed to become a hawk every day at sunrise and Navarre (Hauer) who turns into a wolf at sunset. The curse was cast by an evil sorcerer-bishop (John Wood), and as Broderick eludes the bishop's henchmen, Navarre struggles to conquer the villain, lift the curse and be reunited with his love in human form. The tragedy of this lovers' dilemma keeps the movie going, and Broderick is well cast as a young, medieval variation of Woody Allen. --Jeff Shannon

  • Rumpole Of The Bailey - Series 1-7 - CompleteRumpole Of The Bailey - Series 1-7 - Complete | DVD | (20/10/2008) from £44.99   |  Saving you £55.00 (122.25%)   |  RRP £99.99

    Horace Rumploe (Leo McKern) is a down-at-heel yet brilliant barrister. Fond of quoting Wordsworth he comes to the defence of shoplifting vicars overly amorous teachers and many others who pass through the doors of the Old Bailey. He is famed for always winning his cases but there is one person who he has never beaten - his wife She Who Must Be Obeyed! Includes every episodes from all seix series!

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