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Mad Max Anthology 4K Ultra HD Box Set Review: Work in Progress

You know how all major video games launch with issues that have to be fixed after release? Well, sometimes it ...
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Freud Blu-ray Review: Montgomery Clift Exorcises His Demons

This mid-career effort by legendary director John Houston is overlong, clinical, and ponderous, and yet Montgomery Clift’s tortured lead performance ...
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Lullaby of Broadway Blu-ray Review: Don’t Sleep on This Joyous Delight

Doris Day leads an engaging cast in this fairly conventional but highly entertaining musical. She stars as a young dancer ...
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The Bitter Stems Blu-ray Review: Argentine Noir

Alfredo Gasper is a hard-working newspaper reporter in Argentina who has become disillusioned about the trajectory of his stalled career. ...
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Audrey Hepburn 7-Movie Collection Blu-ray Review: More Loverly Than Ever

This collection of Audrey Hepburn’s most memorable starring roles has been available on DVD since early 2019, but has only ...
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Doctor Who: The Edge of Reality Video Game Review: Allons-y!

Licensed video games are always fraught with the peril of hardcore fan expectations vs. actual gameplay. Add in the burden ...
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Change of Habit Blu-ray Review: Easy Habit to Break

This offbeat film bears the distinction of being Elvis Presley’s final acting role, which is about the only remarkable thing ...
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Becoming Cousteau Movie Review: From Exploration to Conservation

Decades before David Attenborough became a household name in the U.S., Jacques-Yves Cousteau was the king of nature documentaries. Along ...
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Come September Blu-ray Review: Hudson Rocks the Riviera

Rock Hudson is in prime leading man form in this beautifully photographed 1961 romp through the Italian Riviera. Hudson plays ...
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On Broadway DVD Review: Start Spreading the News

After an unprecedented 18-month shutdown caused by the pandemic, Broadway finally started reopening many shows last month. Oscar-nominated director Oren ...
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Blithe Spirit (2020) Blu-ray Review: Bland and Unspirited, But Mann and Fisher Shine

Noel Coward’s play has been adapted for the screen multiple times dating back to 1945, but it’s been long enough ...
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The Nowhere Inn Movie Review: Make Plans to Check In

St. Vincent decides to try out smoking during the production of her concert tour documentary film, declaring to her friend ...
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Star Trek: The Original 4 Movies 4K Ultra HD Collection Review: 4K, The Final Frontier

In celebration of the 55th anniversary of the debut of the Star Trek TV series this month, Paramount has released ...
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In the Good Old Summertime Blu-ray Review: You’ve Got Snail Mail

Modern Hollywood gets plenty of well-deserved grief for rebooting stories before the originals have even faded from memory, but it’s ...
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Blind Beast Blu-ray Review: An Assured Vision by Director Yasuzo Masumura

When an alluring young fetish model named Aki visits a gallery exhibiting her nude works, she’s shocked to find a ...
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Thoroughly Modern Millie Blu-ray Review: Thoroughly Charming

This zany musical was a big hit in the 1960s, garnering huge box office and seven Oscar nominations, along with ...
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The Daimajin Trilogy Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set: Stone Cold Kaiju Action

What if a Godzilla-sized monster was a living stone statue who battled evil human warlords instead of other monsters? Japan’s ...
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It Happened at the World’s Fair Blu-ray Review: It Probably Shouldn’t Have

Elvis Presley starred in dozens of films in the ‘50s and ‘60s, and many of them were quite entertaining. This ...
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Take Me Out to the Ball Game Blu-ray Review: Almost a Home Run

Now that it’s mid-summer, it’s peak time to enjoy the national pastime: baseball…in musical form. Warner Archive rounds the bases ...
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An American in Paris: The Musical Blu-ray Review: C’est Bon

As live musicals shut down during the pandemic, recorded performances stepped in to help fill the entertainment void. The 2014 ...
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Years of Lead Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set Review: Transforms Lead into Gold

When most film fans think of Italian genre films of the 1970s, the first term that comes to mind is ...
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It Happened on 5th Avenue Blu-ray Review: Thoroughly Charming Happenstance

You know how sometimes you stumble across a movie you had no intention of watching but end up really liking ...
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Irezumi Blu-ray Review: Kiss of the Spider Woman

A wealthy merchant’s daughter becomes a murderous geisha after receiving a huge back tattoo of a spider. At a glance, ...
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World of Wong Kar Wai Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: What a Wonderful World

Wong Kar Wai burst into the international film scene in the 1980s and has remained an icon ever since. While ...
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Madame Curie Blu-ray Review: Geniuses Oblivious to Their Attraction

Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon portray the Curies in this biographical film about the early career of the discoverer of ...
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Ziegfeld Follies Blu-ray Review: Two Hours of Follies, Half Hour of Jollies

While movie musicals typically follow a paper-thin plot as a device to string together their songs, this oddity ditches the ...
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Indiana Jones: 4-Movie Collection 4K Ultra HD Box Set Review: Dolby Atmos to the Rescue

Just in time for this month’s 40th anniversary of the theatrical debut of Indiana Jones, this new box set presents ...
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Just a Gigolo Blu-ray Review: Bowie and Dietrich Make the Best of a Misfire

This Berlin-set film arrived at an opportune time in David Bowie’s career, since he was living in the city for ...
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Tove Movie Review: Moomin Mama Makes Her Mark

Tove Jansson rose to international fame thanks to her creation of the iconic Moomin characters. Although she passed away 20 ...
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The Tender Trap Blu-ray Review: Trapped in Dated Attitudes But Still Tender Fun

Frank Sinatra plays a wealthy Broadway talent agent named Charlie whose chief talent seems to be adding girlfriends to his ...
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Santa Sangre 4K UHD Limited Edition Box Set Review: Jodorowsky’s True Vision

Alejandro Jodorowsky is the quintessential Renaissance man, although he’s most widely known as a feature film director. His true definition ...
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Flowers of Shanghai Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Mise-ry en Scene

This Taiwanese movie was based on a novel about “flower houses” of 19th century Shanghai, high class establishments where courtesans ...
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Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House Blu-ray Review: Solid Comedy Construction

If I hadn’t watched this new Blu-ray, I never would have realized that the old Tom Hanks comedy The Money ...
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Masculin Feminin Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Tres Chic

Jean-Luc Godard’s study of young love in Paris pulses with style but doesn’t have much of a story. The film ...
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Annie Get Your Gun Blu-ray Review: Shoots a Few Blanks but Hits the Overall Target

Prior to its release this week, this classic MGM movie adaptation of an American musical theatre staple has never been ...
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Broadway Melody of 1940 Blu-ray Review: De-Lovely

The obvious draws for this classic MGM musical are the star turn by Fred Astaire and the songs written by ...
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On Moonlight Bay Blu-ray Review: Day and MacRae Play on the Bay

Booth Tarkington is most famously remembered as the author of the Pulitzer Prize winning novels The Magnificent Ambersons and Alice ...
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Book Review: Corto Maltese: Mu, The Lost Continent by Hugo Pratt

Italian comics star Hugo Pratt led a life that was nearly as adventurous as his most famous character, Corto Maltese. ...
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Three Films by Luis Buñuel Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: The Don’s Swan Songs

As Luis Buñuel neared the end of his life, he swore each time he made a film that it would ...
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The Harvey Girls Blu-ray Review: MGM Misses the Bullseye

Despite the top billing of mega-star Judy Garland and some pricey-looking location shooting and hundreds of extras, The Harvey Girls ...
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Young Man with a Horn Blu-ray Review: Birth of the Cool

Kirk Douglas was a force in Hollywood for so many decades that it's easy to forget that he was a ...
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Saturday Night Live: The Early Years: The Best of Seasons 1-5 DVD Box Set Review

This new box set cherry picks 33 complete episodes from the first five years of Saturday Night Live, acting as ...
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The Pirate Blu-ray Review: Choppy Seas Lead to Treasure

On paper, this classic musical has everything going for it. Headlined by the top-tier star pairing of Gene Kelly and ...
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Wonder Woman: Bloodlines 4K Ultra HD Review: All Hail the Princess

The latest DC animated film starts off poorly, with a prolonged 10-minute origin story on Wonder Woman’s home island of ...
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Justice League vs. Teen Titans Blu-ray Review: That’s So Raven, Damian

DC appears determined to cater to all manner of Justice League fans this year. If the dark, brooding Batman V Superman ...
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SPECTRE Blu-ray Review: Ghosts of Bond’s Past

After the nearly universal acclaim and gigantic box office for the previous Bond outing, Skyfall, any follow-up was likely to ...
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It Happened One Night Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: The Original Runaway Bride

It's hard to imagine now, but there was a time in cinematic history when romantic comedies were extremely rare. That ...
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Tomorrow Never Dies Movie Review: Enter The Dragon

I've seen all of the Bond movies. I've read all of the original Fleming novels. And yet, this DVD is ...
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Batman: Year One Two-Disc DVD Review: Rise of the Bat

Twenty-five years ago, DC Comics opted to reboot the Batman mythos in an attempt to expand his origin story and ...
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Kuroneko Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Things That Go Bump In The Night

Although classified as a horror film, Kuroneko isn’t very scary. Instead, it delivers atmosphere and oddities, making it more akin ...
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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Blu-ray Review: Few Pirates, No Caribbean, But Still Fun

After Captain Jack Sparrow’s confusing and overblown third outing nearly sank the entire Pirates franchise, there was a palpable sense ...
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Harakiri Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: The Samurai Condition

When a bedraggled masterless samurai, or ronin, approaches the estate of a large warrior clan and asks for permission to ...
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Terri DVD Review: The Outsiders

High school alienation isn’t new subject matter for films, but Terri takes alienation to the extreme with its focus on ...
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Angel of Evil DVD Review: The Italian Mesrine

Angel of Evil is a gripping study of a career criminal as he robs banks, escapes prisons, and breaks hearts ...
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Dum Maaro Dum DVD Review: Crime in Paradise

Goa. Just the name conjures up images of sunkissed Indian beachside bliss for electronic dance music fans around the world, ...
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Book Review: Star Wars Omnibus: The Complete Saga Episode I – VI: Greedo Shoots First Here Too

The comic book adaptations of all six Star Wars films are fairly straightforward and faithful for the most part, but ...
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The Phantom Carriage Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Impressive Ghost of Cinema Past

I don’t spend much time watching silent films, especially foreign silent films, but The Phantom Carriage has me rethinking that ...
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The Butcher, the Chef, and the Swordsman DVD Review: Three Tales, One Blade, Zero Entertainment

I was hoping for some originality in this film, a fresh take on martial arts period drama. It boasts a ...
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Bridesmaids DVD Review: A Star Is Born

Don’t let the title and picture fool you: this movie is all about Kristen Wiig. Sure, there’s an ensemble cast ...
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Brand New Day Blu-ray Review: Fast Forward to the Songs

An Australian musical with singing Aborigines, hippies and priests? What could go wrong? While the film clearly falls into the ...
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GANTZ DVD Review: Your New Favorite Midnight Movie

GANTZ is based on a manga and anime series of the same name, and yet it’s perfectly fine and possibly ...
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Bambi II Blu-ray Review: A Worthy Successor

One of the most questionable actions of the Eisner/Katzenberg era at Disney was the decision to launch a series of ...
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Secret Sunshine Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Secret No More

After an interminable four-year delay, Secret Sunshine has finally reached U.S. shores thanks to the fine folks at Criterion. The ...
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The Killing Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Meet Me at the Racetrack

The Killing is a fine little film on its own, and yet I couldn’t help but compare it unfavorably to ...
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The Fox and the Hound 2-Movie Collection Blu-ray Review: More Bark For Your Buck

Disney’s mining of their vaults takes a new turn this month with this Blu-ray/DVD combo pack that includes both the ...
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Mars Needs Moms Blu-ray Review: Skip The Movie, Read The Book

The news that Berkeley Breathed’s touching children’s book was being adapted to film was met with excitement in my household, ...
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Electric Daisy Carnival Experience Movie Review: Experience It…If You Can Find It

America’s largest dance music festival has been under fire for the last year after massive fallout from the 2010 edition ...
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Rio Blu-ray Review: Bird of Paradise

Rio works its Brazilian setting to its advantage, with an explosion of sights and sounds demonstrating the care native son ...
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High and Low Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Kurosawa and Mifune: The Gold Standard

Master director Akira Kurosawa and his acting muse Toshiro Mifune teamed up once again for this kidnapping drama set in ...
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Life During Wartime Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Alternative Happiness

Writer/director Todd Solondz has forged a cottage industry out of exploring the foibles of odd suburban characters, popping in every ...
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The Music Room Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Solitary Man

Right from the opening shot of this film, it’s evident that viewers are witnessing the work of a masterful director. ...
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The Warrior’s Way Blu-ray Review: Awesome Action, Awful Direction

If The Warrior’s Way was judged solely on the merits of its inventive, creatively filmed stuntwork, it would be one ...
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People on Sunday Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Lazy Sunday

People on Sunday is a fascinating historical document of late 1920s Germany, offering a glimpse into the fashion, architecture, and ...
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TrollHunter Movie Review: Trolls Are Fun, Hunt Is Not

TrollHunter has been building some international buzz since its debut in its native Norway last year, apparently due to the ...
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The Makioka Sisters Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: No Joy No Luck Club

Director Kon Ichikawa’s late career work centers on the relationships between four adult sisters as they run their family kimono ...
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I Am Number Four Blu-ray Review: Number Six Would Have Been Better

Proving that its middling box office performance was no fluke, I Am Number Four arrives on home video this week ...
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Gnomeo & Juliet Blu-ray Review: A Mostly Pleasant Surprise

Somewhere there’s a big Random Idea Generator that spit out a doozy for this film, uniting three things that have ...
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Diabolique (1955) Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Crime and Punishment

There’s a clear point part way through this French classic where it drops its conventional nature and morphs into an ...
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Pale Flower Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Essential Japanese New Wave

Although this is a Japanese film, the words that immediately come to mind to describe it are largely French: a ...
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3 Idiots DVD Review: Not Idiotic

Despite its unfortunate title and cover art, 3 Idiots is a refreshingly original and accomplished film. That’s thanks in no ...
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Farewell DVD Review: Cold War Espionage Based On A True Story

Although it’s being marketed as an espionage thriller and has its fair share of tension-filled moments, Farewell also explores the ...
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Le Cercle Rouge Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Short on Plot, Long on Mise en Scene

At first glance, Le Cercle Rouge seems like a fairly conventional crime drama, a perception that is upheld by the ...
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Sucker Punch Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Review

Zach Snyder’s latest directorial effort has had a heavy marketing effort touting its impressive visuals in advance of its theatrical ...
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Fish Tank Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: An Andrea Arnold Primer

British writer/director Andrea Arnold won the 2009 Cannes Jury Prize and 2010 BAFTA (Outstanding British Film) for this gritty coming-of-age ...
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Amarcord Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Parade of Unforgettable Characters

Federico Fellini’s films are widely perceived as an acquired taste, with their odd flights of fancy, peculiar characters and avoidance ...
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Still Walking Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Most Personal Film

In the aftermath of his own mother’s death, director Hirokazu Kore-eda crafted his most personal film to date, a quiet ...
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Book Review: The James Bond Omnibus Volume 001 by Anthony Hearn, Henry Gammidge, et al.

The world’s most famous spy had a secret career as a comic strip star in the '50s and '60s, and ...
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Animal Kingdom DVD Review: Crime and Punishment in Suburban Melbourne

J (newcomer James Frecheville) is an 18-year-old boy thrust into the midst of his criminal extended family when his mom ...
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Secretariat Blu-ray Review: An Also-Ran

This film tracing the true story of one of the most famous racehorses of all time is so bland and ...
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