Steve Geise

Uncharted Blu-ray Review: Charted in the Video Games

As I watched the thrilling mid-air action scene that opens Uncharted, I realized that it seemed familiar to me. That’s ...
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Twisting the Knife: Four Films by Claude Chabrol Blu-ray Box Set Review

Following quickly on the heels of Arrow Video’s five-film Chabrol box set, this second box set is smaller but contains ...
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Saturday Fiction Movie Review: Return of the Queen

Lou Ye’s latest film has a huge ace: a star turn by Gong Li. After rising to art house prominence ...
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Paris, 13th District Movie Review: The City of Light Romance

Writer/director Jacques Audiard’s latest film follows four young adults as they navigate the ups and downs of dating and professional ...
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Book Review: The Junction by Norm Konyu

Far too rarely, a graphic novel lands in the market with such an assured sense of style and substance that ...
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Man’s Favorite Sport? Blu-ray Review: Rock Out of Water

Rock Hudson stars in this romantic comedy about the author of a well-known fishing guidebook who has never actually fished, ...
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Rick and Morty: The Complete Seasons 1-5 Blu-ray Review: One Pickle, Two Crows, and a Multiverse of Mirth

Rick and Morty is the rarest of TV phenomena: a series so popular that the studio keeps releasing “complete” series ...
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Blue Skies Blu-ray Review: Holiday Inn Revisited

While most musicals would be lucky to have one of the three powerhouses featured in Blue Skies, this film suffers ...
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Lies & Deceit: Five Films by Claude Chabrol Blu-ray Box Set Review

Arrow Video’s latest box set shines a light on the works of French New Wave director Claude Chabrol. Although he’s ...
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The Three Musketeers (1948) Blu-ray Review: Night of 100 Stars

MGM’s 1948 version of this classic tale is full of stars but short on clear direction. The first act plays ...
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Drive My Car Movie Review: A Sublime Journey

As the least-known contender in this year’s Oscar Best Picture nominees, Drive My Car has the best opportunity to surprise ...
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Catwoman: Hunted 4K Ultra HD Review: DC Goes Anime

DC’s latest animated film answers the question you probably never asked: what would a DC film look like as anime? ...
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The Lover 4K UHD Collector’s Edition Review: Fall in Love Again

Famed director Jean-Jacques Annaud’s adaptation of this steamy semi-autobiographical tale by author Marguerite Duras caused a sensation upon its 1992 theatrical ...
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Giallo Essentials [Yellow Edition] Blu-ray Review: Masked Killers, Disrobed Victims

Arrow Video’s second box set collection of giallo classics is now available, arriving less than a month after the first ...
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West Side Story (2021) Movie Review: Spielberg Keeps It Real

In Steven Spielberg’s vision of 1950s New York City, the West Side resembles a bombed-out warzone. That’s largely due to ...
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Giallo Essentials [Red Edition] Blu-ray Box Set Review: Mixed Bag, Solid Box

Just in time for the holiday gift giving season, Arrow Video has repackaged three individual Blu-ray releases from 2018/19 into ...
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Night Gallery Season One Blu-ray Review: Rod Serling’s Other Series Gets a Fresh Coat of Paint

Rod Serling will always be most closely identified with The Twilight Zone, but his follow-up series is finally getting Blu-ray ...
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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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Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 3 Criterion Collection Box Set Review

Legendary writer/director and noted film buff Martin Scorsese established The Film Foundation's World Cinema Project in 2007 to restore and ...
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Sukiyaki Western Django Blu-ray Review: The Good, the Bad, and the Quentin

Writer/director Takashi Miike rose to international fame around the turn of the century with a string of audacious cult classic ...
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Taste of Cherry Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Not to Everyone’s Taste

Abbas Kiarostami's understated film won the prestigious Palme d'Or Award at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival, leading to its initial ...
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Solid Metal Nightmares: The Films of Shinya Tsukamoto Blu-ray Box Set Review

If you've seen one Tsukamoto film, you definitely haven't seen them all, as evidenced by this amazing new box set ...
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Wild Palms Blu-ray Review: It’s No Twin Peaks

In the wake of the spectacular rise and fall of the original Twin Peaks, its network ABC was keen to produce ...
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Portrait of a Lady on Fire Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Burning Bright

Writer/director Celine Sciamma's latest film is both exhilarating and depressing: spellbinding because of its absolute excellence and disheartening because it ...
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Watchmen (2019): An HBO Limited Series Blu-ray Review: An Instant Classic

If you come to HBO's Watchmen limited series with a knowledge of the original comic book series and/or Zack Snyder's 2009 movie, ...
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The Gentlemen Blu-ray Review: Finally, a Real Guy Ritchie Film

Guy Ritchie's latest film is a winning return to the gritty ensemble crime caper format that fueled his rise to ...
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Superman: Red Son 4K UHD Review: It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a Communist

DC's latest animated movie explores the question of what would have happened if baby Superman landed in Russia instead of ...
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Frozen II Blu-ray Review: Call the Police, It Got Robbed of an Oscar Nomination

Frozen II represents a new pinnacle in feature film animation, with dazzling artistic and technical prowess, a surprising and engaging story, ...
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The Addams Family (2019) Blu-ray Review: Not Creepy or Kooky

The Addams Family is the very definition of Hollywood product, a project so completely lacking any creative spark or reason for ...
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The Lighthouse Blu-ray Review: A Shining Beacon of Excellence

I wasn't at all familiar with director and co-writer Robert Eggers until this masterful sophomore effort, but immediately added his ...
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The Wizard of Oz 4K Ultra HD Review: Somewhere Over the HDR Rainbow

Dorothy and the gang are back in a sparkling new 80th anniversary edition of the classic film, released in 4K ...
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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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Batman: Hush 4K Ultra HD Review: The Bat, the Cat, and Villains Aplenty

DC's animated films tend to be adaptations of their classic comic-book works, with this story in particular being one of ...
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The Batman Four Film Collection 4K UHD Review: Long Live the Bat

It seems impossible now, but 30 years ago there was only one blockbuster cinematic superhero: Batman. In celebration of the ...
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Book Review: The Amazing Spider-Man: The Ultimate Newspaper Comics Collection Vol. 5, 1985-1986 by Stan Lee, Floro Dery, and Dan Barry

In its early years, the daily Spider-Man comic strip had typically followed a comfortable pattern of Spider-Man facing off against ...
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Batman Ninja Blu-ray Review: East Meets West

Batman Ninja is truly unique in the DC animated universe, not only because of its radical premise, but because it ...
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Batman: Gotham by Gaslight Blu-ray Review: The Steampunk World’s Greatest Detective

Nearly 30 years ago, DC Comics launched an ongoing series of standalone stories set outside their normal comics continuity, eventually ...
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Superman / Batman: Apocalypse Blu-ray Review: Destined to Be a Fan Favorite

Here's a recipe for surefire fanboy satisfaction: pair the two most recognizable superheroes in the world with their most well-known ...
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Batman and Harley Quinn Blu-ray Review: Poison, But Not the Ivy Kind

After 10 years and 30 animated films, the brain trust behind the DC Universe Animated Original Movies is long overdue ...
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Book Review: The Amazing Spider-Man: The Ultimate Newspaper Comics Collection Vol. 4, 1983-1984 by Stan Lee, Fred Kida, and Floro Dery

With Fred Kida in control on daily art duties, Stan Lee started his writing chores in 1983 with nearly four ...
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Book Review: Batman: The Silver Age Newspaper Comics Vol. 3, 1969-1972

Long before most of us were reading the funny pages, Batman was finishing up a six-year comic strip run fueled ...
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Book Review: The Amazing Spider-Man: The Ultimate Newspaper Comics Collection Vol. 3, 1981-1982 by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, and Fred Kida

After taking over the art duties from comic strip originating artist John Romita Sr., Stan Lee's brother Larry Lieber continued ...
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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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Book Review: The Amazing Spider-Man: The Ultimate Newspaper Comics Collection Vol. 2, 1979-1981 by Stan Lee and John Romita

st The trouble with a daily serialized story is how long it takes for anything to happen. Thanks to IDW's ...
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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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Book Review: The Amazing Spider-Man: The Ultimate Newspaper Comics Collection Vol. 1, 1979-1981 by Stan Lee and John Romita

Let's face it: daily newspaper comic strips have never been a great way to follow serialized stories. When a story ...
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Star Wars Celebration 2015 Review: The Biggest Star Wars Convention in the Galaxy

The biennial Star Wars Celebration took place over the weekend at the Anaheim Convention Center, an occasionally frustrating experience in ...
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Batman vs. Robin Blu-ray Review: Another Dark and Dangerous Day in Gotham

The title of DC's latest animated film is catchy, but it's also a bait and switch. Sure, Robin briefly toys ...
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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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LEGO Batman: The Movie – DC Super Heroes Unite Blu-ray Review: Holy Bricks, Batman!

I recently slammed the achingly buffoonish LEGO Star Wars Blu-ray while lamenting that LEGO would have been much better served ...
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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 2 Blu-ray Review: Supes vs. Bats, We All Win

Warner Bros Animation's concluding adaptation of Frank Miller's classic comic book series (Part 1 review) contains the fight every superhero ...
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TV Review: Doctor Who: The Snowmen

Santa Claus brought Doctor Who fans a new companion this year, and she proves to be a keeper. As 19th ...
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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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Love Is News DVD Review: The News Is Good

While I’m familiar with the name of leading man Tyrone Power, I realized before watching this film that I’m almost ...
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Midsomer Murders: Set 20 Blu-ray Review: Crime and Bemusement in the English Countryside

Deep in the English countryside, there’s a fictional county with an alarmingly high murder rate. Despite its fairly low population, ...
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LEGO Ninjago Masters of Spinjitzu: Season One DVD Review: A Fun but Lightweight Extended Toy Commercial

Four pizza-loving teen ninjas battle the forces of evil under the tutelage of their wise old sensei. Teenage Mutant Ninja ...
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The Samurai Trilogy Criterion Collection DVD Review: Mifune in His Physical Prime

Japanese screen legend Toshiro Mifune is most closely associated with the directorial efforts of fellow legend Akira Kurosawa, and yet ...
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American Reunion Blu-ray Review: Reunited and It Feels So Good

The kids from American Pie are all physically adults now, but the guys are still as juvenile as ever. On ...
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Doc Martin Series 5 DVD Review: Baby Makes Three, Doesn’t Spoil the Chemistry

This show may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but its offbeat cast of characters continue to delight those willing ...
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Shame (2011) Blu-ray Review: A Shameful Waste of Michael Fassbender’s Acting Talent

Shame is one of those whiny, self-involved New Yorker tales that makes most normal folks cringe. It’s further hampered by ...
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Wallander: The Revenge Movie Review: Original Book Author Contributes a Terrific Film Plot

Believe it or not, Stieg Larsson didn’t corner the market on Swedish crime fiction with his Dragon Tattoo (aka Millenium) ...
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Summer with Monika Criterion Collection Blu-Ray Review: Bergman in Love

This early success from director Ingmar Bergman follows a completely straightforward and conventional path to its obvious conclusion, offering little ...
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Certified Copy Criterion Collection Blu-Ray Review: Certified Original

An esteemed English author named James Miller (William Shimell) has written a book on the value of copies versus original ...
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Sherlock: Season Two Blu-ray Review: It’s Elementary That You Must Watch This

My keen powers of observation have allowed me to deduce that you’re thinking “Another Sherlock Holmes project? Enough already!” Sure, ...
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The Secret World of Arrietty Blu-ray Review: Another Ghibli Gem

Even when legendary animation director Hayao Miyazaki isn’t officially helming films for Studio Ghibli, his touch is so ingrained in ...
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Hell on Wheels: The Complete First Season Blu-ray Review: The Boiling Melting Pot

This AMC series didn’t seem to get much attention during its first season, especially in comparison to the network’s critical ...
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The Avengers (2012) Movie Review: Merry Marvel Mayhem

After years of planning and audience baiting through individual Marvel superhero films, the massive Marvel team-up finally arrives in U.S. ...
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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979) Blu-ray Review: The Spy Who Went Out in the Cold

Decades before last year’s theatrical adaptation, John le Carre’s classic espionage novel was the basis for this BBC TV miniseries. ...
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Late Spring Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Moving Look at a Family’s Season of Change

Writer/director Yasujiro Ozu is widely regarded as one of the most important Japanese directors of all time, generally second only ...
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Frozen Planet Blu-ray Review: BBC Hits the Poles

Following the huge worldwide success of their previous epic nature projects Planet Earth and Life, the BBC cameramen don their ...
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Astonishing X-Men: Dangerous DVD Review: Joss Whedon Earns His Marvel Stripes

Before helming this summer’s Marvel team-up blockbuster film The Avengers, Joss Whedon earned his Marvel Comics bona fides in the ...
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David Lean Directs Noel Coward Criterion Collection DVD Boxset Review: Box of Delights

Although best remembered for his widescreen epics such as Lawrence of Arabia, Dr. Zhivago, and The Bridge on the River ...
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Secret Pleasures DVD Box Set Review: Asian Grab Bag

This box set of fairly recent films takes a grab-bag approach, carrying no real unifying theme other than a focus ...
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In the Garden of Sounds DVD Review: Who Says Blindness is a Disability?

Wolfgang Fasser went blind in his early 20s, the victim of a rare genetic disease. “Victim” may be the wrong ...
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The Last Temptation of Christ Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Still Controversial

Nearly a quarter of a century ago, famed director Martin Scorsese sparked a firestorm of controversy via the release of ...
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Todd & the Book of Pure Evil: The Complete First Season DVD Review: Join the Cult

Just in time for tonight’s Second Season premiere on FEARnet, the complete First Season DVD box set is now available. ...
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Vanya on 42nd Street Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Timeless Theatrical Experiment

Seemingly random individuals are filmed roaming the streets of New York’s Broadway area before separately converging on a dilapidated theater. ...
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Justice League: Doom Blu-ray Review: Action Triumphs over Plot

DC’s latest animated movie pits its greatest superheroes against some of their most dangerous foes, meaning it’s light on plot ...
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World on a Wire Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: The Nature of Unnatural Reality

Two business colleagues at a supercomputer research facility are enjoying a pleasant conversation before one of them declares that he ...
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A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas Blu-ray Review: The 19th Best Christmas Movie of All Time

Harold and Kumar aren't the ideal characters one would envision for a frothy Christmas movie or a senses-shattering 3D experience, ...
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Three Outlaw Samurai Criterion Collection DVD Review: Three is the Magic Number

When peasants stage an uprising against their greedy local magistrate, they find an unlikely ally in the form of a ...
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After Fall, Winter Movie Review: Love in the Time of Desperation

A lonely writer wanders around the streets of Paris before stumbling into an exciting new romantic relationship that reinvigorates his ...
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Belle de Jour Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: How Severine Got Her Groove Back

A young, wealthy housewife goes for a horse-drawn carriage ride in the idyllic French countryside with her dashing husband. So ...
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Glee: The Concert Blu-ray Review: Fun Performances, Lame Interludes

The Glee concert film captures a moment in time of a pop-culture phenomenon that had already started its slow march ...
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Tokyo Drifter Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Style Over Substance

Iconic director Seijun Suzuki’s film isn’t very impressive from a story standpoint, but is packed with wall-to-colorful-wall visual flair. It’s ...
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West Side Story 50th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Review: The Story’s Not the Thing

For a 50-year-old, this film still has great legs. It’s certainly not without its shortcomings, but this new HD remaster ...
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Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva DVD Review: Animated Sleuthing Success

Professor Layton’s Nintendo DS puzzle-game series introduced the characters carried over to this all-new feature-length anime movie. The games don’t ...
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Fanny & Alexander Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Bergman’s Documentary Trumps Feature Film

As a newcomer to Fanny & Alexander, I was surprised to learn that the original format of the project was ...
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Atlas Shrugged Part One DVD Review: Who Is John Aglialoro?

After languishing in development hell for nearly 40 years, the film adaptation of author Ayn Rand’s magnum opus finally reached ...
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Blue Velvet 25th Anniversary Blu-ray Review: Just As Good As You Remembered It

In celebration of its 25th anniversary, Blue Velvet is being released in a feature-packed Blu-ray edition highlighted by the inclusion ...
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Cars 2 Blu-ray Review: Stuck in Neutral

After over 15 years of unparalleled critical and commercial feature film success, it was inevitable that Pixar would hit a ...
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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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