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I hope everybody had a good holiday. Enjoy our January lineup. Happy New Year and, as always, thank you for supporting the network!


January 2009 Programming Highlights
*All times listed are Eastern Standard Time
*Please check the complete Program Schedule or www.hdnetmovies.com for additional film, dates and times

HDNet Movies Sneak Preview - Experience exclusive broadcasts of new films before they hit theaters and DVD


Yonkers Joe
Premieres Wednesday, January 7th at 8:05pm, followed by encore presentations at 10:00pm and 11:45pm


This film stars Chazz Palminteri as a con man who learns the meaning of family as he adapts to life with his mentally challenged son (Tom Guiry), while struggling with the relationship with his girlfriend (Christine Lahti).
Directed by Robert Celestino

SPOTLIGHT FEATURES - Highlighted feature films airing on HDNet Movies


A Clockwork Orange - Saturday, January 10th at 11:45pm

Starring Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Steven Berkoff. Directed by Stanley Kubrick
Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Film Editing, and Best Writing
Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Motion Picture - Drama, Best Motion Picture Director and
Best Motion Picture Actor: Malcolm McDowell

Robocop (Director's Cut - Unrated) - premieres Thursday, January 1st at 8:15pm

Starring Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Ronny Cox. Directed by Paul Verhoeven
Academy Award nominations for Best Sound, Best Film Editing and Special Achievement Award for Sound Effects Editing

Shaun of the Dead - premieres Saturday, January 10th at 10:00pm

Starring Simon Pegg, Kate Ashfield, Nick Frost. Directed by Edgar Wright

The Outlaw Josey Wales - Sunday, January 4th at 8:15pm

Starring Clint Eastwood, Chief Dan George, Sondra Locke. Directed by Clint Eastwood
Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score

HIGH DEFINITION PREMIERES - Films broadcast in High Definition for the first time on television

See program schedule or www.hdnetmovies.com for complete listings of dates and times

Attila the Hunn
Starring Gerard Butler, Powers Boothe, Simmone Jade Mackinnon. Directed by Dick Lowry

Funny Girl
Starring Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif, Kay Medford. Directed by William Wyler
Academy Award winner for Best Actress: Barbra Streisand
Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Cinematography, Best Supporting Actress: Kay Medford, Best Sound,
Best Music, Best Original Song and Best Film Editing
Golden Globe Award winner for Best Motion Picture Actress: Barbra Streisand
Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical, Best Motion Picture Director and Best Original Song

Mr. Wonderful

Starring Matt Dillon, Annabella Sciorra, Mary Louise Parker. Directed by Anthony Minghella

The Train Robbers
Starring John Wayne, Ann Margret, Rod Taylor. Directed by Burt Kennedy

Yonkers Joe
Starring Chazz Palminteri, Christine Lahti, Tom Guiry. Directed by Robert Celestino

NATIONAL FILM REGISTRY - HDNet Movies presents American Films selected by the Library of Congress for historical and cultural preservation.

For more information on film preservation, visit www.loc.gov/film and www.filmpreservation.org
See program schedule or www.hdnetmovies.com for complete listings of dates and times

Badlands
Starring Martin Sheen, Sissy Spacek, Warren Oates. Directed by Terrence Malick

Five Easy Pieces
Starring Jack Nicholson, Karen Black, Billy Green Bush. Directed by Bob Rafelson
Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor: Jack Nicholson, Best Supporting Actress: Karen Black, Best Writing
Golden Globe Award winner for Best Supporting Actress: Karen Black
Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Motion Picture - Drama, Best Motion Picture Director, Best Motion Picture Actor:
Jack Nicholson and Best Screenplay

The Outlaw Josey Wales

Starring Clint Eastwood, Chief Dan George, Sondra Locke. Directed by Clint Eastwood
Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score

In Retro - Memorable Classic movies airing Sunday Nights


The Outlaw Josey Wales - Sunday, January 4th at 8:15pm

Starring Clint Eastwood, Chief Dan George, Sondra Locke. Directed by Clint Eastwood
Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score

The Enforcer - Sunday, January 4th at 10:35pm

Starring Clint Eastwood, Tyne Daly, Harry Guardino. Directed by James Fargo

The Defiant Ones - premieres Sunday, January 11th

Starring Tony Curtis, Sidney Poitier, Theodore Bikel. Directed by Stanley Kramer
Academy Award winner for Best Cinematography and Best Writing
Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor: Tony Curtis, Best Actor: Sidney Poitier, Best Supporting Actor: Theodore Bikel, Best Supporting Actress: Cara Williams, Best Film Editing
Golden Globe Award winner for Best Motion Picture - Drama
Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Motion Picture Director, Best Motion Picture Actor - Tony Curtis, Best Motion
Picture Actor - Sidney Poitier, Best Supporting Actress: Cara Williams, Best Film Promoting International Understanding

The Great Race - Sunday, January 11th at 8:00pm

Starring Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood. Directed by Blake Edwards
Academy Award winner for Best Effects, Sound Effects
Academy Award nominations for Best Sound, Best Cinematography, Best Original Song and Best Film Editing
Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Motion Picture - Musical/Comedy, Best Motion Picture Actor: Jack Lemmon, Best
Original Score and Best Original Song

The Train Robbers - premieres Sunday, January 18th at 8:00pm

Starring John Wayne, Ann Margret, Rod Taylor. Directed by Burt Kennedy

The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean - Sunday, January 18th at 9:35pm

Starring Paul Newman, Ava Gardner, Victoria Principal. Directed by John Huston
Academy Award nominations for Best Original Song
Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Original Song and Most Promising Female Newcomer - Victoria Principal

Funny Girl - premieres Sunday, January 25th at 6:00pm

Starring Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif, Kay Medford. Directed by William Wyler
Academy Award winner for Best Actress: Barbra Streisand
Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Cinematography, Best Supporting Actress: Kay Medford, Best Sound,
Best Music, Best Original Song and Best Film Editing
Golden Globe Award winner for Best Motion Picture Actress: Barbra Streisand
Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical, Best Motion Picture Director and Best Original Song

My Fair Lady - Sunday, January 25th at 8:30pm

Starring Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Stanley Holloway. Directed by George Cukor
Academy Award winner for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor: Rex Harrison, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction-
Set Decoration, Best Costume Design, Best Sound, Best Scoring of Music
Academy Award nominations for Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Gladys Cooper, Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Stanley
Holloway, Best Writing and Best Film Editing
Golden Globe Award winner for Best Motion Picture - Musical/Comedy, Best Motion Picture Director, Best Motion Picture
Actor: Rex Harrison
Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Motion Picture Actress: Audrey Hepburn and Best Supporting Actor: Stanley Holloway

ART HOUSE CINEMA - Independent films, foreign films and documentaries airing Tuesday Nights


The Piano - premieres Tuesday, January 6th at 9:00pm

Starring Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel, Anna Paquin. Directed by Jane Campion
Academy Award winner for Best Actress: Holly Hunter, Best Supporting Actress: Anna Paquin and Best Writing
Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing and Best Costume Design
Golden Globe Award winner for Best Performance by an Actress: Holly Hunter
Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Motion Picture - Drama, Best Motion Picture Director, Best Screenplay, Best Original
Score and Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Anna Paquin

Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love - Tuesday, January 6th at 11:05pm

Starring Indira Varma, Sarita Choudhury, Naveen Andrews. Directed by Mira Nair

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind - premieres Tuesday, January 13th at 8:00pm

Starring Sam Rockwell, Drew Barrymore, George Clooney. Directed by George Clooney

Good Night, and Good Luck - Tuesday, January 13th at 10:00pm

Starring David Strathairn, Patricia Clarkson, George Clooney. Directed by George Clooney
Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Lead Actor: David Strathairn
Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Motion Picture - Drama, Best Motion Picture Director, Best Motion Picture
Screenplay, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture: David Strathairn

You Can Count On Me - premieres Tuesday, January 20th at 8:00pm

Starring Laura Linney, Mark Ruffalo, Matthew Broderick. Directed by Kenneth Lonergan
Academy Award nominations for Best Actress: Laura Linney and Best Writing

Eve's Bayou - Tuesday, January 20th at 10:00pm

Starring Jurnee Smollett, Samuel L. Jackson, Lynn Whitfield. Directed by Kasi Lemmons

Dirty Pretty Things - premieres Tuesday, January 27th at 8:15pm

Starring Audrey Tautou, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sergi Lopez. Directed by Stephen Frears
Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay

Constant Gardner - Tuesday, January 27th at 10:00pm

Starring Ralph Fiennes, Rachael Weisz, Danny Huston. Directed by Fernando Mierelles
Academy Award winner for Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Rachael Weisz
Academy Award nominations for Best Writing - Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Achievement in Editing
Golden Globe Award winner for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Rachael Weisz
Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Motion Picture - Drama, and Best Motion Picture Director
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Looks like some good stuff.

I want HDNet on Comcast
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Looks like some good stuff.

I want HDNet on Comcast

They have the rights now so yell at your local operator.

Ask what channel HDNet is on?
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They have the rights now so yell at your local operator.

Ask what channel HDNet is on?

lol we're talking about Comcast of Union here...the ones that haven't added any new national HD channels since October of 2007. Yes, 2007.
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I just happened to be scrolling through HDNet's movies for this weekend and found to my delight that they're showing Local Hero today at noon and again on 1/8. The film depicts a culture clash between a young American oil executive and the inhabitants of a remote Scottish town. Excellent performances all around with a particularly enchanting star turn by Burt Lancaster as the space-obsessed head of the oil company.

This movie remains on my top-ten list after some twenty-five years, with its wonderfully witty script, lovely score, and remarkable scenery. Even though I own the DVD, I'm still recording the HD version today.
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I just happened to be scrolling through HDNet's movies for this weekend and found to my delight that they're showing Local Hero today at noon and again on 1/8. The film depicts a culture clash between a young American oil executive and the inhabitants of a remote Scottish town. Excellent performances all around with a particularly enchanting star turn by Burt Lancaster as the space-obsessed head of the oil company.

This movie remains on my top-ten list after some twenty-five years, with its wonderfully witty script, lovely score, and remarkable scenery. Even though I own the DVD, I'm still recording the HD version today.

That one has popped up a few times over the last year. Good stuff, though.

I'm kind of pumped over the director's cut version of Robocop.
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Thank GOd for DVRs to catch Yonkers Joe
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Robocop: Director's Cut and Black Rain was awesome the other night. HDnet Movies continues to get better and better every month.
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I just happened to be scrolling through HDNet's movies for this weekend and found to my delight that they're showing Local Hero today at noon and again on 1/8. The film depicts a culture clash between a young American oil executive and the inhabitants of a remote Scottish town. Excellent performances all around with a particularly enchanting star turn by Burt Lancaster as the space-obsessed head of the oil company.

This is absolutely my favorite film of all time.

However, the version HDNet Movies has to show has a few issues with background music that must have come directly in the master from Warner Brothers and must have been errors made when producing a stereo/surround master from the original film's mono soundtrack.

Namely, there are at least three important scenes in which the background music fades away and can either not be heard at all or just barely. Someone seeing the film for the first or even fifth time might not notice, but I'm at viewing #110 or so.

1) When Mac and Danny are driving along and hit the rabbit.

2) When Danny tells Marina about the plans for the oil terminal (on the beach outside the ceilidh.) You can hear the background music for a bit and then its as if someone turned the volume down to zero - their speech and the sound effects are the proper level.

3) When Mac tells Gordon he wants his life and that he'd "make a good Gordon, Gordon."

The background music is essential for these scenes, especially #2 above, where it makes the scene that much more poignant.

I don't think it's an error at DISH or at HDNet Movies, so that leaves Warner Brothers; there are also noticeable audio "pops" at edits in a few places that aren't present on the DVD, LaserDisc or VHS (or old HBO showings.)

The film was a budget film so doesn't really have HD "pop" though it does look quite noticeably better than the DVD, and the soundtrack is much, much better than the mono DVD, which sounds muffled by comparison.

I just thank HDNet Movies for the opportunity to see it at all this way, as I suspect the odds of it ever making it to Blu-ray are near zero.
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Not mentioned in the main article was that HDNet premiered six "Friday the 13th" movies (from "Part 3" to "Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan") this past Jan. 2nd and 3rd from 9PM on. You can bet HDNet will repeat these around the time the new "Friday the 13th" theatrical movie is released.

Watched them all. "Part 3" looked horrendous. It's obvious Paramount used a dirty, damaged 2nd generation print used for 3D effects back when it was released theatrically (no 3D effect whatsoever in this HD version) without an ounce of effort in restoring it. The movie is total s*** though, so it gets the HD transfer it deserves. "The Final Chapter" looked soft (lots of dark shots with grainy dark portions) but it matches the mood of the flick, with is nasty and 100% grindhouse. "Part V: A New Beginning" looks fantastic and it's the best-looking of the six "Friday the 13th" HDNet showed over the weekend. Blood splatters practically pop up with crimson-deep reds and most distance and close-ups have sharp detail. The movie is total s*** but the transfer is above-average.

"Part 6: Jason Lives" and "Part VII: The New Blood" are very similar in that both movies only shine in high-def when there's a close-up of a character's face or object. Medium shots and long distance shots look only average. There's a scene in "The New Blood" when Jason is in the basement of the house with his mask removed. I've seen this movie on VHS and cable TV over the years and it looked particularly soft and drained of color and detail, but the close-up of Jason's monstruously deformed face is an HD standout moment. "Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan" is similar to parts 6 and 7 but it's a little more detailed than both of them (we're talking a smudgen of extra sharpness and pop in the colors). I was able to read the Times Square news ticker at the end of the movie when the credits start rolling (Oliver North was convicted of 3 of 12 charges against him on Iran Contra on the night the crew was filming) which I wasn't able to do when I saw the movie on cable a few years back.

Paramount has been notoriously careless with the visual/aural presentation of these horror movies as if they're ashamed to have made so much money off of them during the 80's slasher craze. These HDNet movie transfers is the best these movies have ever looked, but that only makes them adequate by high-definition (and AVS Forum members) standards.
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Just finished watching The Enforcer on HDNet Movies. I hadn't intended to, but I was surfing by and saw it had just started (well, right before Callahan meets Tyne Daly's character officially as his partner) and I just had to stop. The print looked absolutely pristine, with colors that popped. Fantastic presentation. Of course many aspects of the movie seem dated now, but I still enjoyed watching it. Good stuff.
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I hope everybody had a good holiday. Enjoy our January lineup. Happy New Year and, as always, thank you for supporting the network!


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HDNet Movies Sneak Preview – Experience exclusive broadcasts of new films before they hit theaters and DVD


Yonkers Joe
Premieres Wednesday, January 7th at 8:05pm, followed by encore presentations at 10:00pm and 11:45pm


This film stars Chazz Palminteri as a con man who learns the meaning of family as he adapts to life with his mentally challenged son (Tom Guiry), while struggling with the relationship with his girlfriend (Christine Lahti).
Directed by Robert Celestino[u]
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This is what makes HDNet movies worth the extra few bucks a month to me. These movies that can not be seen anywhere else. Whether it's a horror movie like "Splinter" or an off beat dramedy like "Special". I really look forward to "Yonkers Joe". I hope HDNet continues this tradition.
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Comcast in Houston just removed HDNet Movies from their channel line up as of 12/31/08
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I DVRed all the Friday the 13th movies when they were on... I did notice a progression of better appearance as the movies got more recent, as I expected of course.

Curious why no 1,2 or 9,X... I guess since the iconic "Jason" started with #3 (he was in #2 but no hockey mask until #3) that makes sense... still, would be nice to get the whole set from HDNet as they do top notch work in their HD airings.

Meanwhile... I keep hoping to see High Plains Drifter sometime on HDNet. One of my favorite Eastwood oldies.

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Wrestling Ernest Hemingway!!!! Will HDNET ever get this movie!!!!!!!!!!
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I DVRed all the Friday the 13th movies when they were on... I did notice a progression of better appearance as the movies got more recent, as I expected of course.

Curious why no 1,2 or 9,X... I guess since the iconic "Jason" started with #3 (he was in #2 but no hockey mask until #3) that makes sense... still, would be nice to get the whole set from HDNet as they do top notch work in their HD airings.

The first "Friday" movie is coming out on Blu-ray. No idea about number 2, but from 3 to 8 they're probably a pretty cheap package of old Paramount catalogue titles. "Jason Goes To Hell," "Jason X" and "Jason Vs. Freddy" are New Line Cinema properties, not the old "Friday the 13th" movies (those were owned by Paramount). Different (more expensive?) contract for both movie packages.
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So why was the Original Airplane on the HDNET Movie Schedule for 3:30pm EST on 1/1/2009 for several weeks - only to be yanked off and replaced with Airplane 2 in the 5pm hour?
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Curious why no 1,2 or 9,X... I guess since the iconic "Jason" started with #3 (he was in #2 but no hockey mask until #3) that makes sense... still, would be nice to get the whole set from HDNet as they do top notch work in their HD airings.

I like to pretend 9 never happened

I am a huge Friday fan and I hate 9 with a passion. Turning Jason into a stupid parasite was beyond absurd, even for a Friday movie

I got to see 6 and 7 on HDNET (though I was flipping back and forth to the Colts/Bolts game). PQ was good enough. I wasn't expecting much since Paramount treats these movies like a Red Headed Stepchild. Sad I missed 4, as it is by far the best in the Franchise, and everytime I watch I get to hope that maybe this time, Corey Feldman will get a machette through the eye ... so far it has never happened though

Seeing the trailers for the remake has stoked some interest for me again. I was against it at first, but it doesn't look too bad. Just hoping it is better than the last few movies. A big positive is they didn't cast Kane Hodder who completely destroyed the character, though I have to admit Jason X is a guilty pleasure of mine, and it has the best kill in the series (the girl who's face in pushed in liqiud nitrogen, and then slammed off the table)
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I would put Local Hero on one of my least favorite movie lists. It was so bad and bland that I can't even remember the last half of it or why I was supposed to care about a single character. I just refreshed myself with the Wikipedia entry and it was just as boring to read, but thankfully hours shorter.
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This is what makes HDNet movies worth the extra few bucks a month to me. These movies that can not be seen anywhere else. Whether it's a horror movie like "Splinter" or an off beat dramedy like "Special". I really look forward to "Yonkers Joe". I hope HDNet continues this tradition.

Unfortunately I missed Splinter and Special, but I won't forget about Yonker's Joe. It's too bad they only show these special "previews" once or this wouldn't be an issue.

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I like to pretend 9 never happened

I am a huge Friday fan and I hate 9 with a passion. Turning Jason into a stupid parasite was beyond absurd, even for a Friday movie

Hard to disagree with you on that point. 9 was a very weird movie, I just figured it'd be nice to have them all in one place. For the record, the Jason-somehow-is-a-boy-again part of #8 was kind of odd too!

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A big positive is they didn't cast Kane Hodder who completely destroyed the character, though I have to admit Jason X is a guilty pleasure of mine, and it has the best kill in the series (the girl who's face in pushed in liqiud nitrogen, and then slammed off the table)

Jason X surprised me. It might not be great "art" but it's a guilty pleasure for me as well. It's definately outside-the-box for Jason movies. I also enjoyed Freddy vs Jason.

Incidentally, off-topic to Jason... but on-topic to HDNet... I also DVRed Nightmare on Elm St and was surprised to see a very young Johnny Depp in that! I hadn't seen that movie in probably 20 years, and didn't remember him being in that. Obviously before 21 Jump St "fame" even.

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^^^ Didn't the credit 'And Introducing Johnny Depp' in "NOES" clue you in that it was Depp's motion picture debut?
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^^^ Didn't the credit 'And Introducing Johnny Depp' in "NOES" clue you in that it was Depp's motion picture debut?

Yeah, watching it now that he's been famous for a while... but I was talking about when Nightmare originally came out. I haven't watched it in like 20 years... and when I originally watched it, nobody knew who Johnny Depp was and he wasn't a big memorable part of the movie.

That's what surprised me... to realize he was in it before he became the mega-Depp.

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I think the way Depp's character bought the farm in "NOES" was memorable!
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Caught Yonker's Joe and it wasn't a particularly good movie. Run of the mill "feel good" picture. Glad I didn't spend money seeing it in the theaters, but a big Kudos to HDNet for showing special previews like this and encourage them to keep at it.

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Unfortunately I missed Splinter and Special, but I won't forget about Yonker's Joe. It's too bad they only show these special "previews" once or this wouldn't be an issue.

The "preview" movies come back eventually during their normal "cable window". I think all of them have come back on HDNet Movies a year or so later.
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