Forsyte Saga: Complete Collection

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This seven-disc set contains all 26 episodes of the BBC miniseries The Forsythe Saga. Each episode is presented in the original broadcast aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include interviews, vintage rehearsal footage, a 1969 special on the popularity of the show, deleted scenes, outtakes, and biographies of the cast. This is a solid release from BBC that should please any Anglophile.
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Overview

This seven-disc set contains all 26 episodes of the BBC miniseries The Forsythe Saga. Each episode is presented in the original broadcast aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include interviews, vintage rehearsal footage, a 1969 special on the popularity of the show, deleted scenes, outtakes, and biographies of the cast. This is a solid release from BBC that should please any Anglophile.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; From the Rehearsal Room (from Late Night Line-Up of January 7, 1967); Interviews Behind the Scenes (from Late Night Line-Up of July 4, 1967); Soames vs. Irene (Late Night Line-Up of February 10, 1969); The Forsyte Phenomenon (Talkback of February 18, 1969); Deleted and alternate scenes; Outtakes; Cast bios
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
Long before American TV's Dallas, there was The Forsyte Saga, the British serial that took England and the world by storm in 1966-67. "Saga" is the right word for this, too, as the series is told in 26 hour-long episodes that follow the lives and loves of the moneyed Forsyte clan over more than four decades. The story begins in 1879, centering on two cousins, Soames Eric Porter and Jo Kenneth More, and the feud that develops between them over the beautiful pianist Irene Nyree Dawn Porter. The second half follows their children Fleur Susan Hampshire and John as the feud continues into the 1920s. The Forsyte Saga was based on a series of novels written by John Galsworthy in the early 20th century, and while Galsworthy earned a Nobel Prize in recognition of these and other works, they play in this adaptation as pure soap opera, and spectacularly at that. Don't expect high production values, as each episode was turned out on a two-week production schedule. Yet the characters and performances are effusively engaging, and the Victorian sensibilities of the Forsytes make for some marvelous melodrama and teapot tempests. And while the novels were written over a period of decades, seen here as a unified work they maintain a dramatic arc that carries through the entire series. According to Forsyte lore, power companies in England could mark the airing of each episode by a sharp drop in electricity usage, and on TV talk shows, experts debated the relative merits of the various protagonists. If it all sounds a little crazy, just take a look. The Saga is utterly addictive.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/25/2003
  • UPC: 794051171627
  • Original Release: 1967
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  • Source: Bbc Warner
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Language: English
  • Time: 21:40:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 17,184

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Margaret Tyzack Winifred
Technical Credits
James Cellan Jones Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Episodes 1-4
1. Opening Credits [:48]
2. The Backbone of England [3:35]
3. Jo's Home Life [4:51]
4. Value for Money [6:47]
5. To Be a Mistress [4:51]
6. A House in Chelsea [6:51]
7. Sound Investments [4:36]
8. Tittle Tattle [6:10]
9. Typical Forsyte [2:09]
10. A Forsyte Wedding [5:50]
11. So Happy [2:31]
12. End Credits [:52]
1. Opening Credits [:47]
2. Condemned [6:56]
3. After the Wedding [2:03]
4. Right and Honorable [8:14]
5. English Lesson [7:31]
6. Cut Out of the Will [6:15]
7. Irene [6:18]
8. To Wed [2:00]
9. A Valuable Connection [3:29]
10. A Soft Spot for Jo [3:02]
11. Monty's Secret [2:12]
12. End Credits [:55]
1. Opening Credits [:48]
2. Confrontation [3:23]
3. Birth of "Jolly" [5:26]
4. No Divorce [3:16]
5. Riding to Hounds [5:15]
6. Dogs Take Advantage [9:00]
7. At Odds [3:19]
8. Fathers and Sons [2:56]
9. Proposal [6:24]
10. Refusals [5:51]
11. Conditions and Reservations [3:15]
12. End Credits [:52]
1. Opening Credits [:48]
2. June at Seventeen [4:08]
3. Philip Bosinney [6:57]
4. Family News [4:38]
5. Harmony [4:11]
6. No Balance [3:02]
7. Wild Buccaneer [6:55]
8. Heights and Depths [2:45]
9. Overtures [7:21]
10. Abandon All Hope [5:38]
11. Planning to Build? [2:44]
12. End Credits [:55]
Side #2 -- Episodes 5-8
1. Opening Credits [:48]
2. The Most Fateful Day [6:07]
3. A Risky Business [4:23]
4. A Gentleman's House [5:04]
5. Unexpected Caller [6:57]
6. Charm [5:05]
7. Whispers [2:27]
8. Spoiled Treat [3:46]
9. Riding With Swithin [8:01]
10. The Nucleus [4:15]
11. A Family Funeral [2:01]
12. End Credits [1:02]
1. Opening Credits [:48]
2. In Love [4:23]
3. Tension at Tea [10:24]
4. War of Words [3:23]
5. Warnings [5:43]
6. A Wife's Duty [6:28]
7. Starving Artists [5:23]
8. Completely Sure [1:40]
9. Legal Action [2:45]
10. Strange Chap [4:55]
11. Rape [2:57]
12. End Credits [:51]
1. Opening Credits [:48]
2. Guilty Conscience [2:02]
3. I Have Left Soames [7:58]
4. Raving Lunacy [5:31]
5. Alone [5:15]
6. Change of Will [5:08]
7. No Sign of Bosinney [6:42]
8. Judgement [5:51]
9. Buy Robin Hill [2:45]
10. Dreadful News [4:09]
11. At the Morgue [2:40]
12. End Credits [:51]
1. Opening Credits [:48]
2. Dreadful News [3:01]
3. You're Still My Wife [5:39]
4. Poor Woman [6:33]
5. Women These Days [4:19]
6. Irene at Robin Hill [4:02]
7. Chopin [7:43]
8. Visiting Irene [4:59]
9. Sunday Lunches [3:07]
10. Letters From Home [5:27]
11. Anticipating Irene [3:26]
12. End Credits [:52]
Side #3 -- Episodes 9-12
1. Opening Credits [:48]
2. June's Departure [4:21]
3. Irene's Inheritance [2:07]
4. Helene's Illness [3:47]
5. Rumors [4:50]
6. Money Troubles [6:29]
7. Grounds for Divorce [4:03]
8. A Property in Soho [4:19]
9. Cousins [3:48]
10. Divorce Plans [10:19]
11. Nothing to Lose [4:10]
12. End Credits [:51]
1. Opening Credits [:48]
2. War With South Africa [4:03]
3. Distant Cousins [4:16]
4. Come Back With Me [4:20]
5. Up at Oxford [8:45]
6. A Small Gallery [5:42]
7. Discreet Service [2:28]
8. Dartie vs. Dartie [6:55]
9. Paris [6:11]
10. Now We're Engaged [2:50]
11. Wonderful Weeks [2:41]
12. End Credits [:52]
1. Opening Credits [:47]
2. Elderly Rapture [2:18]
3. Altruism [2:57]
4. Unlikely Soldier [4:59]
5. Tactics [6:30]
6. Confrontation [3:20]
7. Pro-People [6:16]
8. Monty's Return [7:56]
9. Let Me Go [4:51]
10. Soames Takes Steps [4:57]
11. Alive Again [4:11]
12. End Credits [:52]
1. Opening Credits [:47]
2. Parting Shots [2:39]
3. A Telegram [1:53]
4. Divorce and Marriage [5:13]
5. Awkward [3:50]
6. Proposals [7:46]
7. Passing of an Age [7:58]
8. Second Wife [3:17]
9. Expectations [4:56]
10. Dilemma [7:46]
11. Ma Petit Fleur [2:44]
12. End Credits [1:02]
Side #4 -- Episodes 13-16
1. Opening Credits [:38]
2. Future Farmer [4:43]
3. Connoisseur [2:45]
4. Beauty [7:27]
5. Family Secrets [7:49]
6. Smell the Moonlight [4:18]
7. Love [5:01]
8. Secrecy [3:27]
9. Ancient History [7:26]
10. Serious [:49]
11. I Never Let Go [4:46]
12. End Credits [:52]
1. Opening Credits [:37]
2. Art Lovers [4:40]
3. Kindred Spirits [3:11]
4. Caprices [5:25]
5. Strict Confidence [4:10]
6. Advice [4:29]
7. Forsyte Fathers [5:15]
8. A Sensible Woman [2:51]
9. Caught [8:50]
10. Things Don't Last [5:02]
11. Old, Forgotten Things [4:40]
12. End Credits [:50]
1. Opening Credits [:38]
2. Eton-Harrow Game [4:39]
3. Marry at Once [3:21]
4. Patience [7:21]
5. Passion [2:27]
6. Heart Trouble [5:42]
7. Engaged [4:12]
8. The Painful Truth [7:20]
9. Up to You [4:59]
10. Visit From Soames [4:38]
11. Go at Once [2:13]
12. End Credits [:54]
1. Opening Credits [:38]
2. An Inevitable Wedding [5:07]
3. A Spoiled Life [2:29]
4. Soft-Hearted Executive [5:04]
5. New Pets [6:06]
6. Uneasy Business [4:13]
7. Emigrant Dreams [2:23]
8. Silly Child [4:27]
9. Business Ventures [5:50]
10. A Wit on His Deathbed [6:24]
11. Dangerous [6:10]
12. End Credits [:55]
Side #5 -- Episodes 17-20
1. Opening Credits [:38]
2. Telling [4:22]
3. Children [7:41]
4. Danger Ahead [6:27]
5. Miss Manuelli [5:31]
6. Human Nature [4:02]
7. Artist and Model [4:34]
8. Frightfully Bitter [3:49]
9. The White Monkey [6:27]
10. Unexpected Call [1:56]
11. Distributed News [3:26]
12. End Credits [:55]
1. Opening Credits [:36]
2. Chance Meeting [2:35]
3. Safeguards [5:36]
4. Very Queer Story [6:43]
5. Making of a Dryad [4:32]
6. A Bad Hat? [5:27]
7. Women's Secrets [6:09]
8. Emancipated [6:00]
9. Too Famous [3:34]
10. Sense of Duty [2:43]
11. The Dryad's Husband [4:51]
12. End Credits [:54]
1. Opening Credits [:38]
2. Better and Better [2:59]
3. Righteous Indignation [4:32]
4. Conclusive Evidence [5:00]
5. Courage [6:57]
6. Wrong Mood [7:11]
7. Contingencies [6:45]
8. Stockholders' Meeting [9:06]
9. Expectant Father [1:18]
10. Resignation [1:57]
11. Kit [5:10]
12. End Credits [:54]
1. Opening Credits [:38]
2. Southern Hospitality [6:25]
3. An Adventure [6:00]
4. Foggartism [4:24]
5. Chiff-Chaff [6:01]
6. Fleur's Salon [6:29]
7. I Hate Her [2:43]
8. Quick Action [3:36]
9. Old Friends [3:10]
10. Chance Meeting [4:13]
11. Libel [5:02]
12. End Credits [:55]
Side #6 -- Episodes 21-24
1. Opening Credits [:39]
2. Dogged Tenacity [7:32]
3. Not Quite Engaged [6:25]
4. The Limit [1:42]
5. Debate in Parliament [4:43]
6. Personal Attack [2:32]
7. Advanced Literature [8:09]
8. Rebuttals [2:40]
9. Not Very Edifying [6:52]
10. More Evidence [4:14]
11. Thrown Over [3:44]
12. End Credits [:52]
1. Opening Credits [:39]
2. Efforts to Settle [4:08]
3. Left Out [8:16]
4. Eleventh Floor [4:55]
5. Aubrey's Testimony [3:24]
6. Marjorie's Testimony [11:23]
7. Then We've Won [1:39]
8. Tell Me the Truth [2:57]
9. Fool Business [1:57]
10. Social Consequences [5:01]
11. Self-Examination [3:48]
12. End Credits [:54]
1. Opening Credits [:38]
2. The World or Nothing [4:01]
3. Debts for Grandfather [3:23]
4. Washington [5:24]
5. Stalemate [5:54]
6. Val's College Friend [5:28]
7. Volunteers [5:14]
8. Another Volunteer [6:25]
9. Caution [4:30]
10. Brass [4:06]
11. Family History [5:46]
12. End Credits [:54]
1. Opening Credits [:38]
2. Canteen Accounts [4:28]
3. Weekend Plans [3:54]
4. We Meet Again [4:20]
5. Slum Conversion [4:23]
6. Something's Up [7:04]
7. Little Ascot Party [4:57]
8. Electrification [4:17]
9. Society Portrait [4:46]
10. Gold Cup Day [8:23]
11. Love Me [3:13]
12. End Credits [:54]
Side #7 -- Episodes 25-26 and Special Features
1. Opening Credits [:38]
2. We Won't Haggle [3:22]
3. Restless [3:24]
4. Unlikely Alliance [8:38]
5. A Good Cause [7:00]
6. Fleur's Scheme [3:18]
7. England From Now On [4:20]
8. Arrangements [4:42]
9. What Have We Gained? [3:17]
10. With Bells On [4:04]
11. Passion [6:54]
12. End Credits [:54]
1. Opening Credits [:39]
2. Portrait Sitters [5:05]
3. The West Country [2:13]
4. Not Again [2:02]
5. A Reformed Character [5:56]
6. Absent Husband [5:33]
7. The Truth Revealed [4:48]
8. Can You Forgive? [9:11]
9. Forsyte Bequest [2:12]
10. Fire [4:27]
11. No Change [9:34]
12. End Credits [2:48]
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Side #1 -- Episodes 1-4
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   Episode 1 - A Family Festival
      Chapter Index
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   Episode 2 - A Family Scandal
      Chapter Index
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   Episode 3 - The Pursuit of Happiness
      Chapter Index
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   Episode 4 - Dinner at Swithin's
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Side #2 -- Episodes 5-8
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   Episode 5 - A Man of Property
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   Episode 6 - Decisions
      Chapter Index
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   Episode 7 - Into the Dark
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   Episode 8 - Indian Summer of a Forsyte
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Side #3 -- Episodes 9-12
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   Episode 9 - In Chancery
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   Episode 10 - The Challenge
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   Episode 11 - In the Web
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   Episode 12 - Birth of a Forsyte
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Side #4 -- Episodes 13-16
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   Episode 13 - Encounter
      Chapter Index
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   Episode 14 - Conflict
      Chapter Index
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   Episode 15 - To Let
      Chapter Index
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   Episode 16 - A Family Wedding
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Side #5 -- Episodes 17-20
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   Episode 17 - The White Monkey
      Chapter Index
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   Episode 18 - Afternoon of a Dryad
      Chapter Index
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   Episode 19 - No Retreat
      Chapter Index
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   Episode 20 - A Silent Wooing
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Side #6 -- Episodes 21-24
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   Episode 21 - Action for Libel
      Chapter Index
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   Episode 22 - The Silver Spoon
      Chapter Index
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   Episode 23 - Strike
      Chapter Index
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   Episode 24 - Afternoon at Ascot
      Chapter Index
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Side #7 -- Episodes 25-26 and Special Features
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   Episode 25 - Portrait of Fleur
      Chapter Index
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   Episode 26 - Swan Song
      Chapter Index
      Play Episode
   Special Features
      From the Rehearsal Room
      Interviews Behind the Scenes
      Soames vs. Irene
      The Forsyte Phenomenon
      Deleted and Alternate Scenes
      Outtakes
      Cast Biographies
         Jolyon "Jo" Forsyte
         Soames Forsyte
         Irene Heron
         Fleur Forsyte
         Michael Mont
         June Forsyte
         Prosper Profond
         Phillip Bosinney
         Aunt Ann Forsyte
         Frances Forsyte
         Jolyon "Jon" Forsyte
         Sir Lawrence Mont
         Helene Forsyte
         Old Jolyon Forsyte
         Aunt Hester Forsyte
         Winifred Forsyte
         Uncle James Forsyte
         Jolyon "Jolly" Forsyte
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent Victorian Era Depiction

    Thoroughly enjoyed, realistic characterizations, beautiful actresses,distinguished actors, touching, warm, addicting you need to know what will happen next.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 13, 2014

    I truly love the Forsyte Saga Collection. Highly recommended!. T

    I truly love the Forsyte Saga Collection. Highly recommended!. This is a must see DVD.

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  • Posted July 28, 2012

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    The story truly wraps around the character of Soames Forsyte. Th

    The story truly wraps around the character of Soames Forsyte. This is a man who represents the higher echelon of society and loves the 1800’s London world. He’s a man of property who sees his future in the form of the lovely Irene – who he begins to pursue like a hungry lion chasing after a doe with only marriage in mind. Irene is not really fond of Soames, but when her stepmother tells her they will soon be destitute, Irene approaches Soames and accepts his proposal.

    Now the Forsyte clan is beyond wealthy, and Soames is the manager of all that wealth who demands that the family be respectable. Soon they are celebrating the engagement of June Forsyte, daughter of Jolyon; Jolyon was cast out of the family for leaving his wife and running away with the governess (a major slip-up, which made Soames put him on the ‘out’ list). June's fiancé is a young architect named, Philip Bosinney. When June introduces Philip to her relatives, she singles out Irene, whom she has become very friendly with. What she doesn’t realize is that Irene is looking for love – real love. Soames treats Irene as yet another piece of property instead of a soulmate (even though he is completely in love and obsessed with her). So the ALWAYS unhappy Irene decides to begin a love affair with June’s prospective groom and, to make matters even worse, the independent outcast, Jolyon, comes back into the picture.

    These situations get everyone into a mess as Soames’ ownership of Irene spawns a horrific moment that results in Irene running away and separating from Soames for the next ten years. Soames wants a child and truly wanted that child from Irene, so he tries to get her back into his life. What happens? He drives her into the arms of another family member.

    What goes around comes around, so to speak, and Irene bears a son while Soames sires a daughter. And this son and daughter end up falling for one another, yet their parents won’t allow them to be together because of the awful secret that the family holds. The daughter’s name is Fleur, and she is JUST like her father. A Daddy’s girl through and through, she will not be told that she can’t have the man she wants and throws herself into the love affair body and soul.

    This story runs from the Victorian era straight into the beginning of the 1920’s. The changes in the world make Soames shudder at times. From women’s rights to allowing them to ride horses in the Park to motorcars that fill the skies with black smoke – these are issues that Soames despises and wants to bring back the good old days when respect and wealth went hand-in-hand. Not to mention keep his beloved daughter far away from Irene’s son.

    This is the beginning of Galsworthy’s saga about the Forsyte family. This first trilogy opened the door for him to write two more, which showed how the later generations dealt with the wars, financial problems, lost loves and changes in the world. This is a classic story; extremely well written and amazingly well acted. You’ll get emotionally involved with the characters – hating them one minute and loving them the next. Galsworthy’s words put the modern love stories to shame proving, once again, that we need more of these tales and far less of the ‘fanged and furry’ ones.

    Quill Says: This is a definite keeper that will be watched over and over again. Hopefully the next two trilogies will be filmed very soon because the books were truly phenomenal!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing story with outstanding acting

    Covers several generations and is full of the unexpected slot twist. Well worth watching!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An original classic

    The original Forsyte Saga had my full attention to the very last episode. The acting was superb, the story line filled with history and the setting though dated excellent for its time. I highly recommend seeing this version of the saga.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    All I Want for Christmas

    When I saw the series in the 1960s, I immediately adored some characters (Fleur, Irene & Jo), hated Soames (brilliantly & menacingly portrayed by Eric Porter), and could barely contain myself until the next episode was shown. Went to the local library where I read their complete collection by John Galsworthy. This is a true test of a good story well told - all it does is whet your appetite for more of the same.

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    Posted October 13, 2008

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