Editorial Reviews

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This ten-volume DVD set collects the entire canon of Gilbert and Sullivan's popular operas -- The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance, Iolanthe, H.M.S. Pinafore, Princess Ida, The Gondoliers, Patience, The Sorcerer, Ruddigore and The Yeoman of the Guard. Offered for the first time on DVD, the productions are backed by the London Symphony Orchestra and star a variety of greats such as Keith Michell (The Pirates of Penzance), Joel Grey (The Yeoman of the Guard), and Vincent Price (Ruddigore). Series highlights are Iolanthe, a satire about a fairy who defies the magical world by marrying a mortal, Ruddigore, the tale of a family living under the shadow of a witch's curse, and The Sorcerer, a lighthearted story about a magic elixir that causes an entire village to fall in love, with riotous results. Supplemental features include "making-of" featurettes, with behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with cast and crew, revealing such tidbits as the fact that it took 24 gallons of tea per day to slake the Penzance crew's thirst. With over 19 hours of operatic splendor, it's a G&S fan's dream.

Product Details

Release Date:
Acorn Media
[Dolby Digital Stereo]

Special Features

Introduction to each opera by Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.; Select "Making Of" featurettes; Gilbert & Sullivan profile; Song indexes; Companion booklets featuring the complete libretto as sung for each opera

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Derek Hammond-Stroud Actor
Elizabeth Gale Elsie Maynard
Eric Shilling Duke of Plaza-Toro
Keith Michell Actor,Don Alhambra
Peter Marshall Captain Corcoran
Sandra Dugdale Actor
Ambrosian Opera Chorus Actor
William Conrad Actor
Alexander Oliver Actor
Frankie Howerd Sir Joseph Porter
Joel Grey Jack Point
Stafford Dean Actor
Alfred Marks Wilfred Shadbolt
Clive Revill Actor
Francis Egerton Marco Palmieri
Janis Kelly Actor
Meryl Drower Josephine
Vincent Price Actor
David Hillman Colonel Fairfax
Gordon Sandison Actor
Michael Bulman Ralph Rackstraw
Paul "H.R." Hudson Actor
Tom McDonnell Giuseppe Palmieri
Alan Watt Dick Deadeye
Claire Powell Phoebe Meryll
Peter Allen Actor
Geoffrey Chard Actor

Technical Credits

Scene Index

Side #1 -- The Gondoliers
1. Introduction: Fairbanks [3:14]
2. Overture and Credits [1:59]
3. List and Learn, Ye Dainty Roses (Opening Chorus: Contadine) [7:48]
4. We're Called "Gondolieri" (Duet: Marco and Giuseppe) [7:24]
5. From the Sunny Spanish Shore the Duke of Plaza-Tor' (Entrance of Duke, Duchess, Casilda, and Luiz) [6:31]
6. That Celebrated, Cultivated, Underrated Nobleman, the Duke of Plaza-Toro! (Song: Duke) [5:28]
7. There Was a Time... For Ever Gone... Ah, Woe Is Me! (Duet: Casilda and Luiz) [5:02]
8. Of That There Is No Matter of Doubt No Possible Doubt Whatever (Song: Don Alhambra) [3:18]
9. Try We Life-Long, We Can Never Straighten Out Life's Tangled Skein (Quintet: Duke, Duchess, Casilda, Luiz, and Don Alhambra) [3:44]
10. When a Merry Maiden Marries (Song: Tessa) [6:19]
11. Kind Sir, You Cannot Have the Heart Our Lives to Part (Song: Gianetta) [2:59]
12. Oh, 'Tis a Glorious Thing, I Ween, to Be a Regular Royal Queen! (Quartet: Marco, Giuseppe, Gianetta, and Tessa) [3:36]
13. For Everyone Who Feels Inclined, Some Post We Undertake to Find (Duet: Marco and Giuseppe) [2:54]
14. In Yonder Isle Beyond the Sea, Do Not Forget You're Married to Me! (Duet: Gianetta and Tessa) [4:27]
15. Entr'acte: Fairbanks [1:34]
16. Opening Chorus [3:08]
17. Rising Early in the Morning We Proceed to Light the Fire (Song: Giuseppe and Chorus) [3:24]
18. Take a Pair of Sparkling Eyes (Song: Marco) [4:32]
19. After Sailing to This Island... We Are All Once More on Dry Land (Duet: Tessa and Gianetta) [2:06]
20. Dance a Cacucha, Fandango, Bolero (Chorus and Dance) [3:45]
21. There Lived a King, as I've Been Told (Song: Don Alhambra) [5:11]
22. In a Contemplative Fashion, and a Tranquil State of Mind (Quartet: Marco, Giuseppe, Gianetta, and Tessa) [5:46]
23. On the Day When I Was Wedded to Your Admirable Sire (Song: Duchess) [3:23]
24. Small Titles and Orders for Mayors and Recorders (Duet: Duke and Duchess) [5:41]
25. I Am a Courtier Grave and Serious Who Is About to Kiss Your Hand (Gavotte: Duke, Duchess, Casilda, Marco, and Giuseppe) [13:07]
Side #2 -- H.M.S. Pinafore
1. Introduction: Fairbanks [3:01]
2. Overture and Credits [1:50]
3. We Sail the Ocean Blue (Opening Chorus) [1:46]
4. I'm Called Little Buttercup (Aria: Buttercup) [3:19]
5. The Nightingale Sighed for the Moon's Bright Ray (Madrigal: Ralph) [5:01]
6. I Am the Captain of the "Pinafore" (Song: Captain) [3:24]
7. Sorry Her Lot Who Loves Too Well (Ballad: Josephine) [7:55]
8. I Am the Monarch of the Sea (Song: Sir Joseph) [:57]
9. I Am the Ruler of the Queen's Navee! (Song: Sir Joseph) [8:36]
10. A British Tar Is a Soaring Soul (Glee: Ralph, Boatswain, Mate, and Chorus) [4:45]
11. Refrain, Audacious Tar, Your Suit From Pressing (Duet: Josephine and Ralph) [5:59]
12. Oh Joy, oh Rapture Unforeseen (Ensemble: Josephine, Hebe, and Ralph) [5:35]
13. Entr'acte: Fairbanks [1:47]
14. Fair Moon, to Thee I Sing (Song: Captain) [5:14]
15. Things Are Seldom What They Seem (Duet: Buttercup and Captain) [4:34]
16. A Simple Sailor, Lowly Born (Song: Josephine) [5:25]
17. Never Mind the Why and Wherefore (Trio: Sir Joseph, Captain, and Josephine) [3:46]
18. Kind Captain, I've Important Information (Duet: Captain and Dick Deadeye) [4:27]
19. He Is an Englishman! (Ensemble) [6:31]
20. I Go to a Dungeon Cell (Octet: Ralph, Josephine, Sir Joseph et al.) [2:24]
21. When I Was Young and Charming, I Practised Baby-Farming (Song: Buttercup) [4:26]
22. Oh Joy, oh Rapture Unforeseen (Final Ensemble) [4:26]
Side #3 -- Iolanthe
1. Introduction: Fairbanks [2:46]
2. Overture and Credits [2:23]
3. Opening Chorus [6:58]
4. Iolanthe! From Thy Dark Exile Thou Are Summoned! (Invocation: Fairy Queen) [14:32]
5. Loudly Let the Trumpet Bray! Tantantara! (Entrance of Peers) [5:43]
6. A Rather Susceptible Chancellor! (Song: Lord Chancellor) [4:40]
7. Of All the Young Ladies I Know This Pretty Young Lady's the Fairest (Solo: Lords Tolloller and Mountararat and Phyllis) [3:19]
8. Blue Blood! Blue Blood! (Ballad: Lord Tolloller) [7:19]
9. When I Went to the Bar as a Very Young Man (Song: Lord Chancellor) [8:23]
10. For Riches and Ranks I Do Not Long (Ballad: Phyllis) [5:51]
11. Oh! Chancellor Unwary (Fairy Queen and Lord Chancellor) [1:41]
12. Henceforth, Strephon, Cast Away... Into Parliament You Shall Go! (Fairies and Peers) [4:20]
13. Entr'acte: Fairbanks [1:01]
14. When All Night Long a Chap Remains on Sentry-Go, to Chase Monotony (Song: Private Willis) [3:40]
15. Strephon's a Member of Parliament! (Fairies and Peers) [2:39]
16. When Britain Really Rules the Waves (Song: Lord Mountararat) [6:29]
17. Oh, Foolish Fay... Oh, Captain Shaw! (Song: Fairy Queen) [6:31]
18. In Friendship's Name (Quartet: Lords Mountararat and Tolloller, Phyllis and Private Willis) [1:47]
19. "The Nightmare Song" (Song: Lord Chancellor) [5:09]
20. Faint Heart Never Won Fair Lady! (Trio: Lord Chancellor with Lords Mountararat and Lord Tolloller) [4:55]
21. If We're Weak Enough to Tarry Ere We Marry, You and I (Duet: Strephon and Phyllis) [3:33]
22. Plead for My Boy... He Dies! (Ballad: Iolanthe) [10:43]
Side #4 -- The Mikado
1. Introduction: Fairbanks [2:53]
2. Overture and Credits [1:24]
3. If You Want to Know Who We Are, We Are the Gentlemen of Japan (Chorus of Nobles) [2:55]
4. A Wandering Minstrel I (Song: Nanki-Poo and Chorus) [4:39]
5. Our Great Mikado, Virtuous Man (Song: Pish-Tush and Chorus) [4:46]
6. Young Man, Despair, Likewise Go To, Yum-Yum the Fair You Must Not Woo (Song: Pooh-Bah, Nanki-Poo, and Pish-Tush) [3:11]
7. Behold the Lord High Executioner! (Chorus of Nobles) [:54]
8. Taken From the County Jail (Solo: Ko-Ko) [2:07]
9. I've Got a Little List (Song: Ko-Ko and Chorus) [4:56]
10. Comes a Train of Little Ladies (Chorus of Girls) [2:11]
11. Three Little Maids From School Are We (Trio: Yum-Yum, Peep-Bo, and Pitti-Sing) [3:37]
12. So Pardon Us! (Quartet: Yum-Yum, Peep-Bo, Pitti-Sing, and Pooh-Bah) [4:41]
13. Were You Not to Ko-Ko Plighted (Duet: Yum-Yum and Nanki-Poo) [5:06]
14. I Am So Proud (Trio: Ko-Ko, Pooh-Bah, and Pish-Tush) [6:25]
15. With Aspect Stern and Gloomy Stride (Finale Act One) [5:43]
16. Oh Fool, That Fleest My Hallowed Joys! (Song: Katisha) [7:27]
17. Entr'acte: Fairbanks [:50]
18. Braid the Raven Hair (Solo: Pitti-Sing and Chorus of Girls) [1:48]
19. Sit With Downcast Eye (Solo: Pitti-Sing) [2:22]
20. The Sun, Whose Rays Are All Ablaze (Song: Yum-Yum) [4:16]
21. Brightly Dawns Our Wedding Day (Madrigal: Yum-Yum, Pitti-Sing, Nanki-Poo, and Pish-Tush) [6:02]
22. Here's a How-De-Do! If I Marry You (Trio: Yum-Yum, Nanki-Poo, and Ko-Ko) [5:51]
23. I'm the Emperor of Japan (Duet: Mikado and Katisha) [1:36]
24. A More Humane Mikado Never Did in Japan Exist (Song: Mikado and Chorus) [4:05]
25. The Criminal Cried, as He Dropped Him Down (Trio: Ko-Ko, Pitti-Sing, Pooh-Bah, and Chorus) [6:10]
26. See How the Fates Their Gifts Allot, for A Is Happy... B Is Not (Glee: Pitti-Sing, Katisha, Ko-Ko, Pooh-Bah, and Mikado) [3:27]
27. The Flowers That Bloom in the Spring (Duet: Nanki-Poo and Ko-Ko) [2:02]
28. Hearts Do Not Break! They Sting and Ache (Song: Katisha) [3:57]
29. Oh, Willow, Tit Willow, Tit Willow! (Song: Ko-Ko) [3:04]
30. There Is Beauty in Extreme Old Age (Duet: Katisha and Ko-Ko) [4:24]
31. For He's Gone and Married Yum-Yum (Finale) [3:20]
Side #5 -- Patience
1. Introduction: Fairbanks [2:17]
2. Overture and Credits [2:39]
3. Twenty Love-Sick Maidens We (Opening Chorus: Maidens) [6:26]
4. I Cannot Tell What This Love May Be (Song: Patience) [4:14]
5. The Soldiers of Our Queen (Chorus: Dragoons) [:49]
6. If You Want a Receipt for That Popular Mystery, Known to the World as a Heavy Dragoon (Song: Colonel) [14:17]
7. When I Put This Uniform On (Song: Colonel) [1:41]
8. I'm an Aesthetic Sham! (Recitative: Bunthorne) [1:52]
9. If You're Anxious for to Shine in the High Aesthetic Line (Song: Bunthorne) [7:51]
10. Long Years Ago... When but a Tiny Babe of Four (Duet: Patience and Angela) [2:08]
11. Prithee, Pretty Maiden... Prithee, Tell Me True (Duet: Patience and Grosvenor) [17:06]
12. True Love Must Single-Hearted Be... Exactly So! (Song: Patience) [7:05]
13. Entr'acte: Fairbanks [2:42]
14. Opening [3:44]
15. Silvered Is the Raven Hair... In the Coming By and By! (Song: Jane) [7:02]
16. "The Magnet and the Churn" (Song: Grosvenor) [5:50]
17. Love Is a Plaintive Song Sung by a Suffering Maid (Ballad: Patience) [4:17]
18. Sing "Hey to You, Good Day to You" (Duet: Bunthorne and Jane) [3:18]
19. It's Clear That Mediaeval Art Alone Retains Its Zest (Trio: Duke, Colonel, and Major) [5:13]
20. If Saphir I Choose to Marry (Quintet: Duke, Colonel, Major, Angela, and Saphir) [6:20]
21. An Ultra-Poetical, Super-Aesthetical, Out-of-the-Way Young Man! (Duet: Bunthorne and Grosvenor) [9:10]
Side #6 -- The Pirates of Penzance
1. Introduction: Fairbanks [2:58]
2. Overture and Credits [2:10]
3. Pour, o Pour the Pirate Sherry (Opening Chorus) [2:32]
4. When Frederic Was a Little Lad (Song: Ruth) [6:00]
5. Oh, Better Far to Live and Die Under the Brave Black Flag I Fly (Song: Pirate King) [4:21]
6. You Told Me You Were as Fair as Gold! And, Master, Am I Not So? (Duet: Frederic and Ruth) [2:52]
7. Climbing Over Rocky Mountain (Chorus: Girls) [6:10]
8. Oh, Is There Not One Maiden Breast (Song: Frederic) [3:54]
9. Poor Wand'ring One! (Song: Mabel) [5:32]
10. Here's a First-Rate Opportunity to Get Married With Impunity (Ensemble: Pirates and Girls) [2:15]
11. I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General (Song: Major-General) [5:26]
12. I Am an Orphan Boy! (Solo With Ensemble: Major-General) [8:21]
13. Entr'acte: Fairbanks [1:18]
14. Opening (Chorus: Girls) [5:08]
15. When the Foeman Bares His Steel, Tarantara! (Song: Sergeant and Police) [6:28]
16. A Most Ingenious Paradox! (Trio: Ruth, King, and Frederic) [8:07]
17. Stay, Frederic, Stay! (Duet: Mabel and Frederic) [7:42]
18. A Policeman's Lot Is Not a Happy One (Song: Sergeant) [2:49]
19. With Cat-Like Tread, Upon Our Prey We Steal (Chorus: Pirates) [2:43]
20. Tormented With the Anguish Dread of Falsehood Unatoned (Solo and Ballad: Major-General) [5:26]
21. We Charge You Yield, in Queen Victoria's Name! (Final Chorus: Police and Pirates) [6:16]
Side #7 -- Princess Ida
1. Introduction: Fairbanks [2:25]
2. Overture and Credits [7:44]
3. Now Hearken to My Strict Command (Song: Hildebrand and Chorus) [1:40]
4. Twenty Years Ago! (Ballad: Hilarion) [4:08]
5. We Are Warriors Three, Sons of Gama, Rex (Song: Arac With Guron and Scynthius) [3:15]
6. Yet Everybody Says I'm Such a Disagreeable Man! And I Can't Think Why! (Song: Gama) [5:35]
7. Perhaps if You Address the Lady Most Politely, Most Politely (Duet: Gama and Hildebrand) [1:29]
8. Expressive Glances Shall Be Our Lances (Trio: Hilarion, Cyril, and Florian) [3:22]
9. For a Month to Dwell in a Dungeon Cell... Is a Poor Look-Out for a Soldier Stout (Trio: Arac, Guron, and Scynthius) [1:53]
10. Entr'acte: Fairbanks [1:03]
11. Towards the Empyrean Heights We've Taken Several Easy Flights (Chorus: Graduates With Psyche) [6:28]
12. Oh, Goddess Wise That Lovest Light (Aria: Ida) [8:48]
13. They Intend to Send a Wire to the Moon (Song: Hilarion) [2:35]
14. I Am a Maiden, Cold and Stately (Trio: Hilarion, Cyril, and Florian) [9:19]
15. A Lady Fair, of Lineage High, Was Loved by an Ape, in the Days Gone By (Song: Psyche) [3:44]
16. The Woman of the Wisest Wit May Sometimes Be Mistaken, O! (Quintet: Psyche, Melissa, Hilarion, Cyril, and Florian) [9:29]
17. Would You Know the Kind of Maid Sets My Heart Aflame-a? (Song: Cyril) [7:30]
18. For I'm a Peppery Kind of King, Who's Indisposed for Parleying (Song: Hildebrand) [3:51]
19. To Yield at Once to Such a Foe With Shame Were Rife (Ida and Ensemble) [2:46]
20. Entr'acte: Fairbanks [1:33]
21. Opening Chorus [5:20]
22. I Built Upon a Rock (Song: Ida) [5:36]
23. With Nothing Whatever to Grumble At! (Song: Gama) [3:30]
24. This Helmet, I Suppose, Was Meant to Ward Off Blows (Song: Arac) [11:06]
Side #8 -- Ruddigore
1. Introduction: Fairbanks [2:56]
2. Overture and Credits [5:58]
3. Sir Rupert Murgatroyd His Leisure and His Riches He Ruthlessly Employed in Persecuting Witches (Legend: Dame Hannah) [5:26]
4. It's Contrary to Etiquette! (Ballad: Rose) [4:04]
5. I Know a Youth Who Loves a Little Maid (Duet: Robin and Rose) [10:11]
6. If You Wish in the World to Advance, Your Merits You're Bound to Enhance (Song: Robin) [9:26]
7. In Sailing O'er Life's Ocean Wide Your Heart Should Be Your Only Guide (Ensemble: Richard, Robin, and Rose) [3:46]
8. To a Garden Full of Posies Cometh One to Gather Flowers (Ballad: Margaret) [5:45]
9. Welcome, Gentry, For Your Entry Sets Our Tender Hearts A-Beating (Chorus: Bridesmaids, Bucks, and Blades) [2:23]
10. Oh, Why Am I Moody and Sad? (Song: Sir Despard With Chorus) [6:41]
11. For Duty, Duty Must Be Done... To Shirk the Task Were Fiddle-Dee-Dee! (Duet: Sir Despard and Richard) [3:03]
12. When the Buds Are Blossoming, Smiling Welcome to the Spring (Madrigal: Rose, Dame Hannah, Richard, Old Adam, and Chorus) [9:53]
13. Entr'acte: Fairbanks [1:28]
14. I Once Was as Meek as a New-Born Lamb, I'm Now Sir Murgatroyd... Ha! Ha! (Duet: Robin and Adam) [4:11]
15. Such a Bright Little, Tight Little, Slight Little, Light Little, Trim Little, Prim Little Craft! (Duet: Richard and Rose) [6:15]
16. Painted Emblems of a Race, All Accurst in Days of Yore (Chorus of Family Portraits) [3:37]
17. When the Night Wind Howls in the Chimney Cowls (Song: Sir Roderic) [10:04]
18. I Once Was A Very Abandoned Person Making the Most of Evil Chances (Duet: Sir Despard and Margaret) [8:44]
19. My Eyes Are Fully Open to My Awful Situation... I Shall Go at Once to Roderic and Make Him an Oration (Trio: Robin, Despard, and Margaret) [6:26]
20. There Grew a Flower 'Neath a Great Oak Tree (Ballad: Dame Hannah) [5:17]
Side #9 -- The Sorcerer
1. Introduction: Fairbanks [3:38]
2. Overture and Credits [2:20]
3. Ring Forth, Ye Bells, With Clarion Sound (Opening Chorus of Villagers) [4:06]
4. When He Is Here, I Sigh With Pleasure (Aria: Constance) [5:03]
5. I Was a Pale Young Curate Then! (Ballad: Dr. Daly) [12:06]
6. Oh, Happy Young Heart! Comes Thy Lord A-Wooing (Aria: Aline) [4:10]
7. Welcome Joy, Adieu to Sadness! (Duet: Sir Marmaduke and Lady Sangazure) [3:38]
8. Approach the Table, oh, Ye Lovers Pining, With Hand and Seal Now Execute the Deed! (Recitative: Notary, Alexis, and Aline) [4:25]
9. Love Feeds on Many Kinds of Food, I Know (Ballad: Alexis) [6:51]
10. My Name Is John Wellington Wells, I'm a Dealer in Magic and Spells (Song: Mr. Wells) [15:58]
11. Oh, Marvellous Illusion! Oh, Terrible Surprise! (Ensemble) [2:29]
12. Entr'acte: Fairbanks [3:26]
13. Opening Chorus [6:36]
14. You Very Plain Old Man, I Love You Madly! (Aria: Constance) [2:27]
15. Oh Joy! Oh Joy! The Charm Works Well, and All Are Now United (Ensemble: Aline, Alexis, Constance, Notary) [4:28]
16. If Such Thy Love, oh, Shame! Call It by Other Name... It Is Not Love! (Ballad: Alexis) [6:22]
17. I Rejoice That It's Decided, Happy Now Will Be My Life for My Father Is Provided With a True and Tender Wife (Quintet: Alexis, Aline, Sir Marmaduke, Zorah, and Dr. Daly) [8:59]
18. Every Maiden in the Village Is Engaged to So-and-So! (Song: Dr. Daly) [16:14]
Side #10 -- The Yeomen of the Guard
1. Introduction: Fairbanks [1:53]
2. Overture and Credits [2:46]
3. When Maiden Loves, She Sits and Sighs (Song: Phoebe) [4:44]
4. In the Autumn of Our Life (Chorus: Yeomen) [4:42]
5. The Screw May Twist and the Rack May Turn, and Men May Bleed and Men May Burn (Song: Dame Carruthers and Yeomen) [10:37]
6. Here's a Man of Jollity (Chorus) [2:18]
7. I Have a Song to Sing, O! Sing Me Your Song, O! (Duet: Elsie and Point) [6:24]
8. How Say You, Maiden, Will You Wed a Man About to Lose His Head? (Trio: Elsie, Point, and Lieutenant) [2:35]
9. I've Jibe and Joke and Quip and Crank for Lowly Folk and Men of Rank (Recitative and Song: Point) [5:07]
10. 'Tis Done! I Am a Bride!... No Sadder Wife Than I the Whole World Wide! (Recitative and Song: Elsie) [7:05]
11. Were I Thy Bride (Song: Phoebe) [3:16]
12. Oh, Sergeant Meryll, Is It True, the Welcome News We Read in Orders? (Chorus: Yeomen) [7:13]
13. To Thy Fraternal Care Thy Sister I Commend (Trio: Wilfred, Fairfax, and Phoebe) [4:02]
14. The Prisoner Comes to Meet His Doom (Chorus With Elsie) [6:22]
15. Entr'acte: Fairbanks [1:35]
16. Opening Chorus [7:02]
17. Oh! A Private Buffoon Is a Light-Hearted Loon (Song: Point) [4:08]
18. Tell a Tale of Cock and Bull (Duet: Point and Wilfred) [5:13]
19. Like a Ghost His Vigil Keeping... I Beheld a Figure Creeping (Duet and Chorus: Wilfred and Point) [5:11]
20. A Man Who Would Woo a Fair Maid Should 'Prentice Himself to the Trade (Trio: Elsie, Phoebe, and Fairfax) [11:53]
21. 'Tis Said That Joy in Full Perfection Comes Only Once to Womankind (Trio: Phoebe, Elsie, and Dame Carruthers) [5:54]
22. I Have a Song to Sing, O! (Song: Point, Elsie, and Chorus) [5:16]

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