Lots of New Sony DVD Announcements

     April 10, 2007

Recently Sony has announced a number of great new DVD titles and I’m posting them all below. While some of them have their cover art, some do not. The reason is pretty simple: Sony has not released it yet.

So while a lot of us would love to see the Silver Spoons artwork or What’s Happening Now! we’ll have to wait a bit longer. But I’m happy Silver Spoons is hitting DVD as I grew up with the reruns of that show. All I vividly remember are all the video games in the living room where they lived and how it made me jealous. Where I grew up arcades were hard to come by and having the games in your home was mind warping. Yes I was a complete geek, and I still wear the badge proudly.

Anyway some great stuff below like a Meatballs special edition and a new season of Seinfeld. Look for more DVD cover art and info all week.


DVD to be Released in Two Versions

1-Disc Theatrical Version and 2-Disc Extended Cut With Never-Before-Seen

Footage and Over Two Hours of Special Features

Available on DVD, Blu-ray Disc™ and PSP™ June 12, 2007

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release the action-packed superhero box office hit Ghost Rider, which has grossed over $200 million worldwide on DVD, Blu-ray Disc™ and PSP™ on June 12, 2007. Two versions will be released on DVD: the one-disc theatrical version and a two-disc extended cut with 15 minutes of never-before-seen footage and over two hours of special features. Based on Marvel Comic’s popular series, the film stars Nicolas Cage (National Treasure, Gone in 60 Seconds), Eva Mendes (2 Fast 2 Furious, Hitch), Wes Bentley (American Beauty), Sam Elliott (Hulk), Donal Logue (Zodiac, Blade) and Peter Fonda (The Limey, Easy Rider) in this high-octane adventure. Ghost Rider races onto DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment at an SLP of $28.95 for one-disc DVD and $34.95 for two-disc, $38.96 for Blu-ray Disc and $28.95 for PSP.

Viewers will get a chance to go behind-the-action with the DVD bonus feature “Spirit of Vengeance: The Making of Ghost Rider,” which includes commentary with director/writer Mark Steven Johnson (Daredevil). The Extended Cut also includes “Sin and Salvation,” which delves into the history of the Ghost Rider comics and how it became a hit. Animatics are also featured.

The Extended Cut of Ghost Rider also includes an additional 15 minutes of never-before-seen footage including more suspense, more story and more excitement! Additional scenes include more backstory between Johnny Blaze (Nicolas Cage) and his father, additional scenes between Johnny and evil incarnate Mephistopheles (Peter Fonda) and an intense confrontation between the Caretaker (Sam Elliot) and Blackheart (Wes Bentley).


From Marvel Comics, creators of Spider-Man™, Blade and X-Men, comes a new hero….Ghost Rider™. Long ago, superstar motorcycle stunt rider Johnny Blaze (Nicolas Cage) made a deal with the devil to protect the ones he loved most: his father and his childhood sweetheart, Roxanne (Eva Mendes). Now, the devil has come for his due. By day, Johnny is a die-hard stunt rider… but at night, in the presence of evil, he becomes the Ghost Rider, a bounty hunter of rogue demons. Forced to do the devil’s bidding, Johnny is determined to confront his fate and use his curse and powers to defend the innocent.

Theatrical One-Disc DVD Bonus Features Include:

  • Theatrical version of the film

  • “Spirit of Vengeance: The Making of Ghost Rider” documentary

  • Film commentary with director/writer Mark Steven Johnson and VFX Supervisor Kevin Mack

  • Film commentary with producer Gary Foster

Extended Two-Disc DVD Bonus Features Include:

  • Extended version of the film with never-before-seen footage

  • “Spirit of Vengeance: The Making of Ghost Rider” documentary

  • Sin & Salvation: Featurette on the Comic Book Origins of Ghost Rider

  • Animatics

  • Film commentary with director/writer Mark Steven Johnson and VFX Supervisor Kevin Mack

  • Film commentary with producer Gary Foster

Extended Cut Blu-Ray Disc Bonus Features Include:

  • Extended version of the film with never-before-seen footage

  • “Spirit of Vengeance: The Making of Ghost Rider” documentary

  • Film commentary with director/writer Mark Steven Johnson and VFX Supervisor Kevin Mack

  • Film commentary with producer Gary Foster


June 5th

Features Digitally Remastered Footage, Special Documentary Titled “Summer Camp: The Making of Meatballs,” and Director’s Commentary, All on DVD June 5, 2007

MEATBALLS which opens with the line, “Is everyone ready for summer?” and features fellow Canadian Bill Murray in his first starring role, is another of Reitman’s big screen laugh-a-thons and a blockbuster hit back in the summer of 1979.

MEATBALLS has been digitally re-mastered under the supervision of Ivan Reitman for the optimum picture and sound. This special edition DVD is stacked with first time extras, including a bonus “making of” documentary, titled “Summer Camp: The Making of Meatballs,” and a highly-entertaining director’s commentary.

Filmed on location at an actual summer camp, Camp White Pine, located just north of Toronto, and using many of the camp’s actual enrollees and counselors as extras, MEATBALLS rolls out 90-plus minutes worth of old school belly laughs and spotlights the quirky yet endearing comedy genius of Bill Murray.

As with Reitman’s multiple comedy features, MEATBALLS is sheer entertainment, capturing a succession of comedy capers at a typical summer camp, cheerfully championed by the chief counselor, Bill Murray, whose character is a fun loving prankster who loves the ladies and takes us back to a time when going to camp was a much awaited summer ritual loaded with laughs, goofy campfire charades, zany camp games and first time adventures. MEATBALLS catapulted Oscar-nominated Murray, who later starred in “Ghostbusters,” the biggest grossing comedy of all time, to comedy film legend. Murray went on to headline a succession of big screen hits, including “Lost in Translation”, “Stripes” and “Caddyshack.”


The wackiest head counselor in North Star camp history, Tripper Harrison (Bill Murray) devotes his summer activities to cracking jokes, chasing female staffers, and plotting the demise of their evil rich rivals, the snotty young brats at nearby Camp Mohawk. Jam-packed with hysterical off-the-wall hi-jinks, drop-dead gorgeous babes in the woods and riotous one-liners of the one-and-only Bill Murray, MEATBALLS is an “Animal House goes to summer camp.”


Street Date June 19th

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment celebrates the 25th anniversary of one of the most popular sitcoms of the ‘80s with the June 19 DVD debut of Silver Spoons: The Complete First Season. Starring Ricky Schroder (The Champ), Joel Higgins (TV’s “Bare Essence”), and Erin Gray (TV’s “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century”), the DVD includes all 22 episodes in a three-disc boxed set. The DVD will be available for $29.95 SRP.

When Silver Spoons began its five-season, 115-episode run for NBC on September 25, 1982, the show turned 12-year-old, Golden Globe®-winner Ricky Schroder into an instant teen heartthrob. With his blond, clean-cut, all-American good looks, Schroder dominated the pages of teen magazines in the early-to-mid ‘80s, won two Young Artist Awards as best actor for the series, and inspired a devoted fan base that continues to support his acting career into adulthood (TV’s “NYPD Blue,” “24”).

The series depicted every kid’s wildest fantasy. When Ricky Stratton (Schroder) is reunited with his long-lost father Edward (Higgins), Dad turns out to be a young-at-heart, “overgrown kid” who owns a multinational toy company empire and has turned his mansion into a veritable playground complete with a scale model freight train that runs throughout the house. The role reversal inherent in the show found Ricky more mature than his father, but under Ricky’s influence, Edward eventually matures, while Edward inspires Ricky to act more like a kid.

The storylines of Silver Spoons were mainly light situations regarding classic boyhood mischief and the misunderstandings surrounding a father and son getting to know one another. However, in periodic “very special episodes” during the first season, the series dealt with tougher issues including schoolyard bullies and kidnapped children. Guest stars included Sharon Stone (Basic Instinct, Casino), Mr. T (Rocky III, TV’s “The A Team,” “I Pity the Fool”), Joseph Lawrence (AKA Joey, TV’s “Blossom,” “Dancing with the Stars”), Gary Coleman (TV’s “Diff’rent Strokes”), and, in a recurring role as Ricky’s best friend, Jason Bateman (TV’s “Arrested Development”).

DVD Special Features Include:

  • Digitally Remastered Audio and Video

  • Full Screen Presentations

  • Audio: English

  • Bonus Previews

  • Closed Captioned

Broadcast Year: 1982 – 1983


On DVD June 5

DVD Contains All 22 Episodes in a Four-Disc Boxed Set

With a Staggering Selection of Bonus Features and Classic Episodes

Including “The English Patient,” “The Yada Yada” and “The Muffin Tops”

The New York quartet who changed the face of television — Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jason Alexander and Michael Richards — return to DVD with Seinfeld: Season 8 on June 5. The deluxe four-disc boxed set from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment contains all 22 episodes from the highly-rated eighth season, including such memorable episodes as “The English Patient,” “The Yada Yada,” and “The Muffin Tops.”

Seinfeld: Season 8 contains extensive bonus material, including two all-new animated “Sein-Imation” features, with Seinfeld scenes re-imagined with original cast voices. The DVD set also includes all-new interviews with the cast and creators, commentaries on select episodes with creators and cast members, factoid track on each episode, bloopers, and deleted scenes. The set will be available for $49.95 SRP.

During Seinfeld: Season 8, George is anxious to put Susan’s death behind him, Elaine meets a group of friends who are the exact opposite of the gang, Kramer rails against the new Kenny Rogers Roasters restaurant, George dates a prison inmate, Elaine loses a boyfriend when she hates The English Patient, Jerry’s new girlfriend (Kristin Davis) uses a toothbrush that has fallen into the toilet, George finds the perfect place to nap at work, Elaine strives to dispose of “muffin stems,” and after getting fired from the Yankees, George declares it “The Summer of George.”

DVD Special Features Include:

  • Blooper Reel

  • 14 Deleted Scenes

  • 2 Sein-Imations

  • Factoid tracks on all 22 episodes

  • Featurette: Jerry Seinfeld, Submarine Captain

  • Inside Look Featurettes on 14 Episodes

  • Commentaries on 14 Episodes with Cast and Crew

  • Digitally Mastered Audio and Video

  • Full Screen Presentations

  • Audio: English (Stereo), French

  • Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish

  • Bonus Previews

  • Closed Captioned

BROADCAST YEAR: 1996 – 1997



10 Episodes of the Supernatural Drama as Seen on BBC America

Available in a 3-Disc Set with Exclusive Bonus Features

Imagine “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” mixed with “Charmed” and throw in a little “Dawson’s Creek” and you have Hex: The Complete First Season, debuting on DVD June 5 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The three-disc boxed set includes 10 episodes from the popular BBC America series starring Christina Cole (What a Girl Wants, Casino Royale) as the shy schoolgirl who discovers her magical powers while fighting off the devil. The bonus features include the “making of Hex” featurette and deleted scenes. The DVD will be available at the suggested retail price of $49.95.

Hex premiered in the United States on June 8, 2006. The show was set in a remote British boarding school that becomes a battleground between a demonic entity and the witches who oppose him. In addition to the usual teenage angst — homework, problems with friends and fitting in — Cassie Hughes (Cole), must utilize her new-found powers to fend off Azazeal (Michael Fassbender), the devil, with the aid of her best friend Thelma (Jemima Rooper). The series also stars Joseph Morgan, Laura Pyper, Amber Sainsbury, Jemima Abey, Jamie Davis, and Colin Salmon.

DVD Special Features Include:

· Digitally Remastered Audio and Video

· Widescreen Presentations

· Featurette: Making of Hex

· Deleted Scenes

· Audio: English (Dolby Stereo)

· Bonus Previews

· Closed Captioned

Broadcast Year: 2004-2005 (UK), 2006 (US)


Available on DVD and Blu-ray June 5

First TV Show to Arrive on 50 GB Blu-ray Disc From Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

On June 5, Rescue Me: The Complete Third Season will become the first TV on DVD release from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on Blu-ray disc format. The four-disc DVD and Blu-ray release includes all 13 episodes along with exclusive bonus features, including a blooper reel, deleted scenes and six all-new featurettes with the cast and producers. The series stars Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominee Denis Leary (Ice Age, The Ref), who was described by USA Today as “… the best actor playing the best character in the best show on basic cable.” Rescue Me: The Complete Third Season will be available on DVD for $49.95 SLP or Blu-ray disc for $79.95 SLP.

Created by Leary and two-time EmmyâAward-winning writer-producer Peter Tolan (TV’s “The Larry Sanders Show,” “Murphy Brown”), Rescue Me skillfully finds the humor in everyday life while never shying away from the emotional tragedies that affect the characters. In addition to Leary, the series stars Daniel Sujata, James McCaffrey, Jack McGee, Michael Lombardi, Steve Pasquale, John Scurti, Lee Tergesen, Dean Winters, Andrea Roth, Callie Thorne, Lenny Clarke, and two-time Oscarâ nominee Charles Durning.

Rescue Me centers on the inner workings of a New York City firehouse and the personal and emotional battles of its members in a post-9/11 world. The third season opens with Tommy Gavin’s (Leary) crisis-prone family falling apart. His son is dead, the victim of a hit-and-run accident that also puts his marriage in jeopardy; his uncle (Lenny Clarke) is in prison; and his father’s (Charles Durning) health is failing. Romantically, Tommy continues his neurotic relationship with his cousin’s widow Sheila (Thorne), while conducting affairs with a teacher and his brother’s ex-wife (Tomei). In addition, his brother Johnny (Dean Winters) romances Tommy’s ex-wife, Franco’s (Daniel Sunjata) new girlfriend (Sarandon) takes his daughter, and Mike (Mike Lombardi) explores his sexuality.

DVD and Blu-ray Disc Special Features Include:

  • Blooper Reel

  • Featurette: Behind the Smoke

  • Featurette: Rescue Me Heroes

  • Featurette: The Bravest Traditions

  • Featurette: Being Dennis Leary

  • Featurette: Going to the Gay Place

  • Location Tour

  • Deleted Scenes

  • Sneak Peek at the Fourth Season

  • Digitally Remastered Audio and Video

  • Widescreen Presentations

  • Audio: English 5.1 (Dolby Digital)

  • Bonus Previews

  • Closed Captioned

Broadcast Year: 2006

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- Available on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and Sony PlayStation Portable June 5 -

On June 5, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will present the Pang Brothers’ (The Eye, Internal Affair) thrilling U.S. directorial debut, The Messengers, on DVD, Blu-ray Disc® and Sony Playstation® Portable (PSP). In The Messengers, produced by Sam Raimi (The Grudge 2, Spider-Man 2), Roy and Denise Solomon, played by Dylan McDermott (TV’s “The Practice,” Runaway Jury) and Penelope Ann Miller (TV’s “Vanished,” TV’s Carry Me Home), are determined to rectify their failing marriage. The couple moves their family from the fast-paced city life of Chicago to a remote North Dakota farm. When their children, played by Kristen Stewart (The Land of Women, Zathura: A Space Adventure) and twins Evan and Theodore Turner, begin seeing ominous spirits invisible to everyone else, they experience the fright behind terrifying seclusion. The Messengers includes numerous never-before-seen bonus featurettes and a commentary by Kristen Stewart. The DVD will be available for $28.95 SRP, Blu-ray Disc $38.96 SRP and for the PSP $28.95 SRP.


In The Messengers, the Solomon family leaves the hustle-and-bustle of Chicago life for the solace of a small, run-down farm in North Dakota. As Roy (McDermott) and Denise Solomon (Miller) try to repair their failing marriage, their troubled teenage daughter, Jess (Stewart), and 3-year-old son, Ben (Evan and Theodore Turner), realize their new farmhouse is haunted. The children see ghosts and find the apparitions intriguing until one night, when the ghosts’ sinister side is revealed, their true intentions are made apparent. The evil spirits tear the seemingly peaceful house apart and drag Jess into the darkness as she and Ben struggle to face the threatening spirits on their own.


Seven behind-the-scenes featurettes including:

“Pang Vision”

“Script Evolution”

“Constructing the Set”

“Kristen Stewart, Rising Star”

“John Corbett, Unexpected Villain”

“Meet the Crows”

“Exploring Visual Effects”

Commentary with Kristen Stewart and Guests



The gang from What’s Happening! return after 7 years for more comic misadventures when Sony Pictures Home Entertainment debuts What’s Happening Now!: The Complete First Season on DVD June 12. The three-disc DVD features all 22 episodes starring Ernest Thomas as Raj, Fred Berry as Rerun, Haywood Nelson as Dwayne, Danielle Spencer as Dee, and Shirley Hemphill as Shirley, all reprising their roles from the earlier, original series. The DVD will be available for $29.95 SRP.

Loosely based on the 1975 film Cooley High, the urban sitcom What’s Happening! debuted on ABC in 1976 and ran for three seasons. After its network cancellation, the series went into syndication in 1980 and became so popular that the series was resurrected as What’s Happening Now!

In the new series, which made its debut in first-run syndication on September 7, 1985 and ran for three seasons, all the major cast members from the original show are depicted seven years later. Since the end of the original series, Raj and his friends have grown and their lives have changed. Roger “Raj” Thomas is an aspiring writer married to Nadine (Anne-Marie Johnson), a social worker and civic organizer. They are foster parents to Carolyn (Reina King), who displays the sass of Raj’s younger sister Dee, who makes periodic visits home from college. Raj also purchased a half interest in his favorite high school hangout, Rob’s Diner, which he now runs with feisty waitress Shirley. His dimwitted buddy Dwayne has become a computer programmer, Rerun is a used-car salesman and the two bachelors share an apartment.

DVD Special Features Include:

  • Digitally Remastered Audio and Video

  • Full-Screen Presentations

  • Audio: English

  • Bonus Previews

  • Closed Captioned

Broadcast Year: 1985 – 1986



On May 8th, Catch & Release will make its way onto DVD and Blu-Ray from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment for the suggested retail price of $28.95 and $38.96 SLP respectively. This heartfelt comedy stars America’s Sweetheart Jennifer Garner (“Alias,” 13 Going On 30), with a fantastic supporting cast that includes: Timothy Olyphant (“Deadwood”, The Girl Next Door), Kevin Smith (director/actor Clerks I & II, Dogma) and Juliette Lewis (Natural Born Killers, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape) and is directed by Oscar® nominee Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich).

After the sudden and unexpected death of her fiancé, Gray Wheeler (Jennifer Garner) seeks solace and refuge in the home of her fiancés’ former roommates and true-blue friends Sam (Kevin Smith) and Dennis (Sam Jaeger). Also joining the household is childhood buddy, Fritz (Timothy Olyphant), a slightly untrustworthy, slick commercial director from Hollywood. Despite Fritz’s best effort to keep them hidden, secrets emerge in the form of an undisclosed checking account and a monthly payment to an eccentric young woman (Juliette Lewis) out in Los Angeles. Suddenly the veneer of Gray’s once-thought-perfect fiancé begins to tarnish. What follows is a haphazard union as all parties come together– connections are made, wounds begin to heal and faith in love is renewed.


2 Commentaries

Director/Writer Susannah Grant and Kevin Smith

Director/Writer Susannah Grant and Cinematographer John Lindley


2 Commentaries

Director/Writer Susannah Grant and Kevin Smith

Director/Writer Susannah Grant and Cinematographer John Lindley

Deleted Scenes

Making of Featurette

Cast Auditions From Kevin Smith, Juliette Lewis and Sam Jaeger


May 29

From Sony Pictures Home Entertainment comes the fantasy thriller Blood and Chocolate May 29 on DVD, Blu-ray Disc® and Sony Playstation® Portable (PSP). Based on the popular young adult novel by Annette Curtis Klause and from the producers of Underworld and The Covenant, Blood and Chocolate is the story of Vivian Gandillon, a young girl caught between two worlds – a human world by day and the life of a werewolf by night. Actress Agnes Bruckner (Dreamland, The Woods) portrays Vivian, whose life is turned upside down after meeting artist and relics researcher Aiden Galvin, played by Hugh Dancy (Basic Instinct 2, King Arthur). When the protector and controller of Vivian’s pack, Gabriel, played by Olivier Martinez (Unfaithful, S.W.A.T.), becomes aware of Vivian’s new friendship with Galvin, she realizes she must decide whether to follow her heart or betray the secret vow of her family. Blood and Chocolate is full of deleted scenes and will keep viewers guessing until the end. The DVD will retail for $28.95 SRP, the Blu-ray Disc for $38.96 SRP and for PSP at $28.95 SRP.


As a young girl living in the remote mountains of Colorado, Vivian (Bruckner) watched helplessly as her family was murdered by a pack of angry men for the secret they carried in their blood. Vivian survived the attack by running into the woods and changing into a wolf. Ten years later, Vivian is living a relatively safe and normal life in Bucharest, Romania. Vivian spends her days working in a chocolate shop and nights trawling the city’s underground clubs, fending off the reckless antics of her cousin Rafe, and his gang of delinquents he refers to as “The Five.”

Vivian’s life begins to unravel when she has a chance encounter with Aiden (Dancy), an artist researching Bucharest’ ancient art and relics for his next graphic novel. Aiden pursues Vivian until she relents and begins to see him, but she can’t bring herself to tell him the truth – and lives in fear of showing him who she really is. Even though Vivian has sworn never to kill, she is as much an animal as she is human, and her love for Aiden threatens to cast him to the very wolves who saved her life and who are waiting for their chance to hunt him as prey.


Deleted scenes

Director’s commentary


May 15, 2007

The breathtaking landscape of the American West is the setting for Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s new DVD release Seraphim Falls, a Civil War adventure that features epic chases and primal battles and stars Liam Neeson (Batman Begins, Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace), Pierce Brosnan (The Matador, Die Another Day), and Angie Harmon (TV’s “Law and Order”). Special features on the Seraphim Falls DVD include a “Behind the Scenes” featurette and a commentary track with Pierce Brosnan, David Von Ancken and Michael Hanan.


It’s been five years since the end of the American Civil War, but Colonel Morsman Carver (Neeson) is on one final mission: to kill his bitter rival Gideon (Brosnan), no matter what it takes. Somewhere deep within the snowy mountains of the West, Gideon sits in front of a fire, a lonely figure lost in thought. Abruptly, he is pulled out of his reverie by the echo of a Henry rifle and a bullet puffing into the snow inches from his head. Instantly Gideon calculates his one chance of survival — to leave everything he owns and run for cover. And so begins the thrilling account of Colonel Morsman Carver’s terrible revenge – to hunt down and kill Gideon. Many men will die before these two meet face to face, and only then will Carver comprehend the full cost of his undertaking. Launched by a gunshot and propelled by rage, the relentless pursuit will take them both far from the comforts and codes of civilization and into the unforgiving wilderness.


Debuting on DVD June 5

Based on Best-Selling Book by Dan Burstein,

Feature-Length Documentary Includes Interviews and Commentary by

Renowned Scholars, Theologians, Scientists and Historians

Academy Award® winning actress Susan Sarandon (Best Actress, Dead Man Walking, 1996) narrates the feature-length documentary Secrets of the Code, debuting on DVD June 5 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Based on writer Dan Burstein’s best-selling book of the same name, this documentary looks at the controversy in the bestselling novel and blockbuster film The Da Vinci Code and explores of some of the world’s greatest mysteries. The DVD will be available for $24.96 SRP.

Secrets of the Code explores the global obsession resulting from The Da Vinci Code, the fastest-selling adult novel in the history of publishing. This documentary examines the importance of religion in today’s world and also tours the mysteries surrounding the ancient signs and symbols, the true identity of Mary Magdalene, Leonardo da Vinci, the Gnostic Gospels, the meaning of the search for the Holy Grail in history, and the facts concerning the so-called secret societies including the Freemasons, Priory of Sion and Opus Dei.

The film includes interviews and commentary by renowned scholars, theologians, scientists and historians, including Timothy Freke, Richard Leigh, Sean Martin and Elaine Pagels.

First published in hardcover in 2004, the book Secrets of the Code was a worldwide bestseller, appearing in 28 foreign editions. With two million copies now in print, it has outsold all the other guidebooks to The Da Vinci Code combined.

DVD Special Features Include:

· 1.85 Anamorphic Widescreen Presentation

· Audio: English 5.1

· Subtitles: English, French

· Color/Closed Captioned

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