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#1 of 368 Nils Luehrmann

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Posted February 02 2004 - 11:19 AM

Some of you may have seen my thread, 'Warner Brother's 2-Disc Special Edition Series' in which I highly praise Warner Bros. for their fantastic restoration and presentation of their 2-Disc (Slip Cover) Series. Well after now collecting Fox's entire (SE) 'Studio Classics' series I am happy to report that Warner Bros. is not the only studio in town that is taking great care in restoring beloved classics!

Fox began this series just over a year ago and since then have been releasing one new title on the first Tuesday of every month.

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As I did for the Warner Bros. 2-Disc (Slip Cover) Series, here is a list of all the current Fox 'Studio Classics' Series as well as upcoming releases, rumored releases, and HTF members' wish lists.


NOTE: I'll try and keep this list up to date as new information and wish list submissions are posted.



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Sunrise
Limited Edition
Release Date: 01/14/03 (OOP and no longer available thorugh Fox's 'Buy 3 DVD' offer)

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All About Eve
Spine #1
Release Date: 01/14/03

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Gentleman's Agreement
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Release Date: 01/14/03

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How Green Was My Valley
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Release Date: 01/14/03

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An Affair to Remember
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Release Date: 02/04/03

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The Day the Earth Stood Still
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Release Date: 03/04/03

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The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
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Release Date: 04/01/03

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Love is a Many-Splendored Thing
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Release Date: 05/06/03

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The Song of Bernadette
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Release Date: 06/03/03

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Anastasia
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Release Date: 07/01/03

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The Inn of the Sixth Happiness
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Release Date: 08/05/03

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Titanic
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Release Date: 09/02/03

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The Mark of Zorro
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Release Date: 10/07/03

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The Ox-Bow Incident
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Release Date: 11/04/03

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My Darling Clementine
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Release Date: 01/06/04

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The Diary of Anne Frank
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Release Date: 02/03/04

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Peyton Place
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Release Date: 03/02/2004

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The Grapes of Wrath
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Release Date: 04/06/04

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Desk Set
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Release Date: 05/04/04

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The Snake Pit
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Release Date: 06/01/04

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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
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Release Date: 07/06/04

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Alexis Zorbas (Zorba the Greek)
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Release Date: 08/03/04

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Alexander's Ragtime Band
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Release Date: 09/07/04

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The Three Faces of Eve
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Release Date: 10/05/04

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Three Coins In The Fountain
Spine #24
Release Date: 11/02/04

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How to Steal a Million
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Release Date: 12/07/04

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Leave Her to Heaven
Spine #26
Release Date: 02/22/05

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A Letter to Three Wives
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Release Date: 02/22/05

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Return to Peyton Place
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Release Date: 02/22/05

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Anna & the King of Siam
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Release Date: 05/24/05

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The Best of Everything
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Release Date: 05/24/05

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The Razor's Edge
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Release Date: 05/24/05

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Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte
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Release Date: 08/09/05

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In Old Chicago
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Release Date: 08/09/05

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The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit
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Release Date: 08/09/05

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Orchestra Wives
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Release Date: 11/01/05

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The Rains Came
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Release Date: 11/01/05

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Two For The Road
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Release Date: 11/01/05




CINEMA CLASSICS COLLECTION

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Island in the Sun
Release Date: 01/10/06

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Pinky
Release Date: 01/10/06

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Stormy Weather
Release Date: 01/10/06




WISH LIST (as posted on this thread)

Pt.I = Not Yet Released on DVD

8.7 ( 1930 ) City Girl
6.8 ( 1933 ) Cavalcade
7.1 ( 1942 ) The Black Swan
7.4 ( 1942 ) Tales of Manhatten
7.5 ( 1944 ) Jane Eyre
7.7 ( 1945 ) A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
7.2 ( 1952 ) Deadline - U.S.A.
7.7 ( 1952 ) Five Fingers
7.5 ( 1952 ) Viva Zapata!
6.7 ( 1955 ) Daddy Longlegs
6.8 ( 1956 ) The Girl Can't Help It


Pt.II = Previously Released on DVD

10/18/05 - 7.7 ( 1944 ) Lifeboat (Special Edition)
09/06/05 - 7.9 ( 1961 ) Innocents
06/14/05 - 7.5 ( 1943 ) Heaven Can Wait (Criterion Collection)
05/24/05 - 7.0 ( 1957 ) Forty Guns
05/25/04 - 6.1 ( 1952 ) What Price Glory?
10/16/01 - 6.7 ( 1953 ) The Robe
12/07/99 - 6.3 ( 1952 ) The Snows of Kilimanjaro (Ventura)
10/05/99 - 7.8 ( 1947 ) Miracle on 34th Street


Pt.III = Titles Mentioned in Thread, But Are Unlikely to Be Released as (SE) 'Studio Classics' releases:
(due to limited material or market appeal - perceived or otherwise)

5.6 ( 1930 ) Just Imagine
5.2 ( 1930 ) Up The River
7.2 ( 1936 ) One in a Million
6.9 ( 1938 ) Suez
6.9 ( 1939 ) Rose of Washington Square
7.0 ( 1940 ) Star Dust
7.0 ( 1940 ) Tin Pan Alley
6.7 ( 1941 ) Blood And Sand
6.6 ( 1941 ) Charley's Aunt
7.1 ( 1941 ) Moon over Miami
7.3 ( 1941 ) Sun Valley Serenade
7.2 ( 1941 ) That night in Rio
7.0 ( 1942 ) Son of Fury
7.4 ( 1943 ) The Gang's All Here
6.7 ( 1943 ) Hello, Frisco, Hello
7.1 ( 1944 ) The Lodger
7.0 ( 1945 ) A Royal Scandal
6.0 ( 1946 ) Centenniel Summer
7.4 ( 1946 ) Margie
6.7 ( 1947 ) Captain from Castille
6.6 ( 1947 ) Forever Amber
6.7 ( 1947 ) The Foxes of Harrow
5.7 ( 1948 ) That Lady in Ermine
7.6 ( 1948 ) Sitting Pretty
5.9 ( 1949 ) Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend
5.8 ( 1949 ) The Fan
6.6 ( 1949 ) Prince of Foxes
5.7 ( 1951 ) Call Me Mister
7.3 ( 1952 ) O. Henry's Full House
7.2 ( 1952 ) With a Song in My Heart
6.0 ( 1954 ) The Egyptian
7.1 ( 1956 ) Bigger Than Life
7.5 ( 1960 ) Wild River
5.5 ( 1967 ) Valley Of The Dolls



If you missed it, on January 12 Peter Staddon (Senior VP of Marketing for Fox Home Entertainment) participated in an HTF chat and spent close to three hours in a Q&A session with HTF members. (click here for a transcript of that chat). It was an excellent evening full of insights and news on upcoming Fox DVD releases.

#2 of 368 Paul_Scott

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Posted February 02 2004 - 11:43 AM

i'm finally taking the time to get caught up with 2003 titles, and the past few days i finally got around to watching The Ghost & Mrs.Muir and Ox-Bow Incident.
Boy, do these films still satisfy!
i still adore Ghost and was very pleasantly surprised by how much more moving i found Ox-Bow this viewing.
i originally saw it in my early 20s and while i respected it, it didn't really pack the same punch it did this time around.
what a fine, fine film.

i also didn't realize that G&MM was a Joe Mankiewicz production.
my big hope for a future Studio Classic is A Letter To Three Wives another witty Joe L. M. film.
after falling in love all over again with Tiereny in G&MM, i can't wait for Laura and LHTH.
i've never seen the latter before so i'm really looking forward to that one.

Thanks again Fox, keep up the good work!

#3 of 368 Charles H

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Posted February 02 2004 - 11:58 AM

Wish List for Fox:
Tales of Manhatten (with the W.C. Fields sequence, which has been restored beyond the video edition);
O. Henry's Full House*
Nightmare Alley*
Five Fingers
Captain from Castille
Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend
Deadline USA (Bogart)*
What Price Glory?
Centenniel Summer*
A Royal Scandal*
That Lady in Ermine*
The Fan (Otto Preminger)*
Prince of Foxes*
Up The River (John Ford with Tracy and Bogart)*
Just Imagine*
Charley's Aunt (Jack Benny)*/The Meanest Man in the World (Benny)*
Call Me Mister*

*Never before on video
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#4 of 368 Herb Kane

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Posted February 02 2004 - 12:09 PM

Nils… Great thread as I’m also a huge fan of the Studio Classics.

I’m hoping (and assuming) that perhaps the reason for the delay in Laura is for an upcoming line of film noir titles – God only knows they have enough of them in their library to keep us satisfied for awhile. And I’d buy every single one of them…!!!

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#5 of 368 Jon_W

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Posted February 02 2004 - 12:11 PM

Sunrise is not out of print as it can be found in the Studio Classics Boxset along with How Green Was My Valley, Gentleman's Agreement, and All About Eve.

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#6 of 368 Paul_Scott

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Posted February 02 2004 - 12:19 PM

Nightmare Alley and Laura would both be good titles to help kick off a film noir line.

i'd probably buy every one too, Herb.

another title i would love to see as a Studio Classic would be
Blood And Sand.
we need more Technicolor Rita and she was in her prime here.
(and Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell and Anthony Quinn don't hurt either)

#7 of 368 Walter Kittel

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Posted February 02 2004 - 12:27 PM

My usual refrain...

And so far, not a single noir unless you count their licensing of Pickup on South Street to Criterion. Posted Image

- Walter

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#8 of 368 RafaelPires

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Posted February 02 2004 - 01:56 PM

We need more Tyrone Power, Gene Tierney, Linda Darnell,

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Posted February 02 2004 - 02:04 PM

We need more Tyrone Power (all of his movies), Betty Grable (Moon over Miami, pleaseeee), Gene Tierney, Linda Darnell ( a Letter to three wives, Star Dust, Forever Amber and Fallen Angel), Alice Faye, Don Ameche, Carmen Miranda (It would be awesome to have restored The gang's all here and That night in Rio as part of the STUDIO Classic Collection), Jeanne Crain (she was just lovely in Margie and Centennial Summer and Pinky), John Payne, Maureen O'Hara (The Foxes of Harrow, Black Swan, Sitting Pretty), Joan Fontaine (Jane Eyre and Above this all), Sonja Henie, and why not, Shirley Temple.

#10 of 368 Mark Philp

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Posted February 02 2004 - 04:58 PM

I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn". I'd take that over "Peyton Place" any day. I'd also be glad to see Nightmare Alley".

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Posted February 02 2004 - 05:11 PM

My #1 most wanted from Fox is Nicholas Ray's Bigger Than Life, but the chat said it wasn't being considered.

Also would like to see:
Forty Guns (Sam Fuller)
City Girl/Our Daily Bread (F.W. Murnau)
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#12 of 368 ChrisRose

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Posted February 02 2004 - 08:08 PM

Another vote here for A Letter To Three Wives. Posted Image

And thank you Fox, for The Diary Of Anne Frank on DVD!

#13 of 368 oscar_merkx

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Posted February 02 2004 - 08:40 PM

Right now I have 5 of them, and I finally managed to get the Sunrise dvd via the UK Amazon Marketplace.

I should have this within the next couple of days.

Keep them coming

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#14 of 368 Jay E

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Posted February 03 2004 - 12:53 AM

I wish Marilyn Monroe were in some of those Film Noir's that Fox has buried away in their vaults, they would all be out on DVD by now.

#15 of 368 Robert Crawford

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Posted February 03 2004 - 01:07 AM

If "Pickup on South Street" doesn't sell for Criterion than the film noir genre will continue to be ignored by Fox as well as the other studios. I know I have my copy on preorder, but I wonder about others here that are screaming for these film noir titles?





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#16 of 368 Jay E

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Posted February 03 2004 - 02:04 AM

I have Pickup on South Street pre-ordered and I bet almost every other Film Noir fan here at HTF has it pre-ordered too. If they don't, they should be taken to a dark alley and have Robert Ryan slap them around till they do.

#17 of 368 AndrewWickliffe

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Posted February 03 2004 - 02:05 AM

For the wishlist/never going to happen list:

Wild River

#18 of 368 Walter Kittel

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Posted February 03 2004 - 02:40 AM

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I know I have my copy on preorder, but I wonder about others here that are screaming for these film noir titles?

Robert - I'm unsure how to respond to this. Of course I have this title on order. If you believe that repeated requests for noir titles are "screaming" I'm willing to stop posting in these threads. As a fan of noir it never ceases to frustrate me that Fox hasn't to date supported noir. DVD is no longer a nascent format, and I sincerely wish that Fox's approach to noir reflected this reality.

- Walter.

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Posted February 03 2004 - 02:59 AM

Robert - I'm unsure how to respond to this. Of course I have this title on order. If you believe that repeated requests for noir titles are "screaming" I'm willing to stop posting in these threads.

Walter,
There is no need for you to take my comment/"screaming" in the literal sense of the word. Matter of fact, I don't think some of us scream enough for these titles if we really want them on this format. Fox will release any film on dvd that they feel will sell enough units.





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#20 of 368 Nils Luehrmann

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Posted February 03 2004 - 03:06 AM

During the HTF Chat with Peter Stadden of Fox Home Video Peter Fitzgerald asked:
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Fox controls a staggering large amount of better-than-average "Film Noir" titles from the 1940s & 1950s, easily enough for its own DVD line (like Fox's "War Classics"). Any near-future plans for this sort of thing, or some Noir in the 2004 "Studio Classics" line (beyond the delayed LAURA)?

Peter Stadden's response:
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I'd love to get more of our film noir titles out there, and I beleive you'll start to see them coming out later this year.

Peter Stadden later on added:
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I have been trying to find ways of getting The Lodger and Hangover Square out on DVD for a while and this may be the year that our Film Noir titles break out onto DVD. I just hope they will sell!

His last statement though sums up the dilemma of why many great films are not rushed, or even sometimes ever released on to DVD (or any HV format for that matter) simply because there often is not enough of a market to justify the cost. This is especially true when a title needs a great deal of restoration work.

As a huge fan of Film Noir (especially those of the detective genre) I too hope Fox and other studios continue to work on ways to make it possible for future DVD releases of all these wonderful films. The fact that some of the studios are open to licensing agreements with companies like Criterion, hopefully this will mean many of these titles will get released in a more timely fashion.

At the end of the day though, if sales of film noir are not enough to turn a profit for either the studio or distributor then future Film Noir titles will be in jeopardy. Posted Image


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