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#1 of 63 Ronald Epstein

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"The best movie of the decade”

                                         Entertainment Weekly

 

Finally, the Collection Everybody’s Been Waiting For!

 

THE LORD OF THE RINGS™ MOTION PICTURE TRILOGY: EXTENDED EDITION
ON BLU-RAY™ FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO JUNE 28

Extended Versions of all Three Films on 15 Discs
With More Than 26 Hours of Special Features Including
 the
 Costa Botes Documentaries


Social Network Sites and Pre-Sell Numbers Confirm Movie Trilogy’s Highly Anticipated Release

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Burbank, Calif, March 21, 2011 – Following last year’s successful Blu-ray premiere of the original theatrical versions of The Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy, Warner Home Video will release all three of Peter Jackson’s visual masterpieces in their extended editions on June 28 as a stunning 15-disc Blu-ray collection, The Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy: Extended Edition (Blu-ray). 

 

One of the most magical, intensely spectacular epic adventures in motion picture history comes alive when these extended editions explode onto Blu-ray with unsurpassed high definition picture and sound. Sound + Vision Magazine ranked the 2010 release of the Trilogy as #5 in their Top 10 Blu-rays of the Year, noting that it was one of only two releases to earn five stars for sound and calling it “breathtaking.”  Now fans can see and hear the extended trilogy at home the way it was meant to be seen, on Blu-ray Hi-Def.  Based on the length of each extended edition feature film and in order to present each film in the highest possible picture quality, each film is presented on 2 Blu-ray Discs.  

 

The Lord of the Rings franchise’s popularity continues unabated, with pre-sales response soaring. The official Facebook page (facebook.com/lordoftheringstrilogyhas reached more than 4 million friends and boasts an average 1M comments per post. The page includes updated insider information, Trivia Tuesdays, Caption This! posts, clips, trailers, sweepstakes, promotions photo galleries and more. Also featured, a new application that will allow fans to generate their very own ‘Elvish’ name, to be available soon.

 

This highly anticipated Extended Edition (Blu-ray) set will be released in English 6.1 DTS-HD MA audio and includes a newtransfer of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring which was remastered from the original 2k digital files.  The set boasts more than 26 hours of additional content, highlighted by the rare behind-the-scenes documentaries created by Costa Botes, the filmmaker given unprecedented access to the set of each production by Peter Jackson.  Costa Botes was able to capture raw and riveting behind-the-scenes film footage.  His unique approach to storytelling – allowing the footage to speak for itself – results in an intimate and candid backstage pass to the challenges, preparations and camaraderie that went into shooting one of the greatest cinematic adventures of all time. The feature-length documentaries, with more than four and a half hours of footage, focus on a number of complexities and circumstances that tested the filmmakers, cast and crew during the shoot, as well as a look at some of the comical antics and personal moments on the set. The Costa Botes documentaries accompany acclaimed special features by Michael Pellerin from the original extended cut releases to make this the most

 

comprehensive The Lord of the Rings compilation ever. (All three DVDs were honored with Saturn Award wins for Best DVD in their release years - 2002, 2003 & 2004, plus multiple trade awards).

 

The Oscar®-winning The Lord of the Rings trilogy, revered as one of the most thrilling epic adventures in motion picture history and one of the highest grossing adventure film franchises to ever be created, was born with the release of The Fellowship of the Ring™, followed by The Two Towers™ and The Return of the King™. Now they are offered on Blu-ray with more than 2 hours of extended scenes that were carefully selected under the supervision of director Peter Jackson.

 

Out of the 30 total Academy Award nominations received, The Lord of the Rings movies won a record 17 Academy Awards®, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and 8 others for the third film.  Based on the best-selling novels by J.R.R. Tolkien, Jackson’s movie trilogy is an epic journey of men, hobbits, elves, dwarves and the rest of Middle-earth’s creatures and cultures.  The films chronicle the struggle of good versus evil with fantastic special effects and a strong emotional center; capturing the enduring fellowship and ultimate sacrifice while enhancing the chaos and destruction of Middle-earth.

 

The Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy: Extended Edition (Blu-ray) will be packaged in multi-disc elite packaging inside a premium rigid slipcase and will retail for $119.98 SRP. Orders are due May 24, 201 1.  

 

Additionally, Warner Bros. Consumer Products has teamed up with top licensees Games Workshop Ltd., Tonner Doll Company, Inc., Sideshow Collectibles, NECA, The Noble Collection, WETA, Pez Candy, Funko, LLC, Bioworld Merchandising Inc. and WMS Gaming to create an array of merchandise support for The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, including apparel and accessories, novelties and collectibles, stationery and paper goods, toys and games. 

 

The Lord of the Rings: War in the North is an intense Action RPG video game based on the renowned works of J.R.R. Tolkien and will launch in 2011 on the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and Games for Windows® in 2011. Evolving the RPG genre through innovative online, interdependent co-op play for up to three players who form their own Fellowship, this game breaks new ground as the first The Lord of the Ringsvideo game to embrace the gritty and brutal reality of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth. Exploring previously unseen lands, storylines and characters as well as those familiar from past feature films, gamers experience expansive co-op gameplay and upgradeable weapons, character customization and development, skills and special abilities.  Gamers must play together or perish as they work to defeat Sauron’s forces in the North. Learn more at www.warinthenorth.com

 

 

 

About the Trilogy and the Films

 

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy tells the story of Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood), a hobbit who battles against the Dark Lord Sauron to save his world, Middle-earth, from the grip of evil. In the films, Frodo and his fellowship of friends and allies embark on a desperate journey to rid Middle-earth of the source of Sauron's greatest strength, The One™ Ring -- a ring that has the power to enslave the inhabitants of Middle-earth. The trilogy tells tales of extraordinary adventures across the treacherous landscape of Middle-earth and reveals how the power of friendship, love and courage can hold the forces of darkness at bay. Beside Wood, the films star Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, John Rhys-Davies, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, featuring Sean Bean and Ian Holm, with Andy Serkis as Gollum. The films also star Marton Csokas, Craig Parker and Lawrence Makaoare.

 

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

In this first part of the Trilogy, the young hobbit Frodo Baggins inherits a ring; but this ring is no mere trinket. It is the One Ring, an instrument of absolute power that could allow Sauron, the dark Lord of Mordor, to rule Middle-earth and enslave its peoples. Frodo, together with a Fellowship that includes his loyal hobbit friends, humans, a wizard, a dwarf and an elf, must take the One Ring across Middle-earth to Mount Doom, where it first was forged, and destroy it forever. Such a journey means venturing deep into territory manned by Sauron, where he is amassing his army of Orcs. And it is not only external evils that the Fellowship must combat, but also internal dissension and the corrupting influence of the One Ring itself. The course of future history is entwined with the fate of the Fellowship. The film won four Oscars® for Best Visual Effects, Cinematography, Makeup and Original Score.

 

Special Features:

 

Disc 1 (Blu-ray)

·    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Feature Extended Edition Part 1

·    The Lord of the Rings: War in the North – The Untold Story Trailer

·    Commentary with Director & Writers

·    Commentary with Design Team

·    Commentary with Production and Post Production

·    Commentary with Cast

·    BD-Live™ enabled

 

 

Disc 2 (Blu-ray)

·    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Feature Extended Edition Part 2

·    Commentary with Director & Writers

·    Commentary with Design Team

·    Commentary with Production and Post Production

·    Commentary with Cast

·    BD-Live™ enabled

 

 

Disc 3 (DVD)

·    The Appendices Part 1 From Book to Vision

·    Peter Jackson Introduction

·    JRR Tolkien: Creator of Middle-earth

·    From Book To Script

·    Visualizing the Story

·    Designing and Building Middle-earth

·    Middle-earth Atlas Interactive

·    New Zealand and Middle-earth Interactive

 

Disc 4 (DVD)

·    The Appendices Part Two From Vision to Reality

·    Elijah Wood Introduction

·    Filming The Fellowship of the Ring

·    Visual Effects

·    Post Production: Putting It All Together

·    Digital Grading

·    Sound and Music

·    The Road Goes Ever On…

 

Disc 5 (DVD)

·    Behind-the-Scenes Documentary Created by Filmmaker Costa Botes during filming of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

 

 

 

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

In their parallel journeys, the Fellowship will stand against the powerful forces spreading from the Two Towers -- Orthanc Tower in Isengard, where Saruman has bred a lethal army of 10,000 strong; and Sauron’s fortress at Barad-dûr, deep within the dark lands of Mordor. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers culminates in the astonishing battle for the refuge, Helm’s Deep, the Kingdom of Rohan’s ancient large stone fortress, besieged by Uruk-hai warriors. The film won two Oscars: Best Sound Editing and Best Visual Effects.

 

Special Features:

 

Disc 6 (Blu-ray)

·    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Feature Extended Edition Part 1

·    The Lord of the Rings: War in the North – The Untold Story Trailer

·    Commentary with Director & Writers

·    Commentary with Design Team

·    Commentary with Production and Post Production

·    Commentary with Cast

·    BD-Live™ enabled

 

 

 

Disc 7 (Blu-ray)

·    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Feature Extended Edition Part 2

·    Commentary with Director & Writers

·    Commentary with Design Team

·    Commentary with Production and Post Production

·    Commentary with Cast

·    BD-Live™ enabled

 

 

 

Disc 8 (DVD)

·    The Appendices Part 3: The Journey Continues

·    Peter Jackson Introduction

·    JRR Tolkien: Origin of Middle-earth

·    From Book to Script: Finding the Story

·    Designing and Building Middle-earth

·    Gollum

·    Middle-earth Atlas Interactive

·    New Zealand as Middle-earth

 

 

Disc 9 (DVD)

·    The Appendices Part 4: The Battle for Middle-earth

·    Elijah Wood Introduction

·    Filming The Two Towers

·    Visual Effects

·    Editorial: Refining the Story

·    Music and Sound

·    The Battle for Helm's Deep is Over…

 

 

Disc 10 (DVD)

·    Behind-the-Scenes Documentary Created by Filmmaker Costa Botes during filming of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

 

 

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
The final battle for Middle-earth begins. Frodo and Sam (Sean Astin), led by the mysterious Gollum (Andy Serkis), continue their dangerous mission toward the fires of Mount Doom in order to destroy the One Ring. Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) struggles to fulfill his legacy as he leads his outnumbered followers against the growing power of the Dark Lord Sauron, so that the Ring-bearer may complete his quest. The film, which won Academy Awards® in all 11 categories for which it was nominated, took wins for Best Picture, Director, Editing, Art Direction, Costume Design, Visual Effects, Makeup, Adapted Screenplay, Sound Mixing, Original Song and Original Score.

 

Special Features:

 

Disc 11 (Blu-ray)

·    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Feature Extended Edition Part 1

·    The Lord of the Rings: War in the North – The Untold Story Trailer

·    Commentary with Director & Writers

·    Commentary with Design Team

·    Commentary with Production and Post Production

·    Commentary with Cast

·    BD-Live™ enabled

 

 

Disc 12 (Blu-ray)

·    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of The King Feature Extended Edition Part 2

·    Commentary with Director & Writers

·    Commentary with Design Team

·    Commentary with Production and Post Production

·    BD-Live™ enabled

 

 

 

Disc 13 (DVD)

·    The Appendices Part 5: The War of the Ring

·    Peter Jackson Introduction

·    JRR Tolkien: The Legacy of Middle-earth

·    From Book to Script

·    Designing and Building Middle-earth

·    Home of the Horse Lords

·    Middle-earth Atlas

·    New Zealand as Middle-earth

 

Disc 14 (DVD)

·    The Appendices Part 6: The Passing of an Age

·    Introduction

·    Filming The Return of the King

·    Visual Effects

·    Post-Production: Journey’s End

·    The Passing of an Age

·    Cameron Duncan: The Inspiration for Into the West

 

Disc 15 (DVD)

·    Behind-the-Scenes Documentary Created by Filmmaker Costa Botes during filming of The Lord of the Rings: The  Return of the King

 

 

 

The Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy: Extended Edition (Blu-ray)

Street Date:  June 28, 2011

Order Due Date:  May 24, 2011

Catalog #: 1000150857

Pricing:  $119.98 SRP

Running Time: 681 Mins. (Feature only; combined)

Rating: PG-13

 

For more information: http://warnerblu.warnerbros.com/

Official Website: www.lordoftherings.net

Facebook: http://facebook.com/lordoftheringstrilogy

 

Note: All enhanced content listed above is subject to change.

 

Warner Home Video Blu-ray™ Discs offer resolution six times higher than standard definition DVDs, as well as extraordinarily vibrant contrast and color and beautifully crisp sound. The format also provides a higher level of interactivity, with instant access to extra features via a seamless menu bar where viewers can enjoy features without leaving or interrupting the film.

 

 

About Warner Home Video
With operations in 90 international territories, Warner Home Video, a division of  Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc., commands the largest home entertainment distribution infrastructure in the global video marketplace. Warner Home Video's film library is the largest of any studio, offering top quality new and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment, Castle Rock Entertainment, HBO Video and New Line Cinema.

 

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, a division of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, is a premier worldwide publisher, developer, licensor and distributor of entertainment content for the interactive space across all current and future platforms, including console, handheld and PC-based gaming for both internal and third party game titles.

 

© 2009 New Line Productions, Inc.  All rights reserved.  The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and the names of the characters, items, events and places therein are trademarks of The Saul Zaentz Company d/b/a Tolkien Enterprises under license to New Line Productions, Inc.

 


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#2 of 63 Robert Crawford

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Posted March 21 2011 - 02:16 AM

This release has been added to the Blu-ray Preorder Release Schedule Wiki.








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Posted March 21 2011 - 03:28 AM

Interesting news on the disc formats.  The original story was that each movie plus one of the Botes documentaries would be on a single Blu-ray disc, wasn't it?  It's interesting that they not only split the movies up across two discs, but they put the Botes documentaties on their own disc.  It sounds like they're probably just re-purposing the supplemental DVDs from the existing Extended Edition and Limited Edition releases.  Like others have already opined, I think I'd prefer that material to be consilidated onto one or two Blu-ray discs, even if kept in standard definition.  Nevertheless, this sounds like a pretty great set, and I look forward to getting it.


 

 


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Posted March 21 2011 - 04:41 AM

There will inevitably be a LotR set that contains both the theatrical versions plus the extended ones.  That's the set I will pick up.  For as many times as I've watched my existing DVD's of the trilogy, I can't justify the purchase although it is nice the existing supplements are being brought over.



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Posted March 21 2011 - 04:51 AM

Also, I just noticed that only The Fellowship of the Ring is listed as having a new transfer.  Is the transfer on the existing version appreciably inferior to those of the other two films?


 

 


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Posted March 21 2011 - 05:28 AM



Originally Posted by cafink 

Also, I just noticed that only The Fellowship of the Ring is listed as having a new transfer.  Is the transfer on the existing version appreciably inferior to those of the other two films?



Yes; it was the most DNR'd of the three.



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Posted March 21 2011 - 06:22 AM


 Interesting news on the disc formats.  The original story was that each movie plus one of the Botes documentaries would be on a single Blu-ray disc, wasn't it?  


That was never anything other than speculation on The Digital Bits' (Bill Hunt) part based on the initial listing of this set on Amazon. This initial listing of disc contents was very poorly formatted - Bill made a reasonable attempt to interpret what was there but he never claimed it as the final word.


 There will inevitably be a LotR set that contains both the theatrical versions plus the extended ones.  That's the set I will pick up. 


This is probably going to come across as snarky but it's really not meant to be. Buy this new set, and the existing theatrical trilogy set. Bam! You've got a 21-disc set (not counting the digital copies) containg both versions of each film and all (*) of the supplemental material produced for them. Is it really a big deal that it's in 2 boxes as opposed to one??

The only question remaining for me is the format of the Costa Botes docus (which I have yet to see). It's my understanding that when these were released as part of the Limited Edition 2-disc sets that they were non-anamorphic. I thought this was odd since I believe they were filmed in HD. Hopefully this has been rectified.


(*) Actually, I am aware of three supplemental items that are NOT included with either of these sets. These are the contents of the bonus discs that were included with each of the Extended Editiion Gift Sets (the ones with the Sideshow mini-sculptures): (1) FotR - the firstNational Geographic special; (2) TTT - the Sideshow Gollum featurette; (3) - RotK - the LotR Symphony featurette. So if you've got those discs hang onto them!!



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Posted March 21 2011 - 06:37 AM

I also have to say the packaging looks really nice (see pics of the open box at the Amazon listing). It's so rare that we get any kind of deluxe packaging anymore so I'm happy to see Warner/New Line give us something that not only conveys a bit of "specialness" but also looks like it will still fit on a standard shelf.


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Posted March 21 2011 - 08:12 AM


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Originally Posted by Craig S 
This is probably going to come across as snarky but it's really not meant to be. Buy this new set, and the existing theatrical trilogy set. Bam! You've got a 21-disc set (not counting the digital copies) containg both versions of each film and all (*) of the supplemental material produced for them. Is it really a big deal that it's in 2 boxes as opposed to one??

(*) Actually, I am aware of three supplemental items that are NOT included with either of these sets. These are the contents of the bonus discs that were included with each of the Extended Editiion Gift Sets (the ones with the Sideshow mini-sculptures): (1) FotR - the firstNational Geographic special; (2) TTT - the Sideshow Gollum featurette; (3) - RotK - the LotR Symphony featurette. So if you've got those discs hang onto them!!



I alreayd have the original 2 disc DVD's of each film plus the four disc Extended Edition boses.  That's 18 discs right there, if my math is right, taking up a sizeable chunk of shelf real estate.  Considering I've only ever watching the extended version of Fellowship...I'm still not in a hurry to grab this set or the separate theatricals.  I understand what you're saying, Craig, and I didn't find it snarky at all.  I'm only weighing my personal value of collecting all the discs just to have them on the shelf like so many other things.




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Posted March 21 2011 - 08:26 AM

A little more detail on the set:


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Posted March 21 2011 - 08:46 AM

I'm not getting the whole "remastered from the original 2k digital files" thing.  Are they tweaking the "orig" digital files further? Or "unmastering" what was done in the theatrical Blu-ray release since these are not new digital files for Fellowship...?


Looks like an awesome set!



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Posted March 21 2011 - 09:33 AM



Originally Posted by Felix Martinez 

I'm not getting the whole "remastered from the original 2k digital files" thing.  Are they tweaking the "orig" digital files further? Or "unmastering" what was done in the theatrical Blu-ray release since these are not new digital files for Fellowship...?


Looks like an awesome set!



Fellowship was the only film that, at least in the theatrical release, didn't have a complete digital grading. Only a few sequences were color corrected digitally. The rest of the film was traditional optical color correction. The master for that film is likely on film, as apposed to the other two where the master is likely digital. I don't know however what effect that might have on the extended edition.


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Posted March 22 2011 - 08:53 AM

A no-brainer purchase for me, particularly with a new FOTR transfer and the Botes documentaries included.


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Posted June 08 2011 - 12:25 AM

Home Media Magazine is reporting an extra bonus

"ring replica" with preorder of the boxed set.


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Posted June 08 2011 - 02:55 AM




Originally Posted by Ronald Epstein 

Home Media Magazine is reporting an extra bonus

"ring replica" with preorder of the boxed set.



Best Buy stores have the ring available now on shelves. It comes in a box presumably to be used to house the upcoming set. It's funny  when they released the theatrical versions on Blu last year how far off these Extended version seemed to be and now we're only a couple of weeks away from street date. Patience really is a virtue :-)


 

 


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Posted June 08 2011 - 03:01 AM



Originally Posted by Craig S 

I also have to say the packaging looks really nice (see pics of the open box at the Amazon listing). It's so rare that we get any kind of deluxe packaging anymore so I'm happy to see Warner/New Line give us something that not only conveys a bit of "specialness" but also looks like it will still fit on a standard shelf.


Craig:

I've just checked the Amazon listing top to bottom and I'm just not seeing any detailed pix of the packaging (with the discs, etc. laid out).  Can you (or anyone else) point me more directly to such an image?



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Posted June 08 2011 - 04:58 AM

Will definitely buy this on release date. Surprised though that the original digital masters were in 2K. I guess technology has moved very quickly, because aren't most digital masters in 4K nowadays? It is nice they acknowledged (in a way) that the first film's transfer was sub-par in comparison to the other two films. Hopefully this will be the last time I need to purchase these films... Posted Image


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Posted June 08 2011 - 06:29 AM


Originally Posted by Mike Frezon 

Craig:

I've just checked the Amazon listing top to bottom and I'm just not seeing any detailed pix of the packaging (with the discs, etc. laid out).  Can you (or anyone else) point me more directly to such an image?



You're right, Mike, it's not on Amazon anymore. Odd. I dug around and finally found it at the Bits:


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#20 of 63 Mike Frezon

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Posted June 08 2011 - 07:53 AM

Thanks, Craig.


Wow.  Looks impressive.  I hope it's not as unwieldy as the DVD sets of the EEs.

But, even if it is...I'll be okay with it.  Posted Image


And I agree with Carlo that it is a very good thing that they are letting us directly & matter-of-factly know that we can expect a better transfer of FotR.  Takes the guesswork and waiting out of the equation.


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