Blob Town

James / December 28th, 2010

Documentary about the movie The Blob (1958) and it’s connection with Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.

Check here for when Blobfest is happening!

 

Comments

  • Redlion

    December 28, 2010 at 8:56 am

    Maybe some problem in the resulting format while rendering/editing the final video?
    Congratulations anyway!

  • December 28, 2010 at 9:14 am

    It was great ! Really gotta see this movie :D

  • Otaku4Life

    December 28, 2010 at 9:15 am

    Great Review, James.
    Me an my dad are HUGE fans of “The Blob”.
    Wish we were there.
    Thank you.

  • Chrille

    December 28, 2010 at 9:44 am

    Well, when I watch in fullscreen, the letterbox disappears. its full 6:19 for me, 24″

  • Chrille

    December 28, 2010 at 9:44 am

    16:9 sorry

  • HeavyMetalFan420

    December 28, 2010 at 9:46 am

    Nice review James!! The Blob is my second favorite 50′s sci-fi movie, behind The Day The Earth Stood Still

  • Superku

    December 28, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Very nice review!
    Two things:
    1) (How) Can I change my password?
    2) A button “Random Video(s)” would be nice, sometimes I do not know what videos to watch.

  • Rasmus

    December 28, 2010 at 9:56 am

    this made my heart warm

  • cloob1

    December 28, 2010 at 10:09 am

    I thought it was awesome how light hearted everybody was in the theater. LOL, “I don’t know doc it was kind of like a… BLOB!?”

  • Ripper

    December 28, 2010 at 10:12 am

    Amazing that there are such great festivals for what many would consider to be just another Alien b-movie from the science fiction era. Kinda makes you wish there were more of this kind of celebrations for other movies aswell, it truly is inspiring!

  • thegreatace

    December 28, 2010 at 10:38 am

    I am so grateful for your attention to detail and love for cinema and history. this was a entertaining and insightful experience. I only wish I grew up in the same town to get the full effect, bravo James!

    You should show this at the next blob festival!

  • Bratwurst

    December 28, 2010 at 11:43 am

    nice documentary as expected :-)
    will get my avgn quad pack as soon its available. when is your next visit in europe?

    greetings from amsterdam

  • December 28, 2010 at 11:50 am

    Awsome

  • Lozzo

    December 28, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    Very nice documentary Mr. Rolfe. Don’t be too concerned about the aspect ratio. The bars gave it a unique look that I enjoy. Keep up the good work, sir.

  • Ronin

    December 28, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    Another great review James. You covered everything really well, keep it up!

  • LeonBlade10

    December 28, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Really awesome documentary, James, Great Work, I’d love to be there with all the people celebrating the Blob and running around and shit!
    well done, James, you’re my hero!

  • Matiaxx89

    December 28, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    I would like to see people climbing up the Empire state building!

  • mitchbitch

    December 28, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    guys, the bttf game is available in germany. you can watch the “gameplay” on youtube.

    its worse than a new zemeckis movie :(

    ljn version > new one

  • Squall85

    December 28, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    Unbelievable what these people are capable of… It’s a funny fest :) I wonder what material the blob was-oh, it’s silicone. It looks like jam.

    I like these diners. I first saw on of these in Parker Lewis Can’t lose.

    Beautiful cars!…

    OMG, that running scene was baaad…

  • Berzerker

    December 28, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    Nice work James. Very entertaining.

    I think its funny the real blob is kept in a bucket now. Not really as scary just sitting there in a bucket haha.

  • bullets

    December 28, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    That was awesome . I love that some of the actual blob monster exists and can be paraded around in a bucket . Also nothing could top watching the film in that theater. With all this talk of global warning maybe we can get a decent sequel instead of a remake

  • Bick Benedict

    December 28, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    I’m sure this is a good quality video like your Marshmallow man video, but I’m not interested in this Blob stuff. Good job anyway. Anyone want to see some true hilarity? Forget Blobtown, waddle on down to Pigtown :
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuUN2za6OD8
    It’s real, I shit you not.

  • Rubizon

    December 28, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    James greetz from belgium (europe for those american mapalfabetics )
    Great documentary! Straight and no bullshit! Thanks!

  • Zildjian

    December 28, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    6:25
    “It’s kinda like a…” “BLOB?” I laughed so hard.

  • Snejku

    December 28, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    Really fantastic, very in depth documentary on par with rocky jumped a park bench.

  • December 28, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    HaHa! Funny to see the Irish Flag, that’s were I’m from. I think I’d feel at home in Blobtown so :D seems like a lot of fun. :)

  • December 28, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    Totally loved it!!

    great job

  • AikoujOi

    December 28, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    I really liked the documentary, you did a great job James. I think you should’ve been in the running out scene, would’ve been funny to see.

    Also I though it was funny that that one guy asked if Bela was there when a quick look on Wikipedia you can see that he died in 1956

  • avgnfan96

    December 28, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    you are an amazing interviewer James and you movie will also show your talent

  • JayRam

    December 28, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    Damn! 2 years in the making and it was excellent. Looks like fun.

  • December 28, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    The longer your movies are, the longer I want to sit and keep watching. This is now my 2nd top video from you next to the one where you talk about how you started all of your movie making as a kid into an adult. You go from an Asshole AVGN, to a professional host in a split second. You’re gonna go far kid!

  • Spliff

    December 28, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    awesome

  • J.J. McSandfarm

    December 28, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    Damn James, that was awesome, you’ve totally cemented yourself (in my mind, at least) as a master host and documentary maker. I enjoyed every minute of it and wished I was there. You are a badass and I hope you can make more videos like this in the future.

  • WillWill

    December 28, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    James, dude! Happy New Year.

    … there’s been a lot of change with what you’re doing, but this documentary accentuates the fact that you’re growing in the right direction. I’m amazed by how prolific you are!

    … unlike another angry reviewer who will not be named here.

    You have my respect, sir. All the best in 2011…

  • December 28, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    Excellent job, James. Well worth the wait. I live about 2 hours from there, so I’ll definitely be going to the next one!

  • Undertaker

    December 28, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    i love how santa clause was in the credits lol. great work James, 2 years in the making was well worth it! great documentary!

  • Undertaker

    December 28, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    @WillWill why not mention the nostalgia critic even though he has nothing 2 do with this lol

  • libz0rz

    December 28, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    Awesome doco man. Nicely done. They way you shot it kind of made you feel like you were actually there. You could kind of feel the atmosphere. So, kudos for that.

  • December 29, 2010 at 12:29 am

    Phoenixville is only a few towns away from me–I’ll definitely have to see Blob-fest once in my lifetime. :) Great doc!

  • John07

    December 29, 2010 at 1:33 am

    Once again excellent job James, Congrantulations!!

  • videogameobserver

    December 29, 2010 at 1:48 am

    Dear James, Thank you for your work on this. I watched the 80′s version before I watched this. It was cool to see Ms. Yuhas as a part of this, too. – Will Smathers (Amateur Hour Comix).

  • MechaMario86

    December 29, 2010 at 1:53 am

    Fantastic work james, My dad introduced this movie to me when i was a kid and i also always thought i was the only one who like it.

  • Soan

    December 29, 2010 at 1:57 am

    I remember seeing the 1988 remake as a kid and being scared of it.

  • warrenofoates

    December 29, 2010 at 3:53 am

    Awesome doc. You hold the mic too high in your man on the street stuff, though, obscuring half the face of the person your interviewing. That’s my only criticism. You got the difficult stuff down.

  • December 29, 2010 at 5:24 am

    Quite a nice documentation, they are becoming better and better.

  • December 29, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Excellent documentary! It was a lot of fun.

  • Bick Benedict

    December 29, 2010 at 1:52 pm

  • December 29, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    Dangit, I was eating while watching this and when you showed the blob in the bucket I got all grossed out.

    Nice Documentary, James! These are getting better and better. Really enjoyed it!

    When I first saw this movie, as a kid back in the 80s, on TV I thought the Blob was black; probably bcz of the poor quality of the film being shown(?) Later I saw the remake (1988) at the drive-in theater and wondered why they made it red. It wasn’t until years later that I realized it WAS red in original. Idk, maybe I watched it on a b/w TV; there were still a lot of those around back then.

  • margotalyse

    December 29, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    Thanks for making this! The Blob scared the hell out of me when I was a kid, though eventually it grew (pun intended?) to become one of my favorite horror films of the decade. It’s funny that I happened to move to Downingtown 2 years ago and have been seeking out all the locations myself — matter of fact the diner is a block away from my house! Can’t wait to see more documentaries from you. :D

  • Schloss Ritter

    December 29, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Very cool documentary, James.

  • Butch Bitch

    December 29, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    Awesome documentary, James! What a way to end the year. It must be so fulfilling to see all this footage see the light of day after two fucking years! It was a long way, but it was totally worth it. Well done, man!

  • December 29, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    Nice work James.

  • Drejjmit

    December 29, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    Finally HD! Keep posting everything in HD

  • December 29, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    Neat doc James! Not a blob fan but it was interesting to see.

  • December 29, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    My sister lives in Phoenixville.

  • December 29, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    @warrenofoates
    Thanks, glad you like it.

    The reason for the mic being close to the mouth is that it doesn’t pick up unless you’re speaking directly into it. It’s the same one I use for my narrations. I would need to get a different mic for interviews one day. Anyone with a suggestion, I’d appreciate.

  • December 29, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    Fun as always. You can really count on James for fun while you’re surfing the web!

  • gattz

    December 30, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Very cool video. I remember seeing clips of this back in one of your old videos. I”ve seen The Blob, but I wasn’t aware it had this huge cult following.

  • videogameobserver

    December 30, 2010 at 12:29 am

    James, Mike… anyone? Is there a way that email notifications can be sent when someone replies to a comment?

  • December 30, 2010 at 2:10 am

    Ah man I just love the vintage feel of The Blob. Going to to the Blob Fest is so on my Bucket List. Great Documentary totally worth the watch.

  • sobekflakmonkey

    December 30, 2010 at 2:26 am

    sweet! I’ve been waiting for this for a while now, i love your work, and i think we the public need to see more of it.

  • December 30, 2010 at 5:24 am

    I’ve been looking forward to this one, and you did not disappoint. How many years in the making? I think you said three years? Well worth it. That was fantastic, I could not believe that the actual blob still survives today in more or less its original form, that’s crazy. the whole documentary was great, I was thoroughly entertained all the way through, and I learned a lot about the film – exactly what a good documentary should be.

  • December 30, 2010 at 6:25 am

    That guy named Rich Drees – when he first started to talk without being showed, I thought it was Mike Matei speaking. The voice sounds like him. Or maybe only to me?

  • fuddwupper

    December 30, 2010 at 7:41 am

    Great doco, very entertaining. I must admit ive never actually seen the original movie, only the 80′s remake (but didnt like it that much). I gotta keep my eyes out for the dvd.

    It’s really quite amazing that an entire town comes together to celebrate an old 50s B movie. That guy James interviewed looked exactly like steve mcqueen!

  • angryrider

    December 30, 2010 at 9:39 am

    Why do you put yourself in the shot sometimes when you’re interviewing a subject in detail? I was taught not to do that in my journalism class. Is this more common with filmmaking?

  • December 30, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Wow there must not be a lot to do in Phoenixville. Don’t get me wrong I think they went balls out for this and everyone looked like they had a good time, just saying. Seems like any town in PA that’s not Pittsburgh, State College, Harrisburg, or Philly is almost cut off from civilization (honorable mention to Altoona).

    As a fellow Pennsylvanian (Pittsburgh) I can say it’s nice that you’re such a big horro fan and live in a state where there’s a lot of history that’s accessible!

  • Nightmare19

    December 30, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    Your documentaries are so good. Keep up the good work! Also your facial expressions crack me up every time!

  • ObSoLeTe

    December 30, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    Another awesome film documentary James

    I really enjoyed it

    lol I just seen the 80s remake version the other month for the 1st time and year it just doesnt have the same feel

    looking forward to your next film documentary and other content

  • Art_From_St.P

    December 30, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Shit Week Was The Tribute to Blob?

  • panicbxmb

    December 30, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    it’s so weird seeing local sites in a video of your’s. i knew you’d be at the Colonial (like 10 min away from me), but i didn’t expect to see Annamaries and the Sly Fox in the background, haha.

    i was actually at this Blob Fest (i’ve gone about 10 times), and i was trying to meet you! i even had my NES in my car, just in case you had time to sign it :)

    maybe i’ll see ya there next year? haha.

  • tonedeafmusician

    December 30, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    I love these videos. The commentary alone is enough to fascinate me. James’ style of commentary on films and indeed is own films have inspired me to take it on as a career. I hope to see many more of these in the future :)

  • December 30, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    This was such a cool little documentary, real feel-good stuff for a fellow b-movie fan.

  • HowlHijiri

    December 30, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    I actually live in Phoenixville. ;D
    I go to Blobfest EVERY year. If I saw you then I would have been like “Oh hot damn, let’s see why the AVGN is here..
    I’m suprised I didn’t see you…eh, well, there’s always some other time, I guess.

  • jalvarez82

    December 31, 2010 at 4:53 am

    Loved it. I actually watched the 80′s remake on TV the other day. It was awesome. Must have it on blu-ray!!!

  • andy_2_cool

    December 31, 2010 at 6:14 am

    Fantastic doocumentry. Really enjoyed this :)

  • RichterBelmont

    December 31, 2010 at 11:05 am

    I’ve never seen the Blob (gasp!), but I will now. I still very much enjoyed the documentary. You did an excellent job of capturing the spirit of the town. Great video editing, choices with the featured town members and a strong narrative throughout make this very interesting and fun to watch.

  • Mimadalaer

    December 31, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Hey James,…

    I was watching a shitty…pronounced Shit-Tay…movie the other day. It was called Hollywood Homicide. It’s a Harrison Ford movie from the early 2000′s…anyhow,…I could have swore to god you were in it. There is a scene where they are at this music producers recording studio,….and the producer is the only white guy in the room, and I swear to god…he looks just like you! It cracked me up! I was like, thats the fucking NERD! HOLY SHIT! Check it out sometime…

    -Ducky

    PS: Thanks for the PA love….for a shitty State, we have some cool stuff here. Being on the West side of the state I’ve got zombie love, Mr. Rogers, and Christina Aguilera. Oh shit,…maybe just the first two were good,…still…a Zombie Mr. Rogers Chomping down on Christina Aguilera might fucking rock? Hmmm….

  • Necramonium

    December 31, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    Those Steve McQueen look-alikes don’t look-alike at all.. X-D

  • Captain-Slusho

    December 31, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    you should have asked if you could touch it

  • jtnet3

    December 31, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    Nice work James! It was a pleasure to watch. CLASSIC NERD FACE at the end. I Lol’ed. Happy New Year!

    PS- Your “replay” value on the AVGN vids are priceless. Can’t wait for the next one!!

  • DevilishGuitar_Guy

    January 1, 2011 at 2:13 am

    I saw the 80s version…SCARED. THE SHIT. OUT. OF ME…but the 50s version might be less scarier and more awesome

  • idletime

    January 1, 2011 at 4:42 am

    James,

    This was just a really good doc, man.

    Happy New Year!

    Jamie

  • MrHd1986

    January 1, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    This was so entertaining to watch! I like your work, james! Keep up the good work, we mever get tired of you!

  • Jake9315

    January 1, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    James, Excellent Documentary, great work. This documentary made me want to head down to Phoenixville and witness this myself, and also reminded me of movie locations I’d like to visit myself.

    Great Job, James. 2 years of work well worth it!

  • floridaboy

    January 1, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    Great video Nerd…You’re the best !!!

  • starman15317

    January 2, 2011 at 2:30 am

    Great documentary James! The Blob is my favorite B movie and one of my favorite movies ever. I’ve wanted to see Phonexville, but when I was in Philly, my dad wouldn’t take me there. He said he didn’t want to waste time seeing a town in a little movie. Ugh. Sometime though, I will see Phonexville.

  • jalvarez82

    January 2, 2011 at 4:24 am

    @ DevilishGuitar_Guy: same here, man! Scared me and I loved it, especially the cool 80′s soundtrack, which I’ve been trying to find.

    80′s Blob > 50′s Blob

  • January 2, 2011 at 4:37 am

    Excellent!!! Your documentaries are better then the ones on TV!

    Good job James, and thanks for your hard work! PLEASE MORE DOCUMENTARIES!!!

    (I would like an old skool Nintendo Power review from AVGN!)

  • oldscool75

    January 2, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    James, you guys at cinemassacre are the best!!! Wishing you much success in the New Year!!!

  • qman311

    January 2, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    I love the guy who says, “I think it’s one of the things that gives Phoenixville its identity”… really?

  • January 2, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    I just saw Ghostbusters 2 again and I noticed that the is a cameo of The Blob with the cinema rush and the blob getting through the vent!

    Didn’t care about that scene until I got to this documentary. Don’t know if you noticed too.

  • AttitudeEra

    January 2, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    i feel ashammed that i never seen the blob after watching this documentary!

  • Strazdas

    January 3, 2011 at 6:23 am

    You had an early version of this up and i tohugh it was great, this is even better. the blob is the ultimate monster. i think its worth mentioning the orignal blob was from space, the one in remake was military-engineered, how much off the point can they get.

  • January 3, 2011 at 6:57 am

    Great documentary!

  • GoldRoger

    January 3, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    I love when people gather to celebrate a movie like that.

    That was great, James

  • January 4, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Great documentary! I’m definatley going to be watching The Blob soon :)

    Also that film Mimadalaer was talking about…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNCUYEPD4-Q

    I’m pretty sure the guy is on there :’)

    Sorry for the sort of erm spamming, but yeh, incase anybody was interested…

    Peace

  • SmoothYeti

    January 6, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Excellent little documentary. Very easy and enjoyable to watch.

  • January 6, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Simples, the blob is a pile of BOOM! simples, oh and James! BABIES???

    http://www.vizzed.com/vizzedboard/retro/Index.php?ref=65348

  • dguzman

    January 6, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    “Blob Town” got a good review from AllMediaNY! (Since I wrote it, that might not be a big deal, but whatever.) See if you agree with what it says: allmediany.com/details_article.php?art_id=414

  • SEBIOMEGAS

    January 6, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Humans can be so awesome at times !
    But when you look beyond that, there’s something really manic and compulsive about it ! We so need to belong! And don’t misunderstand me, I’m human too ! This shows we can create anything if we all want it enough. Now, If we could only get together and stop staring at screens so much!
    Props to James 5/5

  • January 6, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    Gooood Job, James! :D
    I could see how thrilled you were talking with these guys.. I could see the child jumping happily inside you :)

    Man.. If only I could just go there to the US and visit a place like this.. to be INSIDE A MOVIE I really enjoy.. must be magnific!

    Thanks for introducing us to this world… I´ve already watched this movie.. But I was a kid.. and I wanna do it again!

    Kisses for you.. and hugs for your team haha ;)
    :D

  • January 8, 2011 at 8:15 am

    Great job on the review. I like the movie, but seeing that you did a little short on it made me want to watch it again.

    So.. I put the torrent up.

    http://unknownhole.blogspot.com

  • crazycash

    January 8, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    2 years?!? great review!

  • January 9, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    Aw, dude, awesome. I was just at the Colonial the other night seeing Dark City.

  • January 10, 2011 at 2:42 am

    Great video James!

    You know, one movie I would like to hear your comments on is Modern Problems with Chevy Chase. There is just so much crazy stuff going on in that movie. Its funny to watch just to laugh at how bad it is.

  • SpearedPage

    January 10, 2011 at 7:48 am

    In the description for this video, there is a small spelling mistake: the blurb should read “ITS connection with…” not “IT’S connection with…” Nice video, James. Thanks!

  • January 10, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    yeah, nice one Jamesy, great video, but there is that speeling error and all. But not the one posted above, oh no, it’s (sic) BOOM town!

  • January 10, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    oh and in case you think I forgot (I did in fact) lol http://www.vizzed.com/vizzedboard/retro/Index.php?ref=65348
    BOOM!

  • xhule

    January 15, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Another exelent reveiw for a movie that keeps on ticking for generations to pass..! nice work avgn.

  • Snafu

    January 16, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Why does that blow-up of the blob look like a vagina.

  • January 18, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    An awesome documentary about an awesome town celebrating an awesome movie! I know you were working on this for a while, James, but I still think you did a great job! You know, I could definitely see something like this being aired on TCM or AMC or something! You need to get a TV deal, man!

  • the anomaly

    February 1, 2011 at 11:21 am

    hay james, i just thought you might want to know- after getting the “Alien Quadrilogy” i found out that most of the props and set pieces from the first two “Alien” movies were given to ONE guy! and if you wanted you could probably go see him and check it all out.
    i dont remember his name but if you want to know just send me a massage and i find out!

  • Fuck RomEmKing

    February 7, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    @RomEmKing; You suck.

  • The Kaleidoscopic God

    February 9, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Someone’s dressed up as The Invisible Man! Badass.

  • EliteDeath

    March 9, 2011 at 3:11 am

    They shold actually have some kind of blob monster come out those holes in the walls one year just to thow people off

  • furon83

    August 17, 2011 at 11:23 am

    i live in downingtown! i’ve actually been to that diner a few times. good food.

  • RobertSando

    September 10, 2011 at 2:41 am

    I have a theory about the color, I think its about communism

  • CharliexChinchilla

    September 23, 2011 at 11:45 am

    @James Isn’t Daughter of Horror really called Dementia?

  • Zen

    November 5, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Wes Shank…I bought my daughter’s bedroom set from him at a Raymour and Flanigan in Springfield,PA! Next time I go there, I should ask him to see the Blob.

  • hammerhorrortexas

    September 28, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    My second time watching this, and it’s still good. I hope you make more videos like this one. Good job Rolfe!

  • January 20, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    it’s so cool to watch how a movie can move so many people.
    I believe that now this festival it’s bigger than the original movie
    I want to go there some day!
    I know its a old video but is great!
    Regards from Mexico City

  • Night-X

    January 21, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    Never did watch the first one but did watch the beware one and the remake. Maybe some day I might be luckly to watch it. And found out that Netflix doesn’t have the movie online about half a week before watching this.

  • Kevin Cross

    January 21, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Imagine if the blob spilled

  • July 13, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    I want to go to Blob Fest!

  • December 19, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    Lol every time i see this movie theater from the blob i think of the scene towards the end of Ghostbusters II.

  • jack wason

    March 20, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Awesome

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