John David Landis (; born August 3, 1950) is an American film director, comedian, screenwriter, actor, and producer. He is best known for the comedy films that he has directed, such as The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977), National Lampoon's Animal House (1978), The Blues Brothers (1980), An American Werewolf in London (1981), Trading Places (1983), Three Amigos (1986), Coming to America (1988) and Beverly Hills Cop III (1994), and for directing Michael Jackson's music videos for "Thriller" (1983) and "Black or White" (1991).
Landis is married to Deborah Nadoolman, an Oscar-nominated costume designer, two-term president of the Costume Designers Guild, and director of The David C. Copley Center for the Study of Costume Design at UCLA. They have two children: Max and Rachel. In a BBC Radio interview, he stated that he is an atheist. The family lives in Beverly Hills, California.
Landis was born into a Jewish family in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Shirley Levine (née Magaziner) and Marshall Landis, an interior designer and decorator. Landis and his parents relocated to Los Angeles, California, when he was four months old. Though spending his childhood in California, Landis still refers to Chicago as his hometown; he is a fan of the Chicago White Sox baseball team.When Landis was a young boy, he watched The 7th Voyage of Sinbad which inspired him to become a director:I had complete suspension of disbelief—really, I was eight years old and it transported me. I was on that beach running from that dragon, fighting that Cyclops. It just really dazzled me, and I bought it completely. And so, I actually sat through it twice and when I got home, I asked my mom, "Who does that? Who makes the movie?"
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Boris Karloff: The Man Behind The Monster
Boris Karloff: The Man Behind the Monster explores the life and legacy of a cinema legend, presenting a perceptive history of the genre he personified. His films were attacked by the censors. His popu...
I Am Alfred Hitchcock
The story of the Master of Suspense, one of the most influential and studied filmmakers in the history of cinema, is told in interviews and archival footage.
Captain Courage is one of the earth's greatest protectors after a gym coach acquires incredible powers from a comet. He works as a kindergarten teacher to raise a new generation of super-powered kids....
The audiotapes were recorded shortly after John Belushi died. The documentary examines the short life of the once-in-a-generation talent who captured the hearts and funny bones of devoted audiences.
Mark of The Beast: The Legacy of the Universal Werewolf
The documentary features interviews with John Landis, David Naughton, Joe Dante and more.
I Hate Kids
Nick Pearson is a life-long bachelor. On the eve of his wedding he is surprised to find that he has a 13 year old son who has come to find him. Nick can't stand kids and would happily send the boy bac...
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The World Is Yours
To escape his life of crime, a Paris drug dealer takes on one last job involving Spain, mobsters, his crush and his scheming mother.
King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen
"Black Caesar," "It's Alive," "God Told Me To," "Q," "The Stuff," and many more are featured in a feature-length documentary.
Eli Roth's History of Horror
An in-depth look at the pop cultural significance of horror films.
In Los Angeles on Halloween night, a hitman tries to transport a corpse in plain sight, but people he stumbles upon on the street, believing that his sophisticated appearance is a magnificent disguise...
Sidemen: Long Road To Glory
An intimate look at the lives and legacies of Pinetop Perkins, Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith, and other musicians. Some of the last interviews and their final live performances are captured in the film. The...
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In Their Own Words
The lives of the most important voices of the 20th century were documented.
Creature Designers: The Frankenstein Complex
With a mix of fascinating scenes behind the camera, film clips, and dozens of interviews with all the big names in the industry, The Frankenstein Complex takes a historical as well as a creative persp...
In Their Own Words: Jim Henson
The film follows Henson’s career from his first work with his Muppets in the early 1950’s during television’s Golden Age up to his sudden and shocking death in 1990, as he transcended puppetry to beco...
Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon
A look at the history of the American comedy publication and production company, National Lampoon, from its beginning in the 1970s to 2010, featuring rare and never before seen footage, this is the mi...
Tales of Halloween
There are ten stories from horror's top directors. On Halloween night, residents of a suburban neighborhood are frightened by ghosts, monsters, and the devil. Classic Halloween tales are combined with...
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Remembering 'Dead of Night'
Retrospective documentary on the British horror anthology classic Dead of Night (1945).
The Real History of Science Fiction
The series heads to the very frontiers of space and science to produce the definitive television history of science fiction, told through its impact on cinema, television and literature, with the help...
Out of Print
A documentary explores the importance of revival cinema and 35mm exhibition through the lens of the patrons of the New Beverly Cinema.
Ingmar Bergman built a house on the island of Fr in the Baltic Sea in the sixties. He went to live there after leaving Sweden. The house was preserved after he died. A group of very special cinephiles...
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On April 3, 2012 the FEARnet cable television network aired a comedy/horror sitcom called "HOLIDAY", which was created by Adam Green and was their first ever original series. The show can be seen on a...
Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader
A college cheerleader aspiring to make the cheer squad consumes an experimental drug that grants her beauty and athletic ability. The drug can cause an unforeseen side effect.
The Complete Bob Wilkins Creature Features
Bob Wilkins (April 11, 1932 – January 7, 2009) was a beloved Northern California television personality best known for his long run as a horror host. His singularly unique approach to the films and hi...
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Wendy Liebman: Taller on TV
Sit back, relax and get ready to enjoy an evening filled with Wendy's unique brand of humor in this very special one woman show.
There is a hidden history to the American Exploitation Film. This is a category of the U.S. It's often overlooked. The beginnings of popular entertainment can be seen in cinema.
Some Guy Who Kills People
A former mental patient's repressed anger reaches the boiling point, leading him to embark on a mission of revenge against the thugs who once subjected him to severe physical and mental trauma.
Franklin & Bash
When they're not hanging out at their favorite hot dog stand pontificating on what they'd go through to enjoy a night with their favorite female celebrities,Jared Franklin and Peter Bash are chasing d...
Special effects make-up artists compete for a grand prize and the honor of being Hollywood's next great effects artist in an elimination series.
Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis
Since he was five years old, Jerry Lewis has been trying to amuse others. Audiences watch his wacky antics, whilst wannabe comics aspire to his prolific career, from his solo work to his double act wi...
Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan
There’s only one person who so accurately personifies movie magic in the history of film, and that man is special effects maestro Ray Harryhausen. Focusing on the man behind the landmark effects on fi...
The story of how a boy from Pittsburgh got to the top of the food chain because of his fascination with monsters. Greg quit medical school to make monsters. One of the most prolific makeup effects stu...
Machete Maidens Unleashed!
In the final decades of the 20th century, the Philippines was a country where low-budget exploitation-film producers were free to make almost any kind of movie they wanted. It was very easy to work in...
Burke & Hare
Two 19th-century opportunists became serial killers.
The Man Who Saw Frankenstein Cry
King of Horror, legendary actor, scriptwriter and director, Paul Naschy is regarded as the Spanish Lon Chaney and the most prolific filmmaker dedicated to the fantastic cinema in Spain.
Pure in Heart: The Life and Legacy of Lon Chaney, Jr.
A short documentary about the classic Universal Monster actor, Lon Chaney, Jr.
David Bowie: Rare and Unseen
The flamboyant androgynous "Ziggy Stardust" is most famous for his alter-ego. China Girl, Space Oddity, Under Pressure and more are some of the hits he has had. Through archive interviews and rare and...
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People are being killed in East L.A. Aftershocks Inc has a crime scene cleaner named Charlie. With a penchant for deduction. Wallace works as a crime scene videographer. Henry and Carlita are good nam...
Beware the Moon: Remembering 'An American Werewolf in London'
The cast and crew of An American Werewolf in London look back at the film twenty five years later.
Into the Pit: The Shocking Story of Deadpit.com
Prestonburg, KY is a small blue-collar town with hunting, fishing, coal mining, and two of the biggest names in online horror talk radio: Wes Vance and Aaron Frye (aka "The Creepy Kentuckian" and "Unc...
There is a British show called Psychoville. Both Shearsmith and Pemberton play a lot of characters.
Teen Spirit: Teenagers and Hollywood
Teen movies have had a great impact on the movie industry - especially in the 80s. This documentary takes a closer look at the genre's origins and the impact it has made up till today.
The Face Is Familiar
Some of Hollywood's most talented character actors have supported leading roles in films. Some became stars of their own. They proudly stand in the shadows of the "stars" of the movies, content to pla...
The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story
Robert B had a relationship with other writers. Sherman and Richard are related. Disney's hit songs were written by the Sherman Brothers.
There are testimonials from friends and family in the documentary about Vittorio de Sica.
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Thou Shalt Not: Sex, Sin and Censorship in Pre-Code Hollywood
The strict enforcement of the Hays Code in 1934 was brought about by the forces that shaped Pre-Code Hollywood.
Animal House: The Inside Story
There is a film about the making of Animal House.
Starz Inside: Ladies or Gentlemen
The most daring cross-sexual performances in Hollywood history, from Some Like it Hot to Big Momma's House, are why movie audiences find men in skirts and women in pants anything but a drag.
In Sickness and in Health
A woman about to be married gets a note that says she is a serial killer.
There are thirteen films from premiere horror writers and directors in the television series.
Laura is a young woman who suffers from a medical condition called "parasomnia." A childhood accident victim, she is actually sleeping her life away, awakening briefly on rare occasions. An art studen...
Fantastic Flesh: The Art of Make-Up EFX
The documentary looks at the art of make-up effects. Kevin VanHook wrote it.
The Decade of Darkness
Interviews with various directors and commentators are included in a special look at the impact of 1980s horror films.
Paul McCartney: The McCartney Years
The McCartney Years contains music videos, live performances and other rare footage from Paul McCartney's solo career. The first two discs contain promotional films from 1970 to 2005. A documentary ab...
Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project
The documentary consists of tape of Don's show (never been filmed before), interviews with Don's contemporaries, (Steve Lawrence, Bob Newhart, Debbie Reynolds, etc.), established comedians (Billy Crys...
Famous Monster: Forrest J Ackerman
Forrest J takes a fast-paced, colorful look at the life of science fiction's greatest fan. The way we view science fiction today is shaped by the 85 year love affair with the genre that Ackerman had.
The sound of bat wings, an empty coffin, fangs, tiny punctures on the neck, fear of the cross, and death from daylight are just some of the things that come to mind. These are the creatures of the nig...
Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story
William Castle was a master of ballyhoo who became a brand name in movie horror with his outrageous audience participation.
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Harold is a seemingly peaceful neighbor in a quiet mid-western neighborhood, but underneath, he's a murderer who sets his eyes on a couple that have moved in across the street.
Shawn Spencer spent his childhood developing a keen eye for detail thanks to his police officer father's efforts. Shawn was wrongly accused of a crime he solved because of his frequent tips to the pol...
The Sci-Fi Boys
Movie stars bring to life the evolution of science-fiction and special effects films from the wild and funny days of B-movies to blockbusters that have captured the world's imagination. The story of t...
Amazing! Exploring the Far Reaches of Forbidden Planet
A documentary about the making of, and legacy of, the Forbidden Planet movie.
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A police detective investigates a series of brutal murders which are committed by an ancient creature in the form of a beautiful woman who is spawned from a Native American mythology.
Torrente 3: The Protector
A popular and beautiful politician is going to expose the evil-doings of a multinational corporation. The corporation's top executives decided to hire the most incompetent detective they could find to...
Masters of Horror
Masters of Horror is an informal social group of international film writers and directors specializing in horror movies and an American television series created by Mick Garris.
RKO Production 601: The Making of 'Kong, the Eighth Wonder of the World'
An in-depth look at the genesis, production, and legacy of the 1933 production “King Kong,” one of the most influential films ever made.
The Perfect Scary Movie
There are various scare techniques used in the horror genre.
A chemist loses his job. Two years later and still without a job, he comes up with a solution to eliminate his competition.
Russ Meyer: King of Sexploitation
Russ Meyer was a cult film-maker with a penchant for strong, curvy women.
Peter is going through an identity crisis. After being burned out from being Spider-Man, he abandons his superhero alter ego, leaving the city in the wake of carnage left by the evil Doc Ock. He can't...
Mario Bava: Operazione paura
Mario Bava Operazione Paura", hosted by Joe Dante, is an hommage of the Master of the Terror, the italian director Mario Bava
A documentary on a stereotypically shady used car salesman who convinces customers to buy vehicles that others have deemed unsuitable for sale.
Edgar G. Ulmer: The Man Off-Screen
A documentary on the life and work of a film maker. The last film of Ulmer.
Hollywood's Creepiest Creatures
Elvira hosts a show about movie monsters and facts about the real animals that are based on them. There are clips from films and interviews with scientists.
Where Are They Now?: A Delta Alumni Update
A follow up on the lives of the Faber students in Animal House.
Unseen + Untold: National Lampoon's Animal House
25th anniversary of one of the greatest comedies, the filmmakers and casts tell about their work on the cult classic: Animal House.
The Kronenberg Chronicles
Dr is an adventurer and scientist. The legendary Chupacabra is found in Puerto Rico.
It's Black Entertainment
A star-studded tribute (from the creators of That's Entertainment) to the contributions of Afro-Americans in film over the last century. Vanessa Williams traces the struggles and triumphs of the super...
Masters of Horror
Documentary showcasing the work of prominent film directors in the horror genre. Featuring interviews with the directors, behind the scenes footage and clips from popular horror films, and hosted by B...
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Monster by Moonlight! The Immortal Saga of The Wolf Man
The Wolf Man was a character that Universal Studios made five movies about. These movies are explored by Monster by Moonlight! Rick Baker explains how the make-up was done. Siodmak provided his own st...
An ex-prizefighter is on a journey to find 13 missing diamonds.
The Lost World
After a hot-air balloon crashes into a remote part of the Amazon, stranding them on a prehistoric plateau, early 20th-century explorers find themselves fighting for survival.
Freeway II: Confessions of a Trickbaby
Two teens escape from jail and are taken in by a man pretending to be a nun.
The Abbey Road Story
There is a documentary about the Abbey Road Studios.
The Yearbook: An 'Animal House' Reunion
This documentary, created for the Animal House (1978) collector's edition DVD, is composed of a collection of new interviews with the cast and crew behind the making of the film. There's even some arc...
Blues Brothers 2000
Sister Mary's crusade to raise funds for a children's hospital is once again being spearheaded by Elwood, the lone "Blues Brother" who was finally released from prison. Once again hitting the road to ...
The Stories Behind the Making of 'The Blues Brothers'
The Stories Behind the Making of The Blues Brothers is an hour- long documentary featuring every participant from the film. Star and co-writer Dan Aykroyd explains how a joke that he and best friend J...
The 1998 black comedy film Susan's Plan starred Nastassja Kinski, Dan Aykroyd, Billy Zane, Rob Schneider, and Michael Biehn. The plot revolves around Susan's plan to kill her former husband and collec...
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An American Werewolf in Paris
The American man was involved with the werewolves because they were able to transform at will.
HIStory on Film, Volume II
There were over two hours of short films. Including never before released short films.
Hollywood Rated 'R'
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Who Is Henry Jaglom?
Henry Jaglom was hailed by some as a cinematic genius, a feminist voice and a true maverick of American cinema, dismissed by others as a voyeuristic fraud and the "world's worst director". This hilari...
A misguided museum guard who lost his job and then tried to get it back at gun is thrown into the fierce world of ratings-driven TV gone mad.
There are two one hour stories in this film, one of which is based on a Stephen King story and the other on a Clive Barker story.
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show
The TV Show is based on the 1989 film, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. It expands upon the original film's idea of a bunch of experiments going wrong. It ran for three seasons and Peter Scolari took over th...
An incredibly dull-witted family stumbles upon an illegal weapons deal while on the trail of their "stolen" garbage.
The Munsters' Scary Little Christmas
Three decades after the demise of the original series, a television movie was made about a son missing his home. The family is going to teach the young boy a lot about the holiday season.
Vampirella is a princess from the Planet Drakulon. She needs blood to live, but she won't kill herself to get it - a synthetic substitute keeps her alive. After travelling across space and time to ave...
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Michael Jackson Video Greatest Hits: HIStory
"Billie Jean," "The Way You Make Me Feel," "Black or White," and "Rock With You" are some of Michael Jackson's greatest video hits. There is an 18 minute version of "Bad". It was directed by Martin Sc...
The doorway to an infinite number of Earths is unlocked in his basement. During a test run, he invites his co-worker and his teacher to see his invention. Rembrandt "Crying Man" Brown, a washed-up sou...
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The Legend of Dolemite! Bigger & Badder
Rudy Ray Moore tells all as only he can in this all-new retrospective legendary career. From his humble beginnings to his crowning as "King of the Party Records," Rudy Ray guides us through his strugg...
The World of Jim Henson
Jim Henson is the subject of this episode of Great Performances.
Harry Wallace, a teenager who dreams of beautiful women and a cheerful life, and his only friend, the shy and geek White Donnelly, always serve as a target for ridicule and bullied of violent classmat...
After a plague kills most of the world's population, survivors split into two groups, one led by a benevolent elder and the other by a maleficent being, to face each other in a final battle between go...
The Silence of the Hams
A serial killer is being investigated by a federal agent and assisted by a doctor in a maximum security jail.
Beverly Hills Cop III
Back in sunny southern California and on the trail of two murderers, Axel Foley again teams up with LA cop Billy Rosewood. The same gang that shot Billy's boss runs an amusement park that is being use...
Michael Jackson - Dangerous - The Short Films
The visual and musical highlights of his most recent string of hit singles are captured in "Dangerous - The Short Films". There are extensive behind the scenes profiles of the making of Michael's stat...
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A crime lord is turned into a vampire.
The Martin & Lewis Story: The Last Great Comedy Team
Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis were the hottest act in America in the 1950's & the highest paid comedy team in show business. They starred in nightclubs, radio, television & movies. Martin & Lewis were a u...
Body Chemistry II: Voice of a Stranger
A man is torn between two women and his own violent self.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno was hosted by Jay Leno from May 25, 1992 to May 29, 2009, and resumed production on March 1, 2010. Three days after Johnny Carson's retirement as host of the Tonight Sho...
Charles Brady and his mother, Mary, are the last of a dying breed. Sleepwalkers are able to stay alive only by feeding on the life-force of the innocent, but destined to roam the earth, avoiding disco...
Eek! The Cat
The Cat was a Canadian-American animated series that ran from 1992 to 1997 and was produced by Fox Kids and Savage Studios.
He made a promise to his father that he would leave the world of crime and become an honest businessman. He is going to keep his promise despite not having any experience making money in a legal fashi...
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A young man learns that his parents used an atomic-weapons experiment on him before he was born, and that the results have had some unexpected effects on him.
Psycho IV – The Beginning
After serving another few years in the mental hospital he was placed in at the end of Psycho III, Norman Bates is once again released, this time for the second time. Norman is expecting a child with a...
Brian Benben is playing a divorced New York City book editor in a comedy. clips from older shows were used to show Tupper's feelings. The team that created Friends created it. It ran on the cable chan...
Disneyland's 35th Anniversary Special
Celebration of Disneyland's 35th Anniversary
Dr. A breakthrough in synthetic skin is on the verge of being realized when his laboratory is destroyed by mobsters. Having been burned beyond recognition and forever altered by an experimental medica...
The Horror Hall of Fame
The best horror films, television series, actors, producers and special-effects designers were honored at The Horror Hall of Fame.
This Is Horror
Stephen King's World of Horror and the 1988 VHS release of the same name were both distributed by Front Row Entertainment. There were four 60 minute segments. Interviews and behind-the-scenes footage ...
Coming to America
Akeem, heir to the throne, left the tropical paradise kingdom to look for his queen. Akeem wants to find a bride in Queens, New York, where he can blend in. Akeem and Semmi attempt to blend in as ordi...
Amazon Women on the Moon
This madcap send-up of late night TV, low-budget sci-fi films and canned-laughter-filled sitcoms is packed with off-the-wall sketches that will have you in stitches. This spoof of contemporary life an...
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B.B. King: Into the Night
A short documentary about B.B. King and his time working on the score for the 1985 movie "Into the Night" starring Jeff Goldblum and Michelle Pfeiffer.
Disneyland’s 30th Anniversary Celebration
The Disneyland 30th anniversary celebration was broadcast on NBC. The first thirty years of Disneyland's history is the subject of the special. The famous Walt Disney opening day speech is included in...
George Burns Comedy Week
George Burns Comedy Week is a comedy anthology television series broadcasted in the United States by CBS as part of its 1985 fall lineup.
Into the Night
Ed Okin used to have a boring life. He used to have a hard time sleeping. He met Diana the night before. Ed is struggling to stay alive.
A clue leads to a mansion where six colorful dinner guests are gathered. Boddy died after his secret was exposed. The guests and Boddy's butler have to figure out who the killer is before the body cou...
Spies Like Us
Two government employees think they are in the U.S. They discovered that they are decoys for nuclear war.
Michael Jackson's Thriller
A night at the movies turns into a nightmare when Michael and his date are attacked by zombies.
A snobbish investor and a street con- artist have their positions reversed by two callous millionaires.
Twilight Zone: The Movie
This is a remake of four episodes of the show. Each is very similar to its original, where eerie and disturbing situations start to spin out of control. The film is divided into four parts: 'Time Out'...
Making Michael Jackson's Thriller
Featuring interviews with director John Landis, make-up artist Rick Baker, and the King of Pop himself, Making Michael Jackson's Thriller takes you on a behind-the-scenes journey from pre-production t...
Take One: Fear on Film
John Carpenter, John Landis and David Cronenberg discuss their favorite scare films as well as what makes them work in this look at horror films hosted by Mick Garris.
The retrospective documentary features clips from preview trailers dating from 1923 "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" to the present day, as well as clips from other horror films. This tribute features Dr...
A couple in Los Angeles are trying to open a restaurant.
The Kentucky Fried Movie
A series of skits that spoof news programs, commercials, porno films, kung-fu films, disaster films, blaxploitation films, spy films, and the fear that somebody is watching you on the other side of th...
Death Race 2000
In a future where points are scored by mowing down pedestrians, the government sponsors a popular, but bloody, cross-country race. Five teams, each consisting of a male and female, are competing in a ...
The debut film of John Landis, who wrote and starred in the low-budget comedy horror. A suburb in Southern California is being terrorized by a monster in a cave. A group of teens stumbled on a 20-mill...
My Name Is Nobody
Jack Beauregard, one of the greatest gunfighters of the Old West, only wants to retire in peace and move to Europe. A young gunfighter who admires Beauregard wants him to go out in glory. He arranged ...
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
While the Civil War rages between the Union and the Confederacy, three men comb the American Southwest in search of a strongbox containing $200,000 in stolen gold.
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