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mod sassinator
Dec 13, 2006

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The Scientist posted:

I love this thread.

Let me drop a little bombshell:

BaBoom - [url]http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/search/results/page/1/sort/dc.date+desc?q=&facet[0]=dc.type%3A%22Program+Video%22[/url]

edit: Why won't this URL encode? Radium :argh:

This is page one of all the Nova episodes - for those who might not know, Nova is a PBS (American public broadcasting) documentary series, and it is awesome.

I have 2 favorites I'll point out, sadly only 1 is viewable on this site, all though the second is available on Netflix.

Fractals - This one features interviews with Benoit Mandlebrot, and like I said in the PYF Fact that makes your brain explode thread, minute by minute features the most mind blowing facts of any doc I can remember seeing:
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/physics/hunting-hidden-dimension.html

Dogs Decoded - Not streamable online, but absolutely fascinating for anyone who likes dogs, has seen a dog, knows what a dog is, and/or finds evolution interesting:
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/nature/dogs-decoded.html


Also, if these videos are blocked outside of the US, please let me know.

Fantastic! I love NOVA too, here are a couple of my favorite episodes:

Hubble's Amazing Rescue - Fascinating look at how NASA prepares for a big mission like repairing the Hubble telescope.

Absolute Zero - Very interesting story of physicists competing to create the coldest recorded temperature.

Casca posted:

Also for those who have Netflix, Brother's Keeper is incredibly good. Delbert was a member of a family of four elderly brothers, working as semi-literate farmers and living together in isolation from the rest of society until William's death. A police investigation and Medical Examiner's autopsy suggested that Bill may not have died from natural causes and Delbert was arrested on charges of Second-Degree Murder. Under questioning by police, Delbert appears to have waived his rights and signed a confession, but this film suggests that he may not have been competent to do so. The film explores possible motives for the crime, from 'mercy-killing' (Bill was ill at the time) to progressively more bizarre hypotheses. It also shows how residents of the rural community of Munnsville, NY rallied to the support of one of their own residents (previously considered a social outcast), against what they felt were intrusive 'big-city' police and District Attorney tactics.

I watched this documentary recently and loved it too.

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mod sassinator
Dec 13, 2006

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If anyone is curious Restrepo is on Netflix streaming now. Just watched it and have to say it's a fantastic war documentary. I feel like I just spent months embedded in the worst parts of Afghanistan.

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Dec 13, 2006

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Wow thanks for finding that, I really wanted to see it after watching The Fighter.

edit: Speaking of HBO documentaries, I have a request. Does anyone know if the documentary from 2009, The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant, is available to stream or rent online anywhere? I've really been wanting to watch it but can't find it anywhere.

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Hulu also has the excellent documentary For All Mankind about the moon landings. It's more of a celebration of man's conquest of the moon than a pragmatic how we got to the moon story, if that makes sense. Great Brian Eno soundtrack too.

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Dec 13, 2006

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Wow Hulu just added Exit Through The Gift Shop, the documentary by graffiti artist Banksy. I'm surprised to see such a recent movie on Hulu, it's one that will probably be a nominee for best documentary at the academy awards this year.

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Dec 13, 2006

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Rojkir posted:

This is a great thread. I don't know if it's ok to post requests in here, but I'm looking for a good documentary about the music of sixties in America. I'm talking crosby, stills nash and young, bob dylan, woodstock and how it all came to be. It doesn't have to be to heavy on the music, but i somehowe just love the whole atmosphere of that decade, the history of it and some of the music it brought fort.

This is a good one, Hotel California: LA From The Byrds To The Eagles. It covers the California music scene in the 60's and 70's with a focus on all the major players like David Crosby, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, etc.

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Dec 13, 2006

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when worlds collide posted:

I actually have a request, come to think of it. Does anyone know of any documentaries about the Innocence Project, or other court cases that were overturned because of new evidence/better lawyering/public outcry? Or, what life is like once your conviction is overturned, and you're released from jail, I'm interested in that as well. There has to be something on David Milgaard, I'd think? I haven't found anything. If there was one posted already, my apologies, I don't recall seeing any.

After Innocence is right up your alley, it's even on Netflix streaming now: http://instantwatcher.com/titles/3739 It's not easy to watch these guys have to deal with so much bureaucracy to prove their innocence.

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Dec 13, 2006

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insider posted:

Anyone know of any good docs about Vegas? Specifically about how such large casinos and resorts operate and a kind of behind the scenes look? I have been interested in Vegas recently as it is one of the major locations in the States that I have yet to go to and was thinking of planning a trip there. I watched a doc on youtube by the BBC which was pretty good and got me interested to see if there were anymore good Vegas docs.

Really anything Vegas related would do I'm just curious about it since most of my knowledge comes from movies and poker on ESPN.

I liked the Anthony Bourdain No Reservations episode on Vegas. He goes to a few tourist traps and a few lesser known places to show all the sides of modern Las Vegas. Looks like you can watch it on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5FjGiPW8v0

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Dec 13, 2006

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Anyone know of Pete Seeger or American folk music documentaries streaming online?

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iqarus posted:

is there any documentaries out there similar to the iceman confessions, one on one interview/biography type deals

Oh yeah, I just found a treasure trove of good one on one stories. Look for Erol Morris' First Person--it's a TV series where Morris interviews people, but instead of being in front of a camera the people are in front of a set of mirrors that make them think they're talking directly to Morris.

For example here's one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbLhBISXbVA

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Hellwuzzat posted:

I knew I recognized Morris' name from somewhere. "The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara is a 2003 American documentary film about the life and times of former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara as well as illustrating his observations of the nature of modern warfare."

Here's the first 10 minutes of one of my favourites, Dark Days. It's about homeless people living in the subway tunnels under NYC.

Dark Days is great--it's the kind of lesser known, but awesome documentary I love to find on Netflix.

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Also check out Michael Palin's travel documentaries for good stuff that isn't so serious. Be warned they might make you want to spend a lot of money on international airfare though!

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robotsinmyhead posted:

Goddamn this one has some legs!

"Post-modern pancakes: basically, you make some pancakes, and then you chop them up and then you throw them in pancake batter again and..."

Yeah Kenny Shopsin is awesome. His book is fantastic too--it's part biography and part cookbook. Try the chicken tortilla soup, it's my favorite!

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Dec 13, 2006

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Omgkittens posted:

Maybe an odd request, but does anybody have any documentaries that are just purely positive, happy experiences?

I watched Dear Zachary recently, and while it was great...it sure was depressing. And after watching Requiem for a Dream and Million Dollar Baby, I would really love to watch something that is just happy, life affirming and generally just fun.

Some random happy/fun documentaries I've enjoyed:
The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill
The Parking Lot Movie
Monster Camp
King of Kong
Helvetica
Super High Me
Man On Wire
Encounters At The End Of The World

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Dec 13, 2006

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ravenkult posted:

Can I get a recommendation for documentaries about the ''wild west'' or pioneers or western movies?

I haven't personally seen it but based on his other amazing work I bet Ken Burn's The West is great: http://www.pbs.org/weta/thewest/

You might also be interested in his fantastic Civil War documentary (what really made him famous) and more, check out: http://www.pbs.org/kenburns/

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SamLikesCake posted:

Very obscure documentary question!

I remember seeing a documentary on TLC or Discovery back in the mid 90's (I wanna say '95 or '96) about alien abduction. It was the first time I'd ever seen or heard anything about it and I remember it scaring the hell out of little ten-year-old me. Now, there are about a million alien docs out there now but this one was "hosted" by a woman with dark hair. I think it might have been Edith Fiore. It was mostly interviews with alleged abductees and it talked a ton about hypnosis. I remember it had frequent shots of a light bulb swaying in front of the camera.

I don't believe in any of that stuff anymore, but I remember it scaring the poo poo out of little kid SamLikesCake and I guess I want a nostalgia trip. I've looked all over the place for it with no luck. The problem is that there are a million and one UFO docs out there with similar names. Anyone remember this show, and have any idea what it was called?

Shot in the dark, I know.

Not exactly what you're looking for but check out the movie Fire In The Sky--it has a pretty scary abduction scene.

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spirited posted:

Starting to watch Part 2 of All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace.

The first part was drat good. It gave me an understanding of why when I was a kid the internet user base that actually used correct grammar around the 90s seemed to be Objectivists that self identified as Randian dicks more often than not. The software and hardware companies of the day thought they were creating a new economy, but the internet seems to have gradually lost much of its insanely creative experimental nature now like the freakish web 2.0 businesses that got funded by naive venture capitalists. At this point it has probably coalesced to have what are probably going to be long time mainstays (Google, Facebook, Skype, Youtube, Hulu, FireFox, Twitter) and with the economy and the government now seriously trying to regulate poo poo it's going to be interesting.

I hope China produces some internationally useful something or other, eventually they're going to be in a position to eat the West alive if they progress smoothly.

Nice--is part 2 on youtube or anything yet? I really liked the first episode and am looking forward to the next couple.

edit: Ah here it is, hot off the presses: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjEsk2lBj8c

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Drewsky posted:

What are some other good Theroux docs? I just watched Megajail and it was great.

I've seen The Most Hated Family In America and the followup that was released recently.

Theroux's look at black power groups was pretty good. He sees the whole range from groups that are just fighting for equality to extreme Black Panther style groups. Take a look at http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/louis-theroux-on-black-nationalism/

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Groselgar posted:

When We Were Kings is probably one of the most definitive boxing docs, if not the most; it covers pretty much the whole of the Ali v. Foreman fight, from the promotion and run up with everyone involved to some of the more technical aspects of the fight itself. It's on Documentary Heaven and Netflix instant and it is excellent.

drat, this was fantastic!

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BDPFlow posted:

I need your help, filmgoons. I've been charged with the task to create a documentary film series for students at a large (southern) public university. They want to me to select some films that are new-ish (licensing fees will be paid by the university), and occasionally I'll be putting together a panel of faculty to discuss the films.

Problem: I know pretty much nothing about the documentary scene. Can you guys think of any films that have come out recently or premiered at film festivals that would be interesting to a group of college students and/or spark discussion?

Just for frame of reference, we ranged anywhere from 20-200 in attendance last year. Although 200 was Waiting for Superman (education is hot these days).

You might try to get Holy Rollers: The True Story of Card Counting Christians. I saw the film's premiere at the Seattle film festival and really enjoyed it. It's like the MIT blackjack club but on a smaller scale and with church groups.

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Dec 13, 2006

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Doppelganger posted:

Not to be a dick, but I'm 30 minutes in and this is just bad. They spend more time on badly-acted, un-narrated reenactments than they do actually talking about who he was and what he did. There's even a music video in the first fifteen minutes for some reason. Does it improve any?

There are like 3 of those random music videos--I dunno WTF either.

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Solar Coaster posted:

Everything and Nothing

Two part BBC documentary about the universe, both ours and the quantum universe. Hosted by Professor Al-Khalili, he explains how some of the most innocent questions can take centuries to really answer.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXliM19h6YI&list=PL9EF17F2C7A8343AC&feature=player_embedded

This is fantastic! If you like science documentaries like Cosmos, drop everything and check this out now.

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Dec 13, 2006

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The Valuum posted:

I'd like to see this one too, hope someone can find a link.

PS. Thank ya's for all the contributions to the thread, Scientist.

Also I got a date with a chunky monkey (don't tease I like 'em) who is also absolutely crazy for documentaries. We plan on watching Dear Zachary together next weekend, but I was wondering if anyone perhaps had a good "date documentary"? Maybe even something just light hearted. She's into literature, music, and certain aspects of true crime (The West Memphis 3 is how we started talking!). It doesn't have to fit into any of those interests at all though, as long as it would work well for a date.

Haha yeah, stay away from Dear Zachary for a first date--it's super depressing and will just put you in a bad mood. I'd go with something a little more fun and quirky like The Parking Lot Movie, Man on Wire, etc. A good one for a later date would be Inside Deep Throat--it will set the mood and is pretty interesting (be aware it's x-rated, there's definitely some porno scenes in it).

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Dec 13, 2006

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Mrens posted:

That is just terrible, it's just a bunch of short clips of a poo poo load of human garbage talking about there drug culture, and they are all boring as hell.

Except for the fact they never stop saying "Woot, Woot" you could make the exact same documentary at any drug gathering.

I actually liked it quite a bit. It reminded me of Heavy Metal Parking Lot where it's just meant to be a window into some crazy subculture. Equal parts fascinating and horrifying.

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Dec 13, 2006

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Heads up a new Ken Burns documentary on Prohibition starts tonight on PBS: http://tv.nytimes.com/2011/10/01/arts/television/prohibition-a-ken-burns-documentary-on-pbs-review.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

It sounds like another 5-6 hour doc from him--I can't wait!

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drunken officeparty posted:

I watch a lot of documentary's, mostly about weird people like Monster Camp, I Think We're Alone Now and Party Monster: The Shockumentary. I'm always looking for more if anyone knows any.

But I couldn't watch Dear Zachary. Not because it's sad, but because it's just loving awful. I got 15 minutes in and was just bored out of my skull.

Wow I just watched I Think We're Alone Now on Netflix and am completely creeped out by those guys. I like when they met each other and there was a lot of tension around who would get the girl in their made up worlds.

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Dec 13, 2006

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This is a fantastic documentary on Pete Seeger:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Czk2hj4VISg

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Dec 13, 2006

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Budget Bears posted:

Can anyone recommend me some interesting and not-heartbreaking documentaries about the ocean, ocean life, etc? Preferably ones that are available online through something other than Netflix. I work in a nautical museum and we've been streaming ocean-related movies at the entrance, and I've already gone through all of the ocean documentaries on Netflix.

Kids come in here a lot so anything that doesn't have scary/gory/sad stuff in it would be preferred. (The other day I accidentally put something on which featured footage of people cutting sharks' dorsal fins off :ohdear: )

Definitely check out the water related episodes of Planet Earth. Lots of good video and narration of stuff like fresh water and salt water habitats.

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Dec 13, 2006

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Dan Aykroyd: Unplugged on UFOs is super cheesey but a fun doc on the subject too.

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UltraShame posted:

I got to watch the NOVA documentary about their expedition to Everest, when they ended up finding George Mallory's body in 1999. It was great. The amount of corpses frozen forever on the side of the mountain is shocking.

Anyone have any other recommendations for documentaries regarding Mount Everest?

e: added some links for the curious.

Definitely check out Touching the Void if you haven't yet. It's not about Everest but is instead about a truly horrific climbing accident and the amazing survival story that followed.

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Dec 13, 2006

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UltraShame posted:

Since this is the documentary thread, how good is the film

Very good--it mixes documentary interview with good dramatization to really pull you in to the story.

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Elijya posted:

Lawrence Krauss lecture, A Universe from Nothing

Wow this is a great lecture, thanks!

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El Gallinero Gros posted:

I watched a pretty good documentary about Straight Edge via National Geo on youtube a while back, any other suggestions?

Might be out of left field, but I liked Towncraft a documentary about the tight-knit punk music scene from Little Rock, Arkansas, in the 80's and 90's. It's not straight edge but deals a lot with the punk, DIY, and high school music scenes commonly associated with straight edge.

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Imapanda posted:

Could I be recommended any good documentaries about the social structure (or just anything) of Ants? I'm beginning to become fascinated by these little critters.

I haven't seen it, but Nova is generally fantastic and has an episode on them: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/nature/lord-ants.html

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Dec 13, 2006

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The porn episode from a couple days ago is great. I love how he's revisiting the same people 15 years later--it's crazy how young he looks in the old clips too!

Not sure if I should be happy or sad that I recognized some of the girls too.

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That sub doc was very interesting. Are there any other good docs on Soviet era stuff?

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dj_clawson posted:

I just watched as many Chernobyl films as I could.

The Battle of Chernobyl - By far the best one. Recently done in a changing political landscape, it deals with the events immediately after the explosion, not the explosion itself (which is very technically complicated), and the race to prevent a second explosion that probably would have destroyed Europe. Interviews with all the surviving top generals, witnesses, and Gorbachev and Hans Blix talking openly about the politics of it. Also discussion of the health of survivors and children born to survivors.

Chernobyl Heart - Couldn't make it through this one, which is famous. Tons and tons of footage of deformed and mutated babies born since Chernobyl and teenagers with thyroid cancer, which is rampant in all of Belarus and the Ukraine. NWS, seriously.

Inside the Sarcophagus - My second favorite. Filmed in the 90's, deals with a small team who were in charge of going deep into the destroyed reactor to check how the sarcophagus is holding up (not well) and where the nuclear fuel went (underground). The BBC went back five years later, and by then, most of the team was dead, surprisingly from heart failure and not radiation poisoning.

Seconds From Disaster: Meltdown at Chernobyl - Nat Geo does a flashy special with lots of zooms in to computer generated models with high-intensity music. That said, the explanation of how the disaster actually happened is extensive. The special puts the blame across all of the different workers not in contact with each other.

Discovery Channel: Disaster at Chernobyl - relying heavily on silly Russian reenactment, Discovery also tries to tell the highly complex story of the actual explosion, this time putting the blame on a combination of the head of the safety test and the technical flaws pre-existing in the plant, the most traditional guilt theory.

Inside Chernobyl - Amateur film by someone who visited Chernobyl. Actually pretty good, but there is a lot of panning over beautiful scenery to ambient music.

Chernobyl 25 years later - A film about some Russian youths trying to comprehend the disaster. Discusses a lot of current issues, like the safety of the sarcophagus and its proposed replacement, and the Ukrainian government's astonishing plan to build 22 new power plants and sell the power to the rest of Europe. The only film I saw dealing with current energy politics in the former Soviet Union.

Nuclear Aftershocks - Frontline's discussion of nuclear power via the Fukishima disaster, so not strictly about Chernobyl, but it's mentioned frequently. Obviously, comes down pretty hard against nuclear energy in general but points out we have no alternative and are unlikely to develop one.

Nice summaries! I agree Battle of Chernobyl is great--I especially liked the interviews with Gorbachev and how open he was about the incident. I can't believe they were ready to dig under the reactor and fill it with liquid nitrogen to try cooling it down so it wouldn't melt further into the ground.

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notwithoutmyanus posted:

So I'm happily going to be spending a vacation at yellowstone. Does anyone have a good list of some documentaries covering the area? nature, wildlife, events, etc.

Ken Burn's National Parks documentary is a must watch! Seriously drop everything and go get it right now. After watching you will be super psyched about visiting Yellowstone and all the other parks.

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Bob the terrible posted:

I just finished Ken Burns the civil war from 1990. As an European that dont know a lot about that war I was a little sceptical about starting the series, but it is absolutely magnificent and everybody that have a small interest in either American or military history should check it out.

Agreed, the civil war is up there as one of my most favorite documentaries ever.

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WebDog posted:


He did one last year about Westerns.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKuw8MgvmAE


This is great, thanks! I love classic westerns and this pointed me at a few I really need to check out.

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