Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession 2004

Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession

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  • Jun 19, 2013
    A very well laid out documentary on a channel that is likely not familiar to those who didn't grow up in the Los Angeles area but would have loved to have grown up with. This is a tale of both a channel and Jerry Harvey who was the mastermind behind it. Ultimately Harvey's own limitations would lead to the downfall of both.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 02, 2010
    Z Channel - A Magnificent Obsession is a pretty damn good documentary about one of the first and possibly the best (from the sound of it if nothing else) cable movie channels ever. Z Channel not only played an incredibly wide selection of great movies that were swept under the rug by studios for what was considered disappointing box office performances, but it also helped institute what we know today as the director's cut. That being said, Z Channel - A Magnificent Obsession is about the channel itself and its founder/programming director, Jerry Harvey. This documentary basically has one of a few things going on at any given time. There's either 1) a clip from any given movie that played on Z's eclectic rotation, 2) an interview with a director whose career was either jump started or saved by Harvey or 3) an interview with one of Harvey's close friends/exes/employees talking about how brilliant and/or fucking insane he was. This documentary also really makes you appreciative and grateful considering most of us wouldn't have heard of the movies we love today, let alone would have been able to see them if not for Harvey's work at Z Channel. This documentary is a must for any serious or even fair weather film buff who can even appreciate something different. Watching this movie also opens an incredibly huge can of worms by adding almost 2 dozen movies to my must-see list. It's like Martin Scorsese's Personal Journey Through American Movies all over again...
    Michael G Super Reviewer
  • Jun 08, 2009
    Engaging and entertaining doc that is a must for film nerds. (Although, I really wish QT would calm the fuck down when being interviewed.) It's really interesting after watching this and reading Easy Riders, Raging Bulls at the same time makes me want to reconsider my career path. It's a shame that this channel isn't still around and the wreckage that this man left behind. Good thing the last name of the director of this doc was Cassavettes who was able to tell a great story.
    Tim S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 04, 2008
    If only the Z channel was still around today! Extremely interesting documentary, a must for film buffs everywhere.
    Emily B Super Reviewer

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