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From 1974 to 1989, Z Channel graced the Los Angeles airwaves as one of the country's first pay-television stations. Though its subscription rate barely reached into the hundred thousands, the cable station presaged later channels such as Sundance and IFC with an eclectic slate of movie programming that included art-house, foreign, independent, classic, and otherwise rare and/or out-of-the-mainstream films--this at at time when VCRs and cable were still in their infancy and cinephiles had to frequent repertory theaters to quench their cinematic thirsts. Z Channel's visionary approach was the brainchild of its main programmer, Jerry Harvey, who shaped the station's offerings with his encyclopedic knowledge and impeccable taste as well as innovations like director's cuts and theme nights. Unfortunately, the very qualities that made Harvey such a cinematic obsessive also lent themselves to emotional instability, and both he and Z Channel came to an abrupt end when he killed his wife and then himself one trag...
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DirectorXan Cassavetes
Release Date:  2004
MPAA Rating:  Unrated
DVD Release Date:  Arts Alliance America (October 11, 2005)
Runtime:  2hr 0min
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review by . January 25, 2006
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Pros: Fascinating, well documented     Cons: None, wish there was actual footage of Jerry himself     The Bottom Line: Solid documentary - well produced, interesting subject matter.      Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. I just love a good documentary. Especially one that has some sinister elements. Z Channel - A Magnificent Obsession has just that.       The story of disturbed, …
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