Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004)

In the late 70s/early 80s, Z Channel was a trailblazer in the world of cable TV. They pioneered the idea of a "director's cut" and showing a film in its' original aspect ratio.

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I'm sure that the people who made this doc simply wanted to talk about all of the amazing films that Z Channel showed and rediscovered. I'm sure they just wanted to interview directors like Robert Altman and show a bunch of awesome clips. Thankfully they didn't pussy out when they discovered that programmer Jerry Harvey's life ended in a murder/suicide of his own design. Who would have thought making a documentary about a TV channel would also end up serving as an exploration of the duality of man? Amazing stuff.

And now for something completely different...

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