Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004)

“Z Channel had what they call a “zero churn rate” which means that nobody would cancel the service.” – F.X. Feeney

Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 Mar 2023)

Brief Synopsis – Documentary about an early cable channel that was created in the 1970’s allowed people in LA to see unavailable movies and cuts of movies.

My Take on it – This is something that I recall hearing about decades ago, but never gave much thought about it until a recent conversation with my good friend Jim O’Kane brought the subject back to the forefront. Such a fascinating and amazing documentary that explains the history of Channel Z and it’s main force – Jerry Harvey who was the backbone of the channel for many years. The interviews with famous directions, movie critics, actors and former employees of the channel explain in detail about the rise and fall of this channel and how it changed the face of Hollywood at an essential time. They also discuss how much the pay cable channels were getting worried about the success of this channel because it could potentially take away from their own profits. The channel was so integral to the growth of the idea of independent film making and being about to release director cuts of movies and it was so engrossing for me as a movie fan to learn all of this information about the history of it all.

Highly Recommended!

Tnx again to Jim for recommending that I watch this!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This film was made only after the financing for another film project, a fiction film, partially collapsed. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)


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