Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004)

Directed by: Xan Cassavetes

Stars: Robert Altman, Vera Carlisle Anderson, C.L. Batten

Language: English

Country: Usa | Dvdrip + Extras

Description: A documentary on the Z Channel, one of the first pay cable stations in the US, and its programming chief, Jerry Harvey. Debuting in 1974, the LA-based channel’s eclectic slate of movies became a prime example of the untapped power of cable television.



* Commentary by director Xan Cassavetes and several members of the film crew.
* AFI Tribute to Z with panelists Oliver Stone and James Woods, among others. (3:42)
* Castaway’s Choice radio interview with Jerry Harvey. (26:13)
* Z Magazine Gallery – Photos and text selections from Z Channel’s programming guide. (11:36)
* On the Film Scene with Charles Champlin – An interview show on Z Channel. (1:53)
* 3 Women – Robert Altman talks about his dreams or whatever. (3:43)
* Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid – Learn how Jerry Harvey obtained Peckinpah’s preferred cut of the film. (5:37)
* Spetters – Paul Verhoeven discusses his controversial film and the songs of former US Attorney General John Ashcroft. (4:08)
* Touch of Evil – Jerry Harvey makes Orson Welles happy. (1:22)
* Peckinpah meets Fellini – Good times. (2:20)

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