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The Best of Damon Zex


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Cult figure DAMON ZEX invaded public access television in the 1990s with the fury of a ransacking Hun intent on burning suburban decency to the ground. With infamous, profanity and blasphemy-laced episodes like "Drinking and Driving with Damon Zex," "Damon's Drug Zone," and "Hate-O-Rama," Zex's show outraged Christian fundamentalists and soccer moms. His antisocial antics, and those of his imitators, eventually led to the cancellation of public access TV in his hometown of Columbus, OH, but not before Zex's infamy spread far and wide: the show was picked up everywhere from New York City to the BBC.
Deliberately provocative, but never a mere provocateur, Zex is a pioneering multimedia artist using television as a canvas on which he paints satirical, psychedelic landscapes. With inspirations as diverse as German expressionism and Charlie Chaplin, Zex's artistic aim is to "Shatter the phalanx of mundanity suffocating the natural evolution of the human race."

"The Best of Damon Zex" includes three separate features on 2 DVDs:

DVD 1 contains:

1. "The Diabolical Damon Zex." 60 min. Watching this hour-long compilation is like flipping through the TV channels at 3 AM and discovering every station has been taken over by Zex. Includes the controversial and shocking tampon scenes from "Damon's Bloodfeast." First time on DVD.

2. "A Day in the Life of Damon Zex." 30 min. Damon's day begins with wine in his cereal, and gets weirder from there. First time on DVD.

BONUS DVD: CHECKMATE

30 min. Zex's timeless, post-public access expressionistic chess game shows a more mature artist focused on aesthetics, without sacrificing his sadomasochistic edge. This film, which has never seen before in its entirety outside of private screenings, is a must-have for Zex fans.

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  • Actors: Damon Zex
  • Directors: Damon Zex
  • Writers: Damon Zex
  • Producers: Damon Zex
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 2
  • DVD Release Date: April 16, 2010
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003HNNEQY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,854 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Bruce H. Ulanet on January 24, 2014
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I would buy anything he makes. I love this DVD. He many not be everyone's cup of tea, but he should be. This is super-funny, and if you allow it quite thought provoking too. Damon satire spares no one, not even himself. Buy this DVD as soon as possible!
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By THE BLUEMAHLER on September 23, 2010
While there might still be quality, dramatic television, there is little doubt the medium has lost it's imaginative powers and any penchant for innovative, experimental, provocative, quirky aesthetics. Ernie Kovacs and Andy Kauffman are long dead. In addition to Kauffman, the 80's did see Pee Wee's Playhouse and Bakshi's "New Adventures of Mighty Mouse", but they have been relegated to distant memories. Then, in the 1990's came Damon Zex; the underground cult icon from Columbus, Ohio's short-lived public access television.

One writer speculated that Charlie Chaplin was nearly the sole silent super star to have survived sound because he alone understood it was a different art form. There is a reason that Chaplin, Keaton, Harry Langdon, Charlie Bowers, Theda Bara, etc. were inspirational fodder to later surrealist luminaries such as Samuel Beckett and Andre Breton. Those provocateurs understood and connected with elements from the silent art form which had it's origins in vaudeville and can be seen in today's performance artists such as Diamanda Galas and Damon Zex.

Much in early film, by today's standard, was experimental because the rules had not yet been set as to what constituted `film' and what did not. Luis Buñuel once said, "Moving pictures merely repeat what we have been told for centuries by novels and plays. Thus, a marvelous instrument for the expression of poetry and dreams (the subconscious world) is reduced to the role of simple REPEATER of stories expressed by other art forms."

In lieu of today's obsession for squeaky clean, hypernarrative Hollywood realism, reactions to expressionism, experiment, rough improvisation range from red flag dismissals such as "artsy" and "pretentious" to downright hostility.
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