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Michael Jackson's This Is It [Blu-ray] [2010] [Region Free]


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  • Actors: Michael Jackson
  • Format: Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Arabic, Danish, Dutch, French, Finnish, German, Hindi, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Feb 2010
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (300 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002VJJGLW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,509 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Michael Jackson’s THIS IS IT is a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the performer as he developed, created and rehearsed for his sold-out concerts at London’s O2 Arena. Chronicling the months from April through June 2009, this film was produced with the full support of the Estate of Michael Jackson and drawn from more than one hundred hours of behind-the-scenes footage featuring Jackson rehearsing a number of his songs for the show. In raw and candid detail, Michael Jackson’s THIS IS IT captures the singer, dancer, filmmaker, architect, creative genius and great artist at work as he creates and perfects his planned final London shows.

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It's hard not to watch This Is It without feeling a mixture of sorrow and elation. When he passed away in the summer of 2009, Michael Jackson was in the midst of rehearsals for his final tour, an ambitious 50-date engagement. In editing 120 hours of rehearsal footage together, Jackson producer Kenny Ortega proves that it would've been an event for the ages. Michael performs material that spans his career, from a Motown medley to multi-platinum hits from Off the Wall, Thriller, and Bad. Though he hadn't toured in 10 years, it becomes instantly apparent, despite rumours to the contrary, that Jackson was still in full possession of that unmistakable voice--high-pitched whoops and all--and that he still had the gravity-defying moves of a man half his age. Jackson and Ortega also collaborated on some real showstoppers, such as a graveyard-set "Thriller"; an imposing "They Don't Care About Us," in which several dancers appear to morph into thousands; and a film noir sequence in which the singer slides in and out of Gilda and other black-and-white classics, singing "Smooth Criminal" all the while. Not everything works, like the Jackson 5 numbers, in which he flubs a few lyrics, claiming that his earpiece isn't working properly, but as he readily acknowledges, "That's what rehearsal is for." It's a tragedy that he didn't get the chance to share this dazzling show with the world, but Ortega allows fans to feel as if it actually happened--at least onscreen. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

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299 of 305 people found the following review helpful By PB TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Nov 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I went to the cinema with genuine discomfort at the motivations for releasing this film. Would it be yet another exploitation of Jackson's legacy? Another shot at raking in money from his name? Could rehearsal footage be of any interest? Did I really want to see a skeletal drug-addict shamble around? But my children really wanted to see the film, and I had promised them a treat following their exams so I was beholden to taking them. I was not looking forward to seeing "This Is It" and I am not a nutty fan.

In short, Kenny Ortega has produced a staggering film. Admittedly, there is some sycophancy from some of the dancers (only in the opening sequence) and Jackson is not giving a full-on stage performance (remember - it's a rehearsal!), but... Wow! Even when operating at 70%, Jackson's stagecraft, voice and dancing are miles ahead of anyone performing today. This 50 year old man shows everyone how it should be done.

"This Is It" cannot be pigeon-holed. It is not a movie. It is not a concert. It is not a documentary. The footage was shot for Jackson's personal collection. However, Ortega has compiled a compelling and amazing film.

The sheer scale of the concerts, the preparation required, the rigs, the video sequences... this would have been the greatest comeback in the history of pop. I know I sound like Elizabeth Taylor here, but I am pretty critical. If you see my other reviews, I don't dole out 5 stars willy-nilly.

For all the negativity I have read about this film, I cannot agree that Jackson looked weak. He was certainly thin, but he was more than able to perform the moves. He was saving his voice, so didn't belt out every song, but that's the norm for rehearsals - and even with so much in reserve, he sounds incredible.
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93 of 95 people found the following review helpful By Ziggywatters on 21 Feb 2010
Format: DVD
Obviously the films 5 stars. No question.

But if your buying the two disc special edition your buying this for the extras also.. Although they're great... they're not what I was hoping for.. I heard there was going to be 6 hours and loads of extra footage of Michael.

There basically isn't ANY extra footage of Michael! Everything of MJ is in the film.. the extra footage is just mini docs about the costumes or the staging or the dancers or meeting the band etc etc.. with lots of talking heads from the producers, musicians etc etc..

If your hoping for an unedited version or two of say one whole run through of smooth criminal or whichever track, the extras here don't feature any such treat.

There is hardly any, if any, extra MJ performance footage in the extras!!!

We do see things like the planned ending for the show explained.. and the costume doc explaining and showing what was planned for the Billie Jean costume is great - I wonder actually why these two bits weren't in the actual film..? - really fascinating.

Obviously as I say the film is great, and as a fan I would never not buy the 2 disc version.. just thought I'd give people a heads up that the extras.. although great.. probably won't thrill you as much as you hope... Hundreds of hours of material were shot during rehearsals.. and none extra were put on these discs!!! :(

The second disc actually just has on it three mini docs. Meet the Band, Meet the Dancers and Meet the Vocalists... sums it up really.. all just a bit of a con.

If you buy this you want to see extra MJ right? here you get extras interviews with the producers.. There's a Kenny Ortega interview on youtube from last year almost promising extra footage, what happened??
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Broogle on 11 Nov 2009
Format: DVD
When a friend of mine announced that he had tickets to the O2 shows, I must admit, I poured scorn on the idea, thinking like everyone else - he's past it, he's addled with drugs, he's desperate for cash. I went to see the movie last week with a non-fan - we went for the curiousity value more than anything else - and I have to say, we were blown away.

Michael moved with the grace and ease of someone half his age, and he showed the young dancers selected for the tour how it's done. His voice was still astonishing. I think his skills as a vocalist were always overshadowed by the dancing and the razmatazz of his performances, but he really was a beautiful singer. If Michael's family's opinion on the rehearsals is to be believed, This Is It shows him performing at 40% - all I can say is, if this is 40%; 100% would have been mind-blowing.

This film depicts a true showman at his finest, his dedication to his craft astonishing. I have no hesitation in recommending it to any music fan. The O2 shows would have been the concert of a lifetime.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By W. A. Thornton on 6 Dec 2009
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I went with a friend to see this movie, there were 6 other people in the cinema; where was everyone? had the negative press prejudiced people from making their own minds up? I was determined to be objective in spite of a slight whisper of cynicism and if nothing else to satisfy my own curiosity; I was not to be dissapointed! The first thing that struck me was the intimacy of the footage, it really seemed to get up close to Michael in a way I havn't seen before it seemed raw and stripped back. The callibre of the man was evident, his stature which did not appear in any way to be frail, and his commanding presence and the mutually respectful manner in which he related to the director and crewe was inspiring. He certainly was thin but he always has been, and I never understood why he carved his face up but that said the inner beauty comes through. As for the performance, the moment the music started the hairs on the back of my neck stood up, it was clear to see the concerts would have been Jackson at his best. His genius, creativity and stage artistry was humbling, given it was rehearsal and he was obviously saving it' for the concerts. I loved the re-working of the classics, staying authentic but with a fresh edge. The movie footage was again authentic Jackson and all too short. I was in awe of the way Michael moved, being the same age I can appreciate his athletisism and unique style that cannot be replicated even by the talented dancers working close to him. The routines were mesmerising and a joy to watch, the anticipation of knowing what comes next and then being surprised by the new coreography. Finally one is left with an inate sense of being robbed of someone profoundly special, and of deep sadness for his children, this movie at least might give them something of their father that they can be proud of. All I can say is I wanted to watch it all over again, and will definately be placing a pr-order!
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