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Michael Jackson's This Is It [1 Disc] [DVD] [2010]
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 29 September 2010
Bought this blu ray as I anticipate it to be a future classic. I'm not much of an MJ fan, but just like the rest of the world, I was shocked at his untimely death. The disc brought me back to that evening I watched this film at Leicester Square with my wife. After watching the film that evening, I felt sad that such a talented individual went before his time, and the same feelings rang true after watching the BD at home.

Regarding the video and sound quality, there's not much to review, really. The blu-ray is as it was in the cinema, there's some shots that are not in HD, and some dubious editing in some parts as well. My biggest gripe is that the movie lasts only for 1.5 hours. I would've loved to see an extended cut for the blu-ray. Surely there's some more excellent footage of Michael rehearsing for the concerts.

However, I am willing to overlook these minor gripes as this film to me is a simple reminder that Michael Jackson wasn't a "has been" at the time of his death. On the contrary, he was the same, quirky, odd-looking musical genius that I became familiar with in the late 80s and early 90s.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 11 November 2009
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 18 April 2012
Being a ticket holder to the show that never was, I sent for my Blu-ray copy mainly to get a glimpse of what I would've seen and heard at the O2 in London in July 2009 had Michael Jackson not tragically died just three weeks earlier.

Without any doubt whatsoever, this show would have had the best production of all time. The rehearsals alone are enough to completely mesmerise. Michael Jackson looking much younger than his 50 years, painstakingly goes through the show song by song like the true professional that he was. Every tiny detail is highlighted and supervised by Michael and all the songs you'd want to hear are rehearsed, including Jackson 5 hits. The production-in-making videos of Smooth Criminal and Thriller are stunning.

There are moments of exhiliration and frustration for Michael and the people involved. And there are many many musicians, dancers, technicians, choreographers, designers and directors - all giving their maximum to make the show a success.

Though I felt he was somewhat holding back in his singing and dance routines, Michael Jackson still came across as the overtly talented and hard working artist we all know. This show would've been the best ever staged by anyone. He was setting new standards when he was taken away too soon and the world of music and entertainment is suffering as a result.

This is unmissable. If you're going for the Blu-ray, you're in for a special treat - and I'm not just referring to the low price !
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 12 November 2009
Being a Michael Jackson Fan from my teenage years, some people may be surprised to learn that I opted not to purchase tickets for his 'This Is It' Tour. The reason being that having seen him live in concert on his 'Dangerous' Tour and still rating it as the best concert that I have ever seen ( and I have attended many concerts ) I did not think that MJ could possibly top what was for me one of the best experiences of my life. How wrong I was!! Having seen the film 'This Is It' at the cinema recently, I could not believe the amazing stage show that Michael and Kenny were planning, beyond belief!! Absolutely stunning and considering that this is only a rehearsal video, albeit, excellently edited by Kenny Ortaga, all I can say is those who did have tickets were in for a real treat. To me, MJ looked fresh, full of energy and enthusiasm and quite ready to give his fans a show beyond their wildest dreams. He did look a little thin, but apart from that, certainly no signs of illness or tiredness as have been suggested. Michaels attention to detail, his love and care, all show through in this unique look behind the scenes. I love the way the film portrays his wonderful sense of humour too, not often shown to us. Any michael Jackson fan would be pleased to recieve this as a Christmas present, I will certainly be adding it to my list!! I think that many people will be pleasantly surprised at just how good this is and, fan or not, no-one can deny that this film shows Michael as a true enertainer and definately worthy of his crown as 'King Of Pop'.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on 9 November 2009
I grew up with his music and really regret not seeing him in concert. I couldn't wait to see This Is It as it seemed the next best thing to seeing him live. I had heard so much in the media that these concerts were never actually going to happen because quote: 'He knew he couldn't sing or dance any more and couldn't face his fans knowing this' After seeing the film I felt such anger at the press. His voice was stunning, absolutely as beautiful as ever. Also he was around 25 years older than his backing dancers and was still amazing everyone with his moves. If you take into account that at rehearsals he was only 'marking out' and not running at 100% then you can only guess at his brilliance. I think if these concerts had gone ahead we would have been seeing one of the most spectacular shows ever made. At times it was hard to remember you were actually just watching a rehearsal - you became so wrapped up in the emotion of it all. He came across as the same ultimate professional and creative genius that he always was,as well as a beautiful and humble human being. It is said there will be added extra footage in the dvd and I really can't wait to own this.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
I will be the first to admit that i'm not a huge Michael Jackson fan, but i like some of his music and even those who did not rate him much have admited that musically, he was one of the best singer/songwriter/performers around. Having stdied him as part of my course, i was intersted to see what he had in stre for all those who would have seen his comeback concert. To say it could have been one of the best concerts ever is not an understatement- it truely would have shown us just how much of a performer he was.
First thing to remember- this is a working progress. Michael admitted himself that the first people to see his concert all the way through (without any breaks) would have been the audience. Here we see a selection of songs which would have been played- and boy he doesn't do things quietly! Every song had a production and was amazing to watch. Second point to note is that he is not performing 100% as he wanted to conserve his voice and hmself. I liked how the screen split and showed different rehersals of each song. Even the rehersals he wasn't putting that much into still looked great- it just goes to show how easy it was for him. I also enjoyed how involved he was- during some songs a screen would be used. The most effective uses (for me) were thriller (this would have been fantastic as he backing dancers got made up as ceatures of the night, but beware of the huge spider!), they don't really care about us (like the last one, he used his backing dancers in the video and multiplied them for a great effect) and smooth criminal. Some have mentioned his health- if he really was that ill, he would never have done the stunt where he jumps through a window! This to me was one of the best uses of the screen. However, Michael also wanted his fans to listen to his message. He cared about the environmentalot and eatrh song only emphasised ths. What he planned to do for this was amazing and i actually got a chill at the end of the song- he wanted his message to be loud and clear, and believe me, it would have been.
It was fascinating to watch him analyse his songs. There were times he'd tell the musicians what he wanted but he was never forceful and only showed how much he cared about the work he crafted. Although nothing but (near)perfecion was what he wanted, Michael was always polite and even had a laugh and a joke with everyone. When he got annoyed, he'd take a couple of breaths and carry on. To me, he was never a diva and just wanted a concert everyone would love and be proud of. Maybe certain singers should see this to show them how rude they are and teach them a lesson!
I left the cinema in disbelief- to me, he looked thin but never ill. He would have completed the 50 dates and given his fans a show to be proud. To think he never performed his finest hour is a sad one. Could this have been the greatest show on earth? Possibly yes. I imagine the dvd will be amazing too and will be pre-ordering it. This is a definate must for Michael's fans, those who wanted to see the show and for those who inspire to be not only great musicians, but great performers too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 23 November 2009
As a lifelong Michael Jackson fan, I knew I would have to see this film, having read all of the lurid reports of MJ's final weeks, I really wanted to see for myself if he was going to be some shambling skeletal figure, not knowing what day it was..How wrong can the press be? This was a man in total control of every aspect of his forthcoming shows in London, he knew every note, every sound, he knew when someone did not play a note correctly, and would stop to correct it himself, not in a starry way, but just politely and quietly.
If you have any misgivings on seeing this film, just give it a go.
I loved every minute, and having seen it on opening day, came back a few days later and watched again, now cant wait for the DVD.
I'm not some oddball, just a true fan, and know when we are watching a musical genius, MJ was that and more.
For all of the people, quick to judge him because of his looks, and phoney court cases, just remember this man was on stage, then writing and performing his amazing songs from a very young age, and thankfully, we the public have this legacy to listen to forever.
I dont usually return for 2nds when I've been to the cinema, but I just enjoyed the whole experience of seeing and hearing many of MJ's most memorable songs and seeing him dance again.
What a show "This is it" would have been at the O2..we were robbed of a truly fantastic experience !
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 20 February 2010
Kenny Ortega you need a medal for this one. I couldn't wait to see it at the cinema and went on the 2nd night, talk about being rivited, the time went in a flash, just had to own it on DVD so ordered it at the first available opportunity, lovely to have the behind the scenes bonus bits too. It has probably got mixed reviews because the uninitiated would have been expecting a performance or would have expected the rehearsals to be the same as a performance, of course they are not but to see the 'master' putting it all together with the dancers, band, vocalists and technicians involved, is an artwork in itself. It is just so sad to see what would have been and to know that his vision never happened. Everything I have read about MJ's professionalism and consideration for the people working with him is very apparent in this film, the voice was still pristine and the dance moves just as magical. One thing that took me a little while to realise when I first saw the film and left me open mouthed when I did was that the different sessions were only apparent due to fact that Michael was wearing a different outfit, to seemlessly splice together different takes so that it appears to have been shot at the same time is brilliant, once again Kenny Ortega, you've done Michael huge justice with this massive 'tribute', thanks for taking up the challenge to create it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 12 November 2009
I went to watch the This is It movie at the cinema with my 16 year old son & my sister. We were totally blown away at how beautiful Michael's voice still was and his performance's in the rehersal's were truly outstanding.
We were so overwhelmed by the movie, we were speechless. These were the last performances by the King of Pop, that we never got to see live @ the O2.

I have the CD already & i will buy the DVD, they will be something that i will treasure always.

There will be never be another singer, entertainer & human being ever again on this earth, that will come close to him. RIP Michael. We will always love you .....
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 11 December 2009
I wasn't going to attend the concert although many of my friends were but I couldn't wait to see the film. I was mesmerised as the movie unfolded with Michael's singing and dancing as perfect as ever and with his exacting standards, all the dancers and sound technicians and scenery experts were brilliant and accomodating to Michael's every want. Michael was so enthusiastic, the concert would have been truly amazing like the man.

RIP, darling Michael.

from Shirley, Edgware, Middlesex
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