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This review is from: Michael Jackson - History I and II [DVD] [Region 0] (DVD)Immediately after hearing the sad news of the passing away of Michael Jackson, I bought this DVD box set and I have to say it is worth every penny! I already owned the VHS tapes of HIStory, but ordered this DVD box anyway because my VCR broke down. I was mighty pleased to discover that the DVDs contain even more material than the video tapes.
For example, the entire never-before-seen short film of BAD was really a pleasant suprise for me. I'm a huge MJ fan and own all of his CDs and films (including the ones from his Jackson 5/Jacksons period), but was really suprised to find this 18 min. short film directed by Martin Scorcese on the first volume of this DVD box. That, together with the rare 9 min. video of The Way You Make Me Feel, Michael Jackson's live performance of Billie Jean at Motown 25 and the entire MOONWALKER version of Smooth Criminal on Vol. II is worth the 9 pounds alone. Besides, the box contains loads and loads of more breathtaking video clips (or should I say music films?), such as Thriller, Beat it, Remember the Time, Black or White (including uncensored panther scene), They don't care about us (Rio version), Scream etc. In total I counted 26 clips.
The only point of (slight) criticism I have is that some films are included on both vols., leaving you with duplicate versions of Brace Yourself, Beat it and Thriller. This is probably due to the fact that the DVDs were released separately initially. Another thing that I would like to bring up is that although the DVD box is a masterpiece and really showcases Michael's brilliance as a dancer, singer, composer etc., with an artist like Michael Jackson it is easy to become greedy and it leaves you wishing for more. That is, other brilliant video clips like Speed Demon, Leave Me Alone, You Rock My World and notably Ghosts (40 min. version) are not on this DVD box set. It might be an idea to update the box set with these, and make it a 3-disc set for instance. I have no doubt this will be done, one way or the other, in the future.