- Format: Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Language: English
- Subtitles: None
- Region: All Regions
- Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: Exempt
- Studio: Import
- DVD Release Date: 17 Sept. 2012
- Run Time: 135 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B0084I9QIW
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Michael Jackson Live at Wembley July 16 1988 [DVD]  [NTSC]
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The first-ever authorized DVD release of Michaels legendary July 16, 1988 concert at Wembley Stadium. The concert DVD is one complete show, exactly as Michael performed it for Prince Charles, Princess Diana and the 72, 000 fans in the audience. The DVD was sourced from Michael Jackson personal VHS copy of the performance as shown on the JumboTrons during the concert. The visuals have been restored and the audio quality enhanced so that fans can share in the excitement of that famous night.
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This DVD comes in a digipack which is somewhere between CD and standard DVd casing in size. It contains a nice little booklet with the 1988 tour dates. The video quality is better than some have suggested - it is clear enough, and not as rough as a VHS tape would be on my modern LCD screen. But it's not brilliant either. The colours bleed and the whole thing is a lacks the sharpness we are accustomed to these days. Nevertheless, it is easily watchable. Don't expect 5.1 dolby surround either - the sound is rather poor, but again, quite acceptible.
My biggest disappointment is in the detail that is lost in the lighting and atmosphere. The show was so bright and colourful and explosive. For example, the opening of the show was a long rumble of smoke and bass and blinding lights which set my rib cage rattling and sent the hot, swaying crowd mad with anticipation. None of that is captured here. I remember the amazing laser/lighting effects during "Human Naure" and at the end of Billie Jean. Such effects might have been dated by today's standards, but I will never know, for they are lost entirely here (The lighting was captured a little better on the Bucharest DVD, taken from a different tour, and with its own faults, but at least you get the idea).
I am so glad this footage exists, although I wonder if Michael himself did not want us seeing these recordings because he was such a perfectionist. He would have preferred the magic of the event to live on in our hearts and memories after the live show, rather than be exposed to the scrutiny and limitations of film. Perhaps this release could never match expectations.
Maybe one day we will see a restored Blu-ray (or even cinema) release of these shows in all their glory. Even then, perhaps that magic could never be re-created. Whatever the case, this is the best we will get for now.
The man was entertainment on legs.Pure talent.There has been a lot of conjecture about the quality of picture,its FINE....obviously sourced from vhs tapes but i couldn't give a fig.I thought the filming was great,at times inches away from the King.I loved all the songs,all the performances...this for me as a performance is bigger then five stars.Say what you want about Jackson,put him on a stage,in front of a mike,a camera....ya finished.
I watched Jackson in an interview from around the Thriller days and he said he wants his work to be magic,he achieved that.A visionary,an artist,a magician......the king.
Obviously, everyone knows how outrageously talented this guy was, but what I find equally impressive is just how hard he works. I mean here is a man who had achieved everything by the age of 25 and yet still puts in maximum effort everytime. A true grafter. That really does come across clearly in this concert. The fact that nobody has come anywhere close to even matching his performance levels even all these years later really does underline how great he was. The acid test of any artist is how good they are live and well there's nobody better than Michael Jackson in that regard.
I had read a lot of scare-mongering about picture quality on this DVD. Its from 1988 so its clearly not HD. But frankly:-who cares? Its still very good picture quality, I was surprised how good and really pleased with that. And blown away by the concert. Love it.