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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.
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 rumors 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
Stills from Michael Jackson: This Is It (Click for larger image)
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I been I big fan of micheal Jackson and I love the dvd this is it and it show me that he was the best performer of all times to mePublished 6 days ago by tanith serfass
This is the king. It's an opportunity to witness bits of genius and gorgeous, unbelievable works of dance. It's a chance to see a legend as we never have and never will again. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Anonymous
I like all the songs on the Blu-ray.
So I give five stars.
Bought this for girlfriends birthday and she just loved it. Everything went well with shipping and mailing.
Michael Jackson: This Is It
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I have seen This Is It twice, premier night and the next. Yep stayed till the screen went dark! Had to wipe tears. I am going again on Sat!! Maybe one more time next week too.
I loved it and my pre-order is made for the DVD. I already bought the CD set.
Yea Michael show em how it's done! He still... Read More
Oct 31, 2009 by Lee | See all 19 posts
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NO, and again...NO!! There were no body doubles....I wish that people would stop saying that!! Please, give the man the credit he deserves!!! It was all Michael all the time, every dance movement was performed by The Man himself..... Yes, it was amazing to see this 50 year old Man out dance... Read More
Feb 10, 2010 by C. Guy-Moore | See all 5 posts
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The truth is Michael Jackson is the most popular and beloved American singer in Asian where most people don't even like to dance. People in Japan watched his shows sitting orderly with their hands on their laps but they still love him dearly. I would like to check experts' safety rating when... Read More
Jan 22, 2010 by Hongxing Li | See all 21 posts
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Awesome job MJ Fam! We were trending several times today. I have a screenshot. http://www.justice4mj.com/
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All for L.O.V.E.
Mar 25, 2010 by Amy Kimes | See all 3 posts
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I saw it. I'm angry. I'm-a gonna go a shootin'. For y'all checking out this forum, it's like the regular one we have except the background is black. Now... (grabs gun)
Nov 29, 2009 by Francoise M. Severe | See all 26 posts
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