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Michael Jackson: This Is It (2009)

Michael Jackson , Kenny Ortega  |  PG |  DVD
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  • Actors: Michael Jackson
  • Directors: Kenny Ortega
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: January 26, 2010
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (867 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,089 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Michael Jackson: This Is It" on IMDb

Special Features

2 Making-of Documentaries
Featurettes: The Gloved One - Costumes
Memories of Michael
Auditions: Searching for the World's Best Dancers

Editorial Reviews

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

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SEE THE EVENT OF A LIFETIME AT THEATERS – LOOK FOR IT SOON ON DVD AND BLU-RAY. Michael Jackson's This Is It will offer Jackson fans and music lovers worldwide a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the performer as he developed, created and rehearsed for his sold-out concerts that would have taken place beginning this summer in London's O2 Arena. Chronicling the months from April through June 2009, the film is 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. Audiences will be given a privileged and private look at Jackson as he has never been seen before. 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 final show. Directed by Kenny Ortega, who was both Michael Jackson's creative partner and the director of the stage show.

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629 of 664 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I'm Glad They Did This Film" October 28, 2009
When Michael Jackson died on June 25th 2009 it seems a part of the world died with him. It made many people sad all over the world and it seems that for once everyone was being nice to this man who had always been abused by the Medias; journalists, interviewers and others. When I heard of the "This Is It" movie concert I didn't know what to think. I knew it was rehearsal footage from the 50 concerts he was to perform at the O2 arena but I didn't know what was going to come out of it or what they were going to do with it. When I saw the trailers I knew I had to see this and that "This Is It" was going to be something special like I've never seen. And that's precisely what I got, I even bought my ticket in advance for the movie and feel like it was much worth it.

It amazed me how good MJ still was, the dance moves were great and fascinating to me. He was clearly the one in charge of the whole thing. He gave precise instructions of what he wanted, made sure everything was right and did everything that needed to be done. The film shows just how much Michael was respected, there were parts of it where they asked him if he wanted anything or what he thought and if he liked something, it seems no one assumed anything at all. When he talked the crew would listen and he asked things in the nicest way, never to hurt anyone. There's not a part that doesn't make him look like the nice guy he always was. There are mixed feelings about him after all the bad things that have been said about him but after watching this I don't know one could possibly believe them.

To be honest I loved every minute of it, every song was special and was great to watch. Right from the beginning of "Wanna Be Startin'Somethin'" it was amazing.
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140 of 150 people found the following review helpful
"This Is It" is likely one of the best concert films ever produced, and that's saying something considering that the actual concerts never happened, and the limited time available to shape the ample rehearsal footage into a polished final product.

While the film includes interviews with those associated with Michael Jackson's planned London concerts, many snippets of creative discussions, and other "behind the scenes" activities, director Kenny Ortega wisely focuses on performance in the film. Serving that end, "This Is It" is chockful of energetic, heartfelt songs, meticulously-produced dance numbers, and other incredible elements that would have been included in the concerts, including some wonderful filmed sequences (one "co-starring" Humphrey Bogart and Rita Hayworth).

And when Ortega chooses to include footage of performances that are interrupted (usually by perfectionist Jackson) with creative banter on how this or that song should be tweaked, or how a musician should lengthen or highlight a chord or bar of music, it's all extremely fascinating. We see from Michael Jackson's interaction with his musicians and producers that, despite his time away from the limelight, he was still sharp, engaged, and still very much touched by genius in the area of music and performance. Oh, and he also repeatedly came off as a gentle, nice person. And a generous one: a particularly touching scene shows Jackson urging his female back-up guitarist to step up and not be afraid to make the most of a solo moment ("this is your moment to shine!").
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230 of 254 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS IT is OUTSTANDING October 28, 2009
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I was in the movie theater and watched with awe the entire premiere of this phenomenal movie just after midnight October 28.

THIS IS IT the Movie is extraordinary. Rarely am I so gripped by a movie that I did not want to blink! I was hoping the movie would be made available in DVD - buying this DVD is a MAJOR GIFT!

During each rehearsal Michael Jackson was passionately hands on regarding every facet of the concert experience he was creating. The energy Michael and ALL who were involved in these rehearsals created an experience that is almost indefinable in words - it transports you with awe INTO the soul behind the creation of the music.

The movie Director, producers, special effects, make-up, costume, musicians, the dancers who performed with Michael during these final rehearsals before his passing are all PHENOMENAL.
I feel we owe a HUGE debt of gratitude to the special people who filmed the rehearsals that made this movie. What a GIFT you have given humanity!

Michael Jackson will forever be a gift to humanity. When you see this movie you will understand why.

{An Update} Tonight, December 3, 2009, I saw the final showing of this amazing film for the 5th time. I was just as glued to the screen as I was the first time. I never cried before for what I could only describe as a poignant ending, but I did tonight. THIS IS IT is so much more about the care Michael Jackson had for humanity, and our planet.

He said, "I've always loved trees, I get upset at the mismanagement of our planet, that every minute trees the size of a football field is cut down in the Amazon rain forest... It's up to us to fix this and we only have four years left before it's irreversible.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I bought this for my grandson who loves Michael Jackson. He watches it all the time. This is what I expected.
Published 2 days ago by Shirlonda
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the documentary of the greatest show that never was. Eye...
I've watched this movie over and over. I still can't believe he is gone, but here he is in his glory, making a show that would absolutely have been the best show on Earth! Read more
Published 8 days ago by Deborah Feldman
5.0 out of 5 stars Changed my view from indifference to sadness
This video changed my view of Michael Jackson. I liked some of his songs, but other than that, I did not pay much attention to all the news about him - a lot of that very... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Vlad Wielbut
5.0 out of 5 stars tragic
The saddest words are "what might have been" and while I enjoyed seeing this, it reminded me that this monstrous talent died shortly the completion of these rehearsals. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Cynthia A. Luzon
5.0 out of 5 stars This is It
This movie is amazzzzing. So heartwarming. Such a talented man, gone too soon. Proud to say I own this.
I enjoyed every minute of this movie.
Published 16 days ago by Janet Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Michael Jackson's "This Is It".
If you're a Michael Jackson fan, this is a must see DVD. Great music and what was involved in preparing for the tour that sadly never came to be.
Published 21 days ago by Frank Smirke
5.0 out of 5 stars Michael
wow, Michaels legacy and his talents and amazing ability to help direct, coreograph, and perform. we lost a musical genious
Published 23 days ago by caseyches
5.0 out of 5 stars Best purchase ever
Bought this because my husband and I both love this tribute to Michael Jackson.Have seen it many times on various "pay" channels so nice to finally have it to watch... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Deborah Strandberg
5.0 out of 5 stars This is it...yes it is..
I appreciate Michael Jackson's talent and professionalism because of this DVD ( Blu-ray).
He was a perfectionist to the Nth degree....
Never mind his quirks... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Musubi Sam
5.0 out of 5 stars Love him so much
Everyone should see this movie. He was a kind and gentle person. I only wish it was a much longer film.
Published 1 month ago by M. A. Zarth
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If You're Really A Michael Jackson Fan.
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
Were there body doubles in "This Is It"
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
Rolling Stone Magazine list of 100 Greatest Singers - MJ is only #25,...
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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Mar 25, 2010 by A. Kimes |  See all 3 posts
Amazon U.K. Is Selling A 2 Disc Set.. Amazon U.S. Not.
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)
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