- Actors: Michael Jackson, Richard Pryor, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Adam Ant
- Format: Color, NTSC, HiFi Sound
- Language: English
- Rated: NR (Not Rated)
- Number of tapes: 1
- Studio: MGM/UA Home Video
- VHS Release Date: January 30, 1990
- Run Time: 128 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
- ASIN: 6301972317
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,553 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever [VHS]
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Since this was the first time in 8 years that the original Jackson Five appeared together, it looked as if Michael and brother Jermaine had a reunion/reconciliation of sorts. Jermaine, as we recall, was/is married to Berry Gordy's daughter. That kept him at Motown (in the interest of domestic tranquility) when his brothers left for greener pastures.
Another reason for this being a classic is that several of the performers have passed, and their work has been preserved; e.g., Melvin Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Mary Wells, Lawrence Payton & Obie Benson (of the Four Tops)to name a few. There's also a neat segment about the songwriters that made it all happen.
Note to previous reviewers: THIS IS AVAILABLE ON DVD. If Amazon.com doesn't have it at this time, it won't be long until they do. (I found the DVD on a major online auction website)
MGM STUDIOS originally released this video...maybe they will now realize how very important it is to share this once-in-a-lifetime event with current and future generations since MJ's passing. Not only was it an EVENT for the most famous "moonwalk" since July 1969 but this episode has Marvin Gaye's last televised performance, The Supremes and even the very first appearance of DeBarge (they went on to have some great songs still sampled by current R&B artists today).
If you came to AMAZON wanting to purchase the DVD and find that the studio has not released it...THEN, leave a message. The only way to get one made is to request it!
We'll miss ya MJ.
Among the program's many highlights are Michael Jackson doing "Billie Jean" and his first recorded moonwalk, Marvin Gaye singing "What's Going On" in one of his final performances (he was killed less than a year later), a Temptations/Four Tops "battle of the bands," and a reunion of Diana Ross & The Supremes on "Someday We'll Be Together." There are long medleys by Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, and The Jacksons, and hits from Martha Reeves ("Heat Wave"), Mary Wells ("My Guy"), Junior Walker ("Shotgun"), The Commodores ("Brick House"), and José Feliciano (who pays tribute to the dying Jackie Wilson with "Lonely Teardrops"). A couple of young, lesser-known acts round out the program: DeBarge and High Inergy.
Non-Motown performers take the stage, too: Linda Ronstadt for two lovely duets with Smokey Robinson ("Ooh Baby Baby" and "The Tracks of My Tears") and Dick Clark to talk about how the television show "American Bandstand" helped break Motown to a wider audience.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have been searching for this for 16 years and I finally found it thank you so much!!!!Published 6 months ago by no longer un haapy
I own the vhs and it is one of the best collections of Motown performers of all time.
Temptations,Four Tops,Jackson 5,Michael Jackson,Marvin Gaye,Mary Wells,The... Read more
You won't see the infamous catfight between Diana Ross and Maty Wilson. That was conveniently edited out of The Supreme Reunion. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Samuel Augustus Jennings
Does not play at all. I was so excited to receive this VHS tape and found that it does not open atll. Need a refund.Published 21 months ago by Emily Gourdine
THIS IS A WONDERFULL COMPILATION OF SWEET SOUL MUSIC THAT TRANSCEND GENERATIONS EVEN THE INSTAGRAM & FACE BOOK GEN LOVE IT. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Alan
Good show, too bad it's not on dvd. Only wish they had more motown artist perform, like the surpremes, and the vandellas.Published on September 18, 2013 by S. Morisset
It really blows my mind that the Motown/Universal Music Group has NOT released this very important piece of musical/entertainment history on dvd and Blu-Ray. Read morePublished on June 28, 2013 by K. Owens
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