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The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty (2010)

Jackie Jackson , Tito Jackson  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Jackie Jackson, Tito Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, Marlon Jackson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: March 30, 2010
  • Run Time: 282 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002ZMZB4G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,706 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty" on IMDb

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Straight from the tabloids to the television, The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty chronicles the personal and professional lives of the Jackson brothers as they reunite in the aftermath of the passing of their beloved brother, Michael. This six-hour docu-series provides an intimate behind-the-scenes peek into the daily real-life drama that the Jackson brothers experience due to the tabloids, documenting their relationships with one another, their children and their wives as they struggle to balance the demands of their professional commitments and celebrity. Prior to Michael's untimely death, the brothers planned on celebrating their 40th anniversary with the 'rebirth' of the Jackson Five and a small concert. But both the preparation and performance become extremely emotional as family members and longtime friends come out to show their support in the wake of tragedy. Primarily shot 'in the moment,' The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty also includes some documentary elements to illuminate key moments of the Jackson's legendary history.

The musical Jackson family, the artists formerly known as the Jackson 5, are way higher on The List than the Lohans, but like the mercifully short-lived Lindsay-less reality series Living Lohan, this six-episode series broadcast on A&E is informed by the absence of the family's most fascinating and talented member. Family Dynasty was reportedly conceived as a special to commemorate the band of brothers' 40th anniversary and document their plans to record a reunion album and mount a concert, their first since 2001. But tragedy struck in June 2009 with Michael's death. As the siblings grapple with "creating the new Jackson normal" (insert your own joke here), their record producer asks the key question that is at the heat and soul of Family Dynasty: "How are you going to address that the fifth member, the biggest artist in the world, is not here?" The answer makes for some queasily compelling viewing. The brothers pay lip service to Michael's legacy ("There is no way to replace Michael") while defensively insisting, "Michael's success comes from us." Don't look for much in the way of archival performance footage or actual music. Instead, there is mostly bickering and dithering. One episode deals with a fruitless "lockdown" rehearsal session. Jermaine, especially, is at odds with his siblings throughout, whether being a no-show at a photo session or announcing plans for the ill-fated Michael Jackson tribute concert without consulting his brothers. "It had nothing to do with you," he tells them in just one of many jaw-dropping moments. "There's never a dull moment in the Jackson family," he states at one point, but any proclamations of brotherly love and family solidarity ("You haven't heard the last of the Jacksons") seem more for the benefit of the cameras. Family Dynasty is rated GP (Guilty Pleasure). It is by turns exploitive, contrived, manipulative, and revealing in a way that the brothers, who served as executive producers, probably did not intend. This should be required viewing for anyone interested in pursuing a career not in music, but in psychiatry. --Donald Liebenson

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty--Definitely! February 1, 2010
I thoroughly enjoyed watching this reality show on A&E! I looked forward to watching The Brothers interacting with each other every week. I cannot wait for the next season! The Brothers look really good, although I'd love for Randy to make an appearance! I've grown up looking up to Tito, the quiet, serious one. Don't know why but he has this sexiness that just screams at ya! I can relate to Jackie, being the oldest myself, expecting the respect that comes along with it--don't always seem to happen that way. I can also relate to Marlon, being the funny one trying to keep things light. And Jermaine--what can I say?!?!?! He's still moving and shaking. I admire Tito and Jermaine for continuing their music careers and staying on the move.

Before I forget--my favorite part of the series was when The Brothers isolated themselves trying to come up with songs for the "then" concert tribute to Michael and Tito was cooking a type of salmon??? for dinner. He put a little wine in the dish which obviously gives it great flavor. Sounds good? Actually Jermaine doesn't partake of any liquor, wine, etc. due to religious beliefs. Well, Tito's dinner was a treat for everyone, including Jermaine, who had no idea his lips touched wine! He was chowin' down! Oooopppppsssss--DOES HE KNOW THIS YET???!!!

I'd love to see more from this amazing Family Dynasty, Definitely!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jackson Family Parody February 1, 2010
This show is just hilarious...
In holland they've just started airing the program in January and I can't wait to view each episode...
These guys are so ridiculously funny, eventhough they know there's a camera, I believe they truly are this colourful and...well..uh...weird!
Jermaine, is the softy, crybaby like diva w/ the catering wife (I mean is she for real....). Those scenes with Jermaine in the studio carrying on w/ Jackie's tunes like he wrote them...
Jackie is just....kinda crybaby-ish too. He never confronts the brothers directly when he's hurt...runs straight to momma Kat.
Marlon is just crazy funny....joking about Jermaine's moslim believes ('is your camel parked outside...') and not taking anything too serious at all!
Tito is the most serious one, perhaps most like papa Joe.

The funniest bits though are when they are all together in the studio or something...they just don't jell like they used to I guess and that makes for some great tv moments...

I do believe Michael wasn't the weirdest of the bunch since I've watched this show. I think it all comes down to all of them not really havin' a childhood and now reliving those playfull moments in full...behaving like growns kids basically!

Anyone interested in good fun and real drama/stories should go out and buy the DVD when it comes out!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Series March 8, 2010
I loved the series and I hope A&E brings it back! It was very well executed and it was nice to see how the brothers live and interact with each other. It was also nice to see other members of the family - well it was just nice to see them doing good and trying, as best they can, to cope with the loss of their brother, uncle and friend Michael. I think it was Marlon who said that they have their ups and downs just like all families. I wish them well!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for Jackson Fans - Not Necessarily for Everyone April 24, 2010
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As someone who grew up with the Jacksons, I enjoyed watching this set and getting to know the unique personalities of the brothers. However, if you're not already into the Jacksons/Michael, you'd probably be bored.

The series revolves around the brothers attempting to get a show together. It was interesting to see how they interacted with each other -- funny at times, and maddening at times, too. Jermaine is a whiny diva who badly needs a reality check. Marlon tries to stay out of the "drama" when things get heated between the brothers, and he seems to distance himself emotionally so he doesn't get caught up in it. Jackie is cool -- he could have been more upfront at the beginning about his concerns with the show, but really, I don't know if it would have done any good. And Tito is just awesome! Very practical and down-to-earth, but with his own unique and likeable personality.

I was really impressed with the way the brothers treated each other respectfully and kindly. They may have disagreed on some points, but there were no shouting matches or name-calling or any other aggressive-type behavior. This kind of respect seems to have carried down to their children as well, because Jackie and Tito's kids were absolutely delightful. Joseph and Katherine must have done something right!

If there's a season 2 and beyond, I will watch it.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
After watching this interesting show for the last month,it turns out Michael was the only Jackson brother that was normal.Jermaine is the biggest Diva I've ever seen.He can't stand for his wife to kiss him,or touch him,and he thinks he is the most talented singer on the planet.Jackie is the cry baby of the family,and Marlon,I have no idea were he's comming from. Tito is my favorite Jackson brother.He's so layed back and funny.
"The Jacksons:A family Dynasty" is a show thats different from any other.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty DVD Review
6 Episodes, 2 Discs Widescreen Edition (2010)

"The Jacksons, A Family Dynasty" is a six episode docu-series that blends a reality tv format with a documentary style and older footage of the Jackson 5. The series begins with the premise of the four brothers coming together to make an album to celebrate their 40th anniversary and the first episode was filmed before Michael Jackson's death. The rest of the series explores the aftermath.

Each brother has issues. Jermaine is a diva who always wants to be out front getting attention and being the lead singer. He has a wife that he can't express affection with on camera who does everything for him. Jackie is a cry baby and barely anything makes him break down. Marlon gets really excited when he comes up with something creatively but drags his feet so much that the brothers move on ahead without him and then he gets mad and leaves the group temporarily. Tito always tries to stay cool and funny in that hat and finally gets his own solo performance.

The early conflicts are whether to make the album, not messing with the standards and focusing on what their goals are and shunning the tabloids claiming they are making the album without Michael because of jealousy. All four claim not to be jealous of Michael's career and that he wouldn't be where he is (was) without them. It is awkward watching the casual beginnings of this series meant purely to give an insider look at the making of the album in hopes of capitalizing on the anniversary and attention given to Michael's tour knowing that the tragedy hasn't happened yet and how the direction of the series will change.
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5.0 out of 5 stars cruiser
loved it
Published 29 days ago by cruiser
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I loved it.
Published 1 month ago by George Kingsbury
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful DVD! I can't stop looking at it
Wonderful DVD! I can't stop looking at it. This DVD is everything I ever wanted. I am a huge fan of the Jacksons and this was a great item to add to my collection.
Published 2 months ago by Janice H.
2.0 out of 5 stars The Jacksons: A Family Disaster
This show was kind of sad. I see why Michael and Randy (which by the way were the two youngest and most talented males in the family) opted out before it began. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It was great. I'm a diehard jacksons fan!
Published 2 months ago by michael awotwi
5.0 out of 5 stars Love them
Sorry the show was canceled, because it was great to see the brothers inner act with one another and how they are coping with life after Michael. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Music Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars For Jackson Five Fans Around The World!
Like most other positive reviewers, I too grew up with the Jackson Five since the early 1970s as Michael was only a few years older than me. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Get it while u can!
Probably the last great documentary about the JACKSONS...unfortunately and tragically had to be cut short due to Michael's untimely death...
Published 7 months ago by Terrell J.
5.0 out of 5 stars Jacksons!! Awesome
This series should have been a longer series. Maybe Im just bias because Im such a Jackson5 fan but there was so much more to uncover.
Published 11 months ago by Mychalkae Simmons
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT SHOW!
Published 14 months ago by MJ4LIFE09
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