Michael Jackson: This Is It
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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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man Michael was. Everyone that worked with him on this movie obviously
loved him and the feeling seemed mutual. I sure wish he had lived to at least
accomplish this tour. Felt so bad for him, of course, but also for all those young
people that got the chance to do this tour only to have it disappear along with
Michael. The doctor that administered the drugs to him ( and any other doctor
that does the same) should be put away for good.
Unfortunately, Sony has decided to show their usual arrogant disdain for customers. The BluRay comes with a full minute of unskippable movie trailers for some crappy Adam Sandler movie. Since that happens every time you watch it, it ruins the experience because you start out annoyed before you even get to the actual content.
As long as Sony keeps this crap up, I can't in good conscience recommend buying this title.
I was crying at the end. This man put so much love into everything that he did. All that he ever truly wanted was to love and be loved.
It truly was inspiring.
Also, I usually do not recommend watching the DVD extras or bonus features but you won't be disappointed if you do,
At fifty years old it's clear that he could still sing and dance like any 20 year old could. It was simply amazing and even my husband who isn't the biggest fan said that he really enjoyed it..
RIP Michael Jackson. You are missed and loved. You have taught the world so much.
On most songs that are stitched together from different footage, you'll see the clothes of Michael, the dancers, the singers, and the band change in the middle of the song as new scenes are cut in. You'd think this would be distracting, but it isn't ... probably because the audio is seamless. All the scenes for a given song are synchronized to the audio track perfectly.
You'll also see for any given song that the cameras used are different. Some are high definition and fill the entire screen of an HDTV while others are lower-resolution - you can tell when there is a black border surrounding the scene. Still, I wasn't distracted by this at all. The audio tracks sound great on my home theater and its fun to see Michael interacting with his fellow performers.
The scenes with Jackson's lead guitarist, the Australian Orianthi, are just amazing. She is a standout musician. The duet with Judith Hill on "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" was also one of my favorites. I wasn't too crazy to see so much of Kenny Ortega as it seemed he made a special effort to insert himself into some scenes, but that's Hollywood for you.
For anyone who grew up listening to Michael Jackson, this is a great disc to remember him by. Even though he didn't get the chance to take it on the road, I hope Michael's adult relatives are proud of what he accomplished on "This is it".