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The Official Michael Jackson Opus

4.0 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
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  • 18" H x 13" W
  • Hand bound in leather
  • Presented in hand-assembled, wood-constructed, silk-clad, deluxe clamshell case

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The Official Michael Jackson OPUS is the only new publication approved and endorsed by the Estate of Michael Joseph Jackson. With over 400 pages of stunning and never-before-seen photographs plus personal, heartfelt essays written exclusively for this OPUS by those who knew Michael best and respected him most. This one-of-a-kind tribute book will help fans treasure the memory of an extraordinary person and performer.

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  • Shipping Weight: 30.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B002V7FYL0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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Here's an example of how dizzying excitement can turn into disappointment: Kraken Opus overhyped this book as such a rare piece of MJ history, constantly pushing the preorders, only to turn around and sell it at online bookstores for over $100 less! Even though I got mine for $165 (plus $30 shipping), I still could've saved about $40 had I ordered it here. Additionally, perhaps this is the regular size of an opus, but THIS was an opus that was constantly toted as a "coffee table book". This is not a coffee table book. This is a coffee table. It comes up to my knee (I'm 5'9"), and is not only heavy, but LARGE, a very uncomfortable carry. Additionally, the digital extras - the one thing I was MOST excited about - are nowhere to be found. Supposedly they're coming later. Well, supposedly this was a rare, must-have, and supposedly, it was full of never-before-seen pictures, and get the idea.

What goes into a 400-page, 30-lb book? Not a whole lot. Most of this is stuff that you already know: Michael came from humble Indiana roots, performed with the Jackson 5, broke away to do Off the Wall, was a genius, redefined music and dance as we know it, blah blah blah. Most of the exclusive pictures are variations of pictures that you've already seen. Or there may be a page full of pictures on one film-like sheet, most of them extremely similar, if not identical. Most disappointingly, there aren't any real "behind-the-scenes" pictures OR insight; no pics of Michael just relaxing and being Michael. Nearly all of them are MICHAEL JACKSON, the performer, but none of Mike, or MJ, or Smelly, or whatever his friends called him. There aren't even many photos of Michael the humanitarian.
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I just finished reading MJ's Opus. What struck me was it's totally positive. Not a word about the troubles he faced. The table of contents goes right to the essence of his being. Here are the names of the chapters; Child Star, Voice, Composer, Moonwalk (discussed him as an innovator of dance), Vision (discussed how he was so incredibally progressive ), One Glove (How he used fashion to build himself into a global icon), Friend, Heart (his humanitarian efforts), Art Lover, and Global Icon. There are tons never before seen of high quality photos. There are also plenty of photos you have seen before but have more in the photo because they haven't been cropped. There are no photos that have the most important part (like MJ''s face) in the spine of the book. I only learned a few new things about MJ but what was presented was done so in a very eloquent way. My favorite contribution in the book was written by the person who won the essay contest put out by the [...] website. It's on page 393. The contest topic was "What Does Michael's Legacy Mean to You?" The 25 year old winner had a really good handle on what MJ was all about. She has a future as a writer. I also liked the fan art. I think it is what MJ would have wanted in the book. Some of the fan art isn't all that great but MJ loved his fans talented or not. Of the 26 fan art pictures, I liked about 1/2 of them. There is one I absolutely love. He is dressed like Peter Pan. He's on his toes with knees bent like the dance pose we so often see. The background is wooded with mountains in the distance. There are butterflies around his head and a blimp type airship. That artist has promise. She captured the essence of MJ.Read more ›
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1. Incorrect dates. I've noticed a few of them. 1979 is very different from 1984, right? This makes me think that either this was a very hurried effort - i.e. "Get it out there while people are still interested in his death!" or that it just wasn't proofread properly. Either way - not good. Not for hundreds of dollars - and not for what should be the most accurate, sort of encyclopedic text on the man in existence.

2. Some of the choices for testimonials are a little questionable - like they couldn't find anyone better to comment on his fashion sense than Kimora Lee Simmons?

3. Photo Quality. Most of these photos look fuzzy. You would think they would be really crisp and high resolution on this beautiful glossy paper. Some of the photos of the paintings are much too blurry to see details. In the description it says something like "There's Janet Jackson, as a fairy in the foreground" - but then you look where this fairy is, and she's pretty much just a blur.

4. The Art Lover section. I personally enjoy these paintings, and I think some of them are funny and cute, but honestly these paintings, and the testimonials from the artists don't really do much in the way of making him look anything close to sane. I guess it doesn't really matter at this point.

5. Fan Art? Yeah... don't care. Sorry. Would rather have more pictures, or writing from Michael, quotes from him, more scanned documents or notes, some kind of timeline - any pertinent information would be more appreciated than that.


1. It's seriously HUGE. It really is impressive, and heavy. It feels like something grand that you would spend a lot of money on.
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