Pre-order: Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” DVD, Blu-ray, & UMD for PSP
The #1 Grossing Concert Film in Worldwide Box Office History is Now
the Home Entertainment Event of the Year!
MICHAEL JACKSON’S THIS IS IT Taking the Stage on Blu-ray(TM), DVD and
PSP(TM) this January 26, 2010, With Over 90 Minutes of
Never-Before-Seen Bonus Features Including Two Making-of Documentaries,
Costume Featurette and Blu-ray Exclusives Including All-New ‘Smooth Criminal’ and ‘Thriller’ Vignettes as well as movieIQ!
CITY, Calif., Nov. 30 /PRNewswire/ — Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
offers music lovers a backstage pass to witness the King of Pop plan
and create what would have been his electrifying and triumphant return
to the stage when MICHAEL JACKSON’S THIS IS IT debuts on Blu-ray, DVD and PSP this January 26, 2010. After breaking box office records around the world, MICHAEL JACKSON’S THIS IS IT will dazzle on Blu-ray and DVD.
Michael Jackson’s THIS IS IT offers 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 in London’s O2 Arena. THIS IS IT captures the singer,
dancer, filmmaker, architect, creative genius and great artist at work
as he creates and perfects his final show.
It’s hard not to watch This Is It without feeling a mixture of sorrow and elation. 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, 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, and when 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.