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Running Time:
1 hour, 52 minutes

Rating: PG Parental Guidance Suggested.

Rating Explanation:
for some suggestive choreography and scary images.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
Consistently entertaining and fascinating, letting us get closer to Michael Jackson in ways that never would have been possible if he were still performing.

Additional Info:
DVD Features:
2 Making-of documentaries; 3 featurettes: the gloved one-costumes, memories of Michael and auditions:searching for the world's best dancers.

Michael Jackson's This Is It
Michael Jackson's This Is It with Michael JacksonThis unique film in high definition with state-of-the-art digital sound presents a back-stage look at the creative process of an enigmatic, eccentric, influential and extremely talented artist. If there's any surprise, it is how good Michael Jackson actually looks, how well he sings and the natural ease with which he makes his fantastic dance moves. It has been superbly put together by Kenny Ortega ("High School Musical") the director who was working with Jackson on this production, and who edited it from more than one hundred hours of behind-the-scenes rehearsal footage.

Michael Jackson's is a well documented story that is hard to match. It's dramatic, it's bizarre, as well as controversial and tragic. He spent 44 of his 50 years on stage performing, and the show we watch being created was to be his live finale, a spectacular sold-out series of 50 concerts in Great Britain with the best back-up dancers and singers from all over the world. His voice still sounds fine with its distinctive vibrato, but it is the almost disjointed way he moves as he sings that makes watching it astonishing.

There is little that we learn from the interviews with some of Jackson's closest friends and creative collaborators, since most of the nearly two hours is spent on and off the stage with MJ as he is called. Rehearsal shots from different days have been spliced, edited and sometimes shown in split screen. There is no question that he was a perfectionist, nor that he knew exactly what he wanted. There are amusing instances that demonstrate this, like in an exchange with his keyboard player. It's very clear that Michael was always the star and treated with kid gloves by everyone, including director Kenny Ortega who makes us feel as though he is dealing with a porcelain treasure.

As you would imagine, the production is a no-expenses spared extravaganza with acrobats, footage of waterfalls, elephants and dolphins as well as fire and fireworks and
a 3D recreation of Thriller. This Is It promised to be the event of the decade, and it is a fitting farewell to this unique artist, whose talent will undoubtedly outlive his controversy.

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