This is nice because it rescues the movie from any post-mortem sentimentalism. There's no "he was the most amazing entertainer that ever lived, this is a real tragedy," there's only "I am thrilled at this opportunity. The rougher aspects of the tour, like sections that would have been completed with sophisticated hydraulics and whatnot, are seen as computer generated renderings.
One involves a giant robotic figure made out of LCD screens that would then open up, with Michael falling out of its cavernous chest. Another had a bulldozer coming out of the stage, to stop inches from Michael Jackson, as he concluded "Earth Song," his histrionic plea to help the planet. We also get to see Michael and director Kenny Ortega the mastermind behind the 'High School Musical' trilogy film a new version of "Thriller," filled with all new graveyard spooks, which would have dazzled in 3-D.
It ends up being a pretty good approximation of what the concert would have been, even with the mock-ups. Where something falls short, like, say, watching one of the greatest dancers of all time sliding around on stage in oversized Ed Hardy sweatpants, you get a nice supplement in the form of his various tailors talking about how his costumes would have been out of this world. So by the end of the movie's nearly two hour running time, you may not have seen Michael Jackson's final concert, but you've got a damn good idea.
While Michael both looks, dance-wise, amazing and sounds as good as he's ever sounded, there are a few uneasy moments in the film's running time. Occasionally he sounds aloof and overmedicated, and his frail, thin body is enough to make you shudder, even if his dance steps are pulled off flawlessly. You feel you're watching a man on the edge of a precipice. Could pulling off this string of concerts Beyond The Show - Michael Jackson - This Is It (DVD) brought him back from the personal and professional torture he'd put himself through for the past ten years?
Probably not. You can tell this is a man too far gone. But seeing all that sparkly hope that he and his crew exude in this film makes you wish it could have happened. Beyond The Show - Michael Jackson - This Is It (DVD) that's where the main conflict comes from while watching 'This Is It' - it's the fascination, the sheer wonderment at the audacity and imagination of many of the set pieces Michael had concocted.
One has him inserted into an old gangster movie, which segues into "Smooth Criminal. Sony Pictures Items Sony 25 Items Disney 3 Items 3. Target 2 Items 2. Paramount Pictures 1 Items 1. Warner Home Video 1 Items 1. Documentary Items Educational 36 Items Drama 11 Items Action 8 Items 8.
Sports 8 Items 8. Music Items Pop Items Performing Arts 85 Items Overall, this is a very solid transfer, especially when considered as an intriguing, never-meant-to-be-seen artifact. You won't be disappointed. Another thing that lets the occasionally below-average video slide is that, as intriguing as the visuals are, the music is what really carries this movie, and the lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.
Quite obviously, when the Beyond The Show - Michael Jackson - This Is It (DVD) jams kick in for the big musical numbers, it is beyond reproach. Everything just sounds amazing — from the backing band to Michael's on-point vocals.
The music will fill any room, no matter what your surround sound set-up looks like. It's Beyond The Show - Michael Jackson - This Is It (DVD) hard to not listen to this movie and want to dance, dance, dance. But the other parts of the movie — hearing Michael talk to his backing band about something he wants tweaked, or the clapping that erupts after the backup dancers stop what they're doing just to listen to him rehearse, are equally crisp and clear.
Overall, it makes for an absolutely stunning sonic experience. Sony has provided a fair number of interesting extras on this 'This Is It' disc, although much of what was speculated about the sheer abundance of footage some people clocked it in at around hours is nowhere to be found here. One sequence, which was edited out of the movie shortly before the film's release and can be seen in the theatrical trailer shows the director and dancers joined in a group prayer, after learning of Jackson's hospitalization no one knew that he was already dead at the time.
This was, at the time of Beyond The Show - Michael Jackson - This Is It (DVD) film's release, said to for sure be included on the home video release.
It isn't. In fact, there aren't any deleted scenes. This, coupled with the fact that there were three 3D sequences, makes me think that there could be a super deluxe-o-rama version coming out, probably around the time that those 3D televisions start hitting the market.
I very much doubt that this is it, in terms of Beyond The Show - Michael Jackson - This Is It (DVD) video releases. Michael Jackson's 'This Is It' is a fascinating music documentary, not really a concert film and not really a behind-the-scenes piece. It's a horse of a different color, one that's incredibly compelling and beautiful just the same.
To see Michael Jackson, a pop legend, still bring the vocal chops and the dance moves that made him a phenomenon decades earlier, so close to his demise, is both heartening and heartbreaking, but this is still a wonderful, macabre document that remains compelling. With above average video, superb audio and a whole host of special features, this is a highly recommended disc, through and through.
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