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Michael Jackson's This Is It
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Michael Jackson's This Is It

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Director: Kenny Ortega

Cast: Michael Jackson, Orianthi Panagaris, Tommy Organ


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Legendary musical superstar Michael Jackson takes the stage one last time in this theatrical concert film compiled from over 100 hours of rehearsal footage for the 50 shows he had been scheduled to perform at London's O2 arena at the time of his death. Take a trip behind the scenes to see the mastermind behind such classic pop hits as


Legendary musical superstar Michael Jackson takes the stage one last time in this theatrical concert film compiled from over 100 hours of rehearsal footage for the 50 shows he had been scheduled to perform at London's O2 arena at the time of his death. Take a trip behind the scenes to see the mastermind behind such classic pop hits as "Thriller" and "Billie Jean" prepare for the concert that would have crowned his entire career. Produced in collaboration with the Estate of Michael Jackson, the film details the elaborate preparations that took place for two months beginning in April of 2009.

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It's been more than a decade since the King of Pop -- who fell out of favor with the media and many fans due to scandal, controversy, and his eccentricities -- toured, and when he announced in March 2009 that he was launching his final concert series, there was speculation that he would be too weak to perform. So while the idea of a frail, drugged, aging performer onscreen rehearsing seems daunting -- even macabre -- this concert film provides a look at Michael Jackson the performer, free from the tragedy surrounding his life and death. With This Is It, director Kenny Ortega (High School Musical 2 and 3) gives the audience a rare behind-the-scenes look at rehearsals for Jackson's concert that would have kicked off this summer at London's O2 arena. The moment you see Michael Jackson on-stage, you relax into the idea that you're watching a performer who never lost his energy, drive, or talent. All of the ugliness fades away, and what you're left with is a journey through the Michael Jackson music catalog, soaring past his days with the Jackson 5, cascading down through the hits that span several decades, and settling into a musical adventure. Ortega, creative partner and director of the "This Is It" show, pieces together production and rehearsal footage to form a cohesive picture that tells two stories. There's Jackson the visionary, who has very specific ideas for what this feast-for-the-senses experience would look like, from the pyrotechnics to the elaborate set pieces to the updated "Thriller" graveyard sequence, complete with prosthetic makeup and 3D technology. It's interesting to see how this over-the-top spectacle was set into motion, but the most intriguing aspect of this story lies in the rehearsal footage. Nothing compares to seeing Jackson perform on-stage; though he's clearly holding back both vocally and otherwise, the effect is astonishing and also bittersweet. This Is It is more than a film about the development and execution of a stage production -- it's also a portrait of a man who represents the embodiment of a true artist. Onscreen, Jackson was always the consummate professional. From the opening moments of the film, Ortega interviews dancers -- some giddy, some emotional, and some downright in tears -- from all around the world whose dreams have come true because they're performing with their idol. Jackson guides them through the choreography with tough love and humor, and the dancers, like starstruck schoolchildren, soak up every word. The same holds true for the musicians and backup vocalists, who are eager to take direction to achieve the pitch-perfect performance that a perfectionist like Jackson demands, not out of obligation or fear, but out of respect. This Is It is definitely for the fans; whether you were charmed by the adorable kid from the Jackson 5, captivated by his incredible dance moves, or touched by his voice, the film speaks to those who are still in mourning over the passing of a pop icon who touched thousands of adoring fans and influenced a generation of performers.

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Sony Pictures
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[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

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

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Jackson Actor
Orianthi Panagaris Guitar
Tommy Organ Guitar
Bashiri Johnson Percussion
Jonathan Moffett Drums
Alex Al Electric and Synth Bass
Mo Pleasure Keyboards/Trumpet
Ken Stacey Vocalist
Darryl Phinnessee Vocalist
Judith Hill Vocalist
Charles Klapow Dancer
Tyne Stecklein Dancer
Dres Reid Dancer
Timor Steffens Dancer
Daniel Celebre Dancer
Mekia Cox Dancer
Nick Bass Dancer
Devin Andrew Jamieson Dancer
Shannon Holtzapffel Dancer
Misha Gabriel Dancer
Chris Grant Dancer

Technical Credits
Kenny Ortega Director,Choreography,Producer
Mathu Anderson Makeup
Michael Bearden Score Composer,Associate Producer,Musical Direction/Supervision
John Branca Executive Producer
Don Brochu Editor
Michael Cotten Production Designer
Karen Faye Makeup
Chantal Feghali Co-producer
Paul Gongaware Producer
Michael Jackson Songwriter,Choreography
Brandon Key Editor
Topaz Erin Lareau Costumes/Costume Designer
Frank DiLeo Co-producer
John McClain Executive Producer
Sandrine Orabona Cinematographer
Tim Patterson Cinematographer,Editor
Travis Payne Associate Producer,Choreography
Randy Phillips Producer
Kevin Stitt Editor
Dennis Tompkins Costumes/Costume Designer
Zaldy Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Michael Jackson's This Is It
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5. Scene 5 [:00]
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7. Scene 7 [6:13]
8. Scene 8 [3:36]
9. Scene 9 [1:32]
10. Scene 10 [3:42]
11. Scene 11 [1:56]
12. Scene 12 [2:48]
13. Scene 13 [:51]
14. Scene 14 [4:08]
15. Scene 15 [2:41]
16. Scene 16 [4:20]
17. Scene 17 [3:32]
18. Scene 18 [1:47]
19. Scene 19 [3:47]
20. Scene 20 [2:46]
21. Scene 21 [1:04]
22. Scene 22 [3:35]
23. Scene 23 [1:52]
24. Scene 24 [6:42]
25. Scene 25 [1:45]
26. Scene 26 [5:42]
27. Scene 27 [1:53]
28. Scene 28 [7:52]


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Michael Jackson's This Is It 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 77 reviews.
avian_princess More than 1 year ago
If you are any type of Michael Jackson fan, you need to see this film. It showcases the raw, creative genius of the man adored world wide by his fans and family alike. You will laugh and cry at the same time. It truly is a heartwarming film that takes you behind the scenes of this wonderfully talented man's vision.
dogmomJB More than 1 year ago
FANTASTIC!!! What a great movie. I can't say enough wonderful things about it. I was in awe at the sheer talent and energy exhibited by Michael Jackson. I saw a part of him that I might never have seen if he had lived, though I would much prefer he was alive. He was so at ease with everyone involved and showed what a truly wonderful human being he was. He showed so much compassion and love for the people he performed with and the human race in general. I had no idea how much work, energy, effort and thought went into his performances. I watched him fly through the rehearsals like the expert superstar that he was. There will never, ever be another Michael Jackson - no one can come close to being at his level. He knew exactly how everything should sound, when it should be heard, how loud or soft it should be, everything. And he was the man in charge - the one who called the shots at all times. I kept wondering how he could possibly know all this and be so good at it. I was amazed at his fabulous dance steps and his incredible voice. Then I realized - no wonder he is the King of Pop - he has been doing this since he was a little boy. It is in his blood, every cell of his body, it was his whole life. He was awesome in the rehearsals and I know he would have been even more amazing than anyone could imagine if he had lived to perform the London shows. It would have been his life's greatest accomplishment. But I am so pleased and profoundly grateful to his family and others who allowed This Is It the movie to be filmed. I don't know if Michael would have liked it if he knew we would see him rehearsing rather than the live performance, but given the circumstances, I know he would be happy that his family left a great treasure for his fans around the world in this movie. Of all the Michael Jackson DVDs, this one will be the most special to me. He had no idea that this would be the last show for him. I pray that he is in heaven singing and dancing with the angels and waiting on the rest of the world to catch up to him! God Bless you Michael - I will always love you and appreciate the gift of your life and talents that you gave to the world. I'll see you again one day when I get to heaven - just be sure to have your dancing shoes on!
mayw More than 1 year ago
I went to see the movie in the theater, expecting something as bad as the other Michael movies I have see. I was very surprised to actually enjoy it, and now I plan to buy it when it comes out for home. There a glimses of Michael's personallity peaking through the rehersals, showing a solid professinal man.
louise71594 More than 1 year ago
For more than 30 years I have adored this genius of a man and entertainer. From the firt time I saw him on TV and then seeing him live on stage, I knew he was special. Not special like a friend, but special in a way that, not until the day he died, did I realize he would not be a part of this world forever. He was just that amazing to me, and when I saw this movie, I felt a sense of warmth over me, realizing at that moment, that although he is now in a peaceful place, his time on this earth was done, and "This is It" was really his last curtain call. This is all we were suppose to see of Michael. This is it! For me it was the Michael I never got to see. The Raw, Passionate, Emotional and Hard-working Michael! I have always seen Michael if not on stage performing, in movies, doing interviews (the few that he did do) out and about with his kids, his entourage, and so on, but this was truly the real deal. Maybe it was the movie theater, the seating, I don't know, but for almost 2 hours, I was apart of Michaels world and what gave him joy. The Stage snd entertaining. He was so much apart of these rehearsals for what would have been a fantastic show, you knew this was Michael at his best, and the better of that was yet to come, but never will. But in all honesty its okay! For more than 40 years he has touched so many lives through his music and his kind heart, and although his death was a tragedy, and should not have happened, the bottom line his amazing talent and work on this earth was done. A masterpiece that will never ever be duplicated. He will not see his kids grow up and become adults, and they will never get to see their father perform live onstage, but this movie will actually give them something that a live show could not, their genius Father at work as well as being a friend to his musical family. He was gentle, kind and although strived for perfection in every rehearsal, you knew he cared for each and every person that was apart of that show. Despite all the negativity surrounding MJ, his kids will have this movie to look at over and over again, and really get to see what he was all about. They can take comfort in knowing that he was a human being, blessed with incredible talent whose music captured the essence of who he was. It is unfortunate that his dream concert will never happen, but was it really suppose to? Maybe in the end this was all we were suppose to get. If you never really understood the real MJ, see this movie, it truly opens your eyes to MJ, the human being! He had a soul, a heart, and an incredible appetite for the stage. He was married to it. See this movie and feel the Genius that graced the stage for his final curtain call. No, you will not see the glitz and fireworks that would have been a part of his show, but thats the beauty of this movie, its without all of that, and you will just get to see Michael, Raw, doing what he did best! Two thumbs up to Mr Ortega!
starlightKK More than 1 year ago
loved it and loved the new song 'This is it'. it is very sad that we have lost a legend.
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moviefanJG More than 1 year ago
If you are a Michael Jackson fan, you must add this DVD to your collection. His gift, his vision, his talent, his feel for his music, is shown throughout the movie. The chorography is great and hearing his classics brings back great memories. Thriller is amazing. A great tribute to his life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I saw this movie the first time in IMAX with enhanced sound and enlarged screen. I went by myself because I wanted to take it in, for Michael Jackson's death (only two weeks ago) was still resonating with me and with everyone who loved him and would miss him. I sat in the theatre and it felt surreal. Here was Michael, his beautiful songs, his genius and creativity pouring forth. It felt like I was being let into a private concert and the privilege felt so personal. The movie unfolded this concert that Michael had been rehearsing and was about to mount in London. He called it THIS IS IT, because he intended it to be his last concert ever from the King of Pop. With every song, I felt immersed in genius -- not only his, but his dancers, his musicians, and his director of this documentary film. If you missed the movie, now's your chance to see it at home. Invite everyone who loves Michael and share this with them. They will thank you for including them and sharing history. I saw this movie 4 more times, taking my friends and family, saying YOU MUST SEE THEM!! And they were glad they did, and thanked me for suggesting it. I did not regret seeing it again and again, and neither do I now. I am only too glad to own this DVD and to view all the special features. Reliving my movie concert through this DVD will keep Michael eternal and be my thanks to Kenny Ortega, the director, for sharing this documentary with us.
sea_girl1958 More than 1 year ago
I went to see This Is It in theatres opening night and it was by far the most amazing thing I have ever seen. This documentary perfectly shows the genius and talent of the one and only Michael Jackson. It revealed the amazing performer we all knew Michael to be, but also his beautiful spirit and love he had for everyone around him. Michael will be forever loved and missed, Rest in Peace.
LauraBB More than 1 year ago
I am so grateful to have this last visual work of Michael's that I can treasure forever. He was a beautiful genius, and a wonderful person, and I miss him. The movie was so good and the audience was awe-inspired. This DVD gives even more! Everyone will enjoy and appreciate this!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What can you say about Michael Jackson he is hot, untouchable, unique, fabulous, world greatest dancer and for me sexy. this shows the human side to him and that is not shown very often. But he is a genuine man who has feelings. Miss him and love him
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome documentary of what would have been the greatest musical tour ever.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The documentary portion of the DVD weaves a story that many thought they knew but it moves past the obvious and highlights just how talented Michael Jackson was. Everyone knew he could dance and sing, but the movie shows that he was involved in every aspect of the performances, down to the smallest nuances. While watching I started out tapping my foot, then clapping, then full out singing. Clearly, I found it most enjoyable and have suggested it to many friends. Be sure to watch the special features for some extra special surprises!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a side of Michael so many of us have not seen. I like his music but seeing this very humble side of him I didn't expect. All we see on TV and in the press is negitive about him but you can see by the reactions of the people closest to him, the people he works with, the respect they have for the man. He does not have the blown up ego like so many stars do, the "Look at me I am here and I am boss, what I say goes" attitude. He really listens to those around him. Was blown away with emotion watching this on a big screen, can't wait to buy the DVD!!
gtrgrl More than 1 year ago
Very entertaining. An insightful look into would could have been one of the greatest comebacks of all time. He performed well after being away from the live stage for so many years. And his back up dancers were very committed and put on a great show. A must see for any MJ fan.
mmjtj5 More than 1 year ago
Truly love does live forever in this touching look at a genius at work and play lol. This movie chronicles the creative process behind what would've been Michael Jackson's comeback tour. We get to see the man behind the entertainer and get a real look at a personal side of Michael that most have never seen before. Present throughout the film is Michael's messege of peace and love. We get to see him perform the songs we grew to love him for, one last time. Although he is not in performance mode, as these are rehearsals, it is still magical. This last glimpse at what Michael Jackson was preparing for the world, the fans and his children, with such love is electric and emotional. It is worth every minute to watch. We loved u more MJ...
cj_w More than 1 year ago
It made you cry, smile, and pat your foot. He was right, "This Is It". There is none other that can entertain and/or perform like MJ. God bless this family.
CeciliaCat More than 1 year ago
A side of the timeless performer that we have never been able to see. It is well put together with the rehearsal footage and behind the scenes to give you a feeling of what a tremendous show the "This is it" shows in London would have been like. The extra features are just as fantastic, especially the one about the costumes. It will make you smile and make you cry. You will be glued to your screen if you love Michael Jackson.
fred-n-mary More than 1 year ago
We wanted to see this movie when it came out, but were told that we would have to pay extra since it was a "Concert"!! We believe that a "Concert" is a LIVE performance, not a movie about a perfomance. However, the DVD was great!! It would have been better if there was more personal and background information, but we were overall satified.
clarity3 More than 1 year ago
I am assuming that if you purchased "This Is It," you must be a true Michael Jackson fan! I have dedicated myself to his music for the past 25 and a half years and have been deeply affected by his passing. This documentary gives fans a glimpse into the world of a musical genius. Michael is, undoubtedly, the greatest entertainer of all time! It is a film filled with passion, emotion, insight, creativity, dedication, and love. It is such a gift to see Michael create and deliver his art! "This Is It" offers a captivating experience that allows fans to experience Michael's world of wonder! You will not be able to only watch it once.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been a MJ fan my whole life, so I was very sad to find out of his passing..But, I was at the theatre the first week this movie came out. I was NOT disappointed! The footage was great and he sounded really good! The concert would have been amazin...Too bad we'll never get to see it life.
Lifelongfan1 More than 1 year ago
A lifelong fan of The King of Pop
mel168us More than 1 year ago
I saw this movie several times in the theater and loved it so I pre-ordered two copies before it came out to ensure that it wouldn't be sold out in stores. It was cheaper with my member discount than it would have been in any other store. However, it took a long time to get here and when I did finally receive it the outside cover was all crunched and ruined! Ultimately, I wish that I had paid a little more and bought it in the store because I would have gotten it earlier and the cover would not have been ruined. Otherwise, it's fine and for the record, I have been very happy with other purchases that I have made this way in the past! Thanks!