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

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Director: Kenny Ortega

Cast: Kenny Ortega, 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 See more details below

Overview

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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Product Details

Release Date:
01/26/2010
UPC:
0043396338821
Original Release:
2009
Rating:
PG
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:51:00
Sales rank:
4,929

Special Features

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

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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

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Michael Jackson's This Is It
1. Scene 1 [:00]
2. Scene 2 [:00]
3. Scene 3 [:00]
4. Scene 4 [:00]
5. Scene 5 [:00]
6. Scene 6 [:00]
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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