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A behind-the-scenes film that shows Michael Jackson getting ready for his would-be London O2 shows released on October 28, 2009.

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  • Nov 1, 2009
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This Is It shows that to the very end the King of Pop possessed all the elements that made him a superstar. Here we see the preparation for his ill-fated London Comeback, but even though we all know how this story ends you can't help but smile when you see Michael in his home element and just having fun. The most intriguing part about this documentary is the lack of actual Michael Jackson dialogue, but you can totally feel in his expressions the gears that work busily within; he was pouring every ounce of effort he could muster into this final effort to thrill the world.

This is Michael Jackson unlike he's been seen in years. Here he sings all of his songs live, even fast-past ones such as Jam, They Don't Care About Us, and Smooth Criminal - this element also really shows the fans how truly exhausting it was for him to put give the crowds dancing and singing, and this footage makes it obvious why for the Dangerous and History tours he had to lip sync several faster numbers.

Many signature MJ dance moves are omitted, and I wish we could have seen some of the rehearsal footage without the occasional distraction of the 3-D short films (wish they had put it in a split screen so we could see that footage AND the stage performance at the same time).

Highlight performances of the rehearsal are definitely as follows:
They Don't Care About Us
I Just Can't Stop Loving You
I'll Be There
Thriller (totally new production than the one used in Dangerous and History tours!)
Beat It (first time in years I've seen him do the dance same as he did in 1982!)

The others are good as well, but none of them are nearly as crisp, or polished as those numbers of the rehearsal. Key point of this rehearsal footage is getting to getting to hear him sing his hits live, and it would have been better if the This Is It album included those instead of the studio versions...Also, Michael's new female guitarist is great (on the eyes and on the ears).

Many signature MJ dance moves are omitted, and I wish we could have seen some of the rehearsal footage without the occasional distraction of the 3-D short films (wish they had put it in a split screen so we could see that footage AND the stage performance at the same time). So in fairness it isn't at all an MJ concert experience, but it does have all the elements of one.

The tagline of "Get to know the man you never knew" isn't really accurate because there's very little of actual Michael Jackson dialogue outside of seeing him say "God bless you" to everyone in the production team and noting when he thinks something needs to be changed about the way something's being done.

All and all this is probably going to be remembered as being the greatest concert that never happened in the history of music. From these few, vague snippets of what the actual This Is It concert we can see that Michael would have had a huge comeback through this concert series, and that once more he has proven that he was, and always will be the King of Pop.

It is a reminded, that even though tabloids tried to cast him in evil light, Michael Jackson's ONLY message was one of love. L.O.V.E. plain and simple.

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review by . March 03, 2010
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I was finally able to see this "highly anticipated" film once it came out on DVD.  Overall I would recommend this film to anyone that has any interest in Michael Jackson and his music.      Experience Overall my experience with This Is It was great! To me it was unreal when Michael Jackson passed away. I can’t say I was a diehard fan, but I definitely can say I was big fan. His music always made me want to get up and dance. When I heard his songs, they …
review by . June 24, 2010
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With Michael Jackson's children in mind, they lost a wonderful father, and I, along with other fans, have lost a true musical genius, a man whose generosity is unsurpassed, and a gentle soul who loved everyone.      I saw This Is It when it first came out in the theater; I was so excited to see this masterpiece that Kenny Ortega had put together so quickly.  When the DVD came out, I bought that too and have watched it several times since.      I admit, …
review by . October 30, 2009
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@Nando1 and I went to go see "This Is It" yesterday. I LOVED IT! I do wish that it was more like how the show would've been since they had the footage but, I also really liked that you get to see Michael as he was. Now, my disclaimer that I thought of after reading @KevinTRod's review, I am not a professional reviewer nor, even though I studied film, do I ever pay extra attention to the technical aspects of a film. It has to be a pretty obvious error for me to even …
review by . November 07, 2009
Too bad
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review by . August 13, 2011
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review by . October 29, 2009
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Quick Tip by . June 19, 2010
reminded me what a talent we've lost, despite the oddities; gives a glimpse into a troubled and complex mind
review by . June 13, 2010
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THIS IS IT is now all there is. Watching this film in the DVD format in the home strikes many chords for almost every viewer. Michael Jackson's life was made far too public and this brief recording of the preparations for his final tour sets much straight about why he was such a remarkable talent. It allows us to forget all the raucous press that hounded him during his life and simply watch Michael Jackson doing what he did best - perform. Some of his gifts can be listed. Creative body language …
review by . May 14, 2010
Real-life thriller
The rehearsals for Michael Jackson's last tour were filmed and provide a stunning look at a superstar entertainer and consummate professional at work. We see him sing and dance many songs along with the special effects that contributed so much to the dynamic show. The film itself is more home movie than documentary; comments from the show staff come later in the extras.       I hadn't followed Jackson's life for years and assumed he was past his prime, but this film completely …
Quick Tip by . March 29, 2010
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Admittedly not the biggest MJ fan but found this to be tedious to get thru. Mostly just liked the stage affects.
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Michael Jackson's This Is It is a 2009 American concert film documenting Michael Jackson's rehearsals of the concert series of the same name (scheduled to start on July 13, 2009, but cancelled because of his death on June 25, 2009), both on stage and behind the scenes. The film shows Jackson mentoring his team for the 50 shows, as well as him creating, developing, and ultimately staging the high-tech performances. The film's director Ortega confirmed that when Jackson had filmed footage of himself rehearsing that he never had the intention of releasing it to the public, but after Jackson's death, it was agreed that the film be made and released for Jackson's fans. The footage was filmed at The Forum and the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Despite originally being set for an October 30, 2009, release date, the film's release date was rescheduled for October 28, 2009; due to a strong demand by Jackson's fans. The film was given a wide worldwide release and a limited two-week theatrical run from October 28, to November 12, 2009. Tickets went on sale a month early on September 27, 2009, to satisfy a high anticipated demand.

Since the confirmation of the film, AEG Live had faced criticism mostly consisting of theories that they'd only made the film solely for them to be able to make a profit off Jackson. Multiple members of Jackson's family had confirmed that they didn't support the film and some family members went as far...

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Director: Kenny Ortega
Genre: Documentary
Release Date: 10/28/2009
MPAA Rating: PG
DVD Release Date: January 26, 2010
Runtime: 111 minutes
Studio: Sony Pictures
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