Michael Jackson would tell us that it’s human nature that his fans are having a difficult time saying goodbye to him. Part of this is because there are so many unanswered questions surrounding his untimely death last June, including the one about whether or not his death was a homicide. The world also never got to see his final concerts that he was preparing for in London, but all the behind-the-scenes preparations and rehearsal footage were collected for the surprisingly insightful documentary Michael Jackson’s This Is It.
Some expected it to just be a last-minute cash-in attempt, but director Kenny Ortega’s critically praised film might get an Oscar nomination and is already the highest grossing concert film and documentary in history. More importantly, This Is It
shows a determined and invigorated performer preparing for his finest and final hour, not a frail recluse knocking on death’s door that some have portrayed him as. A few of the classic songs included in the movie are “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’,” “Bad,” “Human Nature,” “I’ll Be There,” “Thriller,” “Beat It, “Billie Jean” and “The Way You Make Me Feel.”
Sony will release Michael Jackson’s This Is It on January 26 on both DVD and Blu-ray. Both versions will contain two making-of documentaries and eight featurettes. Blu-ray buyers not only get to see their idol in high definition and hear him in DTS-HD Master Audio, but are treated to several BD-exclusive extras: an all-new “Smooth Criminal” vignette, making-of “Smooth Criminal” featurette, movieIQ and a This Is It interactive playlist. We suppose that answers “Who’s bad?”