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【Amazon限定】マイケル・ジャクソン THIS IS IT (スチールブック仕様/完全数量限定/特製ブックレット付き) [Blu-ray]
最期のコンサート”THIS IS IT”がリハーサル映像により奇跡の映画化!
今年の夏、ロンドンのO2アリーナで開催されるはずだった彼のコンサート”THIS IS IT”。
★ “ダンシング・マシーン” 振付師が語るマイケルのダンス(15分49秒)※ブルーレイのみの特典
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たまたま英語のリスニングと発音の勉強のためにHeal the worldの歌の練習をしたのがきっかけでした。その歌詞を知り、なんと心の美しい人だと思いました。それからいろいろと調べたり、作品を見たりするうちにあっという間にファンになってしまいました。
今となってはどうしようもありませんが、This is itを見ると、生前の彼の素の表情が見られる気がします。大変興味深いドキュメンタリー映画でした。
この｢THIS IS IT｣は、マイケルのライブに賭ける拘りと情熱、そしてそれを支えるスタッフやミュージシャン、ダンサー達のエンターテイメントのプロフェッショナルの姿を克明に描いたドキュメンタリーの傑作だ。
Without any doubt whatsoever, this show would have had the best production of all time. The rehearsals in this dvd alone are enough to completely mesmerise. Michael Jackson looking great painstakingly goes through the show song by song like the true professional that he was. Every tiny detail is highlighted and supervised by Michael and all the songs you'd want to hear are rehearsed, including some Jackson 5 hits. The production-in-making videos of Smooth Criminal and Thriller are stunning.
There are moments of exhiliration and frustration for Michael and the people involved as they go through the extensive set list. And there are many many musicians, dancers, technicians, choreographers, designers and directors - all giving their maximum to make the show a success.
Though I felt he was a little withdrawn and holding back in his singing and dance routines, Michael Jackson still came across as the overtly talented and hard working artist we all know. This show would've been the best ever staged by anyone. He was setting new standards when he was tragically and prematurely taken away - and the world of music and entertainment is suffering as a result.
This is unmissable. If you're going for the Blu-ray, I can guarantee you're in for a special treat !
I took my young daughter to the cinema to see This Is It as she'd discovered MJ when he sadly died. Given my music taste, I didn't have any particular expectations for This Is It. I was proven so wrong.
This Is It shows MJ as we've never seen or heard him before. It's not the smooth pop star but the professional and humble musician who works sincerely and professionally with his team as equals to put the show together, in the finest detail.
What we see and hear, despite this being rehearsels where MJ is not singing at full performance (except once he in a duet), goes beyond anything he's ever done before. The musicians are fantastic. It rocks as MJ has never rocked before. A duet goes to the heart of your soul. This Is It blew me away, as so many others have said before. Seeing this in the cinema was a once-in-a-lifetime chance of seeing what he was capable of, never to return.
The sound and video quality are superb, despite this being rehearsal videos, worthy of the finest Hollywood productions. Only the best audio and video equipment will do This Is It full justice. Still, with a decent flatscreen TV and hi-fi equipment at home, the DVD or BlueRay is the next best thing to having seen it in the cinema.
This Is It appeals to a wide range of music lovers, not just classic MJ fans.
The money and effort that had gone into the rehearsals and subsequent show surprised me and left me saddened that we never gotto see it. What I had not realised was the way in which so many peoples lives and hopes had been changed by MJ's passing. When great young dancers auditioned their way through hundreds of rivals and received the accolade of 'One of the best dancers in the world', only to have their hopes and aspirations dashed, it becomes a very sobering reality of life.
Its a wonderful documentary which is both entertaining and informative and the insight into what goes into such a production makes you appreciate just how hard it is to stage a gig on this scale.
I've watched it a few times and dipped into the extras sections over and over. I found the dancer and singer auditions amazing and the chosen musicians were just awesome....who knew?
The films prepared as part of the show are just amazing. You won't get better value for your £3 odd anywhere and you will be the richer for the experience too.
There are flaws to the movie, as with any movie, and I have to say that whilst the collaborative aspect of the work is appealing, it can get rather sickly hearing how someone was influenced by MJ or how he is a 'genius'. Fair enough, MJ probably is a genius but it gets a bit annoying when someone blurts it in the movie every 5 minutes and I laugh when Thomas Organ (rhythm guitar) says "there's some genius stuff going on here" when MJ just tells Orianthi Panagaris to 'shine'. I think he was probably referring to another aspect as some of the 'genius' quotes are placed after relatively insignificant things. So that aspect does irritate after a while. I love MJ but I can only hear people bowing down and kissing his shoes so many times before it becomes irritating. As for MJ himself, his voice is back on form as he sings most of the show with a couple of exceptions (see 'Thriller' and 'They Don't Care About Us' for some hints of lip-synching).
Nonetheless, musically this is brilliant and as a musician myself I am glad that this is the strongest aspect of the movie. I think the music excels the dancing in this production as the professional dancers can occassionally be a little too good and sometimes outdance Jackson (how dare I say such a thing). Then again, they are not 50. Saying this, I want to get straight that despite his passing, he looked in pretty good shape and I get annoyed by people who say "well he is 50 you know" like there are no professional artists still going after 50! 50 is still an age when many artists tour succesfully and still have their voice. MJ performs in accordance with his age. Some people like to think that MJ at 50 is equivalent to an 80 year old disabled man. All his career, perhaps due to his incredible heights of fame, he has always been thought of as 'fragile'. So I say to these people:
1) Lots of other performers can still perform well at 50
2) 50 does not equate to 80 year old disabled man
3) The smoke and mirrors of this massive production helps
4) 50 shows over 8 months is not a very gruelling schedule
You may think I am being critical of MJ. I AM NOT. MJ is superb in this movie and I love it. I am angry at the torrent of fans who cannot expect this from a 50 year old man and those who ignorantly think 50 shows is the most intense tour ever when even MJ himself has done more in the past.
Anyway, the movie alone gets 5 stars but the DVD production is poor. First of all, I thought than in the months between the cinematic release and this, they would aim to re-master some of the more grainy bits of footage and made it fill the screen. Also the menu screen is diabolical. It is like when you get a cheap and nasty DVD off the market and it has these do-it-yourself menu screen with a picture and tabs indicating the sub-menus at the bottom. No imagination in the menu screen whatsoever - it is like buying a DVD from 10 years ago. The extras are also disappointing. 120 hours shot (the movie clocks in around 1hr46mins) so there is about 118 hours of footage to go on bonus features and we get a pitiful 2 hours. Most of that is featurettes and interviews which are not even part of that footage. None of the bonus features have MJ performing anything more. All of the MJ stuff is on the movie. The features tend to focus on the crew (which is interesting nonetheless). The meet the band/dancers/crew etc. is very interesting but that is the entire bonus disc which is, frankly, very poor. For all the time waiting for this DVD I expected much more thought into the bonus features and the menu screens which I have to say again are really shoddy.
This is truly amazing. The scenes of Mr Jackson rehearsing show that he genuinely was a superb entertainer, technician and craftsman.
His dancing is exemplary, even compared to his backing dancers who are 30 years younger. His singing is spot on, especially when
he gets carried away and uses the full voice that he's trying to save until the real shows. The show itself would have been
staggeringly good. They were NOT cashing in as I expected, it would have been the show of the decade, one of the best ever in terms
of spectacle and performance. A lot of time, energy and finance had gone into the production and I can only imagine how sad and
disappointed those who were involved must feel at not being able to do it for real let alone losing their mentor.
Really, ths is seriously good. For anyone with an interest in dance, popular music or stage production this is a must. If you
like the music and performance of Michael Jackson then it is essential. The man went out on a true high.
The DVD isn't a polished presentation which I feel is good - it captures the informal, relaxed setting of the rehearsals and banter between those involved. It feels more real, more intimate and gives viewers an insight into how the concert is put together blending live rehearsal footage with some of the spectacular video backdrops prepared. Michael seems more 'real' than in a conventional concert performance - he sings live (unlike many other performers!), has problems with his earpiece and generously encourages his musicians, notably the guitarist, to show off her prowess. His creativity and creative input can be shared through his filmed conversations with the show directors His choreography and dance moves are as impeccable as always with every single movement spot on and his drive and energy shown in the videos belie his 50 years.
The DVD gives an insight into the real Michael behind the concerts that might have been missed had 'This is It' reached fruition.
A recommended purchase for all Michael Jackson fans.
Even though the disc does not move much beyond expectations what is evident is that MJ, far removed from his public persona, was a supremely talented individual, most comfortable on stage, surrounded by brilliant musicians and people at the top of their respective trees in production, choreography etc. The quality of the music reproduction on the disc is superb and very few people can not be moved by the distinctive bass lines and opening riffs from his most popular songs - Wanna Be Startin Something, beat It, Thriller and the list goes on.... and on.
It seems such a shame that this tour couldn't still happen with guest perfomances by various artists as some sort of tribute, I have no doubt that it would be as popular as when MJ was still alive.
Other footage shows the selection of the band, singers and dancers, some of the costumes Michael would have worn plus the "crews" feelings about Michael, how the concert would have ended anfd how he wanted Earth Song to not have a ahppy ending so that it would make people think.
Needless to say I ended up sobbing my heart out when it ended my only comfort being is that Michael died happy in the knowledge that he was still a very much loved man.
When he died I was shocked and when I saw what he was really about in this very deep and realistic documentary of the o2 dates that never happened,It changed absolutely now how deeply I view he really was.
Absolutely fantastic star, entertainer,musician, he definitely crossed the t's and dotted the i's, which totally surprised me and after watching this truly magnificent film I really was gutted I never had a ticket or that It never went ahead, so many people must have been bitterly disappointed and i feel very sad for them and for the fans that must really miss this fantastic man!
This is a very must see movie/documentary and seeing it in blue ray made it all the more great to watch.
What I didn't expect was to see a consummate professional at work, in control of all aspects of his show, who was respected by all the other professionals around him.
The show would have been spectacular if it had gone ahead, and have established a new benchmark for live shows which the rest of the music world would have found difficult to follow.
I would recommend this to anyone as a documentary of a true professional at work, which also works as MJ last live performance.
Incidentally - you may have wondered about press reports / speculation about age and drug use dimming MJ talents - on the evidence of this performance they were talking utter nonsense, and keeping up the best traditions of the press of not letting the truth get in the way of a story / headline.
I never got to see him live - but have watched recordings of his amazing performances.
At his peak Michael Jackson was the ultimate performer on stage - amazing songs (most of which he had written himself) - unique voice - superb dancer and he surrounded himself with fantastic vocalists, musicians and dancers. In my opinion the most complete entertainer ever. He was a seamless mixture of innovation and good old fashioned song and dance man! Although he didn't enjoy the physical challenges of touring - his professionalism and quest for perfection kicked in and his audience reaped the rewards.
'This Is It' is proof that he remained a perfectionist - and that inspite of his inevitable physical decline (the natural ageing process combined with his abuse of prescription medication ) he was in the advanced stages of putting together a show which would highlight his remaining abilities and camouflage his limitations. Quite simply - if he had been able to pull it off - the concerts would have been unforgettably spectacular.
I say 'if' - because he did look painfully thin and therefore comparitively frail during these rehersals. Its also impossible by watching the various edited clips to know how long his rehersal sessions were actually lasting. Was he able to string large chunks of the show together ? - or was he resting between individual performances? The easy option of course would have been for Michael to have completely 'dumbed down' the physical aspect of his performance -but to his credit he wasn't taking the easy option.
I felt very emotional watching the footage- I was reminded of his talent - I was reminded of his demise . The biggest positive for me was that the O2 concerts sold out so quickly and Michael had tangible proof of the loyalty of his fans before his untimely death.
This dvd has some brilliant extras that every true fan will enjoy. If you're like me then you'll also find the extras very emotional, especially the 'memories of michael' one.
Regardless of what people say about MJ and what people wrote about him the man was a genius who was hounded to his grave...and beyond.
This showcases the true talent that was rarely written about. It shows how he was 100% involved in all aspects of the This Is It tour with some early camcorder footage of meetings to discuss the content of the show and MJ right there in front saying what he wants to see and sharing his visions.
You also get to see the MJ Air ending that would have been phenomenal. The costume design extra is very interesting if given a chance. you can almost picture MJ wearing his outfits.
You wont be dissappointed if you buy this, that is for certain. My two girls watch it again and again.
R.I.P. Michael. L.O.V.E.