Michael Jackson’s This Is It (R2/UK BD) in February - Artwork added
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment have announced the UK DVD and Blu-ray Disc release of Michael Jackson’s This Is It on 22nd February 2010. Michael Jackson’s This is It offers a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the performer as he developed, created and rehearsed for his sold-out concerts that would have taken place beginning summer 2009 in London’s O2 Arena. Chronicling the months from April through June, 2009, the film is drawn from more than one hundred hours of behind-the-scenes footage, featuring Jackson rehearsing a number of his songs for the show.
The European release arrives a month after the US offering and will include an exclusive never-before seen additional featurette ‘The Unfinished Rehearsals’ in which Kenny Ortega and Production Designer Michael Cotton reveal two show-stopping concepts for This Is It which never made it to the big screen.
The Blu-ray release also includes an exclusive 24 page photo booklet which is a unique archive of photographs taken during the final rehearsals.
Coming Soon Trailer: Quicktime / Windows Media.
Available on 1-Disc DVD (£19.99 RRP), 2-Disc DVD (£22.99 RRP) and Blu-ray Disc (£24.99 RRP), features are outlined below…
Single Disc DVD Bonus Material
- “Staging the Return: The Adventure Begins” Making-of Documentary
This in-depth documentary reveals Michael Jackson’s unique, groundbreaking vision for his ambitious return to the stage, with director Kenny Ortega and the entire crew from This Is It.
- “Staging the Return: Beyond the Show” Making-of Documentary
Director Kenny Ortega and the crew of This Is It discuss Michael Jackson's final rehearsals, and the purpose behind creating the concert film.
- “The Gloved One” Costumes Featurette
Costume Designer Zaldy reveals the elaborate new costumes created for Michael Jackson to wear on the This Is It tour.
- “Memories of Michael” Featurette
Kenny Ortega and the crew of This Is It share personal stories about working with Michael Jackson, and how they will remember their friend.
- “Auditions: Searching for the World's Best Dancers” Featurette
A look at the high-stakes audition process, which began with over 5,000 applicants and ended with the selection of 11 exceptionally talented dancers.
- “The Unfinished Rehearsals” Featurette
Kenny Ortega and Production Designer Michael Cotten reveal two show-stopping concepts for This Is It which never made it to the big screen.
- Theatrical Trailer
Two-Disc Special Edition DVD Bonus Material - As above plus a second disc with the following additional featurettes:
- Meet the Dancers
Meet each of the 11 dancers chosen among thousands to dance with Michael Jackson on his This Is It tour.
- Meet the Band
Go behind the scenes with the band members chosen to perform on the This Is It tour with Michael Jackson
- Meet the Vocalists
Go behind the scenes with the vocalists selected to sing with Michael Jackson on the This Is It Tour
Blu-ray Disc - Includes all of the DVD extras plus the following exclusives:
- “Dancing Machine’ featurette
Choreographer Travis Payne discusses collaborating with dancing legend Michael Jackson on the choreography for his This Is It tour.
- Photo Gallery with 75 insider photos from the rehearsals
- BD Exclusive: “Smooth Criminal” Vignette
The full-length vignette starring Michael Jackson which was to be shown before the performance of “Smooth Criminal” at the This Is It concert.
- BD Exclusive: “Making ‘Smooth Criminal’” Featurette
An in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the groundbreaking production of the new “Smooth Criminal” film created for This Is It.
- BD Exclusive: “Thriller” Vignette
The full-length vignette which was to be shown during the performance of “Thriller” at the This Is It concert.
- BD Exclusive: movieIQ: connects you to access real-time information on the cast, music, trivia and more while watching the movie! Also includes the "This Is It" interactive playlist where you can bookmark your favourite songs featured in the film and email yourself a customized playlist!
Audio options on both formats are...
Audio: English 5.1 (lossless on Blu-ray, exact format TBC)
Subtitles: English, Arabic, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French (Parisian), German, Hindi, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese (Portugal), Spanish (Castilian), Swedish, Turkish
The Blu-ray region code is still TBC.