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SPHE Press Release: Michael Jackson's THIS IS IT (Blu-ray)

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    “An unmissable film. Illuminating and unforgettable.”
    Peter Travers / Rolling Stone

    “…beautiful…dazzling…a tribute to the power of Jackson’s body and voice…”
    Ann Powers / Los Angeles Times

    The #1 Grossing Concert Film in Worldwide Box Office History
    Is Now The Home Entertainment Event of the Year!

    MICHAEL JACKSON’S

    THIS IS IT

    Taking the Stage on Blu-ray™, DVD and PSP™ this January 26, 2010,
    With Over 90 Minutes of Never-Before-Seen Bonus Features
    Including Two Making-of Documentaries, Costume Featurette and
    Blu-ray Exclusives Including All-New “Smooth Criminal” and
    “Thriller” Vignettes as well as movieIQ!


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    Culver City, CA (11/30/09) – Sony Pictures Home Entertainment offers music lovers a backstage pass to witness the King of Pop plan and create what would have been his electrifying and triumphant return to the stage when MICHAEL JACKSON’S THIS IS ITdebuts on Blu-ray, DVD and PSP this January 26, 2010. After breaking box office records around the world, MICHAEL JACKSON’S THIS IS IT will dazzle on Blu-ray and DVD. Directed by Kenny Ortega, the Blu-ray and DVD release will allow fans to go beyond the theatrical experience of the film Roger Ebert called “one of the most revealing music documentaries I've seen” with the two documentaries "Staging The Return: Beyond The Show" and "Staging The Return: The Adventure Begins," in which Michael Jackson is shown developing, creating and rehearsing for his sold-out “This Is It” tour. Also available are a series of illuminating featurettes, including “The Gloved One,” a costume themed featurette; “Memories of Michael,” in which cast and crew pay moving tribute to the legacy of Michael Jackson; “Auditions: Searching for the World's Best Dancers,” spotlighting the search for the show’s incredibly talented backup dancers; and the film’s Theatrical Trailer.

    Additional features exclusive to the Blu-ray include the complete and uncut versions of “Smooth Criminal” and “Thriller,” two all-new vignettes seen briefly in the film, along with a special “Making-of Smooth Criminal” featurette. In “Smooth Criminal,” sit back and marvel as Michael Jackson seamlessly shares the screen with some of the greatest movie stars of all-time in a new black and white vignette that celebrates Michael’s love of ‘Old Hollywood.’ Then, in the all-new “Thriller” vignette, watch in awe as Michael brings one of his most popular songs to a monstrous second life in a thrilling new video featuring a whole new cast of zombies, ghosts and ghouls igniting awareness with all-new and signature Jackson dance moves.

    Exclusive to the Blu-ray edition of MICHAEL JACKSON’S THIS IS IT are even more must-have bonus features Jackson fans will love, including the BD-Live™ enabled movieIQ, which lets viewers add their favorite songs from the film to an emailable “This is It” playlist. With movieIQ, viewers can also access live trivia information about the movie’s cast, crew, music and production – all while watching the movie!

    MICHAEL JACKSON’S THIS IS IT, available on Blu-ray, DVD and PSP, this January 26, 2010, at an SRP of $39.95 (BD), $28.96 (DVD) and $24.94 (PSP).


    Synopsis
    MICHAEL JACKSON’S THIS IS IT offers Jackson fans and music lovers worldwide 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 this summer 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. Audiences will be given a privileged and private look at the singer, dancer, filmmaker, architect, and genius as he creates and perfects his final show.

    MICHAEL JACKSON’S THIS IS IT was directed by Kenny Ortega (High School Musical, Newsies). It was produced by Randy Phillips, Kenny Ortega and Paul Gongaware, with John McClain and John Branca serving as executive producers. It was distributed by Columbia Pictures in association with The Michael Jackson Company and AEG Live. It has a run time of approximately 111 minutes and has been rated PG for some suggestive choreography and scary images.

    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.
    • Theatrical Trailer

    Single-Disc Blu-ray 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.
    • Theatrical Trailer
    • BD Exclusive: “Smooth Criminal” Vignette
      The full-length vignette starring Michael Jackson which was to be shown before the performance of “Smooth Criminal” at theThis 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 favorite songs featured in the film and email yourself a customized playlist!
    BD Catalog #: 33881
    UPC Code: 0-43396-33881-4
    SLP: $ 39.95

    DVD Catalog #: 33882
    UPC Code: 0-43396-33882-1
    SLP: $ 28.96

    UMD Catalog #: 33885
    UPC Code: 0-43396-33885-2
    SLP: $ 24.94
    Order Date for All: 12/24/09
    Visit Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on the Web at www.SonyPictures.com

    The Blu-ray Disc version of MICHAEL JACKSON’S THIS IS IT is BD-Live enabled, allowing users to get connected and go beyond the disc via an Internet-connected Blu-ray player. Download content, give feedback through an exclusive survey, and register for rewards.
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