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'Michael Jackson's This Is It' gets home video release date

November 30, 2009 | 12:27 pm


Though it won't be released in time for holiday shoppers, those with designs on "Michael Jackson's This Is It"won't have to wait too long. The behind-the-scenes concert film will be released Jan. 26 on Blu-ray, DVD, PSP and digital download from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

"Michael Jackson's This Is It" chronicles what would have been the singer's comeback concerts at London's O2 Arena. The home video release comes packed with bonus behind-the-scenes bonus featurettes, including detailed looks at auditions, costumes and extra rehearsal footage.

Those who spring for the Blu-ray will see complete uncut versions of "Smooth Criminal" and "Thriller," as well as a special vignette that details the process of attempting to bring "Thriller" to the stage in 2009. A complete rundown of DVD and Blu-ray extras can be found after the jump.

"This Is It" was originally said to have just a two-week theatrical run when it opened in October, but in a surprise to no one it was extended. Our sister blog Company Town earlier detailed why the film would not be released on home video in time for the holiday season.

"While that made sense for Sony, owners of the nation's cinemas were none too happy at the prospect," wrote Company Town. "They have historically urged studios to wait at least 90 days, but preferably four months, from the day a movie opens in theaters to start selling the DVD, in order to maximize ticket sales."

--Todd Martens

Photo: Associated Press / AEG / Sony Pictures

The extra content on the DVD and Blu-ray home video releases, courtesy of Sony:

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 more than 5,000 applicants and ended with the selection of 11 exceptionally talented dancers.

•    Theatrical Trailer
Single-Disc Blu-ray Bonus Material

Everything on the DVD, plus:

•    BD Exclusive:  “Smooth Criminal” Vignette
The full-length vignette starring Michael Jackson that 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 that 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!

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