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Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker DVD Review

Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker

July 7, 2009

Director: Jerry Kramer, Jim Blashfield, Colin Chilvers,
Starring: Michael Jackson, Brandon Quintin Adams, Jeff Adkins, Patrick Alan, Mick Jagger, Sean Lennon, Kellie Parker, Joe Pesci,

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With the events of the last couple of weeks it seems the world has once again fallen in love with Michael Jackson. It’s just a shame that it took something so drastic for this to happen, but often genius isn’t always recognised until someone passes away.

With his death came the inevitable increase in sales for his music and DVDs as he topped the download charts with Man in the Mirror and his music videos were bought en masse once again, as though it were the mid eighties. The mid eighties was Michael’s peak, when the Bad album spawned five US number ones and the movie Moonwalker was released.

Moonwalker was a Michael Jackson extravaganza. A movie that featured documentary clips of Michael and the Jackson Five, some of Michael’s music videos and a short story about Michael saving the world from drug obsessed crime baron Mr Big (played by Joe Pesci).

Moonwalker starts with a live performance of the download number one single Man in the Mirror before going into the documentary montage that takes you through the early days of Michael’s career, from his debut, through his Grammys and through the many highs that he enjoyed.

The movie also features the music video for the bonus track featured on the Bad album CD version, Leave Me Alone, which perfectly sums up Michael’s career and his relationship with the media.

The actual plot of Moonwalker finally kicks in as Michael stumbles onto the evil plans of Mr Big, causing him to be a marked man. Michael is chased by Big’s troopers, only to transform into a high performance car (way before Michael Bay got his hands on Transformers) and speed off towards the 1930’s Chicago club for the famous Smooth Criminal music video. This is perhaps Michael’s greatest video and without doubt the highlight of the movie, as Michael makes his way through the club to the tunes of Smooth Criminal, dispatching bad guys as he goes.

The finale of the film sees Michael take on the whole of Big’s army, before Transforming again into a giant robot, and then a spaceship.

This movie comes from the genius mind of Michael Jackson. It may not flow as a normal, narrative driven, movie would, but this doesn’t disguise the brilliance of Moonwalker. It’s escapist, it’s imaginative, it’s pure Michael Jackson.

The only downside to this DVD release is that it doesn’t feature any special features, but Michael Jackson’s numerous other DVDs more than make up for that.

Darren has enjoyed an interest in film for many years, studying the subject at Newport Film School where he worked on the film ‘Cop on the Edge IX: Prelude to Justice‘ in a directing and acting capacity. The official site can be enjoyed here. Darren setup WhatDVD.Net in 2003 to further his love of films and to write passionately about the movies he enjoys, and about those that he doesn’t.

Although his day-to-day activities mean that he now has less time to review movies than he would ideally prefer, he still tries to review new releases, and DVDs from his extensive collection, whenever possible.
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Rating: 100%

Website: http://www.michaeljackson.com

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5 Responses to “Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker”

  1. lorraine hughesNo Gravatar on July 9th, 2009 9:28 am

    to whome it may concern.
    my name is lorrain i was looking on your web site i came along, a michael jackson ( may he rest in peace ) it was a compertion i followed every step whan it came to txting yes, what you fails to mention it takes all of you mobile phone credit i have lost £5 worth of credit i would like for some one to refund my credit, for some think that is some ones fault in failing to mension how much per txt is.

    your’s faithfull mrs hughes
    ( very very angry customer

  2. Darren JamiesonNo Gravatar on July 9th, 2009 9:50 am

    Hi Lorraine, thanks for the comment but I think you’re a litte confused. We haven’t run any text competitions. You’re probably thinking of another website.

  3. ErinNo Gravatar on September 21st, 2009 12:30 am

    I just ordered this via ebay. I’ve been looking at some of the DVD reviews, and I was wondering – what are the DVD extras on this, if any? I’ve seen the “Making of Moonwalker” on youtube, and I was wondering if it is included.

  4. Darren JamiesonNo Gravatar on September 21st, 2009 6:11 pm

    Hi Erin, I don’t believe the ‘making of’ is included, no. Sorry.

  5. lindsayNo Gravatar on November 22nd, 2009 3:08 am

    i LOVED moonwalker as a kid and i just ordered it from walt disney dvds (one of the only places that you can get a region 1) to relive my childhood a little and see mj at the top of his game. it was just as good as i remember and i have never in my life seen an artist who touched people the way mj could! may he rst in peace.

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