Wednesday, January 27, 2010

MJ's "This Is It" On Sale Now Amidst Low Buzz

You can’t help but think of one of the world’s biggest humanitarian’s, Michael Jackson, and wonder what he would be doing if he were still alive and aware of all of the tragedy that has impacted Haiti. Would he have been one of the celebrities on the recent Help for Haiti telethon? Would he have done a duet with Wyclef or performed with any of the artists who performed—from Justin Timberlake to John Legend-- who idolized him and use him as a reference for their own career image?

Or, would MJ have dedicated his planned world tour (that didn’t happen) to the rebuilding of Haiti?
Though we will never know what the gloved one would have done, we can surely relive some of his last moments here on earth with us by picking up a copy of the DVD of his movie “This is It.” For all the MJ fans out there, now is a good time than any to purchase the DVD. Places like Wal-mart are making it easier for you to do it by limiting the number of DVDs folks can purchase in one visit ( a new rule started this week it seems) for new releases, so folks can’t buy them in bulk and then resell them more easily, inflating the prices. Sony has also announced that it will be releasing a new bundle including the Playstation 3 game console and the Blu-Ray version of the movie “This is It”.

What’s surprising is that Michael Jackson’s DVD “This Is It” went on sale yesterday amidst surprisingly low fanfare here in the US-- especially given how fanatic the sales for the movie tickets were when the movie first hit theaters at the end of last summer. Granted, the movie was released less than six months after the beloved legend died, it is still a little weird that the DVD’s debut was met with such low buzz.

However, the international excitement was a bit more pronounced.

Check out this video of inmates in a Filipino prison who are dancing in tribute to MJ and his song “They Don’t Really Care About Us” and other songs sampled throughout the routine. This video was uploaded earlier this week and features prisoners from Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC), a maximum security prison, with Michael Jacksons long-time choreographer Travis Payne and dancers Daniel Celebre and Dres Reid teaching choreography from MJ’s world concert that didn’t happen.

It’s weird and kind of odd knowing you are watching male prisoners in maximum lock-up having permission to (and agreeing to do this) en masse, but it’s interesting enough to watch and remind you of MJ’s impact on the world.

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