Spike Lee announces Off The Wall Documentary - Estate Announcement Page 66

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Paris78;4138686 said:
To celebrate the launch of “OFF THE WALL”, the documentary ‘Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off The Wall’ will be shown on March 7 to March 27 at Tokyo Ginza Sony Building.

In Addition of this, Madame Tussauds Tokyo will showcase a life size Michael Jackson and an exhibition of rare photos of the King of Pop will be on display!

An event to not miss for any fans in Tokyo!

For more information click HERE http://www.sonybuilding.jp/eventspace/opus/mj16/
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:party: :punk: This would be the perfect event to visit Japan again (as a civilian this time) and party up! I loved it there. :)
 

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@ innuendo - did you write that yourself or did you find the photo online? Either way, it's very funny :lol:

Yup, that is in fact my OTW cd on my kitchen table cloth. Wanted to join in on the fun but that's the best I could come up with.
 

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Paris78;4138686 said:
To celebrate the launch of “OFF THE WALL”, the documentary ‘Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off The Wall’ will be shown on March 7 to March 27 at Tokyo Ginza Sony Building.

In Addition of this, Madame Tussauds Tokyo will showcase a life size Michael Jackson and an exhibition of rare photos of the King of Pop will be on display!

An event to not miss for any fans in Tokyo!

For more information click HERE http://www.sonybuilding.jp/eventspace/opus/mj16/
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They should show these too!

[video=youtube;g3bjqcceU5Q]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3bjqcceU5Q[/video]

[video=youtube;VgjgtBlXt3E]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgjgtBlXt3E[/video]

[video=youtube;EZhMBN1diZc]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZhMBN1diZc[/video]
 

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^^^Great stuff Sheila :clap: Enjoy it, I know how much you love this album.

Yup, that is in fact my OTW cd on my kitchen table cloth. Wanted to join in on the fun but that's the best I could come up with.

I thought that was your doing. Your best was great enough btw :) I honestly thought that was very funny.

Did you take a photo? :)

Yep, I did. I'm weird like that, but not terribly different from Michael I guess. Remember how he used to document and film everything? Well, I'm a lot like him except that my formats of preference are photos and screen captions :D And just in case you'd like to see that particular picture of my little chalk "masterwerk" I should warn you that I can't actually upload it. Tried to find again today on the phone and couldn't :doh: I really hate it when phones are smarter than me :p

Enjoy the album everyone and get creative with the chalk. Write your own messages to Michael, to the Estate, to Sony, to the media, whomever :lol:
 

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Yep, I did. I'm weird like that, but not terribly different from Michael I guess. Remember how he used to document and film everything? Well, I'm a lot like him except that my formats of preference are photos and screen captions :D And just in case you'd like to see that particular picture of my little chalk "masterwerk" I should warn you that I can't actually upload it. Tried to find again today on the phone and couldn't :doh: I really hate it when phones are smarter than me :p

Haha it's ok! And I don't think it's weird to take a photo of that! I know I would. I'm also like MJ and try to document many things in my life in a similar fashion and I'm already reaping the benefits :)
 

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Just watched the documentary. I thought it was excellent. So much better than Bad 25. It really made you feel what made Michael so great as an artist and his uniqueness and just how amazing an achievement it was for him to go from child star to serious adult artist and how it was no accident or fluke. His drive and how serious he took his craft really came through. I felt the talking heads added to the presentation for the most part this time and I didn't feel that way about Bad 25. And it was great that Michael kept popping up throughout and you actually got to hear him talk and explain things himself. I'm pretty sure this era of Michael is the one that Spike truly loves and it definitely comes across. There are a few things I would have changed, but they are minor. I'm not sure he'll be able to top this one.

Also, that was the most emotional performance of She's Out of My Life that I've ever seen him give. You can tell that whatever feelings he felt that caused him to break down during every take in the recording were still raw at that period of his life.
 
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Just watched the documentary. I thought it was excellent. So much better than Bad 25. It really made you feel what made Michael so great as an artist and his uniqueness and just how amazing an achievement it was for him to go from child star to serious adult artist and how it was no accident or fluke. His drive and how serious he took his craft really came through. I felt the talking heads added to the presentation for the most part this time and I didn't feel that way about Bad 25. And it was great that Michael kept popping up throughout and you actually got to hear him talk and explain things himself. I'm pretty sure this era of Michael is the one that Spike truly loves and it definitely comes across. There are a few things I would have changed, but they are minor. I'm not sure he'll be able to top this one.





Also, that was the most emotional performance of She's Out of My Life that I've ever seen him give. You can tell that whatever feelings he felt that caused him to break down during every take in the recording were still raw at that period of his life.


Love your post:)
 

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Could anyone upload the cd booklet?
& I wonder why spike didn't cover when Michael went to japan & did those commercials? Same with bad, he did the California raisins but not 1 pepsi commercial out of them all! They talked about moonwalker for a brief second just about what he wanted. No detail whatsoever. I wish i could direct it. I would be prefect & i had access to the vaults I'd show as much footage as i can! It'll be more than just a documentary. If only i had the access. I wish the estate would listen,come to this forum or just flat foot out surprise us with something very big & special & never before seen or amazing blu ray footage long length of anything. What i dont understand most is how many people want this & that yet no one will sign petitions made or at very least start them. People want things just given to them. We must fight for what we want. Come on mjfam
& PLEASE NO CRITICISM TO ANYTHING IVE SAID & THEY KNOW WHO THEY ARE!
 

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Kevin Hughes ?@Popprince 25. Feb.

Re-listening to one of the greatest albums of all time.. Released tomorrow with a new @SpikeLee film #MJ #OffTheWall

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Officially released, can't be uploaded. Just buy it?
I refuse to buy a 4th copy of off the wall with the same songs that sound no different. I'd rather wait for nick to finish his mixes. I just wanted to see the photo booklet
 

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Just watched the documentary. I thought it was excellent. So much better than Bad 25. It really made you feel what made Michael so great as an artist and his uniqueness and just how amazing an achievement it was for him to go from child star to serious adult artist and how it was no accident or fluke. His drive and how serious he took his craft really came through. I felt the talking heads added to the presentation for the most part this time and I didn't feel that way about Bad 25. And it was great that Michael kept popping up throughout and you actually got to hear him talk and explain things himself. I'm pretty sure this era of Michael is the one that Spike truly loves and it definitely comes across. There are a few things I would have changed, but they are minor. I'm not sure he'll be able to top this one.

Also, that was the most emotional performance of She's Out of My Life that I've ever seen him give. You can tell that whatever feelings he felt that caused him to break down during every take in the recording were still raw at that period of his life.
I just wanted to add that I also LOVED your post-great review. As you pointed out in another thread, it's called "Journey from Motown TO Off the Wall", not the "Making of Off the Wall." As a matter of fact, even though I lived through that time period, and know the back story really well, I was so caught up in that story, I wanted it to continue for at least another hour, and was actually startled when they started discussing each track. That all should have been left for another doc one day.

I just really really loved it-and I don't think it's just because I'm re-living a great time in my own life.

I do know that Michael obviously had a HUGE fan base when they left Motown and signed with Epic-(I see how packed those auditoriums were), but the general mainstream public just wasn't paying that much attention to them any more. So many people still thought of Michael as the kid who sang "Ben" at the Academy Awards.
I happened to be very lucky that I loved old Hollywood, especially MGM musicals, and the variety shows of the 70's were the closest I could get to that-and I never missed the Jacksons as guests on any, including their own. And I also watched each and every time they were on any shows, like Mike Douglas, Merv Griffin, and Dinah Shore-I watched them grow up and evolve-and I witnessed Michael's vocals getting better and better, and he became even more inquisitive and more introspective. I also happened to be very lucky to be in my late teens/early 20's in the late 70's/early 80's and took to disco like a duck takes to water, as did the Jacksons.

I do think if more people had been aware of THIS Michael, the one that was showcased in Spike's documentary, as a dedicated, hard working boy who learned and studied from the best and was so determined to be the best ever, those crazy stories about hyperbaric chambers, Elephant Man bones, wanting to look like Diana Ross, etc. would have been laughed at and forgotten within an hour, the way I did when I heard them-and no one would have believed any of the hateful stuff that came later either.
 

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I think I'll skip on this project, nonetheless great doc watched it on Showtime
 

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I finally watched the documentary tonight and I must say it was good :) but I wish it went longer. I saw footage I had never seen before which was really cool and my fave part was when they show mj & his brothers in stage and Mike goes " the choreography is old!...*points to Jackie*....JACKIE IS OLD!!! :lol:
 

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I finally watched the documentary tonight and I must say it was good :) but I wish it went longer. I saw footage I had never seen before which was really cool and my fave part was when they show mj & his brothers in stage and Mike goes " the choreography is old!...*points to Jackie*....JACKIE IS OLD!!! :lol:
Speaking of, did you see that smile Jackie flashes at that line? I never realized how really good looking Jackie was before! Wow.
 

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Special #MichaelJackson #MJOTW2016 screening with MJ Japan fans!!! #OfftheWall

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Just watched the documentary. I thought it was excellent. So much better than Bad 25. It really made you feel what made Michael so great as an artist and his uniqueness and just how amazing an achievement it was for him to go from child star to serious adult artist and how it was no accident or fluke. His drive and how serious he took his craft really came through. I felt the talking heads added to the presentation for the most part this time and I didn't feel that way about Bad 25. And it was great that Michael kept popping up throughout and you actually got to hear him talk and explain things himself. I'm pretty sure this era of Michael is the one that Spike truly loves and it definitely comes across. There are a few things I would have changed, but they are minor. I'm not sure he'll be able to top this one.

Also, that was the most emotional performance of She's Out of My Life that I've ever seen him give. You can tell that whatever feelings he felt that caused him to break down during every take in the recording were still raw at that period of his life.

Great post! :D :cool:
 

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Does anyone know if the blu ray has newly scanned hd copies of the 3 original videos that's featured or are they the same sd scans...i couldn't tell when it 1st premiered & im not sure if hdtv is the same as blu ray quality. & plus it was hard to tell because for some goddamn reason spike lee likes to zoom in on every damn piece of footage (my guess is to get rid of certain logos)
& is the cd quality the same as the original lp?
 

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Does anyone know if the blu ray has newly scanned hd copies of the 3 original videos that's featured or are they the same sd scans...i couldn't tell when it 1st premiered & im not sure if hdtv is the same as blu ray quality.

Clarity-wise, what you saw on Showtime is essentially what you get on the Blu-ray.

& plus it was hard to tell because for some goddamn reason spike lee likes to zoom in on every damn piece of footage (my guess is to get rid of certain logos)

No, it's so that the documentary maintains a continuous aspect ratio throughout the entire film, rather than jumping from 16:9 during an interview to 4:3 archive footage of Michael.
 

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Clarity-wise, what you saw on Showtime is essentially what you get on the Blu-ray.



No, it's so that the documentary maintains a continuous aspect ratio throughout the entire film, rather than jumping from 16:9 during an interview to 4:3 archive footage of Michael.
Well what about when he does the interviews & zooms in that close?
 

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Whats the running time of the doc please. Is the t.v version shorter than the dvd
 

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I really hope to recieve my copy today.

few questions:

1. Are there subtitles on the Blu-Ray? There wasn't on BAD25...

2. Is there any kind of extra materiale this time?? There wasn't on BAD25.

3. Is the DVD/Blu-Ray version longer than the one on TV?
 

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I really hope to recieve my copy today.

few questions:

1. Are there subtitles on the Blu-Ray? There wasn't on BAD25...

2. Is there any kind of extra materiale this time?? There wasn't on BAD25.

3. Is the DVD/Blu-Ray version longer than the one on TV?

1. EDIT: There are. Thanks Annita.

2. Nope.

3. Same as the TV version.
 
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MICHAEL JACKSON'S OFF THE WALL: THE STORY OF A GAME-CHANGER
by Simon Glickman

Spike Lee’s outstanding Showtime documentary Michael Jackson’s Journey From Motown to Off the Wall has been packaged with the hugely influential 1979 album in a gorgeous CD/DVD package by Sony Legacy, which streeted last week.

The film, co-produced by Jackson Estate managers John Branca and John McClain, chronicles the creation of an album that was pivotal in the unfolding of contemporary pop, a Grammy winner and a massive seller (it’s sold more than 30m worldwide, and has sold around 10m domestically). Though later overshadowed in pop culture by its successor, 1983’s Thriller, Off the Wall occupies a special place, not only for record-buying fans of MJ’s particular thing—which undoubtedly came into flower on its legendary tracks—but also for the artists, producers and DJs whose minds were rearranged by it.

Lee’s inspired doc seamlessly weaves together an amazing trove of footage—much of it new to these eyes—the film mines thoughtful testimony from the people who worked with MJ and many more who’ve used his work, and especially Off the Wall, as a point of creative departure. On camera, Branca calls the set “One of the most creatively influential albums in history,” and it’s hard to argue.

“Michael is alive, because his music is still here,” says Lee. “And every year a new generation is introduced to MJ. I just wanted to concentrate on the music, his musicianship, his genius, the humanity. We don’t deal with that noise, all of the other stuff.”

“If you listen the radio today, it feels like Off the Wall is incredibly timely and relevant,” Branca says. “You can hear the influence in what Pharrell and Mark Ronson and so many others do.” This was key, he explains, in choosing to tell the story of the album, but the creators were also keen to trace this portion of Jackson’s history.

Jackson had emerged from the Motown experience—fronting the Tiger Beat hit machine known as The Jackson 5—seeking his own path. Having ridden a locomotive of scrupulously managed fame as the cute kid who sang like an angel, he had been summarily deposited at the awkward station of adolescence with bad skin, unruly hair and a shy, gawky disposition. He was still making strong music, of course, but little did anyone imagine what kind of butterfly would emerge from this ungainly chrysalis.

“If you said to most people today that there was a time when Michael’s career was said to be over, they’d say, ‘You’re kidding me,’” Branca muses. “But that’s the case. It’s part of what makes this such a compelling story.”

On the road with his brothers at age 21, Michael had scrawled a personal declaration—call it manifesto destiny—on the back of a tour schedule. “I should be a new, incredible actor/singer/dancer that will shock the world,” it reads. “I will do no interviews. I will be magic. I will be a perfectionist, a researcher, a trainer, a masterer. I will be better than every great actor roped into one.”

The above words would read like megalomaniac delusion in any other case, the pipe dream of every wannabe at every audition in the world. They might have seemed even sadder coming from a gangly former child star now roundly dismissed as “over” by the record biz.

Only they came true.

Michael found his vision—and his bliss—in a dazzling fusion of disco, funk, pop and showbiz glitz. He was entranced by Studio 54, but also by the exquisite moves of Gene Kelly, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Fred Astaire (who are seen in the film, in late-70s clips, admiring MJ’s own abilities as a dancer). But the route to Off the Wall required a trip over the Yellow Brick Road.

MJ lobbied hard to play the Scarecrow in Sidney Lumet’s film of The Wiz, starring Diana Ross, and he tore shit up with his star power and energy—impressing the hell out of music director Quincy Jones, who immediately wanted to work with him. The rest, as they say, is history.

Jones, Branca, Berry Gordy and Jackson family members offer the perspective only they can, while legendary exec Walter Yetnikoff admits he was dubious about signing MJ. And we hear from industry players like L.A. Reid and Bobby Colomby, who worked closely with Jackson.

The film mines vital testimony from the likes of Pharrell, Ronson, Questlove, The Weeknd, Rodney Jerkins, John Legend and other creators who drill down into the magic of the recordings. The most indelible of these is “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough,” which has the kind of groove that pulls the most intractable wallflowers—the ones who think they’re allergic to the dancefloor—off the wall and into the heart of the crush like a giant, pulsing magnet. But there’s also the easy-rolling masterpiece “Rock With You,” the madly tight “Working Day and Night” and the deft funk of the title track, all of which changed the dance floor forever, not to mention the ballad “She’s Out of My Life,” which moved Michael to tears on every take, and considerably more.

Pharrell points out that there were essentially no black pop stars before Michael. Writer and MJ superfan Dream Hampton underlines that the typical narrative of “natural talent” applied to Michael and other great artists of color ignores the tremendous discipline, hard work and strategy they employ.

"Mike busted his ass," Lee insists. "He was not there lollygagging, he was doing work. When he came on stage, something clicked and he was going to give it his all, like it was going to be his last performance."

MJ’s longtime friend Kobe Bryant even says Michael’s focus upped his performance on the court. “If you approach things the way he approached music,” the hoops star declares in the film, “you will be phenomenal.”

Asked what’s next from the Jackson content laboratory, Branca notes he and his team prefer to develop material quietly and then deliver. But, he adds, “We definitely have some fun stuff coming up.”

Could a record like Off the Wall get made today? Branca admits there’s cause to wonder. He cites the producer-driven nature of much current music, as well as the emphasis on sponsorship and other commercial concerns. “I’m not sure as much time and care is spent anymore on making an album,” he reflects. “Singles are what drive the business nowadays.” Still, as this riveting documentary proves, sometimes an artist delivers a game-changing miracle—even when the world was about to count that artist out.

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Asked what’s next from the Jackson content laboratory, Branca notes he and his team prefer to develop material quietly and then deliver. But, he adds, “We definitely have some fun stuff coming up.”

I hate to sound so pessimistic the whole time but "fun" does not fill me with a lot of confidence. Stop the gimmicks John.

At least there's something coming up anyways. I'd imagine 5 or 6 months maybe.
 

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^^^Halloween, and it has something to do with Thriller, and I didn't see anything gimmicky what he said, but each to their own.
 

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^^^Halloween, and it has something to do with Thriller, and I didn't see anything gimmicky what he said, but each to their own.

Was referring mainly to things like the hologram, 3D versions of things. I should have elaborated.
 

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^^Its always funny when fans are expecting perfection and perfect releases from Michael's estate when according some of the threads here have ripped Michael, his ideas, and releases apart:scratch:

Just out of curiosity, what would you have done/do if you were on charge of Michael's estate?
 
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