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Michael Jackson: The Life of an Icon

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Product Details

  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Universal Home Video
  • Release Date: Nov. 1 2011
  • Run Time: 157 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #75,004 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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See Michael Jackson, one of the most recognizable and popular entertainers of all time, like never before in the feature-length tribute Michael Jackson: The Life of an Icon. Known to millions of fans worldwide for his record-breaking albums, groundbreaking music videos, mesmerizing dance moves and humanitarian efforts, his true story has never really been told…until now. This unprecedented look into the King of Pop’s fascinating life includes all-new interviews with his mother Katherine Jackson as well as siblings Tito and Rebbie Jackson, family, friends and music legends such as Smokey Robinson, Dionne Warwick and many more.

Six months after the Japanese destroyed the U.S. Pacific fleet at Pearl Harbor, the Americans discovered the Japanese were planning to seize the Naval base at Midway Island--a perfect staging point for invading Hawaii or the mainland. Outnumbered four to one, the Americans won a surprise victory and shattered the backbone of the Japanese Imperial Navy. This 1976 film feels more like a history lesson than a drama, but World War II buffs will appreciate the attention to historical fact (especially the way in which fate and a few bad decisions turned the tide), as well as the generous use of actual battle footage. The all-star cast includes Robert Mitchum, James Coburn, and Cliff Robertson in cameos and a whole slew of familiar TV faces in supporting roles. Hal Holbrook is fun as an oddball intelligence officer. --Geof Miller --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Julian Janik on Jan. 9 2005
Format: DVD
After all the Hoopla I did, eight years ago, on edited scenes and Sound, of the previous Mono version of Midway, that I had,
I finally, got myself to buy the newer, Blu-Ray version of Midway.
This newer version that came out last fall, has the original Sensurround Sound restored by Universal.
It sounds a lot better and is more enjoyable to watch with all the sound of gunfire and explosions.
It is still the edited version running at 2 hrs.12 min. minutes. But I have come to accept the fact that Universal
will never restore the deleted scenes I mentioned along with other reviewers.
But, at least, Universal was good enough to restore the Sensurround Sound on this Blu-Ray version, which I can, now, accept.
The thoughts of deleted scenes still linger, as I watch the movie, But, with this newly added Sensurround Sound,
I find that I enjoy the movie a lot more and I can set aside the deleted scenes.
There are Special Features which are worth watching, especially, on The Making of Midway.
Which explains how and why the director made this movie on Midway, which makes me appreciate Midway even more.
After reading some of the reviews regarding this Blu-Ray version with Sensurround, and much consideration in buying it,
I made up my mind to give it a try and buy it. I'm glad I did.
I would recommend this Blu-Ray version of Midway with the added Sensurround Sound.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Crismore on June 15 2004
Format: DVD
Midway as originally filmed is one of the great movies of all time. This DVD is not.
Problem #1: I have one of the best sound systems you can buy. The sound goes up and down and up and down on this DVD. You have to hold on to the remote just to be able to stay in the room with it because some combat footage is too loud, and other dramatic discussions are too low in volume.
Problem #2: My wife grew to hate this move somewhere around 1990 because on the veteran related holidays, a good 4+ hours were lost to watching this movie. Others claim that the original was over 5 hours. I'm very disappointed with the 2+ hour version. I want to see it all.
The manufacturer needs to do something to get us the complete movie. They won't, though, becuase they have to redo the sound for the DVD, and that's expensive.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Nov. 2 2003
Format: VHS Tape
The producers of Tora Tora Tora got dinged because their depiction of the Pearl Harbor attack was a box office flop. They must've decided it was because there was no love story. So, they took the standard Hollywood approach to Midway (kind of "Pearl Harbor"-Lite), and, because there were plenty of outtakes from Tora, they could slip a lot of aerial action in on the cheap. Cheaper still, what they didn't have from Tora, they made up, using archival stock footage of just about every navy aircraft that ever flew in WWII and a few that didn't (the producers must've figured "if that plane is painted blue we'll use it--nobody'll know the difference"). Now, Midway was in June, 1942, but the movie mixes and matches films from Tora with footage from '44, '45, Kamikazes (which didn't first appear until almost 2 and a half years after Midway) and even postwar. I was in my teens when I first saw this movie with all the sensurround; even back then I cringed at its cheesiness and groaned on seeing Okinawa-era Corsairs and Hellcats. If I had to describe this movie to someone who's never seen it in one sentence, it would be: "Charleton Heston starts rolling down the deck on his final mission in an F6F, becomes airborne in a TBF, flies toward the enemy carrier in a Vaught Vindicator, drops his bombs from BOTH an SBD and an SB2C (hmmm, musical dive bombers), and crashes in flaming glory back on his carrier in an F9F Panther." That says it all for me about this clunker--a real embarassment for any aviation or history buff.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joseph H Pierre on May 29 2004
Format: VHS Tape
A good friend of mine (and a contemporary) rode in the backseat of a dive bomber at the battle of midway. He's dead now, like three quarters of the men who fought in World War Two. Can you imagine riding backwards in a dive while the people below are doing their best to kill you? Unless you've been there, probably not.

This is, historically, one of the most accurate portrayals of the war. One critic complained that "the writing was weak. There was no suspense at all in the film." Perhaps there'd have been enough suspense if he'd been there, like Bill. But Bill survived the battle and died of old age, so I can't ask him about whether he felt any suspense, although we talked a lot about the battle of Midway.

In the film, they used top notch actors. For "Bull" Halsey they used Mitchum. Not a look alike, but of course Bull's dead, too, and Mitchum did a good job. Heston, of course, represented a fictional character (Matt Garth), but virtually all of the names of people in the film were real men who fought a real battle, and it was the turning point of the war. After Midway, we took a lot of lumps, but they were on the run from that point on.

Of course Hollywood took some liberties, and since they used a lot of actual combat shots, some of the aircraft used were out of place (F6F "Hellcats" for F4F "Wildcats" several times, and the ditching scene where Ensign George Gay went in showed a "Hellcat" instead of the TBD Douglas torpedo bomber that he actually flew. And the shot of the "Hellcat" being torn apart on the carrier's island was well-known footage from the technicolor documentary, The Fighting Lady, which was shot on the old Enterprise during battle, with narration by Lt. Robert Montgomery (qv).
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