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Michael Jackson: The Life of an Icon

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All-new feature-length tribute to Michael Jackson,The most successful entertainer of all time (Guinness Book of World Records)with over 750 million albums worldwide sold & winner of 13 Grammy Awards. Authorized and made in cooperation with his mother, Katherine Jackson. Featuring interviews by those who knew him best Family members Katherine, Tito and Rebbie Jackson Music legends Whitney Houston, Smokey Robinson, Paul Anka and Dionne Warwick. Motown greats including Holland-Dozier-Holland, Nick Ashford & Valerie Simpson, Percy Sledge, Martha Reeves and The Temptations’ Dennis Edwards. Biographer and journalist J. Randy Taraborrelli Defense attorney Tom Mesereau and many more! Includes 28 hit songs from the Jackson 5 and other Motown legends. Bonus features include over 30 minutes of additional interviews and footage!


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.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Poor sound, over-edited June 15 2004
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the better historical WWII movies 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars airplane cocktail Nov. 2 2003
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars A fine film
A film that seems to cover the battle with at least partial accuracy, given the restraints of the medium. Recommended.
Published 14 days ago by Nostalgia Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent product, delivered quickly and as promised.
Published 2 months ago by jo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great movie
Published 2 months ago by Eric Goodridge
4.0 out of 5 stars Midway
This is one of the best WWII films made. It has a host of stars and super stars. It gets a little long in the middle but I still like it.
Published 7 months ago by Sean007
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas gift
This was a Christmas gift and the recipient absolutely was thrilled to receive it. Appeared in good condition and as described.
Published 9 months ago by Sheila
4.0 out of 5 stars Midway
Excellent cast. Many scenes from other films but they 'meshed' nicely. I am no film critic but what I like I like a lot. Heston, Fonda 'et al' work.
Published 14 months ago by Doug Richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars Michael Jackson: The Life of an Icon
I am very pleased and am very touched by the objective detailed recalls of their encouters and feelings about Michael Jackson from the interviewees. Read more
Published on Dec 28 2011 by S M Chan
5.0 out of 5 stars Midway
Je ne sais pas pourquoi Amazon.ca n'informe pas correctement l'acheteur francophone? Il inscrit anglais comme langue. Read more
Published on Jan. 9 2005 by Luc Gravel
1.0 out of 5 stars All-Star Cast. Ultimate invasion of Midway Island.
This story is set in June 1942, six months after the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941. Includes the all-star cast of: Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda, James Coburn, Glenn... Read more
Published on May 26 2004 by James McDonald
3.0 out of 5 stars Just slightly over-edited
Our USMC squad went to the 'World Premier' at Luneta Theatre, Manila, Philippines. Midway WAS a Full-length FEATURE movie-then. It was near 5 hours long. Read more
Published on May 19 2004
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