Michael Jackson's Vision

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Michael Jackson's Vision
Video / Box set by Michael Jackson
Released November 22, 2010
Recorded 1976–2003
Genre Pop
Length 4:33:10
Label Epic, Legacy Recordings, MJJ Productions
Director Various
Producer Michael Jackson
Various
Michael Jackson chronology
Michael Jackson's This Is It
(2009)
Michael Jackson's Vision
(2010)
Live at Wembley July 16, 1988
(2012)

Michael Jackson's Vision is a deluxe DVD box set by American recording artist Michael Jackson. It was released on November 22, 2010 by Epic Records, Legacy Recordings and, Michael's own label, MJJ Productions. It includes three DVDs, featuring 4.5 hours of content of 42 music videos with newly restored color and remastered audio. Michael referred to each of these productions as a "short film" and not a music video. This is the first time that all of Michael's videos have been released on DVD.[1] According to a statement by the producers, the video recognizes Jackson's "pioneering short films that transformed the entertainment industry with timeless, pop culture classics".

Disc one features videos from Off the Wall to Bad and disc two features videos from Dangerous to Invincible. The third disc, which is a bonus disc, features seven videos. Michael Jackson's Vision includes the full-length versions of the John Landis-directed "Thriller" and "Black or White" as well as the classic "Bad" directed by Academy Award winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese. Also included in the boxed set are Michael's collaborations with other noted film directors such as John Singleton, Spike Lee and David Fincher as well as "Ghosts", his rarely seen collaboration with special effects legend Stan Winston. Michael Jackson's Vision is available in a limited edition boxed set featuring a 60-page glossy hard-bound book that includes behind-the-scenes photos from Michael's videos, which includes information for each video including: songwriter, album, director, production date, location and photography.[2]

Ten music videos previously unavailable on DVD including "One More Chance" are included.[1] It was also released on the iTunes Store and has iTunes LP features. The videos "Smooth Criminal", "Speed Demon", "Come Together", and "Leave Me Alone" come from Jackson's 1988 film Moonwalker. The "Smooth Criminal" segment is actually over 40 minutes long but only the 10 minute song and dance scene is featured. The video "Another Part of Me" is from Michael's Bad World Tour and "Will You Be There" is from the Dangerous World Tour.

The "HIStory" video is the only short film that is not included in this box set. The original music video of "Blood on the Dance Floor" is replaced with the Refugee Camp Mix. The reasons are unknown. The Jacksons' videos "Torture" and "Body" are also not included, due to the fact that Michael did not appear in either of them, even though he sings a verse on "Torture". Also not included is the music video for The Jacksons' "2300 Jackson Street".

On February 15, 2011, Michael Jackson's Vision was certified 5× Platinum by RIAA for the sales of over 0.5 million units in the United States.[3] On December 31, 2010, it was also certified Diamond in France (for the sales of over 60 000 units)[4] and 2× Platinum in Australia.[5] On May 29, 2011, it was also certified Gold in New Zealand.[6] It has been also certified Gold in Austria[7] and Platinum in Poland.[8]

Reception over the video and audio quality of the box set has been mixed. As the videos are played in 16:9, videos with a 4:3 aspect ratio are letterboxed and as a result the resolution is lower than some previous DVDs. Also, the audio is mixed in PCM stereo instead of 5.1 Surround as in many previous DVDs.

Intros[edit]

Unlike previous DVDs, Michael Jackson's Vision features animated intros to all of the videos. For discs one and two, before each video begins, a short introduction, which features a short animated clip of the video, is shown revealing the title. The bonus disc just reveals the title and a clip is not shown.

DVD Menu[edit]

  • Play All - Plays all videos in order.
  • Short Films - The list of all the videos.
  • Random Mix - Plays all the videos in shuffle mode.
  • Resume - Continues on the video you left off.

Track listings[edit]

Disc One
Running time: 1:52:29
  1. "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" – 4:12 (Off the Wall, July 1979)
    • Director: Nick Saxton
  2. "Rock With You" – 3:22 (Off the Wall, November 1979)
  3. "She's Out of My Life"* – 3:35 (Off the Wall, February 1980)
    • Director: Bruce Gowers
  4. "Billie Jean" – 4:54 (Thriller, January 1983)
  5. "Beat It" – 4:57 (Thriller, February 1983)
  6. "Thriller" – 13:42 (Thriller, January 1984)
  7. "Bad" – 18:05 (Bad, September 1987)
  8. "The Way You Make Me Feel" – 9:24 (Bad, November 1987)
    • Director: Joe Pytka
  9. "Man in the Mirror" – 5:03 (Bad, January 1988)
  10. "Dirty Diana" – 5:05 (Bad, April 1988)
    • Director: Joe Pytka
  11. "Smooth Criminal" – 9:27 (Bad, October 1988)
    • Director: Colin Chilvers
  12. "Another Part of Me" – 4:45 (Bad, July 1988)
    • Director: Patrick T. Kelly
  13. "Speed Demon" – 10:08 (Bad, October 1988)
  14. "Come Together" – 5:40 (HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I, October 1988)
    • Director: Jerry Kramer and Colin Chilvers
  15. "Leave Me Alone" – 4:36 (Bad, February 1989)
  16. "Liberian Girl" – 5:34 (Bad, July 1989)
    • Director: Jim Yukich
Disc Two
Running time: 2:05:36
  1. "Black or White" – 11:01 (Dangerous, October 1991)
  2. "Remember the Time" – 9:16 (Dangerous, January 1992)
  3. "In the Closet" – 6:05 (Dangerous, May 1992)
  4. "Jam" – 7:59 (Dangerous, July 1992)
  5. "Heal the World" – 7:32 (Dangerous, November 1992)
    • Director: Joe Pytka
  6. "Give In to Me" – 5:29 (Dangerous, February 1993)
    • Director: Andy Morahan
  7. "Who Is It" – 6:34 (Dangerous, August 1992)
  8. "Will You Be There" – 5:55 (Dangerous, June 1993)
  9. "Gone Too Soon" – 3:38 (Dangerous, December 1993)
    • Director: Bill DiCicco
  10. "Scream" – 4:47 (HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I, May 1995)
  11. "Childhood" – 4:29 (HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I, May 1995)
    • Director: Nicholas Brandt
  12. "You Are Not Alone" – 5:34 (HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I, August 1995)
  13. "Earth Song" – 6:44 (HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I, November 1995)
    • Director: Nicholas Brandt
  14. "They Don't Care About Us" – 7:08 (HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I, March 1996)
  15. "Stranger in Moscow" – 5:33 (HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I, November 1996)
    • Director: Nicholas Brandt
  16. "Blood on the Dance Floor" – 5:27 (Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix, March 1997)
    • Director: Michael Jackson and Vincent Paterson
  17. "Ghosts"* – 3:58 (Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix, July 1997)
  18. "You Rock My World" – 13:30 (Invincible, August 2001)
  19. "Cry" – 4:57 (Invincible, December 2001)
    • Director: Nicholas Brandt
Bonus Disc
Running time: 35:05
  1. "Blame It on the Boogie" (The Jacksons) – 3:32 (Destiny, October 1978)
  2. "Enjoy Yourself" (The Jacksons) – 3:31 (The Jacksons, October 1976)
  3. "Can You Feel It" (The Jacksons) – 9:37 (Triumph, September 1980)
    • Director: Bruce Gowers & Robert Abel
  4. "Say Say Say" (Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson) – 4:57 (Pipes of Peace, October 1983)
  5. "They Don't Care About Us"* (Prison Version) – 4:52 (HIStory: Past, Present and Future - Book I, June 1996)
    • Director: Spike Lee
  6. "Why" (3T featuring Michael Jackson) – 4:33 (Brotherhood, January 1996)
  7. "One More Chance"* – 4:03 (Number Ones, November 2003)

*Previously unreleased

Alterations[edit]

Some music videos have been changed and are different from their previous commercial releases.

  • "Billie Jean" – unwanted specs such as a lighting bolt that pops up by Michael's feet during the dancing scene have been cleaned up.
  • "Bad" – the full 18-minute version with the ending credits included.
  • "The Way You Make Me Feel" – this is the 9-minute version; grunts and extra noises made by Michael can be heard.
  • "Smooth Criminal" – this is the 9-minute version as shown on HIStory on Film, Volume II.
  • "Speed Demon" – lines at the bottom of the screen that look as if they are from a VHS are briefly seen at the end.
  • "Black or White" – the original version without the racist graffiti added on to the car windows and shop door is featured.
  • "Jam" – the "hoo" sound before Michael Jordan passes the ball to Michael Jackson is not heard.
  • "Heal the World" – has an added intro that can be seen on Dangerous – The Short Films.
  • "Who Is It" – has some parts of the instrumental rearranged compared to its previous release.
  • "Will You Be There" – the video is not the one on Michael Jackson's YouTube page. It is an alternate version of the one in Dangerous – The Short Films; a few seconds of the audio at the beginning is missing, and the ending is different from the one previously released, as there is no angel flying down to Michael; instead, he sings on his own, and slow motion shots of the audience are shown.
  • "Gone Too Soon" – is the version found on Michael Jackson's YouTube page and not the one previously released as seen on Dangerous – The Short Films.
  • "Scream" – is the version with the word "fucking" and Janet's middle finger uncensored.
  • "You Are Not Alone" – is the version without Michael naked with angel wings on his back.
  • "Earth Song" – most of the sound effects are muted and the ending message is not shown.
  • "Blood on the Dance Floor" – the original version of the music video is replaced with the Refugee Camp Remix, as shown on HIStory on Film, Volume II.
  • "Ghosts" – is the trimmed-down 3.5½-minute long edit of the movie of the same name.
  • "You Rock My World" – full 13-minute version is featured along with original credits.
  • "Can You Feel It" – includes the ending credits.
  • "They Don't Care About Us" (Prison Version) – has a disclaimer at the beginning, plus different scenes than those of the first broadcast on TV.

Charts and certifications[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
Finnish DVD Chart[9] 3
French DVD Chart[10] 1
Italian DVD Chart[11] 1
Spanish DVD Chart[12] 1
Austrian DVD Chart[13] 1
Swiss DVD Chart[14] 1
U.S. Billboard DVD Chart[11] 2
UK DVD Chart[11] 2
Australian DVD Chart[15] 2
Belgium Flanders DVD Chart[16] 3
Belgium Wallonia DVD Chart[16] 2
Dutch DVD Chart[17] 3

Certifications[edit]

Country Certifications
Australia 2× Platinum[18]
Austria Gold[19]
France Diamond[20]
New Zealand Gold[21]
Poland Platinum[22]
Spain Gold[23]
United States 5× Platinum[24]

References[edit]

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  14. ^ Steffen Hung. "Schweizer Hitparade - Musik-DVD Top 10 05.12.2010". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2011-01-02. 
  15. ^ "Top 40 DVD Chart - Australian Record Industry Association". Ariacharts.com.au. Archived from the original on 2010-12-12. Retrieved 2011-01-02. 
  16. ^ a b "Ultratop Belgian Charts". ultratop.be. Retrieved 2011-01-02. 
  17. ^ Steffen Hung (2010-11-27). "Dutch charts portal". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2011-01-02. 
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