Bad 25 (film)

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Bad 25
Bad 25 film poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Spike Lee
Produced by Spike Lee
John Branca
John McClain
Antonio Reid
Starring Michael Jackson
Cinematography Kerwin DeVonish
Edited by Barry Alexander Brown
Optimum Productions
Release date
  • August 2012 (2012-08)
Running time
123 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Bad 25 is a 2012 documentary film about the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson's 1987 album Bad. The film was directed by Spike Lee who previously directed Jackson in the music video for "They Don't Care About Us", as well as directing the posthumous music video for the song "This Is It". A 25th anniversary edition reissue of the Bad album was also released on September 18, 2012 sharing the same name as the film.

The film was first screened at the 69th Venice International Film Festival on August 2012[1][2] and was shown for a limited time in New York and Los Angeles theaters on October 19, 2012.[3][4] The film made its television premiere on German television channel VOX on October 20, 2012[5] and in the United Kingdom on BBC2 on December 1, 2012. A 90-minute edited version of the film, running for 64 minutes without commercials,[6] premiered in North America on ABC on November 22, 2012.[7][8] The film was released on Blu-ray and DVD on July 2, 2013.[9] The film is also available on the iTunes Store.[10]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 65/100[11]
Review scores
Source Rating
IMDb favorable[12]
The Daily Telegraph 3/5 stars[13]
Rotten Tomatoes 4.5/5 stars[14]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[15]


The film includes behind the scenes clips of the recording session of Jackson's seventh studio album, Bad. It also features various people that had worked with Jackson during the Bad era (1986–1989) talking about the production of the album and the tour, acting or starring in some of Jackson's Bad singles and music videos including Sheryl Crow who was the duet partner with Jackson on the Bad World Tour for "I Just Can't Stop Loving You", Siedah Garrett, the original duet artist, talks about her experience with Jackson and many others. There are also interviews with influenced entertainers and artists.


Home media[edit]

The film was released on Blu-ray and DVD on July 2, 2013. It can only be purchased through the store on Michael Jackson's official website.[9] The documentary is also available on the iTunes Store.[10]


  1. ^ Karen Bliss (2012-09-17). "Spike Lee Revisits Michael Jackson's Career for 'BAD 25' Documentary | Music News". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-11-11. 
  2. ^ Rooney, David (2012-08-31). "Bad 25: Venice Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2012-11-11. 
  3. ^ Lumenick, Lou (2012-10-19). "'Bad 25' movie review". Retrieved 2012-11-11. 
  4. ^ "MJ Estate: Bad 25 Documentary to hit theaters beginning October 19th | Legendary Michael Jackson Fan Club". 2012-10-12. Retrieved 2012-11-11. 
  5. ^ "Das Phänomen Michael Jackson". VOX. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  6. ^ "Twitter / SpikeLee: Tonights Bad25 Was 90 Minutes". 2012-11-22. Retrieved 2012-11-23. 
  7. ^ McGovern, Kyle (2012-10-18). "Spike Lee's 'Bad 25' Trailer Touts Michael Jackson's Greatest Accomplishments | SPIN | Newswire". SPIN. Retrieved 2012-11-11. 
  8. ^ "'Michael Jackson BAD 25' Trailer: Spike Lee Debuts New Spot On 'The View' (VIDEO)". 2012-10-19. Retrieved 2012-11-11. 
  9. ^ a b "Bad 25 Documentary". Archived from the original on 2013-06-07. 
  10. ^ a b "Michael Jackson: Spike Lee: Bad 25". Apple Inc. 
  11. ^ "Bad 25 Reviews". Metacritic. October 19, 2012. Retrieved May 25, 2016. 
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