This Is It

At the age of 50, after a decade's absence from the stage, Michael Jackson was in the process of crafting an entirely new concert experience. His only audience was a small group of technicians and dancers who watched him create a show that would have marked his return to the stage. Fortunately, Jackson had a team of videographers on hand recording the proceedings for his personal archive and as original film content for the show. Sadly, on June 25th—eight days before the first dress rehearsal—he passed away due to an overdose of Propofol administered by his physician.

This Is It gives us a glimpse of what would have been an astounding concert experience, and the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack exhibits clarity that I've never heard from his masterful music. Here are a few scenes to check out, but virtually every song is demo-worthy.

The Intro

  • Chapter 1, 00:03:54
  • Dynamics, surround envelopment
  • Director Kenny Ortega explains the planned opening of the show. On Jackson's cue, the band explodes with the rhythm of "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'."

Smooth Criminal

  • Chapter 5, 00:27:36
  • Detail, dynamics, surround envelopment
  • This is one of the few moments when the video presentation shines. Jackson and his dancers are silhouetted against a cityscape. Check out the amazing detail in the buildings.
  • When the music kicks in, sit back and enjoy one of Jackson's better beats accompanied by amazing choreography.


  • Chapter 11, 00:59:20
  • Dynamics, surround envelopment
  • The groundbreaking music video is reborn in HD with the creepy voice of Vincent Price filling the room. Listen to his monologue as the beasts, ghouls, and ghosts come to life throughout the room.

Release Date: January 26, 2010
Studio: Sony

Movie: 8/10
Picture: 8/10
Sound: 10/10