On February 26, this Friday, the Estate of Michael Jackson and Sony Legacy Recordings will release exclusive CD/DVD and CD/Blu Ray editions of Michael Jackson’s revolutionary 1979 recording, “Off the Wall.” The package will include the original version of the album bundled with the new documentary, “Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall,” directed by Spike Lee. The documentary made its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival last month, and its world television premiere on SHOWTIME on Friday, February 5th, on-air, on demand and over the internet.
Recorded when he was just 20 years old, the album heralded MJ’s breakout as a singular musical force and creative visionary. It smashed the ceiling on record sales, ushering in airplay, marketing and sales trends not seen before in modern pop music. It’s the record that “invented modern pop as we know it,” wrote Rolling Stone.
Produced by Spike Lee, John Branca and John McClain, “Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall” assembles a wealth of archival footage, including material from Michael’s personal archive, interviews with contemporary talents and family members, and Michael’s own words and image to create an insightful chronicle from the star’s early rise to fame through the release of this seminal album. A look at a chapter of his career that is rarely examined, the film allows audiences to travel with Michael as he gets his start at Motown, strikes a new path with CBS Records, and forges a relationship with legendary producer Quincy Jones. It’s an illuminating portrait of how an artist emerges via passion and hard-work to become the “King of Pop.”
Partial list of interviews: Lee Daniels; The Weeknd; Pharrell Williams; Misty Copeland, Kobe Bryant; Mark Ronson; John Legend; Questlove; Katherine Jackson; Joe Jackson, Marlon Jackson, Jackie Jackie L.A. Reid and more.
Own both Spike Lee’s documentary and the exclusive CD/DVD and CD/Blu Ray editions of “Off the Wall” in a single package, starting this Friday.