A new clip has been released of the upcoming DVD of concert footage from Michael Jackson’s ill-fated tour This is It. We saw in an earlier video of Jackson rehearsing, released shortly after his death, that he still had the moves. In this video of Jackson singing “Human Nature” a capella you can tell that he still had his trademark voice. The video is lit in a kind of a washed out blue light and even after watching it a few times it still makes my heart leap and my stomach flip a little. There’s something very ghoulish about it, and I think it’s the lighting coupled with the kind of exaggerated jerky movements that Michael is making. He also looks so tiny and frail up close. Of course there’s also the knowledge that Michael doesn’t live much longer than a few weeks after this footage, whenever it was taken.
In the earlier video, Jackson looked alive and kicking and in this one he looks stick thin and kind of ominous. At the end of the video, though, we see Jackson lit normally and it kind of takes away the super creepy effect of the blue light. This is nice, up close footage but couldn’t producers have picked something a little less scary-looking than this? Am I the only one that finds it off-putting?
The jerky hand movement that Jackson is making is part of a new dance move he was developing called the penguin.