Michael Jackson's Vision collects forty-two music videos, spread out over three DVDs. This isn't the first time Jackson's videos have been anthologized, but it is the most complete. Even casual fans will likely be very entertained by the vast array of short films, ten of which are making their DVD debut. The presentation is surprisingly no-frills, with wildly varying visual quality and only one audio option (PCM stereo).
The first two discs contain the bulk of the short films, arranged chronologically, with a very simple menu. There is a choice of viewing all uninterrupted, a random mix, or choosing individual songs from another menu. Disc one has sixteen shorts, including most of Jackson's most iconic classics, totaling one hour and fifty-two minutes. We see the progression from the earliest promo clips for songs from 1979's Off the Wall to the sophisticated productions of the Thriller and Bad era. The John Landis-directed "Thriller" is featured in its full fourteen minute glory. "Bad," directed by Martin Scorsese and featuring Wesley Snipes, is included in its complete eighteen minute form.
The '80s videos have aged the best. There are a few duds, including the over-reaching "Man In the Mirror," loaded with news footage documenting a wide variety of societal ills. A few straightforward performance clips, "Dirty Diana" and "Another Part of Me," pale in comparison to the more interesting concepts. Somewhat lesser seen videos will be fun for casual fans who might not be familiar with them. The ten minute "Speed Demon" is a claymation extravaganza, while "Liberian Girl" is so chock full of celebrity cameos they are all credited at the end of the video.
Disc two is even longer, with nineteen videos for a total of two hours and five minutes. Nearly half of them come from the 1991 album Dangerous. The easy highlight is John Landis' "Black or White," the full eleven minute version complete with the controversial car and storefront window smashing. Directed by John Singleton, the nine minute "Remember the Time" is still a hoot, with Eddie Murphy, Iman, and Magic Johnson. Not as familiar is David Fincher's elaborate "Who Is It," a highly underrated single but a fairly incoherent video. Also a bit more obscure is the sepia-toned "In the Closet."