MICHAEL JACKSON'S THIS IS IT (PG) 3 stars
PLOT This new Michael Jackson concert film has been billed as a rare glimpse into the creative psyche that defined pop music's shape and trajectory. But this isn't a concert film. It's a rehearsal film - and one that will leave Jackson's most zealous fans waiting for goose bumps that never arrive. Filmed at Staples Center in Los Angeles between March and June 2009, the film captures the King of Pop prepping for a 50-night run at London's O2 Arena. But after the singer's death on June 25, the rehearsal footage - intended for Jackson's personal archive - was quickly cobbled into a feature-length documentary.
EXTRAS Additional footage, two making-of documentaries and featurettes about the costuming, dancer auditions and memories of Jackson
LIST PRICES DVD: $28.96; Blu-ray: $39.95
WHIP IT (PG-13) 3 stars
PLOT Drew Barrymore's directorial debut is one of those movies that looks on paper like a can't-lose proposition. The story of a meek teenage beauty queen named Bliss (Ellen Page), who finds her inner bad girl and true calling in an amateur Austin roller derby, clearly has action, physical comedy and a healthy dose of coming-of-age sentiment going for it. But the film sags when it should skedaddle; Barrymore makes the most of the bumptious energy of roller derby smack-downs, but she too often smooths out the rough edges that make that world so compelling.
EXTRAS Deleted/alternate scenes, trailers
LIST PRICES DVD: $29.98; Blu-ray: $39.99
- The Washington Post