Michael Jackson's birthday is being remembered on Aug. 29, 2013 (he was born in 1958 and died on June 25, 2009, two months before his 51st birthday), and Internet talk about his birthday has resulted in his name being a trending topic on Twitter and Google. It may lead people to wonder whatever happened to the 2012 documentary "Bad 25" (directed by Spike Lee), which was a 25th anniversary examination of Michael Jackson's 1987 "Bad" album.
After premiering at the 2012 Venice Film Festival and the 2012 Toronto Film Festival, "Bad 25" aired on TV in several countries. In the United States, ABC televised a 90-minute version of "Bad 25" on Nov. 22, 2012. The movie's total running time is 123 minutes.
"Bad 25" was released on DVD and Blu-ray on July 2, 2013, but it is for sale only on the official Michael Jackson website. The producers of the movie are Lee; John Branca and John McClain (the executors of Jackson's estate); and Antonio "L.A." Reid, the chairman/CEO of Epic Records, which has released most of Jackson's solo music.
So far, "Bad 25" is not available on video-on-demand (VOD) outlets. That has a lot to do with the fact that TV rights were sold to individual TV networks.
It's too bad that fans don't have a rental or VOD option to see "Bad 25," since the movie got mostly positive reviews. "Bad 25" even got a slightly higher rating than the 2009 tour-rehearsal documentary "Michael Jackson's This Is It," which is available on DVD, Blu-ray, digital download and VOD.
On the website Rotten Tomatoes, "Bad 25" has a 90 percent approval rating from critics, while "Michael Jackson's This Is It" has a 81 percent approval rating from critics. On the Internet Movie Database, viewers rated "Bad 25" a 7.5 out of 10, while "Michael Jackson's This Is It" is rated 7.1 out of 10.