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All this seems to be to get us to the album Bad, released around the same time as the movie, and the promotion of which this movie was presumably intended. But when we get there, a surprising twist has the album's title song lip-synched and danced by bunch of eight year olds.
This takes us to the twenty minute mark, and then the whole movie collapses in a heap. At this point we move for no reason at all into a sequence of Jackson being chased through a movie lot by a bunch of claymation figures, inserted poorly into filmed backgrounds. These eventually get us to the song 'Speed Demon', but the mood has been thoroughly destroyed well before then.
More songs from Bad are delivered, generally over the top of similarly goofy stories, including an embarrassing and long one about hero Jackson saving kids from the evil drug dealing gangster, Joe Pesci, who has somehow been induced to deliver kindergarten-level acting.
The picture is delivered at a middling 21Mbps, which seems to have been plenty to accurately convey a clean but generally unremarkable print.
In an unusual departure from the norm for Warner Bros, the sound is presented in DTS-HD Master Audio, 5.1 channels and 24 bits of resolution (the sampling is 48kHz). Warner normally uses Dolby TrueHD as its lossless format, but the reason for the change may have been to provide better sound for those purchasers lacking the most modern equipment. DTS-HD carries a standard DTS core (in this case running at the full 1,509kbps). While there should be no difference at all between DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD, similarly specified, many swear that given the choice of their fall-backs of DTS at 1,509kbps or Dolby Digital at 640kbps, the former is far preferable, especially for music.
The music mix is biased towards the front, but has excellent body and not too much of the 1980s midrange prominence.
Hey, if you like Michael Jackson of this period, you aren't going to hear any better. Just spend some time working out which 'dramatic' and 'comedy' bits you need to skip.
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