New This is it Video by Spike Lee

The theatrical release of Michael Jackson’s This Is It wasn’t quite “it,” apparently, because the Spike Lee–directed video for the titular single has only just now been released. It’s really too bad Spike waited all this time to start making posthumous music videos, because this one is really good. It takes the standard approach of cutting up any old leftover footage to a new high, not only digging up awesome clips of young Mike, but also incorporating shots of Gary, Indiana (Jackson’s hometown) as well as fan tributes from around the world (and from Brooklyn — the Prospect Park birthday tribute Spike organized unsurprisingly makes an appearance). There’s also a cool shot of Jackson with a giant snake around his neck, and just the right amount of heavy-handed imagery, courtesy of a dramatically extinguished CGI fireplace. Thanks, Spike!

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