Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall

Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall

By Spike Lee

  • Genre: Documentary
  • Release Date: 2016-02-26
  • Advisory Rating: NR
  • Runtime: 1h 33min
  • Director: Spike Lee
  • iTunes Price: USD 9.99


Michael Jackson, the greatest entertainer who ever lived, makes his mark with his first solo album as an adult — Off The Wall — but to tell the story of this album you have to go back to the beginning. This film, directed by Spike Lee, starts with a glimpse into Michael’s evolution from the early days as a member of the Jackson Five to the point Michael decides it is finally time to release his first solo album — featuring his own music and with him having ultimate creative control. Spike then offers an in-depth look at each of the individual tracks on this seminal album, the cultural significance of Off The Wall and the impact it continues to have on today’s artists. The individuals who were interviewed for the documentary include some of today’s most important artists, e.g., John Legend, Pharrell Williams, The Weeknd and Mark Ronson, as well as other cultural icons, such as Lee Daniels, Misty Copeland, Kobe Bryan, and L.A. Reid. It is clear that the influence of The King of Pop and Off The Wall continue to be felt today.


  • L.O.V.E

    By Tawny Loves MJ
    Very well put together reflection on the greatest album of all time. Love all of the throw back footage!
  • Great

    By bigfaddy!!
  • live life off the wall

    By sir.tua
    LEGENDARY. Thank you Spike for portraying Michaels truth.. his soul through his music. Like MJ says towards the end of the film, we all have a unique destiny deep within! Its up to us dig deep and bring everything we dream to life. RIL King 🖤
  • The solo album that could and did.

    By Mookie864
    Spike Lee does a phenomenal job with covering the solo album that put Michael Jackson on the map as a mature artist that would go on to conquer the world.
  • Not usually a Spike Lee fan, but this is really good

    By Fletch F. Fletch
    Spike Lee did a really fantastic job with the two documentaries, but I fear because of the recent documentary and lawsuit we will never see one based on Thriller. That would have been really interesting to watch.
  • Ehhh

    By Huh??wha???
    It didn’t explain the songs very much..no in depth with Bruce Swedien..no outtakes?..Kobe?.. people who had absolutey nothing to do with Michael or the album were giving opinions. . An opportunity wasted..
  • Excellent.

    By Boriken71
    His rise from childhood prodigy to reinvention in the Off the Wall album. There wouldn't be a thriller album if not for Off the wall. Truly the GOAT.

    By Y-d22
    Michael Jackson is the greatest entertainer to ever live. not only that, but he was a perfectionist, a listener, an absorber; He truly dedicated himself to his craft, and as Michael would say he “learned from the greats to be greater”. Spike Lee did a great job of capturing Michael’s genius.
  • Phenomenal

    By gigemchick06
    A beautiful tribute paid by those that influenced him, those which helped contribute to his success over the years, and by that those whom he inspired himself. Full of fantastic concert footage, live interviews, and behind the scene photos, many of which were new to me! Spike Lee did an amazing job with this documentary! Like the "Off the Wall" album, I find myself wanting to play this film on repeat!
  • Michael

    By moonmycron
    Michael was great: Spike Lee does a mediocre job of showing that