Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Collectibles #29: Michael Jackson - This Is It Mobile & PC Edition (2009)

On my recent trip to Japan, I bought this Michael Jackson This Is It Mobile & PC Edition, which contains the This Is It movie on two portable formats - microSD and USB. You can slot the microSD card into your mobile phone and watch it on the go, or you can plug the USB flash drive stick into your netbook and watch it at Starbucks or whatever.

You don't get the movie in high definition as it has been resized to fit the mobile and PC screen, so you're still better off with the DVD or Blu Ray version to experience it in its best quality. The USB version would be useful for netbooks that don't come with a CD/DVD drive. But ultimately, this product is strictly for fans and collectors only.

It also comes in separate microSD and USB versions, but it is more value for money to get the combined version as the microSD and USB versions retail at 4,500 yen and 6,500 yen respectively, while the combined version retails at 10,000 yen, all prices tax inclusive.

The product is housed in a LP sized jacket with the Japanese obi strip, and it also includes the 24-page booklet of photos and 4 postcards, just like the Blu Ray version. There's also a cardboard stand for you to display the product.

This product is only available in Japan. Kingston did release the This Is It movie on 2GB USB in the US, but this is the only official version that is available on microSD card. As I walked through the CD stores in Japan, big and small ones, it's obvious that Michael Jackson is huge there. So it's no wonder they have released such a collector's edition product for Japanese fans only.



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