Original Air Date March 3rd and 4th 2019. Each part is 2 hours long totaling 4 hours on a 2 DVD Set. Also included on DVD 3 is “Oprah Winfrey Presents: After Neverland“: At the height of his stardom, Michael Jackson began long-running relationships with two boys, aged 7 and 10, and their families. Now in their 30s, they tell the story of how they were sexually abused by Jackson.
Leaving Neverland is a two-part documentary exploring the separate but parallel experiences of two young boys, James Safechuck, at age 10, and Wade Robson, at age 7, both of whom were befriended by Michael Jackson. Through gut-wrenching interviews with Safechuck, now 40, and Robson, now 36, as well as their mothers, wives and siblings, the film crafts a portrait of sustained abuse, exploring the complicated feelings that led both men to confront their experiences after both had a young son of his own.
Please note: Discs 1 & 2 are commercially available it’s DISC 3 that has never been released on DVD and is featured here as part of the 3 DVD set.
DVD 1 of 2: LEAVING NEVERLAND Part 1 and DVD 2 of 2: LEAVING NEVERLAND Part 2
Produced and directed by Dan Reed (HBO’s Emmy-nominated Three Days of Terror: The Charlie Hebdo Attacks and Terror at the Mall), the documentary recently had its world premiere in the Special Events section at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.
Leaving Neverland was produced and directed by Dan Reed; film editor, Jules Cornell; assistant producer, Marguerite Gaudin; cinematographer, Dan Reed; composer, Chad Hobson; music producer, Steve McLaughlin. For HBO Documentary Films: executive producers, Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller. For Channel 4: commissioning editors, Daniel Pearl, Tom Porter and Dorothy Byrne.
Total Running Time 4 Hours
DVD 3: After Neverland (currently unavailable on DVD)
Oprah Winfrey Presents: After Neverland
Oprah Winfrey hosts a conversation featuring Wade Robson and James Safechuck, alongside Leaving Neverland director Dan Reed, before an audience of survivors of sexual abuse and others whose lives have been impacted by it.
Total Running Time 1 Hour
TOTAL RUNNING TIME FOR 3 DVD SET IS 5 HOURS
dadairt666 (verified owner) –
I won’t review the documentary “Leaving Neverland” itself. But for anyone who has not seen it or still believes in Michael Jackson’s innocence – you must see this film. Finally, the facade is gone and we have the truth about who Jackson really was – not the fake public persona he projected to the world. It is clear he was a very sick man, and a pedophile. As a survivor of multiple rapes as a young person and enduring over a year of molestation by an older father figure, I could relate to what the two boys here went through. In fact, Jackson’s seduction and grooming of the two boys into willing, consensual sexual partners who would lie under oath to protect him really hit home for me because my abuser used the same techniques on me that Jackson used on his victims. As a survivor of sexual abuse there is a kinship among us. Like someone who has been to war and seen combat, survivors can sense others who have endured abuse. Hearing these two young men tell their stories – I could tell they were being 100% truthful. There were many instances where I noticed specific body language or descriptions of the abuse that could only have been done by persons who really did live through what they described. I won’t get into anymore of that, but I do want to comment on the DVDs themselves. The four hour long documentary is split into two parts, and is presented here on two DVDs. The picture is in letterbox format and, along with the audio, is as crisp and clear as any studio manufactured DVD release. The third DVD disc is the real treat here. Not only do you get the hour long after show discussion with the two boys and the director (hosted by Oprah Winfrey) called “After Neverland”, but there is a Today Show interview with the director from 2019 added on as well. I must say the presentation from the staff at Music Video Resource is excellent. Since there is no studio release of this documentary, this is a fantastic package to see the film. With the documentary itself and the bonus content, THIS is the best way by far of experiencing this very important film and adding it to your film library for the rest of eternity.
J. Mac (verified owner) –
Hard for any Michael Jackson fan to watch. But if you take off the blinders it’s hard to imagine that his accusers are lying. Their stories both echo what has been said by so many abuse survivors in the past. A truly compelling documentary on a very complicated man. As an artist Michael was unparalleled. But he clearly had severe issues brought on no doubt by the horrible trauma he himself went through as a child. Beautifully captured on DVD by the fine folks at MVR. Highest recommendation.