Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Queen - We Will Rock You |
Actors: Freddie Mercury, Brian May (II), Roger Taylor, John Deacon
Director: Saul Swimmer
Genres: Indie & Art House, Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts
Cast/Crew: Queen, Brian May Description: Freddie Mercury and Queen give one of their best live performances at the Montreal Forum. The feature-length concert film includes such hits as "Bohemian Rhapsody," "Tie Your M... more »
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Doesn't do Queen justice
Kirk J. Hiner | Mogadore, Ohio | 02/22/2000
(2 out of 5 stars)
"When I first saw this at the store, I wondered why it was released on DVD. This has always been the worst of the Queen live videos, but that's not their fault. Queen play as well as ever, but it seems that both the audience and the audio engineers were asleep for the whole show. Even in 5.1 digital audio, the sound is horrid. The drums and bass are completely lost throughout, as if you're listening to it through a drive-in theater speaker. And the audience...good Lord, they don't even know the words to "Love of My Life" (as Freddie dejectedly points out during the song). More than once he tries to coerce them to stand or even clap their hands, but to no avail. So avoid this one, as much as I hate to say it, and start bugging Hollywood Records to release Live at Wembley or Rock in Rio...tapes that do Queen justice."
blowoff | Sydney, Australia | 02/28/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"A must for all serious Queen fans. This DVD presents the images and sound of Queen in a new light. The sound from Brian's guitar
on " Love Of My Life " leaves you looking for him playing it in your lounge room as the sound is so unreal. The clarity of the picture makes the concert seem like it's no where near as old as it is. Even though we only see Queen up to and including the " Hot Space " album,it does allow vintage Queen like Roger Taylor's " I'm In Love With My Car " which is so raw and pure.
Also features a great version of Brian May's guitar solo ( Brighton Rock )which this crowd needed to rev them up somewhat because the crowd tended to be a bit tame. Freddie sounds great as usual and " Save Me" and his guitar effort on " Crazy Little Thing Called Love " are highlights to remember. O.K enough said now go out and get it all you serious Queen fans."
Didn't really rock me
lance cooper | florida | 06/27/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"As a long time fan of Queen (I saw them live in the early 70's) I was dissapointed with this title. The sound quality was poor even for the 80's and the look of the film makes me believe that it was originally shot for television rather than the big screen. The biggest mistake however, was made when synchronizing the vocal with the video. I believe that Queen played this venue two nights in a row with both shows being recorded. But the producers seemed to take audio from both nights (the best bits I guess) and dub them over the video so ,many times I could hear Freddie singing but could not see his mouth move. Overall I think the Queen performance was very good, but add to the mistakes listed already with a less than enthusiastic audience (why did they choose to shoot the film here anyway?)and poor camera work, it leaves me feeling a little ripped off. There are thousands of Queen fans in the US who are starving for more Queen video/music, and I know that there is a lot of much better material out there than this. I am suprised that Queen put it out in the first place, and this coming from a guy who, several years ago bought a laser disc player just to watch a collection of Queen live videos not available on tape. Give us live at Earl's court, live at Hammersmith or live at Hyde Park, but not this."
Classic Queen in Widescreen and DTS surround
dudgo | Melbourne, Australia | 12/22/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I was lucky (or unlucky) enough to be given the old Queen 'We will Rock You' DVD as a gift just when my new DTS Queen DVD arrived in the mail from Amazon. So I was able to directly compare the old and new DVD.The new 'We will Rock You' DVD is far superior to the old version and has been completely remastered. The new DVD has high definition video in Widescreen anamorphic (approx 1.85:1) and, on my DVD, both DD5.1 and DTS sound tracks. The new DVD also has worthwhile extras including a commentary that provides some insight into what Queen really was like. See Michael Allred's review for a full description of the new extras.The sound has been remastered and remixed and is about as good as you will get for a 1985 concert recording. Vocals and instruments are now clearly defined across the sound stage with a full, real sound that was lacking in the old mix. Freddie's vocals have been brought out of the background to now be clear and powerful as they should be. The surrounds were almost non-existent in the old DVD but in the new mix they are used well to support the front sound stage, especially in Bohemian Rhapsody when we get a brief taste of what the new 'Night at the Opera' DTS DVD will be like.Previous reviewers have commented that the DTS track is very poor or non-existent. This maybe because, while the DD track is 5.1, the DTS track is only 5 channel, not the normal 6 channels. Some DVD players or audio systems may not cope well with this without changing settings. I had no problems with my system and both sound tracks were excellent. There are subtle but noticeable differences between the DD and DTS tracks, the DTS track providing a crisper and more open sound together with more use of the surrounds, and the DD track having a slightly fuller bottom end. Whichever one you choose, you won't be disappointed as the remaster has produced a well balanced, high fidelity audio recording.The concert itself (the reason for buying this DVD!) includes most of the classic Queen hits but with the added power and artistic interpretation that only a great live band like Queen can produce. Freddie's performance is superb, and every member of the band adds some 'zing' to make this live performance better than any studio recording could hope to be. It is a great pitty that the audience act as if they would rather be somewhere else but ignore them - you will have a great time!This DVD is a must for Queen fans and anyone who likes their music. Make sure you get the new version (it has the whole band on the front cover). Unless you have a particular preference for DTS or can get the DTS version for the same price, the DD5.1 version is all you need for a great Queen sound and video experience.Highly Recommended"