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6 Degrees Entertainment

'Queen Rock Montreal'
(Queen, et al / DVD / NR / 2007 / Eagle Vision USA)

Overview: In November 1981, with "Under Pressure" topping the charts in the UK, Queen arrived in Montreal following dates in Japan and their record-breaking tour of Latin America. It was to be the only concert by Queen that was ever shot on film. Always a great live band, with arguably the greatest frontman of all time in Freddie Mercury, they excelled themselves with the cameras rolling. The picture has been digitally restored from the original film and the sound has been newly mixed and mastered for DTS Surround Sound and PCM Stereo from the original multitrack tapes.

DVD Verdict: 'Queen Rock Montreal' was recorded on November 24th and 25th 1981; exactly 10 years to the day of Mercury's death. It is directed by Saul Swimmer, who is best known as the director/producer of 1972's "Concert For Bangladesh" film and co-producer on the documentary "Let It Be" with the Beatles. By the time they began filming, Swimmer and his crew had so irritated Mercury and the rest of the band by getting in the way and interfering with the performance, that Mercury purposely wore short pants on the second night so that the crew couldn't easily rearrange the cuts!

One innovation in the film was the use of Swimmers new Mobilevision Technology. This was a precursor to today's IMAX technology, and in some ways surpassing it; IMAX can only project to a three-story tall screen, whereas Mobilevison could project five-stories. Other new techniques allowed the filming to be almost noise free and without blemishes. In watching the film, the colors to jump off the screen, and the sound is superb, as well.

This concert film was originally titled "We Will Rock You" when it was released in the United States back in 1984. Now titled, "Queen Rock Montreal," this concert film will make a great addition to one's Queen collection. Some of the songs performed include: "We Will Rock You," "Under Pressure," "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," "Another One Bites The Dust," and "We Are Champions" among other classic Queen songs. Bonus features include a brand new audio commentary with Brian May and Roger Taylor.

The final thing that makes this film so special is that it is one of the last times that it is just four guys on stage. Soon after, they hired a keyboard player so Mercury could spend more time interacting with the audience. They did not use tape loops or other special effects at this time; with the exception of the chorus for "Bohemian Rhapsody," which could not be easily emulated live. If you are looking for a great concert video, then Queen Rock Montreal is it.

Also, please note that this particular release does not include Queen's Live Aid performance. The Queen Rock Montreal & Live Aid is a separate release. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

Commentary track with Brian May and Roger Taylor

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