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'Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender' [Blu-ray]
(Freddie Mercury / Blu ray / NR / 2012 / Eagle Eye Media)

Overview: Freddie Mercury was one of the most charismatic, complex and fascinating characters in British rock music. The story of Queen is a well known one but this new film focuses on Freddie Mercury and the solo projects he worked on outside of Queen.

Blu ray Verdict: I ws always a huge fan of queen, but Freddie's solo stuff was a little too left of center for me most times, sorry! But, with that in mind, and especially as Eagle Vision also just released a double Queen DVD of all their hits, well, therein lies that one problem with Queen-related releases. Until now they were all simply a rehash of the same old stuff.

However, this new Blu ray release is something new and fresh - and very humorous! An intelligent, indepth look at a great entertainer; possibly one of the worlds greatest showmen, it not only features some wonderful interview clips, but stuff that even I have never seen before!

This new Blu ray TRULY, perhaps for the first time ever, shows you the Freddie that the media saw and the Freddie that his friends saw. He was unlike any other entertainer and this new release shows him at his finest.

The core of the program is an 85 minute documentary, but there are plenty of rare interviews with Mercury included, so have no worries. The archival footage is amazing to behold and the contemporary interviews with critics, managers and Brian May and Roger Taylor (as well as Spanish soprano Montserrat Caballe, who duetted with Mercury on their album Barcelona) is simply breathtaking to behold.

The Blu ray looks and sounds fantastic. The HD footage of outtakes from the video for 'I Want To Break Free' was thrilling. Now that Rhys Thomas (who has done a fantastic job piecing all of this together) has said that there will be no more documentaries I should imagine that a lot of that cut footage from those old video shoots will surface on some Greatest Flix package in the future. Here's hoping! This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.