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Hungarian Rhapsody: Queen Live in Budapest [Blu-ray]
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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful
on September 21, 2012
Format: DVD
I saw this on at the movie theatre last night, and WOW! I was blown away. I adore the Wembly concert, but I think this one is at least as good, and perhaps better. Freddie's voice just soars, and i love hearing his choices, to harmonize a particular line, or punch another one. He's wonderful to watch, too, of course. Seeing him singing the folk tune in context was great. The video and audio quality were fabulous.
There are cut-aways to the four of them periodically, doing interviews, publicity events, and just hanging out. It was fun to see them in those contexts, too, and added to the movie.
It's more than just a concert. It's an event.
Sometimes after a really rough day, I'll watch Wembly, just to help cheer myself up, and soon I'll have a choice. Can't wait!
Enjoy, everyone!
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
This is a terrific concert film of Queen's 1986 gig in Budapest. Although the shots/camera angles of drummer Roger Taylor onstage are frustrating during the first song or two - it's as if the camera crew struggled to get Taylor's face/head in the frame, clear of cymbals, tom-toms, etc. (Taylor is seen at better camera angles from song three or four on.) Be sure and get to the theater early (Sept. 27) or at least on time to see some 1986/85 in-studio footage and 1986-era interviews with all four members. There are at least three subtle hints by Mercury and the band during interviews that hint at Mercury's illness with HIV and, eventually, AIDs. When asked if Queen will return to Budapest to play another concert in the future, Mercury says, "Well, I'll tell you what. If I'm alive, I'll come back." Queen never did. 1986 was the last year they toured with Mercury - Mercury already was ill at the time. Another interesting comment in the film during the interview portion has Mercury saying, "I want to make sure we're healthy to go out on the road again. I don't want to just go out there and do it." There's excellent takes of "Under Pressure," "I Want to Break Free" and "It's A Kind of Magic" included in the concert portion. Actually, all of the concert footage is good, and even the two or three mistakes have charm (Mercury's voice cracks once, but hey, it's live music, and he was already feeling the effects of cigarettes and HIV by the time they hit the road in 1986.) Leaving the theater, the viewer will agree that Queen easily is among the top five rock bands of all time, and Mercury's voice, preserved on Queen's albums and in their concert films, remains music's greatest male voice ever.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Format: Blu-ray
I owned this on VHS and LD back in the day... so I was curious as to how it would transfer to BR... and also the 16x9 crop as both previous editions were 4x3.
RESULTS? it LOOKS GREAT!
Of course reading the liner notes in the lovely booklet enclosed reveal that this show was indeed filmed by Hungary's leading cinematographer/director who used every 35mm camera in the country and shot it on FILM not video.
As they say in the notes "This is the last complete concert shot entirely on film. So junk that old laserdisc, throw the VHS in the bin and burn the bootleg.

HIGHLY Recommended!

PS...the repurposed nearly half hour documentary is fun and I particularly enjoy the large interview chunks with the retired John Deacon.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2012
Format: Blu-rayVerified Purchase
This is a commanding Queen performance. The footage really captures each band member's enormous contribution to this epic concert. Freddie is in awesome form - his voice, his showmanship, his costume changes, his rapport with the audience, his bit with the flags - just all around undeniably incredible. Brian shines as usual with his tremendously talented playing and energized performance. Roger plays the drums with his intense immediacy and tenacity, thus earning the privilege of (almost) wearing Freddie's crown at the end. John's fierce performance and captivating bass lines add a complete exclamation point to the show. The personal moments with each band member throughout the performance are quite enchanting. The editing and vivid color and lighting of the footage is completely spectacular and does the concert total justice. This is indeed a very special capture of what makes Queen such an amazing, legendary band. Love it!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on August 10, 2013
Format: DVDVerified Purchase
You could quibble with the arrangements and longer set list of Live at Wembley, but for quality, energy, and capturing the band, this is the one. The video, audio and overall production is excellent. The Hungarian crew made this so good it looks and sounds more like 2006 than 1986. Freddie's voice this night is ON. Less self indulgent than Milton Keyes. It's a band giving to it's audience.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon November 11, 2012
Format: Blu-rayVerified Purchase
The people who criticised this Blu-ray disc for not including the full show as presented on the accompanying 2-CD set(I bought the Blu-ray + 2-CD set) have failed to read the booklet. The raw, uncut camera negative no longer exists. For "Another One Bites The Dust", "Hello Mary Lou" & "(You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care" (if they were filmed), the film footage no longer exists.

My question concerns a new variation of DTS-HD Master Audio that is used on this disc. It is "DTS-HD High Res Audio". When played on my Oppo BDP-83 disc player(playing through an Integra DHC 9.9 A/V Processor), the audio is played as 4.0 audio(the subwoofer & center channel are silent). Has anyone else experienced this issue?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format: DVD
Queen's newest 2-CD/DVD and/or 2-CD/Blu Ray package Hungarian Rhapsody Live in Budapest '86 is a must for Queen fans.
This CD and DVD package was recorded and filmed on Queen's final tour with its classic lineup at Nepstadion in Budapest, Hungary on July 26, 1986 (a few weeks after the more famous shows from the demolished old Wembley Stadium in London on July 12, 1986). Unlike Wembley, this is singer Freddie Mercury, guitarist Brian May, bass player John Deacon, drummer Roger Taylor and keyboard player Spike Edney warts and all live.
This is a killer show featuring a good mix of (then) new songs (The pulsing opener "One Vision", a killer "A Kind of Magic", a stunning "Who Wants to Live Forever" and a great but short "Friends Will Be Friends") and classic ones ("Tie Your Mother Down" (in full on the CD), "In the Lap of the Gods (Revisited)", a short "Seven Seas of Rhye", "Tear it Up (with a teaser of Liar)", "Under Pressure", "Another One Bites the Dust" (only on the CD), the pulsing "I Want to Break Free", "Now I'm Here", the acoustic "Love of My Life" and "Is This the World We Created", "Bohemian Rhapsody", "Hammer to Fall" (in full on the CD), "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" (in full on CD), "Radio Ga Ga", "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions") and the band were playing with a fire that lacked on Wembley IMHO.
Also, there was a little jam called "Looks Like Tonight's Gonna Be a Great Night" (which is only on the CD) which showcased Freddie's dynamic vocal range and is better than the "Impromptu" that appeared on Wembley two weeks earlier and Brian May's 8 minute "Guitar Solo" (in full on the CD) which is one of his best guitar solo spots.
Also, the band decided to incorporate several 50's-era tunes into one medley ("You're So Square (Baby I Don't Care)" (only on the CD), "Hello Mary Lou" (also on the CD) and "Tutti Fruitti" (I believe extended on the CD as well) and also the traditional Hungarian folk song "Tavasi Szel Vizet Arast". Out of the three recorded documents of the Magic Tour (Live Magic, Live at Wembley Stadium and Hungarian Rhapsody), this is the best of the bunch IMHO.
Justin Shirley Smith and Joshua MacRae have done a great job restoring and remixing the entire show.
Also during the show, you get some footage of the band hanging out in Budapest (especially when Freddie asked how much the house of government was and if it was for sale).
Also on the DVD and Blu-Ray you get a bonus documentary on the Magic Tour which leads up to the shows in Budapest. Hungarian Rhapsody Live in Budapest is the peak of Queen on their Magic Tour.
This live album/DVD/Blu Ray is recommended!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 11, 2012
Format: Blu-rayVerified Purchase
Yes, please! Hungarian Rhapsody - Queen Live in Budapest may be the same songs you're used to from Queen's Live at Wembley and Live Magic albums, but it's still fantastic!

I'm a little disappointed in the actual Blu-Ray of the concert because it's actuallly missing songs that are on the CD's. Four songs to be exact - Another One Bites the Dust, Looks Like It's Gonna Be A Good Night - Improv, You're So Square (Baby I Don't Care), and Hello Mary Lou (Goodbye Heart). While the last three are reasonable losses, how on Earth can you cut Another One Bites the Dust?!?

Still, if you bought this mainly for the CD's like I did, then you're going to get your monies worth just from them, and the Blu-Ray is just an added bonus.

I really wish that Queen would release more live albums from the past. There have got to be a ton of them shelved somewhere.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 2, 2012
Format: Blu-rayVerified Purchase
A buried treasure rescued. Thanks to all who helped find and release this Gem. Recommend un reservedly for fans of Queen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2013
Format: DVDVerified Purchase
good for the price.... queen was awesome but without Freddie it was never the same ... the dvd is a nice one
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