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4.0 out of 5 stars WOW!, December 5, 2007
This review is from: Queen: Rock Montreal & Live Aid [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
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The picture quality is better than any other concert I have seen on blu-ray.

Shooting on 35mm film was definately the right choice. There is something about film and the way it captures the lights. The colors are all highly saturated and the detail is amazing. You can see the dust and finger prints on the monitors, the uneven texture on the surface of Brian's guitar and all the little details in Roger's drum kit. I have never seen a more beautiful concert video; and to think this was shot 25 years ago.

The sound is excellent too. But I found myself switching back and fourth between surround and stereo a number of times. The surround soundtrack provided a very open and spacious sound; but it was a little too reverberant. I found the stereo soundtrack to be more clear and direct.

Musically the band is in great form. Freddie's vocal performance is top-notch. He is in full voice and clear as a bell.

The reason's I only gave this DVD 4 stars are minor. Even though Queen were at their peak in popularity when they filmed this performance, in my opinion this was not their artistic peak. If only they could have filmed a performance 5 or so years earlier during their Night at the Opera and Day at the Races period. Also, even though the band sounded great, it seemed like their performance was somewhat lackluster. Compared to some of their other concert videos, this outing was not quite up to par.
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Initial post: Sep 26, 2009 4:20:49 AM PDT
Juan Davila says:
Disculpas, pero esta pelicula fue rodada en 70mm y no en 35mm, de allí su calidad, esto ademas, esta explicado en el interior de la misma en los comentarios hechos por May y Taylor...
Pero definitivamente un Gran Concierto...

Saludos

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2009 1:31:32 AM PST
S. Velasquez says:
WTF...even though I speak, read and write Spanish I think you did a disservice by giving your opinion in Spanish. Im apologizing for you to those who dont understand your inconsiderate nature...seems like you read English so why not answer the English written comment? Sorry I dont get it!

Posted on Jul 5, 2011 11:02:22 AM PDT
I have to disagree a little with David on his review at the end. Out of all the Queen concerts on film (whether released at this point or not), I have a hard time believing that anything can top the Montreal performance. If you can glean bits of the 70s concerts from YouTube or other sources, you'll hear that Mercury's voice isn't in great shape most of the time. This may have had to do with the relentless touring the band was doing at the time, and his documented vocal node problem. The advantage of the Montreal concerts (and the Live Aid appearance for that matter) is that they were one off performances that were not done during the course of a tour. Hence, Freddie was able to be well-rested for both performances. Finally, while Queen were obviously great in the 70s, it's hard to imagine any concert from '74-76 having the impact of the Montreal performances. After all, those mid-70s outings wouldn't even include WWRY and WATC.

I write this as one who had to endure the original VHS release of "We Will Rock You"--the original banner under which this concert material was released. Without anything to compare it to at the time, I thought the concert, though filmed in a flawed manner, had the BEST sound of the band ever recorded live (Live Killers and the 1986 concerts being the only points of comparison at the time--the Montreal concert is light years ahead of these two in terms of Freddie's vocals). Even compared to the 1982 Bowl release, which is a tremendous concert in its own right, this Montreal performance is still the tops in the vocals category.

To be clear, the band was always great live, but Freddie's voice was the variable in terms of making or breaking a concert in terms of overall quality. The Montreal concert is Freddie in perfect form.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 13, 2013 1:37:34 PM PDT
Dave says:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2Maw3bSXpc
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