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Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender [Blu-ray]
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So did the film live up to my expectations? No, in fact- it far succeeded them. I'd go as far as to say that this is actually superior to the Queen documentary, as a lot of this is unseen footage, and the story concentrates on certain aspects of Freddie's life that hasn't really been covered before. The Queen story is a fascinating one, but has been exhausted over the years, offering very little in the way of something new. This, on the other hand is full of fascinating material, and goes a long way towards humanising a great man. What it ultimately does though, is to make him seem more complicated, more complex and mysterious than ever before.
With lots of footage of Freddie offstage, and off-guard the film basically covers the solo years of the mid to late eighties, beginning with him discovering and falling in love with dance music in the gay clubs of New York and Munich. Based around an interview that Freddie gave to David Wiggs in which he talks about his love life, his career and his views on the future of the band at that point.Read more ›
I came to this DVD after watching - and reviewing here on Amazon - the music doc "Queen - Days of Our Lives" back in February 2012. It was produced and directed by the same team as this one and I found the earlier documentary well worth watching. This one is the same.
Fellow reviewer Bug DeLug - obviously a passionate Mercury fan - has gone into a lot of detail about this DVD, so there is no reason to repeat much of the info. I will try to expand on it.
The core program on this single DVD (I got the DVD, not the Bluray) is the 85-minute documentary. There are plenty of rare interviews with Mercury included and lots of archival footage. (The list of sources in the closing credits show how deep the producers dug.). There are contemporary interviews with critics, managers and two other members of Queen as well as Spanish soprano Montserrat Caballe, who duetted with Mercury on their album "Barcelona". There's another 2 minutes of bonuses too:
Freddie Goes Solo is a 7-minute TV interview with Mercury from 1985 which was excerpted in the documentary
Extended interview with Caballe - also 7-minutes
The Making of "Barcelona 2012" - (5 minutes) in which the orchestrator who added a full symphonic score to the original album for release in 2012 and Caballe are interviewed.
Even if you are not a Mercury or Queen die-hard you'll find this DVD worth watching if you follow the pop music industry at all.
I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.
This release is something new and fresh. A humorous, intelligent look at a great entertainer. Wonderful interview clips either never or rarely seen before.
You really get a good feeling for what Freddie was like as an entertainer and a man.
At times you'll marvel at his outrageous flirting with his interviewer. Then in the next moment you'll be served up a rare snippet of him working a song in the studio.
I really don't think anything existed like this until now. The disc represents a beautifully created snapshot of Freddies life.
I hope old fans will give it a chance and rediscover and remember just how wonderful Freddie was. I hope new fans will buy this disc so they really get to experience the man behind some of the great songs of of the 70's and 80's.
Why are you still reading this? Get ordering!! :-)
His passion for opera was realized just before his death. His ventures into work outside of QUEEN are brought to light. He was, truly, an amazing Man and ARTIST. His LEGACY is EXTENSIVE and LEGENDARY, and he had a MONUMENTAL and ENDURING effect on the music industry. His MUSIC TOUCHED THE WHOLE WORLD. FREDDY MERCURY IS (WAS) A STUNNING, BREATHTAKING TALENT.
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I'm a great fan of Freddy Mercury, have all his music and I was looking for a documentary where he is actually speaking. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Shalizeh
I adore Freddie Mercury, I have for over 30 years. This made me both smile and cry. It was done in good taste, something that I cannot say about everything that has been put out... Read morePublished 12 months ago by DC
Only problem is we can't view it on our dvd player as it is NTSC 1, apparently not compatible with some equipment. Read morePublished 14 months ago by cate radcliffe