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Queen: Live At Wembley Stadium [VHS] [1986]

Freddie Mercury , John Deacon , Gavin Taylor    Exempt   VHS Tape
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Freddie Mercury, John Deacon, Brian May, Roger Taylor, Spike Edney
  • Directors: Gavin Taylor
  • Producers: Rhys Thomas, Simon Lupton
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Picture Music International
  • VHS Release Date: 6 Sep 1999
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003JA9E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 173,380 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A complete concert of one of the best bands live, Queen Live at Wembley Stadium is the record of one remarkable summer night in 1986. This really was history in the making: no-one, except possibly Freddie Mercury, could have guessed that the band would only ever play two more concerts in the UK and would never return to Wembley.

Director Gavin Taylor's omnipresent cameras, including stunning aerial views, also remind us of the glories of the now-defunct stadium and its signature towers, such a perfect venue for Queen's epic staging, with their massive video screen and dazzling light show.

The second night playing to a capacity crowd saw the band at the peak of their form, riding high on the popular success of their recent string of hits: "A Kind of Magic", "I Want to Break Free", "Radio Ga Ga" and "One Vision" all feature here alongside earlier favourites from "Seven Seas of Rhye" through "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "We Will Rock You" to "Another One Bites the Dust" and "Under Pressure". In short, a veritable greatest hits collection--all performed with larger-than-life gusto, boundless exuberance and impeccable musicianship. In a period when most new bands were content to mime along to weedy synthesised backing tracks, Queen were simply bigger, bolder and a whole lot more fun than anyone else. Freddie Mercury's extraordinary stage presence is likely to remain forever unsurpassed.

On the DVD: Queen Live at Wembley Stadium is a superb memento of this memorable night. Disc 1 contains the entire Saturday gig (almost two hours) remastered in vivid DTS 5.1 or PCM Stereo. The second disc collects both contemporary and brand-new material, including new interviews with Brian May and Roger Taylor. "A Beautiful Day" is a good documentary made at the time. More exciting is the wealth of unseen footage, both from the Friday night show and the band in rehearsal. There are "Queen Cam" views of each band member, and a photo gallery. Most poignant is a time-lapse short, "Wembley Towers", showing the philistine destruction of these national monuments. It's a fitting epitaph for this great live band. --Mark Walker

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In July 1986, Queen performed at London's Wembley Stadium for the first time. Over two nights, the band played to 150,000 people. This recording of the event also shows the work involved in setting up a stage so heavy that supports had to be bored into Wembley's foundations.

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5.0 out of 5 stars What DVD was invented for 23 Oct 2004
1986 was without doubt Queen's year. Appearing at a sold-out Wembley Stadium, Queen are shown here at their most successful point in what was already an illustrious career. The band had stolen the day at Live Aid the previous year at the same venue, and these dates were the most anticipated of 1986.
Typically of Queen, the show was put on in the grandest manner. The largest stage set (160 feet wide!) an immense bank of coloured lights, and state-of-the art sound and vision system to cater for the 72,000 fans who had made the pilgrimage. The cameras seemed to be everywhere; stage side, in front, above, even helicopter shots looking over the stadium. It was as though they KNEW one day there would be a suitable medium to release this footage on.
But what of the band themselves - by this point the group were one of the very few great British rock bands of the 70s still playing, remarkably with not one change in personnel from their debut album. They had survived glam, punk, disco and New Romantic to emerge as the UK's biggest rock act. The set they played on the Magic tour was carefully considered, with old material sitting comfortably alongside more recent.
You see the approach to Wembley Stadium as the intro plays to 'One Vision' before the camera pans across an empty stadium, and time-lapse footage of the stage being constructed and the fans pouring in. The camera then switches to the stage, and first to emerge is the great Freddie Mercury, arm aloft, bestriding this huge setting.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Concert, Great DVD 10 Jun 2003
Nearly 20 years ago I was at this concert, and little did I know that now in 2003 I would be watching this concert in such a great format.
The first disk is pretty similar to material that has been shown on TV and been out on VHS before (a couple of extra tracks however), so I will not comment too much on here, although obviously superior quality.
The second disk is the real gem however. You have your usual interviews with Brian & Roger (who provide some good insight into concert preparations). Also included are interviews with the Camera and Concert directors.
Back in 1986 someone used a dodgy camera to video Queen rehearsing for the tour in a warehouse, and that makes a great insight into the work thet Queen put into becoming the greatest live band ever.
Finaly are the Queen Member cams. Ever wanted to see exactly how Brian played a particular riff, but the camera edit went to Freddie just at the wrong point? We its not a problem any more, select The Brian cam, and the footage never leaves him. Same goes for the other 3 members. Fantastic!!
In summary, Disk 1 is for your casual Queen fan, the great concert in its entirity, remarkably undated. Disk 2, your die hard queen fan will love.
If you like live rock music, get this DVD now, it shows you how live Stadium rock should be done!
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What all Concerts should be Like 1 Oct 2003
I love this DVD. Queen were remembered for their live and superb performances. This DVD has captured the magic of it.
The show starts with the brillant opener 'One Vision'. The jubliation of the crowd when Freddie Mercury comes out is fantastic and the one shot of him coming out of the smoke holding his sawn-off mic stand could go down as one of Rock's greatest shots.
The rest of the songs go through and the band pull them off with such class you might think they were from CD.
The light show is brilliant and Freddies Mercury is the perfect showman, jumping around like a mad man, but none the less you love to see him do it.
To pick favourite tracks is so hard but to pick my favourite it would have to be "Crazy Little Thing called Love". The Rock And Roll tongue in cheek always makes me smile and Brian May solos at the end are so great. Anyway, Brian May changes his guitar three times in that song!
The extras are good aswell. The interviews are amazing, but the multi angle section is such a great advantage. To flip between the bands between each part is a great idea, if only for some songs. Also the selection of songs from the Friday concert is great!
This is one of my favourite DVD's, showing a band who had conquered the world yet still put on a show to get it again.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Queen at their best! Wonderful! 17 Jun 2002
Format:VHS Tape
As a huge Queen fan I love all of Queens music, but I never had the opportunity to go and see them perform live as I was only 5 when their Magic Tour came to Wembley! So, when I was older and I found this video I just had to have it! The magic of the concert can be felt through the TV! It was a wonderful performance where they performed some of their best classic songs and some new songs (such as Who wants to live forever from Highlander) and the atmosphere in the stadium is electric! Queen rock the crowd like no-one else has or ever will! With 100's of thousands of people singing and clapping along to "WIll will Rock you" and "Radio Ga Ga", they literally blew the audience away. Its also an opportunity to see the legend that was Freddie Mercury show what made him so popular! The music is great, the sound in wonderful, you never miss a thing, the direction is some of the best for concerts. Almost as if you were there at the time! If only....
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