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Rock Montreal & Live Aid [HD DVD] [2009]

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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
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  • Format: PAL, HD DVD
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Eagle Vision
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Jan 2009
  • Run Time: 138 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,890 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


In November 1981, with 'Under Pressure' topping the charts in the UK, Queen arrived in Montreal following dates in Japan and their record-breaking tour of Latin America. It was to be the only concert by Queen that was ever recorded on film. Always a great live band, with arguably the greatest frontman of all time in Freddie Mercury, they excelled themselves with the cameras rolling. Queen's iconic performance at Live Aid in July 1985 has since been named the world's greatest rock gig ever. The band's show-stealing performance at Wembley Stadium, which had 75,000 people clapping along with Mercury to tracks such as Radio GaGa, is also included in this double disc set.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Queen Concert 13 Jun 2011
By Gentlegiantprog TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I have seen a few other Queen DVDs and have a penchant for concert Blu Rays in general so I had high expectations going into this. Queen Rock Montreal not only lived up to my expectations but in many areas exceeded them. Not only is the concert filmed just before the synthesizers-period, with the band absolutely playing the hell out of their instruments, but the technical aspects of the concert recording are top notch too, leaving the whole thing great in all departments.

The sound quality is absolutely superb, crystal clear and very big, which really brings to attention all the skill and virtuosity with which Queen played the gig, and that's not just the mix but the recording quality itself too.

The video, which is of course excellent in the main concert, has been scrutinized and cleaned up on the original 35mm prints before being re-scanned for maximum quality, there is even a fairly detailed description of the process in the linear notes. Consequently, the concert looks amazing and clear in a way no other Queen concert does as of yet.

In terms of the concert itself, there is no question of quality whatsoever. Queen are absolutely electric and deliver a wide array of some of their hardest and heaviest material in about as energetic and impressive a performance as has been captured on film, and mix it up with a few quieter numbers for balance and variety, leaving a full and complete Queen concert experience.

The band don't even just stick to the big radio hits either, playing material such as 'Dragon Attack,' 'Get Down Make Love,' and 'Sheer Heart Attack,' that you wouldn't necessarily expect in with the 'Bohemian Rhapsody,' and 'Under Pressure,' level songs.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is excellent...... 1 Nov 2007
I recommend it unreservedly, especially as this is video documentary of the last time Queen ever played as a 4 piece band. It is also unique in that it is the only Queen gigs ever performed with the main reason for it to be filmed (stage, lighting, crew etc had to be re-assembled for this). They have done the best they can with the visuals - no luxury of beng able to re-edit it as Mr Swimmer & Co. decided not to keep anything that hit the cutting room floor.

Oh and for those of you 'concerned' about the Live Aid footage/royalties etc. I qoute from Dr. May's website:

"It goes without saying that we are putting the LIVE AID stuff on the DVD because it's great, and we're proud of it, and it's good for the value and visibility of the disc, but also because it will make lots of money for Bob's LIVE AID. We actually didn't want to be SELLING the DVD by using any kind of 'moral blackmail' - like ..... "Every copy bought makes money for starving Children in Africa". No. That was a decision. We'd rather people bought it because they loved it for its own sake. We've taken this opportunity to put some bits of that event, which made that moment in time, out there for the first time, that have never been seen before, plus getting the maximum quality out of the original video take ... But rest assured that Bob Geldof's continuing LIVE AID work will be benefiting very well indeed!!!

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply awesome! 3 Jan 2011
By G. Hill
I'm stunned! If it wasn't for the clothing and hairstyles, the fact that Freddie left us 19 years ago and that the surviving members are obviously looking a lot older now, you could be forgiven for thinking this footage was recorded only last year rather than almost 30 years ago! The picture and sound quality is absolutely superb, and of course, the concert itself was fantastic. If you like Queen (and you have a blu ray player), there really is no excuse for not owning this one!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 4 Oct 2007
This concert footage is fantastic and shows a great hard rock performance. All band members are on excellent form and deliver a great show. The bonus Live Aid footage is also amazing, arguably the best live performance ever made by any band.
I wish Queen would consider releasing some earlier concerts such as Earls Court or Houston 1977.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An old Albatross gets a wonderful revamp!! 25 Mar 2008
Format:HD DVD
This DVD is "Queen Rock Montreal & Live Aid", the Live Aid bit lasts around 15 minutes and is Queen's set in the afternoon and Brian and Freddie playing "Is this the world we created?", there are also the odd interview and some rehearsal footage here, these bits however should be seen as "extras", the main event is the 2 concerts filmed in Montreal in 1981.

Any one who is a Queen fan, probably has the "We Will Rock You" video or DVD, well this is the exact same film, but the quality in High Definition is astounding. The band apparently did not enjoy making this, they also did not own it, apparently they now do, and this HD DVD is a Queen Production. If you need any proof it is created by Queen, listen to the commentary supplied by Taylor and May, to get an insight into the 2 concerts and the events surrounding it.

Like I said previously the quality is astounding, the picture has been greatly improved, this was always one of my least favourite videos of Queen as I thought the quality was quite awful, this has been more than resolved. The sound quality is also now excellent.

So in summary, if you have the old version of this release I would advise you to definitely buy this version to get a true feeling of the concerts. It has been turned from something I would probably have never watched again into a truly great Queen concert experience, and for that it gets 5 stars.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Mama mia mama mia
Good concert and picture/sound unbelievable for the time it was made, They used film and it's 24p. You get a pcm sound track as well,which i prefer.
Published 12 days ago by Mo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great film. Thanks for everthing.
Published 21 days ago by cem kaytmaz
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just the greatest.
Published 2 months ago by John Dennis Illingworth
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
For Queen addicts
Published 2 months ago by Frankwdt
3.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best thing about this is the inclusion of the Live ...
Probably the best thing about this is the inclusion of the Live Aid material. The concert itself is ok but its not a particularly good audience. Read more
Published 2 months ago by sad-old-man
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
it was brilliant, I'm glad I bought it.
Published 3 months ago by Frederick McDonnell
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-own
Looks and sounds fantastic on every level. The band are on fire. The Live-aid stuff is a nice added bonus, but clearly not the main attraction here. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Clashcity Rocker
3.0 out of 5 stars Family love queen
A great concert with all the greatest songs to bring back those memories and it sounds great on the home cinema but the camera man needs shooting as it pans very fast making it... Read more
Published 11 months ago by G TREGENT
5.0 out of 5 stars Best band of all times!
Splendid acquisition! A must-have for all Queen's fans, and a should-have for all music lovers.

Arrived in excellent condition (from Germany to Brazil).
Published 13 months ago by Jessica
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor quality sound - Rock Montreal & Live Aid [Blu-Ray] [2008] [2007]
Very disappointing for Blu-Ray, the sound and Freddy's voice very low and flat - no depth. Do not recommend if choosing for quality volume
Published 15 months ago by Jean Candotti
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