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The Great Pretender [DVD] [2012] [NTSC]

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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, German, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Eagle Rock
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Sep 2012
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008J19OLI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,481 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Freddie Mercury was one of the most charismatic, complex and fascinating characters in British rock music. The story of Queen is a well known one but this new film focuses on Freddie Mercury and the solo projects he worked on outside of Queen. Using extensive archive footage of interviews with Freddie Mercury, concerts, video shoots and personal material, much of it previously unseen, along with new interviews with friends and colleagues, a portrait emerges of a man who was very different to his flamboyant onstage public persona. A generous, caring, thoughtful man with a self-deprecating sense of humour and a genuine passion for music. Freddie Mercury touched the lives of millions through his career both with Queen and as a solo performer and this new programme will delight and inform his legions of fans.

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oltre al materiale d'archivio (interviste, concerti, video, ecc.) the great pretender include molti filmati inediti, fra i quali quelli personali e degli amici e colleghi. emerge il ritratto di un uomo molto diverso dall'esplosivo personaggio pubblico. un uomo generoso, riflessivo, con un enorme senso dell'umorismo ed una genuina passione per la musica. durante la sua vita freddie mercury ha toccato il cuore di milioni di persone, sia come solista che come cantante dei queen, e questo documentario non fa altro che renderci di nuovo vive queste e sottotitoli solo inglese

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
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Let me start by stating that I am biased. I believe Freddie Mercury to be the greatest showman of the late 20th century. People talk about him being a one off, but that really is understating it. Michael Jackson was a one off too, but his style has been copied ad infinitum, whereas anybody foolish enough to try to copy what Freddie could do onstage would surely be laughed at. With seemingly sparse footage of him away from the stage and the band though, I wondered if this would be just the usual boring retread of the same well-worn anecdotes. When I saw the likes of Paul Gambaccini and Peter 'Phoebe' Freestone I became even more concerned. I shouldn't have been. Hearing them gleefully talking about Freddie in his heyday was fantastic.
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.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There Can Be Only One 27 Sep 2012
By The Man
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In my opinion Freddie Mercury is the greatest rock singer/frontman ever. No one can get close to him and he is basically a legend, which he wanted/thought/knew he would always be.
This starts out with an audio of an interviewer talking to Freddie about his childhood, then kicks starts to around his solo project Mr.Bad Guy. Youll get to see new footage of Brian May, Roger Taylor and others and maybe not seen for some time interviews with Freddie himself. Next you'll get to Barcelona album and then the final part is about him with aids.
There are some bits I recognized but this is mainly towards the end and if you havent seen Queen-Days of our Lives then you wont know. There are some snipets of let me live with freddie and rod stewart as well There must be more to life than this with Michael Jackson
This is set out very similar to the Queen Doc, Days of our lives which features new and old interviews with his close friends.
if your a fan of Freddie Mercury then youll love this dvd/bluray set.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best freddie documentary 28 Sep 2012
By calvin
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i am a huge queen fan and have bought many queen and freddie mercury DVD's over the years. i thought that this one would just be all the same old footage thrown together but i was wrong.this DVD contains alot of never before seen footage and brand new interviews with brian may, roger taylor, jim beach (their manager) and others.i was suprised by how intimate and personal some of the footage was,for example,the home video of freddie with his god son on christmas day 1990.this DVD is a must-have for all freddie fans and is the best documentary about freddie that has been released to date.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Watch 7 Dec 2012
The Documentary is great however this has been on TV in HD so I just Sky+'d it.
Surprised it was on TV so soon after release.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW 26 Oct 2012
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The best thing I have ever seen about Freddie. Lots of new information about him. Far more stuff than the BBC documentary.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice 26 Oct 2012
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A very nice and impressive document.
I think that every Queen/Freddie fan should own this although it doesn't tell me anything I did not know before.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Freddie 26 Sep 2012
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A very pleasent surprise to get something from the Queen stable which is genuinely new and exciting to watch. An awful lot of the footage most people will not have seen before. Okay there are snatches you will recognise but in these cases it will be extended beyond what was previously available. There is a lot also which gives us a great insight to the explosively busy 1980's period of Freddie's life.

The real skill in producing this release has been in avoiding labouring areas of Freddie's life which have been covered in detail before - his early years and his death. Also, quiet rightly, the emotional tears to camera of earlier releases, which at the time I am sure were genuine, are not duplicated here, rather a more reflective and no less respectful appreciation of the man that was both a fallible and normal human being and one of the world's biggest ever entertainers and which shows that almost 21 years have passed since his untimely death.

My only critisism of the content has to be the treatment of Paul Prenter, Freddie's personal assistant/runner of the eighties. He is squarely blamed by all and sundry as a bad influence on Freddie, the cause of many of the divisions in the band and the reason Freddie became so immersed in the gay club scene which ultimately led to Freddie cintracting AIDS.

Freddie's promiscuity is nobody's fault but Freddie's but its almost as if the band and others are saying "If Freddie had not got mixed up with Paul Prenter he would still be with us today". I have no doubt that Paul was bad news but Freddie was an adult who knew what he was doing. AIDS only came to light in the 80's but the rockstar lifestyle that Freddie led was never likely to end well.

I would highly recommend this to any fan and hope that you enjoy it as much as I did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Is this region free please?
The description says Region B/2......has anybody tried in on Region 0(region free) player please as I have a Sony BDP S350 which is region 3? Thanks
Published 1 month ago by Navroz P. Behramfram
5.0 out of 5 stars The REAL king of rock
Freddie is my hero & I admit I buy anything with him or Queen in it. However this is a very well made DVD & is worth the outlay to even the occasional fan.
Published 1 month ago by Liam Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars GOOD
It took a while to be sent. But the overall DVD is ok thanks. Good quality DVD nice picture screen.
Published 2 months ago by Emma Bradley
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!
Britain's Greatest Musical Genius! Ultimately his search for love gave us epic, evocative songs and soulful, defining performances. Read more
Published 2 months ago by N. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars The best singer ever born!
Because I love Freddie Mercury, and this DVD is fantastic!!!!!. The longest interview is very interesting, and help us to know the splendid human being, behind the Queen's frontman
Published 5 months ago by HERMINIA ESTEVEZ DOMINGUEZ
5.0 out of 5 stars Queen Rock!
It's arrive no problem with no damage on packing and dvd. My father have enjoyed the Queen DVD birthday gift.
Published 6 months ago by Brett Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars Freddie the Greatest
Saw this programme on freeview channel, taped it so had to buy it Fantastic a real showman Died too young
Published 7 months ago by john n
5.0 out of 5 stars King Mercury
As a Queen fan, this was/is a must. A real shame that the greatest frontman of all time passed away when he did. Get this's worth it
Published 7 months ago by Wumpty
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Entertainer Of All Time
The DVD gives a glimpse of why Freddie Mercury is considered the greatest entertainer of all time! The only singer with a four octave voice.
Published 8 months ago by Jerry Roy
5.0 out of 5 stars Freddie
A difficult watch for ardent Freddie Mercury fans but a must for any Queen collection. So much to admire about the great man.
Published 8 months ago by njw1
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