The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert [VHS] 
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On April 20th, 1992 some of the greatest musical talent in the world gathered at London's famed Wembley Stadium to pay tribute to Freddie Mercury who died on 24 November 1991. The concert was broadcast live on television and radio to 76 countries around the world from the USA to Russia. Featuring David Bowie, Roger Daltrey, John Deacon, Def Leppard, Guns 'n' Roses, Elton John, Annie Lennox, Seal, Robert Plant, Paul Young and Zucchero.
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With the above in mind I have owned the show on home taped VHS, Laserdisc (and still have it somewhere), DVD and now, Blu Ray. The Blu Ray restores some of the fantastic opening acts such as Extreme who put on their own mini Queen concert and so impressed me on the day and now, many years later with their approach. Brilliant stuff and perfect for the day. In addition we have most of the Queen plus friends event (the Robert Plant Innuendo track is still missing) plus some good extras such as the rehearsals with George Michael (when he was good!).
A lot has been written about the show so I won't go over that now. Most will be wondering is the Blu Ray worth it and to this question I would say 10/10. You have over 3-hours of brilliant performances with, probably, the best picture and sound you can get considering the source. At a tenner or so it is an absolute bargain.
Picture quality, considering this is standard definition, is generally fine with the close-ups particularly good. The crowd shots such as Radio GaGa hand-clapping are a bit of a blur as you might expect. Note that the image is presented 4:3 or square in shape and is actually formatted so that the usual 'wide' setting on your TV is negated so you will have to resort to zoom (bad!) if you want a full screen on a 16:9 set. Please remember it was filmed/video recorded this way so it is not a fault!Read more ›
So for the first time on Bluray the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert. Was I disappointed, no.
This has got the opening acts, Metallica kick it off with 3 songs, after each band there is a montage of footage of Freddie Mercury. Then the Extreme come out with great energy and play a medley of Queen songs. Def Leppard appear with Brian May to perform Now im Here. Bob Geldof comes on and plays Too Late God. Then Guns N Roses come on with the energy they were well known for.
Then the main shows begins. 1) Joe Elliott, Slash & Queen - Tie Your Mother Down 2) Roger Daltrey, Tony Iommi & Queen - I Want It All 3) Zucchero & Queen - Las Palabras De Amor 4) Gary Cherone, Tony Iommi & Queen - Hammer To Fall 5) James Hetfield, Tony Iommi & Queen - Stone Cold Crazy 6) Robert Plant & Queen - Crazy Little Thing Called Love 7) Brian May - Too Much Love Will Kill You 8) Paul Young & Queen - Radio Ga Ga 9) Seal & Queen - Who Wants To Live Forever 10) Lisa Stansfield & Queen - I Want To Break Free 11) David Bowie, Annie Lennox & Queen - Under Pressure 12) Ian Hunter, David Bowie, Mick Ronson & Queen - All The Young Dudes 13) David Bowie, Mick Ronson & Queen - Heroes 14) George Michael & Queen -'39 15) George Michael, Lisa Stansfield & Queen - These Are The Days Of Our Lives 16) George Michael, London Gospel Choir & Queen - Somebody To Love 17) Elton John, Axl Rose & Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody 18) Elton John, Tony Iommi & Queen - The Show Must Go On 19) Axl Rose & Queen - We Will Rock You 20) Liza Minnelli & Ensemble - We Are The Champions
As many Queen fans will know, there is still 1 song missing, Innuendo.Read more ›
Imagine my disappointment when I discovered that the entire first half of the concert is missing. There were some blistering performances here from all concerned, and I was looking forward to seeing them on this format. To be fair, perhaps this is due to licensing issues. Nonetheless, it would seem I must still refer to my ropey old mono TV recording if I want to see this again.
It's great to hear the sound remastered (even if a little doctoring remains... I distinctly remember "Stone Cold Crazy" going very wrong in the middle and yet its performance here is suspiciously flawless), and wonderful to see some very special moments again - for me, Queen and David Bowie's rendition of Bowie's "Heroes" was spine-tingling, as was George Michael's performance of "Somebody To Love".
Unfortunately, the aspect ratio effectively removes the top and bottom of the original picture, which is very annoying. What is the point in this? The "Live at Wembley" DVD preserves the original aspect ratio and therefore the full original image, so why crop it here?
This could have been a superb DVD - a marvellous opportunity to utilise the format to any number of useful ends. Unfortunately it is an opportunity wasted - nothing more than edited highlights inexplicably cropped.Read more ›
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I remember watching this on TV and had been looking for ages to see if u could get it on dvd or Bluray. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Jade Chapman
I have watched this concert many, many times over the years on different formats, now bought it on DVD ... BEST CONCERT EVER!! So, many stars all in one show. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mrs. B. A. Russell
there will never be another concert like this, there can be only on Freddie mercury.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer