- Audio CD (21 Oct. 2013)
- (BRD audio) edition
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Blu-ray
- Label: Virgin EMI
- ASIN: B00BSDTGAI
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 114,055 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
A Night At The Opera Blu-ray
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QUEEN A Night At The Opera (2013 UK High Fidelity Pure Audio 12-track Blu-Ray Disc featuring an ultra high quality audio recording of the classic 1975 double album including Bohemian Rhapsody and Youre My Best Friend. Picture sleeve with 12-page picture/lyric booklet and digital download code. This copy remains SEALED in a hype stickered case)
Top Customer Reviews
Let's start with the 5.1 mix. As hinted at by the copyright years, this is the same mix that was released on the 30th Anniversary edition CD+DVD pack in 2005. That in turn was largely the same mix as the 2002 DVD-Audio release that was mixed by Elliot Scheiner with input from Roy Thomas Baker, the original producer in 1975, and Brian May. The 2005 mix included an updated version of God Save The Queen by Brian May (the 2002 version was an auto-generated surround mix from the stereo version.), but because this was until now released on normal DVD, it was only available on DTS 96/24 format which was not lossless like the 2002 DVD-Audio disc. So, this Blu-ray is the first time that God Save The Queen 2005 5.1 remix is available in lossless 24-bit 96KHz audio.
Unfortunately, the stereo mix on this Blu-ray release, whilst in 24-bit, 96KHz audio, is the over compressed 2011 Universal Music re-master.... I guess you can make your own mind up on the 2011 Queen remasters, but that is what you get here on the Stereo version.
For both the 5.1 mix and the Stereo mix, you have two choices of audio, LPCM and DTS-HD Master Audio. Both are lossless and 24-bit, 96KHz high resolution. The reason you get both LPCM and DTS-HD is because some systems will handle the DTS-HD better than LPCM. Much depends on your system here. For most there will little or no difference.
So for the Queen collector, this Blu-ray release offers the only full lossless version of the 30th Anniversary mix with the updated God Save The Queen track, and the only official release on disc at high resolution of the 2011 Universal remaster.Read more ›
All i can say is that after 'Seaside Rendezvous' what was the last track side 1 of the LP i got up from my listening position ready to turn the LP over, it really is that good. Anyone looking for sound quality then get this version followed closely by the SACD version, anyone who is not fussy then go for the bog standard CD version.
I only listen in LPCM 96khz/24bit 2ch mode so i can not review the 5.1 mix, lets face it if you set your Hi-Fi speakers up correctly then your choice of listening room will be filled with sound anyway.
I have to say that this Pure Audio version is nearly as warm sounding as the vinyl copy.
The stand out tracks are 39 and Good Company, sound so great.
I have purchased a few of these Pure Audio discs now (I am one of those audiophiles forever searching hi fi perfection) and the best so far are The Rolling Stones GRRR and Supertramp Breakfast in America.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Listened to this on a reasonably high end multichannel set up, sounds absolutely awesome. Brought a tear to my hearing Queen so clearly as a life long fan, I wish all of their... Read morePublished 14 months ago by tag1
Sleeve was partially crushed, booklet partially wrinkled. SACD however was fine.Published 19 months ago by Toivo Burlin
Stunning stunning. Thought I knew this album inside out. Heard things on here I never heard before.Published 20 months ago by Stevenbowser