Review: Queen – DVD Box Set


Queen DVD Box Set

5 December 2013 (updated 7 December) by Michael Christopher

Available from:
Amazon UK [NTS & Canada format]
Amazon USA

It’s been a big week for Queen fans as guitarist Brian May said in an interview that there was much more recordings of late frontman Freddie Mercury in the vaults than previously thought. If not for a complete album, there is enough material for, according to May, “at least a few tracks.” This is in addition to a handful of duets with Michael Jackson that Mercury performed yet have been unheard by the public but are due to be released soon.

In the meantime, there is a six DVD set of Queen’s highlight performances which include “Live at Wembley Stadium: 25th Anniversary Edition,” “Queen Rock Montreal,” “On Fire: Live at the Bowl” and “Live In Rio.”

Exclusive to this package, “Live In Rio” features the band performing at the “Rock In Rio” festival in January 1985. Dazzling 250,000 fans, the setlist includes such favorites as “Seven Seas of Rhye” and “Liar,” while spotlighting five songs from “The Works,” which they were supporting at the time.

“Live at Wembley Stadium: 25th Anniversary Edition” was originally released as a separate earlier this year and features two sell-out shows at London’s famed Wembley Arena in 1986. This DVD includes the bonus film “The Magic Tour,” which features interviews with Brian May and Roger Taylor filmed in 2011, where the members reflect on these historic shows.

“Queen Rock Montreal,” filmed in 1981, was the group’s only concert to be shot on 35mm full cinema format film, an innovative feat as they were the first band to do so. Originally titled, “We Will Rock You,” it was first launched at the Cannes Film Festival in May 1983. North America followed suit in September 1984, making ‘Queen Rock Montreal’ the first commercially available film of Queen in concert.

“On Fire: Live At The Bowl,” which was re-issued on DVD this past May, features Queen in the midst of their 1982 “Hot Space” Tour. Plucked from more than 60 sell-out concerts in the world’s biggest arenas, this show includes a second disc with bonus interviews, a photo gallery, and additional performances from Tokyo and Vienna.

“Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Will Rock You,” “Somebody to Love,” “Under Pressure,” “Another One Bites The Dust,” “Who Wants To Live Forever,” “Radio Ga Ga” and many more Queen classics are all performed across the six DVDs.