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Queen Rock Montreal + Live Aid - 4K Ultra Blu-ray

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Genres: Music, Documentary
Starring: Queen
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Queen Rock Montreal captures the world's most iconic rock band at the very peak of their live powers. Recorded in 1981 and recently released as a record-breaking digitally restored IMAX concert film, this landmark moment in the band's history is now being released as both double Blu-ray and double 4K Blu-ray packages, plus double CD and triple vinyl packages. Both come May 10th the band has announced.

Queen Rock Montreal presents Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon at their most exciting and exhilarating. As Brian May puts it, this is Queen "live and dangerous."

Queen were on all-conquering form when they returned to Montreal, Canada for the fourth time in November 1981 to play two huge concerts at the 18,000-seat Forum.

This pair of Montreal concerts marked an historic moment for Queen. After their massive success in the 1970s, the band entered the 80s bigger than ever, with the hugely successful The Game album producing their two biggest ever US singles in Another One Bites The Dust and Crazy Little Thing Called Love (both Billboard No.1's), followed by the UK No.1 single Under Pressure.

Queen's return to Montreal came after almost two years of touring, including their very first tours of South and Central America, which saw the band playing two nights at Sao Paulo's Morumbi Stadium to more than 150,000 devoted fans. As a result, when the band arrived in Canada in November 1981 they were in electrifying form.

"Montreal is one of our favourite cities, it's a great audience there, very full of energy," says Brian May. "We'd played this particular venue, The Forum, several times before, and it was always full of really enthusiastic people giving us a lot of energy back."

The original concerts, which took place on November 24 and 25, 1981, were truly ground-breaking. They were arranged specifically to be filmed for a full-length concert film to document their live show. Director Saul Swimmer planned to shoot them using state-of-the-art Double Anamorphic 35mm footage, which allowed it to be projected on a gigantic, five-storey high screen. Backstage tensions between the members of Queen and Swimmer could have caused problems, but instead they propelled the band to new heights.

"We were very, very hyped up, some of the tempos are really fast, there's a lot of really incisive, angry playing," says May. Queen Rock Montreal features a rawer version of the band who had released Bohemian Rhapsody half a decade earlier, showcasing their unparalleled musicianship, soaring vocal power and unstoppable live energy. "There's no one on the stage apart from us," says May.

Says Taylor: "It's fascinating to now realize how free we were on stage in 1981. It's a four piece, just the four of us in Queen, and to see Freddie. It's like being on stage with the band because the cameras are very high quality for the time. I've never seen anything that makes you feel quite so involved with the performance."

From Freddie Mercury's opening cry of "Hello Montreal… long time no see. You wanna get crazy?" through to the thrilling climactic one-two of We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions, the energy rarely lets up – and even then only for signature ballad Love Of My Life.

The powerful vocal acrobatics of Mercury, May's dazzling six-string pyrotechnics, Deacon's rock solid heartbeat bass, Taylor's unstoppable rhythmic display, and not to mention the unique combination of all four voices – Queen Rock Montreal shows the total cohesion and individual strengths of four musicians who were, as Brian May says, "at the top of our game".

Queen Rock Montreal & Live Aid 4K Blu-ray

Posted March 14, 2024 07:32 PM by

Mercury Studios

Mercury Studios has announced that it will release on 4K Blu-ray and Blu-ray Queen Rock Montreal & Live Aid. The two releases will be available for purchase on May 10.

Label description: Queen Rock Montreal captures the world's most iconic rock band at the very peak of their live powers. Recorded in 1981 and recently released as a record-breaking digitally restored IMAX concert film, this landmark moment in the band's history is now being released as both double Blu-ray and double 4K Blu-ray packages, plus double CD and triple vinyl packages. Both come May 10th the band has announced.

Queen Rock Montreal presents Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon at their most exciting and exhilarating. As Brian May puts it, this is Queen "live and dangerous."

Queen were on all-conquering form when they returned to Montreal, Canada for the fourth time in November 1981 to play two huge concerts at the 18,000-seat Forum.

This pair of Montreal concerts marked an historic moment for Queen. After their massive success in the 1970s, the band entered the 80s bigger than ever, with the hugely successful The Game album producing their two biggest ever US singles in Another One Bites The Dust and Crazy Little Thing Called Love (both Billboard No.1's), followed by the UK No.1 single Under Pressure.

Queen's return to Montreal came after almost two years of touring, including their very first tours of South and Central America, which saw the band playing two nights at Sao Paulo's Morumbi Stadium to more than 150,000 devoted fans. As a result, when the band arrived in Canada in November 1981 they were in electrifying form.

"Montreal is one of our favourite cities, it's a great audience there, very full of energy," says Brian May. "We'd played this particular venue, The Forum, several times before, and it was always full of really enthusiastic people giving us a lot of energy back."

The original concerts, which took place on November 24 and 25, 1981, were truly ground-breaking. They were arranged specifically to be filmed for a full-length concert film to document their live show. Director Saul Swimmer planned to shoot them using state-of-the-art Double Anamorphic 35mm footage, which allowed it to be projected on a gigantic, five-storey high screen. Backstage tensions between the members of Queen and Swimmer could have caused problems, but instead they propelled the band to new heights.

"We were very, very hyped up, some of the tempos are really fast, there's a lot of really incisive, angry playing," says May. Queen Rock Montreal features a rawer version of the band who had released Bohemian Rhapsody half a decade earlier, showcasing their unparalleled musicianship, soaring vocal power and unstoppable live energy. "There's no one on the stage apart from us," says May.

Says Taylor: "It's fascinating to now realize how free we were on stage in 1981. It's a four piece, just the four of us in Queen, and to see Freddie. It's like being on stage with the band because the cameras are very high quality for the time. I've never seen anything that makes you feel quite so involved with the performance."

From Freddie Mercury's opening cry of "Hello Montreal… long time no see. You wanna get crazy?" through to the thrilling climactic one-two of We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions, the energy rarely lets up – and even then only for signature ballad Love Of My Life.

The powerful vocal acrobatics of Mercury, May's dazzling six-string pyrotechnics, Deacon's rock solid heartbeat bass, Taylor's unstoppable rhythmic display, and not to mention the unique combination of all four voices – Queen Rock Montreal shows the total cohesion and individual strengths of four musicians who were, as Brian May says, "at the top of our game".

DOUBLE 4K BLU-RAY AND BLU-RAY PACKAGES DESCRIPTION

As never before seen, the package presents this historic performance for the first time in 4K with Dolby Atmos sound to experience rock & roll royalty with Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor, and John Deacon as they take to the stage in this historic and exhilarating live concert from 1981.

The 35mm original negative has been scanned to ensure the highest possible resolution, which was then examined frame by frame to remove any dirt, damage or splices to enhance the sharpness and quality of the picture.

"I can't think of any other record of our shows in which you are so intimately in contact with Freddie," says May. "You can almost see everything that's going on in his head, you can see his anger, you can see his insecurity, you can see his consciousness that he can move people right to the back of the auditorium. To me, it's very emotional. Oh my God, he was good." For the first time ever, the concert will be presented in both full-frame and widescreen formats. The full-screen aspect ratio echoing more closely the way the film was originally shot, and the widescreen being a carefully cropped alternative presentation to fill the 16:9 ratio. In addition, the 4K Blu-ray release also has SDR / HDR dynamic range options.

In addition to Montreal, this package includes the most famous 21 minutes in rock & roll history – Queen's electric performance at Live Aid, upscaled to high definition for the first time ever and with brand-new stereo, 5.1 and Dolby Atmos sound mixes, along with Freddie Mercury & Brian May performing "Is This The World We Created…?" later that evening.

Now, these double CD/triple vinyl LP and Double Blu-ray or double 4K Blu-ray packages bring an entirely new dimension to this iconic slice of Queen history.

"You see four young guys, we've already been around the world a lot of times, we've sold a lot of records, we've had a lot of hits, we know how to play with each other," says Brian May of Queen Rock Montreal."I feel proud of who we were at the time."

Taylor echoes the sentiment: "It's so satisfying to look at our younger selves in explosive action after all these years!" The enduring power of Queen Rock Montreal was confirmed earlier in 2024, when a digitally remastered version of the film released exclusively in IMAX theatres became the most successful IMAX concert film ever, reaching a record-breaking £5.5M globally and surpassing Talking Heads' Stop Making Sense and The Beatles' Get Back documentary.

CONTENT

DISC ONE - 4K BLU-RAY

Queen Rock Montreal (full frame version) SDR/HDR

1. Intro

2. We Will Rock You (fast)

3. Let Me Entertain You

4. Play The Game

5. Somebody To Love

6. Killer Queen

7. I'm In Love With My Car

8. Get Down Make Love

9. Save Me

10. Now I'm Here

11. Dragon Attack

12. Now I'm Here (reprise)

13. Love Of My Life

14. Under Pressure

15. Keep Yourself Alive

16. Drum & Timpani Solo

17. Guitar Solo

18. Crazy Little Thing Called Love

19. Jailhouse Rock

20. Bohemian Rhapsody

21. Tie Your Mother Down

22. Another One Bites The Dust

23. Sheer Heart Attack

24. We Will Rock You

25. We Are The Champions

26. God Save The Queen

PLUS: Queen Rock Montreal Commentary from Brian May & Roger Taylor

Live Aid:

1. Bohemian Rhapsody

2. Radio Ga Ga

3. Hammer To Fall

4. Crazy Little Thing Called Love

5. We Will Rock You

6. We Are The Champions

7. Is This The World We Created…?

DISC TWO - 4K BLU-RAY

Queen Rock Montreal (widescreen version) SDR/HDR

1. Intro

2. We Will Rock You (fast)

3. Let Me Entertain You

4. Play The Game

5. Somebody To Love

6. Killer Queen

7. I'm In Love With My Car

8. Get Down Make Love

9. Save Me

10. Now I'm Here

11. Dragon Attack

12. Now I'm Here (reprise)

13. Love Of My Life

14. Under Pressure

15. Keep Yourself Alive

16. Drum & Timpani Solo

17. Guitar Solo

18. Crazy Little Thing Called Love

19. Jailhouse Rock

20. Bohemian Rhapsody

21. Tie Your Mother Down

22. Another One Bites The Dust

23. Sheer Heart Attack

24. We Will Rock You

25. We Are The Champions

26. God Save The Queen

PLUS: Queen Rock Montreal Commentary from Brian May & Roger Taylor

Bonus: Live Aid Rehearsal:

Bohemian Rhapsody

Radio Ga Ga

Hammer To Fall

Release Details

Movie Release Year: 1981
Tech Specs & Release Details

Specs: 2 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
Video Resolution/Codec: 2160p/HEVC / H.265 HDR10
Aspect Ratio(s): 1.78:1, 1.33:1
Audio Formats: English Dolby Atmos, English: Dolby TrueHD 7.1 , English LPCM 2.0, English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles/Captions: English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch