Queen - The DVD Collection: Live At Wembley Stadium (Two Disc Set)  -
A complete concert of one of the best bands live, Queen Live at Wembley Stadium is the record of one remarkable summer night in 1986. This really was history in the making: no-one, except possibly Freddie Mercury, could have guessed that the band would only ever play two more concerts in the UK and would never return to Wembley.
Director Gavin Taylor's omnipresent cameras, including stunning aerial views, also remind us of the glories of the now-defunct stadium and its signature towers, such a perfect venue for Queen's epic staging, with their massive video screen and dazzling light show.
The second night playing to a capacity crowd saw the band at the peak of their form, riding high on the popular success of their recent string of hits: "A Kind of Magic", "I Want to Break Free", "Radio Ga Ga" and "One Vision" all feature here alongside earlier favourites from "Seven Seas of Rhye" through "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "We Will Rock You" to "Another One Bites the Dust" and "Under Pressure". In short, a veritable greatest hits collection--all performed with larger-than-life gusto, boundless exuberance and impeccable musicianship. In a period when most new bands were content to mime along to weedy synthesised backing tracks, Queen were simply bigger, bolder and a whole lot more fun than anyone else. Freddie Mercury's extraordinary stage presence is likely to remain forever unsurpassed.
On the DVD: Queen Live at Wembley Stadium is a superb memento of this memorable night. Disc 1 contains the entire Saturday gig (almost two hours) remastered in vivid DTS 5.1 or PCM Stereo. The second disc collects both contemporary and brand-new material, including new interviews with Brian May and Roger Taylor. "A Beautiful Day" is a good documentary made at the time. More exciting is the wealth of unseen footage, both from the Friday night show and the band in rehearsal. There are "Queen Cam" views of each band member, and a photo gallery. Most poignant is a time-lapse short, "Wembley Towers", showing the philistine destruction of these national monuments. It's a fitting epitaph for this great live band. --Mark Walker
Customer reviews (av rating: 5.0):
awesome : Revisited this after quite a few years and had forgotten quite how good a live Band Queen were. Over 20 years old now, this show seems as relevant today as it was groundbreaking then. A year after LiveAid, Queen really let rip at Wembley - they raised the bar on what a live show should look like and nothing and no one have come close since.
Freddie is GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : The DVD is unbelievable. Have watched it once and can't cope with the performance from Queen. The whole thing lasts a few hours with almost 20 songs. When one goes to a Madonna performance now-a-days one is lucky getting 10 songs. Queen is Simply the best!!!!!!!!!
How to hold a live audiance! : Whether you like Queen or not, this is simply one of the best if not the best live performances of all time. The band is great and Freddie Mecury gives a lesson to any front man on how to hold the crowd in the palm of your hand. Okay the people attending the gig wanted to see Queen and to a man and woman were probably big fans but still......fantastic charisma, a stage performer at the peak of his powers with a voice not since matched by anyone that I have ever heard. And to the reviewer on this page who goes on about the technical quality of this DVD.......get a life!!!
The best! : This is one of the best if not the best concert i have ever witnessed, there is so much life and energy in terms of performance and in terms of music.
Everyone knows the songs, some maybe you don't but they compliment each other in a great way. There were songs that i kept playing again and again. Especially Brian May's guitar solo!!
May and Taylor should be ashamed : I was absolutely appalled by the video quality of this DVD. For starters it's 4:3 which is pathetic for what was supposed to have been the "biggest rock concert stage EVER at the time" and what's worse is that the video quality is grainy throughout. The camera on John Deacon is the worst, you can barely see a thing through a Deacon shot.
This is a LOUSY tribute to Freddy and May/Taylor should be ashamed of themselves. When Olivia Harrison can re-release the 1971 Concert Fpor banglaDesh in 16:9, what exactly was Queen's problem for a concert that was shot in 1986?!!!
To cap it all there is an interview with the film maker on the second DVD and he goes on and on about what a great job he did! Taylor and May should watch the Eagles Farewell Tour II to understand how good DVD picture quality can be and that is all night shots when this concert took place mostly in bright daylight!!!!
The only thing that kept me from destroying this DVD is the music which is simply awesome.
Now, May/Taylor will re-release this concert AGAIN, this time in 16:9 with digital crisp picture quality and a DTS mix and guess what? Suckers like us will go buy it again.
They never deserved you Freddy. Deacon is the only one who emerges from this with some credit because he refused to be involved in this crappy rip off of a project and that probably explains the atrocious pictuire quality on the Deacon shots!
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