By Phyllis Pollack
One of the UKs most unique bands in rock history, Queen, will be featured for more than three hours on two DVDs. Entitled Greatest Video Hits by Queen, the package will be released on August 28 by Eagle Rock Entertainment. It will feature 33 videos.
A worldwide favorite, as evidenced by the audience reaction during the opening ceremony of the Olympics this weekend, Queen’s segment of music got the loudest audience reaction of any British band’s music played, upping even beloved UK groups including The Who and the Rolling Stones.
Upgraded digitally in DTS 5.1 Surround Sound, with added commentary from lead guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, this two-DVD set packages Queen’s pioneering and groundbreaking video history into a seamless whole. With unique sound and visuals, the band made a distinct impression in the genre of glam rock, and held an enthralled audience until the death of lead singer Freddy Mercury, who died from AIDs in 1991.
The band had a “comeback” after Mercury’s death, due to the immortal car scene in the film “Wayne’s World.”
Heavy on the early days, the first disc spotlights Queen in the 1970s, when the music video as an art form began to emerge. It includes the iconic “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Another One Bites The Dust,” “We Will Rock You” and “We Are The Champions,” as well as “Flash,” from the 1980 sci-fi film Flash Gordon. From the freezing backyard shoots of “We Will Rock You” and “Spread Your Wings,” to the visual masterpiece that accompanies “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Queen was already showing off the various ways that they visually wanted to represent their music.
The 1980 years are represented on Disc 2, from 1982’s Hot Space album through 1989’s The Miracle. With the advent of MTV in the US, Queen proved they could be as creative visually as they were on record. The ’84 “Radio Ga Ga” video was hailed by both film and music critics alike for its referencing of the original 1927 cinematic milestone Metropolis by Fritz Lang. From the spoofing of Coronation Street in “I Want To Break Free,” to children replacing the band members in “The Miracle,” Queen put their stamp on the music video in the best way they knew how, offering something fresh and different every time.
From the band’s self-titled 1973 debut to its finale 1995’s Made In Heaven, the band set precedents within rock music that will never be equaled. Singer/songwriter/pianist/guitarist Freddie Mercury (1946-1991), bassist John Deacon, May and Taylor meshed like magic and the results will be seen, heard and deeply felt on August 28.
Eagle Rock will also release the Freddie Mercury documentary The Great Pretender on DVD and Blu-ray September 25.
Eagle Rock Entertainment is the largest producer and distributor of music programming for DVD, Blu-Ray, TV, Audio and Digital Media in the world. Eagle works directly alongside talent to produce top quality, High Definition and 3D programs, both concerts and documentaries, including The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Doors, Jeff Beck, U2, Paul McCartney and Ozzy Osbourne.
Eagle is a Grammy Award winning company and has received over 30 multi-platinum, over 50 platinum and over 90 gold discs, worldwide. Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices in London, New York, Toronto, Paris and Hamburg.