Queen: Days of Our Lives Blu-ray Review

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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Video Codec: AVC/MPEG-4
  • Resolution: 1080i/60
  • Audio Codec: English LPCM 2.0 Stereo (48kHz/16-bit)
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Region: ABC (Region-Free)
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 221 Mins.
  • Discs: 1 (1 x Blu-ray)
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Entertainment
  • Blu-ray Release Date: January 31, 2012
  • List Price: $19.98

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Overall
[Rating:4/5]
The Film
[Rating:4.5/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:3.5/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:2/5]

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The Film

[Rating:4.5/5]

Longtime Queen fans will most likely know most of the details touched on in this two-part documentary covers the band from 1970 to the present, with brand new interviews by Roger Taylor and and Brian May. It is anchored by archival performance footage from around the world and breaks down, in the band members’ own words, each period of the band, from the early days of struggle through their breakthrough with “Bohemian Rhapsody” on which, after hearing it before release, Elton John commented “Are you off your head? You’ll never get that played.”

But get it played they would, and at one point, Queen would be one of, if not the biggest, band in the world, breaking through on multiple charts with their mega-hit “Another One Bites the Dust” even while punk rock and New Wave were tearing down the former, self-indulgent monster acts of the past, where Queen was at the upper echelons.

Queen: Days of Our Lives arrives in time to celebrate the 40th anniversary of this iconic rock act, and features clips of Queen performing live with David Bowie, their first music video for “Bohemian Rhapsody” among many other memorable moments in their career, such as the Live Aid performance.

Video Quality

[Rating:4/5]

With its 1080i/60 AVC encodement, Queen: Days of Our Lives looks about as good as a documentary can given it is sourced mostly from pretty poor quality archival video and film footage. What little true high definition imagery there is, mainly the interview sequences, looks strong enough with natural flesh tones and only small amounts of video noise.

Audio Quality

[Rating:3.5/5]

Only a LPCM 2.0 Stereo (48kHz/16-bit) soundtrack is provided that does provide clean dialogue and a good enough presentation of the brief snippets of Queen’s music, although the high frequencies could have been a little cleaner and more “airy” sounding.

Supplemental Materials

[Rating:2/5]

Additional video, footage, and interview segments round out the disc and should appease fans looking for even more Queen material.

The supplements:

  • Additional Video
  • Additional Scenes
  • Bonus Interviews

The Definitive Word

Overall:

[Rating:4/5]

A must see for rock and roll fans and a fitting epitaph for the late great Freddy Mercury, Queen: Days of Our Lives is the most in depth documentary of this band to come along. Some things could have been explored with a bit more depth, but this will still be at the top of the list given it is the story as told by Queen and their colleagues, rather than anyone else.

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BestBuy.com:
Queen: Days of Our Lives -

Purchase Queen: Days of Our Lives on Blu-ray at CD Universe

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Overall
[Rating:4/5]
The Film
[Rating:4.5/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:3.5/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:2/5]

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