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TropicáliaQueen
The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert (Eagle Rock)

On Easter Monday 20 April 1992 Queen and a stellar cast of rock luminaries performed for a packed Wembley Stadium - and a television and radio audience in 76 countries around the world estimated at close to one billion – a huge show that was both a tribute to the life of the late Queen front-man, Freddie Mercury and an effort to increase public awareness of AIDS (the huge success of the project provided funding for The Mercury Phoenix Trust AIDS charity). Chances are, if you’re a Queen fan, you’ll already have much of this on a worn out VHS tape so here’s your chance to get pretty much the whole thing (Robert Plant nixing some of what he considered to be a poor performance) on DVD or Blu-ray with the addition of a third disc including a documentary and rehearsal footage. Oddly enough one of the best moments here is not a Queen song at all but ‘All The Young Dudes’ featuring Queen, David Bowie, Ian Hunter, Joe Elliott and Mick Ronson and, despite the show being rammed with ‘proper’ rock vocalists like Roger Daltry, the person who really nails the best Queen moment (‘Somebody To Love’) is George Michael.
Ray Harper

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QuadropheniaQuadrophenia
(Universal)

One of the first things that strikes you about this double disc reissue of Quadrophenia, even if you saw it first time around back in the mists of time (oh alright, back in 1979), is just how many fresh faced Brit-pack actors (and the odd fresh faced pop star) feature – alongside Phil Daniels and Leslie Ash are Ray Winstone, Timothy Spall, Michael Elphick, Toyah Wilcox, Sting, and any number of future soap stars. However for you young tykes unaware of the films raison d’etre Quadrophenia is based on the 1973 Who album of the same name, although the music does sound rather tacked on (most of it coming at the end) and, in a nutshell, tips it’s pork pie hat to the bank holiday rucks between mods and rockers at Brighton. Youth rebellion, alienation and shagging standing up are also touched on, the whole thing handled lightly enough by director Frank Roddam. Reasons for picking this up if you already have it on vid include a digitally re-mastered widescreen picture, a new stereo audio track a couple of documentaries, 'A Way Of Life: Making Quadrophenia' and 'On Location With Franc' plus audio commentaries by Franc Roddam, Phil Daniels and Leslie Ash.

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QueenQueen
The Making Of A Night At The Opera: Premium Edition (Eagle Vision)

Part of the Classic Album series, now expanded to include the 30th Anniversary Edition DVD which includes the entire studio album remixed in DTS and PCM with original videos and newly created visuals for all the other songs – and commentary on each track made up from archive interviews, so basically if you love A Night At The Opera – it’s no Sheer Heart Attack but why wouldn’t you love ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, ‘Love Of My Life’, ‘You’re My Best Friend’ or even the spectacularly dopey’ I’m In Love With My Car’ - then this will pretty much be manna from heaven and all you will ever need to own on the subject. Of course the Queen story is probably as well known as their royal namesakes, but there’s still enough trivia, plenty of studio insights and celebrity talking heads to keep you interested. As usual the end result of any Queen documentary leaves you wondering how hard it must be for Roger Taylor and Brian May who never have, and never will, scale such peaks again (John Deacon sensibly left it all whilst still on top).

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