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Queen Rock Montreal Unboxing

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, Queen remains one of the biggest and most influential rock bands in music history. This year saw their iconic 1981 Montreal concert film unleashed for the first time in IMAX with newly-mixed Dolby Atmos sound, and this must-own 4K UHD release captures that magnificent restoration for home viewing. Throwing you right on stage with Freddie Mercury and the band, this magnificent film – generously offered here over two discs in different aspect ratios and the choice of HDR and SDR – captures the raw energy of Queen like no other footage, and the work that has been done for the restoration is nothing short of magnificent. As if that wasn’t enough, the band’s celebrated Live Aid appearance is also included in upscaled HD also with Atmos sound. This release is mega for music fans.

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 Ultra High Definition packages, plus double CD and triple vinyl packages.

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.”

Both the 4K UHD and Blu-ray packages will contain two discs in them: Disc one will feature “Rock Montreal” in full frame and the Live Aid performance. Disc two will feature “Rock Montreal” in widescreen and also includes a bonus 11-minute Live Aid rehearsal feature with interviews from the period leading into Live Aid, along with rehearsal footage. The 4K package will feature “Rock Montreal” in both SDR and HDR formats on both discs, to optimize the viewing experience. 

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.

Disc one of the 2x4K package features Queen Rock Montreal in Full Frame screen format, as it was originally intended to be viewed, along with their iconic Live Aid performance, presented for the first time in upscaled HD with Dolby Atmos audio. Disc two presents the Montreal concert in widescreen format, and a behind the scenes featurette composed of Queen rehearsing for Live Aid interspersed with an interview with the band, recorded just prior to Live Aid.  Both screen formats of the 4K version of Queen Rock Montreal can be displayed in either HDR or SDR. The Queen Rock Montreal and Live Aid performances are presented with LPCM Stereo, DTS-HD Master Audio, and, for the first time, Dolby Atmos. Queen Rock Montreal also includes a commentary track recorded by Brian May & Roger Taylor talking discussing the film. 

The double Blu-ray release features Queen Rock Montreal in Full Frame on disc one, as it was originally intended to be viewed, along with their iconic Live Aid performance, presented for the first time in upscaled HD with Dolby Atmos audio. Disc two contains the widescreen format of the concert, along with a behind the scenes featurette composed of Queen rehearsing for Live Aid interspersed with an interview with the band, recorded just prior to Live Aid. The Queen Rock Montreal and Live Aid performances are presented with LPCM Stereo, DTS-HD Master Audio, and, for the first time, Dolby Atmos. Queen Rock Montreal also includes a commentary track recorded by Brian May & Roger Taylor discussing the film.

Bonus Features

  • Audio commentary by Brian May and Roger Taylor
  • Performance footage of Queen rehearsing for Live Aid: Bohemian Rhapsody + Radio Gaga + Hammer To Fall along with a pre-Live Aid interview with the whole band
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