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Freddie Mercury Tribute, The (Queen +: The Freddie Mercury Tribute)
Genre: Stage Performance

Reviewed In Issue 69 (Feb 2003) Of Widescreen Review®

Queen (Brian May, Roger Taylor, John Deacon), David Bowie, Gary Cherone, Roger Daltrey, John Deacon, Joe Elliott, James Hatfield, Ian Hunter, Tony Tommi, Elton John, Annie Lenox, Brian May, George Michael, Liza Minnelli, Robert Plant, Mick Ronson, Axl Rose, Seal, Slash, Lisa Stansfield, Roger Taylor, Paul Young & Zucchero

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 5
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Special Features
Occasionally an icon will pop up during viewing that, when selected, gives the viewer the option of watching behind-the-scenes footage related to that performance. Special features on Disc Two of this two-disc release start with a 56-minute chaptered documentary about the tribute and how it was assembled. There is also a

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Capitol Records
(Catalog Number): 4 90162-9-3
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
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(Retail Price): $24.98
(DVD Type): Two-Disc Set / DVD-9 x 2
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 106
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1992/2002
(Theatrical Release): No
(Direct-To-Video Release): Yes
(DVD Release Date): 11/26/02
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): David Mallet
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
"The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert For AIDS Awareness" took place in 1992 and featured a line-up of music superstars paying homage to the late Freddie Mercury with the remaining members of Queen. From

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD opens with classic footage of Freddie Mercury that, thankfully, does not set the bar for the concert footage. Image quality throughout the concert is pleasantly clean. Images can be sharp and detailed, though, depending on the camera and the angle, shots of the full stage can be wanting in definition and clarity. Under the stage lighting, images can also appear smeared. Colors are rich and nicely balanced. Shimmering details and aliasing problems are noticed on occasion. While varying image quality is to be expected from a concert, particularly this one, which has been reframed from its original broadcast format, this DVD is surprisingly satisfactory for 10-year-old footage. (Suzanne Hodges)