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Queen: We Will Rock You
DTS/Dolby Digital
Genre: Stage Performance

Reviewed In Issue 56 (Jan 2002) Of Widescreen Review®

Queen (Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor, John Deacon)

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: 4
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Includes a band biography, a trivia game, a discography, photo gallery, and Queendom: a map of the studios, fan club, former homes, and other locations connected with the band.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Pioneer Artists
(Catalog Number): 11554
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $29.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 97
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1982
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 10/30/01
(THX® Digitally Mastered): Yes

 Credits Information

(Director): Saul Swimmer
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Special Notes:
Also available in a PCM/Dolby Digital 5.1 edition (#11555/$24.98).

Story Synopsis:
Queen fans will have a

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced widescreen DVD (no indication on jackets) takes the viewer back to 1982, with vivid images that are sharp and nicely detailed, though sometimes the picture appears slightly smeared. Colors are nicely saturated and well balanced. The picture is incredibly smooth and clean, with no distracting artifacts. There is infrequent shimmering noticed in the finer details. Originally shot for MobileVision special venue presentation on massive 60' x 80' screens, the images have been carefully reframed in 1.78:1 widescreen. (Suzanne Hodges)

The 5.1-channel remastered soundtracks deliver an engrossing sonic experience, with consistent, heightened utilization of the spatial soundstage. Fidelity is rather respectable, considering the age of the original recording. The surrounds are prominent throughout, and sub-25Hz activity can be noticed, an apparent result of enhancing the low-end. The .1 LFE is certainly active for this soundtrack. This audio presentation is commendable for offering the aggressive, loud nature of a Queen concert, while not sounding overly bright or strident. The DTS