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Monday 10 September 2012

Music: Hungarian Rhapsody Queen Live In Budapest 1986

In cinemas on Thursday 20 September
R/T: 115 mins, Cert 12A

Review By Jon Donnis:
First off let me admit that I am a huge Queen fan, I grew up on Queen as my parents were big fans, and when I had the chance to view the "Hungarian Rhapsody" concert remastered in High Definition, I was excited to say the least.

Freddie Mercury was without a doubt one of history's great entertainers, even during the recent 2012 Olympics a simple screen playing a clip of him was enough to get the entire crowd joining in. 

Watching this show, in high definition, with remastered sound, it truly sends shivers down your spine, a magnificent show, which showcased Queen and Freddie Mercury at the unequalled best. All your favourite songs are performed, and watching as 80,000 fans join in is quite incredible. Is there any band or singer today who can perform as well as Queen? I don't think so.

So please I implore you, if you have any kind of rock soul inside you, seek out a cinema showing this concert, and watch and let yourself relive something that truly was amazing. And if you have never seen Queen with Freddie Mercury perform, then this is probably the closest you will be able to get.

Originally filmed in 1986, this momentous concert movie has been re-mastered in high definition and superb 5.1 surround sound for its first–ever digital cinema screening and opens with a special 25 minute documentary feature following legends of rock, Queen, from just after their historic show–stealing performance at Live Aid on 13 July 1985 through the following year leading up to the concert in Budapest. 

As part of the hugely successful 1986 Magic Tour that, poignantly, was the last to be played by Freddie Mercury, Queen were for the first time able to include Hungary on the tour schedule. With three years to go before the fall of the Berlin Wall, this was the largest concert ever staged at the N├ępstadion, Budapest, and the first Western Rock Concert staged in a stadium behind the then Iron Curtain. It was of such significance to the Hungarian authorities and film industry that a group of the country’s top film cameramen and technicians were brought together to film it for posterity. 

Staged for 80,000 ecstatic fans, the concert set includes favourite hits like Bohemian Rhapsody, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, I Want To Break Free and We Are The Champions. The resulting concert movie has been digitally re-mastered for the big screen and is introduced by a documentary feature that gives the inside track on events leading up to the Budapest concert.  Using archive footage from rehearsals, interviews with the band and on the road during the Magic Tour – some of which has never been seen before – this fascinating intro feature has been specially created for the cinema release. 

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