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Greatest Video Hits [Edizione: Germania]

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3.0 su 5 stelle Great! (Unless You Already Have Earlier Versions) 6 settembre 2012
Di B. Stockwell - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: DVD Acquisto verificato
So, is it time time to trade up, time to get rid of your earlier versions of Greatest Video Hits I & II?

No.

If you don't have your Queen videos then go ahead, have fun discovering what MTV used to be all about before it went "all reality, all the time." For those of you who already have this stuff, you're safe in passing this one by. I mean, sure, if having the "audio remixed for DTS 5.1 Surround Sound" makes you all moist and tingly then, yes, buy these landmark films all over again. But, what about the visuals?

Visually, there's nothing new here at all. "All videos are restored and shown in 16:9 widescreen." Too bad they weren't FILMED that way. The originals were created when televisions were, roughly speaking, square. 4:3 format. Nowadays, widescreen is the standard, so the "restoration team" had four choices:

One: maintain the entire image as it was created, by plunking the original image down "as is," a square in the middle of a rectangle, meaning there's going to be black areas on either side of your widescreen monitor or screen.

Two: stretch the image to fill the screen; this has the unfortunate effect of squishing everything and making things - like musicians and singers - look as if they were filmed on a planet with ten times the gravity of Earth.

Three: chop off the tops and bottoms of the image in a way that destroys its carefully planned look. It's butchery but it WOULD make the square image fit a wide screen.

Four: give viewers the choice to see these films as Queen created them or as stretched/squished/butchered monstrosities.

As in previous releases of Queen's video legacy, the choice was a combination of Option One, Option Two AND Option Three. Mostly, these wonderful creations get the stretched/squished/butchered treatment although, as in "The Invisible Man," someone forgot to chop or squish the film and, Oh My Goodness, we're actually able to see the video as originally filmed, as originally seen, as originally intended by Queen, their directors, designers, and editors.

Even if you've never seen these videos, many of them look wrong. Since the "restorations" are erratic, the films are incredibly inconsistent. Widescreen is followed by flattened images ("It's a Kind of Magic" gives us compressed members of Queen; your brain will struggle to cope with "The Flat Freddie Effect") or something that looks right. Sorta.

Queen's growth from eclectic glam rockers to accomplished rock virtuosos is worth seeing, going from "Killer Queen" to "Radio Ga Ga" to the touching optimism of "The Miracle," filmed two years before Freddie Mercury's death. The arc of their career is made incomprehensible by the random order the videos are presented in. They start with "Bohemian Rhapsody" (1975) then move ahead five years to "Another One Bites the Dust"(1980) and then jump BACK six years to "Killer Queen," a video done the year BEFORE "Bohemian Rhapsody." then we go to '78, '75, '78, '80, '76, '77, '80, '76, '77, '86, '89, '84, '89, back eight years to '81, then back to '89, '86, '89, '84, '89, '82 . . .

You get the idea. There is no pattern, no logic to any of this. Does it matter? Hell, yes! Ignoring thing like hairstyles going out of fashion and coming back into style and Freddie's moustache coming and going, this is like doing a Beatles collection that begins with "Penny Lane," skips to "Hey Jude," jumps to "Yesterday" to "Blackbird" to "Twist and Shout" to "Yellow Submarine" to "A Hard Day's Night," etc., and ending with "Here Comes the Sun." All I can say is, if you absolutely MUST do cocaine or weed, don't let anyone put you in charge of arranging Queen's music in chronological order - that's just ASKING for people to hate you . . . AND the company you work for (Eagle Rock Entertainment).

Fans of Queen (Heck, fans of looking at things!) have complained about the crappy presentation of these videos for years. All that complaining has led to . . . nothing. Eagle Rock Entertainment didn't do a damn thing and I pity any new Queen fans seeing this 2-DVD mess for the first time.

This is straightforward repackaging - as sloppy, lazy, cheap, and greedy as it gets.

Why did I buy it? Because I didn't have a copy of Queen's Greatest Video Hits I. Even with this set, I'm pretty sure I still don't.

"All videos are restored." Yeah. Right. Sure.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Brilliant... nothing less than brilliant 7 marzo 2013
Di J. HARMON - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: DVD Acquisto verificato
My favorite band has long been STYX, as my favorite musician of any and all genre's has always been Tommy Shaw. Other favorite bands have included the Bill Bruford/ Rick Wakeman incarnations of YES, the Terry Kath era CHICAGO and others. Never, would I have included the band QUEEN among them, although I liked several of their songs.

My perception of what constituted this band, in hindsight, was horribly mistaken. Never had I realized that among such pomposity as BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY, ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST and FAT BOTTOM GIRLS, that the band had incredible depth and intellect that far exceeded "MY BEST FRIEND"... until now.

Listening first to many of the lesser known songs (albeit hits in their own rights), the depth of introspection and spirituality just astonished me. Listening then to the commentaries from Brian May and Roger Taylor opened my eyes to the idealogoes, the myths and the truths about some of their music which garnered my respect.

From their, opening my ears to the later albums, I was truly blown away by the sincerity and intelligence of Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon. It almost seems to me that once they decided to share writing credits, that they finally gelled as a single unit (instead of a band of 4 contrasting musicians) and wrote their best music... indisputably their most heart-felt music.

I can now understand the hullabaloo about QUEEN in the late 70's and 1980's and argue along with most QUEEN fans to beleive that QUEEN was the best rock and roll band of that era. JOURNEY, REO SPEEDWAGON, BAD COMPANY and all others just could not hold a candle to QUEEN. STYX in their best years made for great competition, but STYX' best years were few before the band divided into a group of "contrasting musicians." QUEEN carried on until death did they part... and only got better with age.

If you are a true QUEEN fan, you already own this fabulous DVD set (QUEEN's GREATEST VIDEO HITS 1 & 2)... If you are not, YOU OWE IT TO YOURSELF to buy this and see and hear what was best about the so-called arena rock/ progressive rock/ anthemic rock era. QUEEN was far more than their pomposity. They were a genuine, talented band that made great music across many spectrums (which is what I liked best about STYX.)
4.0 su 5 stelle Great source for early Queen videos 21 marzo 2015
Di Pink13Rose - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: DVD Acquisto verificato
It was great having all of their early videos on this set. However, I was disappointed as I didn't realize that it didn't contain ALL of their videos, which was what I was expecting. Is there a Greatest Hits Video II?

Also, while playing the first disk in the set, the video portion started blacking out periodically, sometimes up to 30 seconds at a time. That became very annoying. It doesn't happen with my other pre-recorded DVD's, so I'm wondering if it was the way in which it was transferred to the DVD. It also didn't happen with the second disk in the set. I am considering returning it for that reason.
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5.0 su 5 stelle A great history of Queen 27 dicembre 2012
Di Les Down Under - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: DVD Acquisto verificato
A wonderful collection of Queen's hit videos.

Bought this for my wife's surprise Christmas gift and spent a lot of Christmas morning doing nothing but watching Queen. Most enjoyable and well worth the purchase price
1.0 su 5 stelle Incomplete 23 ottobre 2016
Di ac - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: DVD Acquisto verificato
Audio commentary not playable which is very disappointing


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