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Classic Queen (1992)

Video  -  Documentary | Biography | Music  -  13 October 1992 (USA)
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The 2nd U.S. installment of Queen's music videos
2 June 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

A Kind Of Magic - Interesting video. Brian, Roger, and John play hobos, and along comes Freddie the magician who uses his magic powers to change Brian, Roger, & John into clean people and musicians. Includes vivid computer-generated animation. Directed by Russel Mulcahy. The only video to feature Brian May with facial hair (in this case, a mustache).

Bohemian Rhapsody - This is the "Wayne's World" version. Includes bits from the original BoRhap video, some concert footage from Earls Court in 1976 and Wembley Stadium in 1986, and of course clips from the "Wayne's World" movie. The ending shot of Queen is from the intro of their "One Vision" video. Original version directed by Bruce Gowers, but I think Penelope Spherris directed this version.

Under Pressure - Interesting video. Neither Queen not David Bowie were in this video as they had other committments at the time. Most clips are from the silent movies era, but there are a few clips of lots of explosions and then-recent developments in the world concerning war. Directe by David Mallett.

Hammer To Fall - A Queen performance video shot before one of their concerts from their 1984 "The Works" tour. Directed by David Mallett.

Stone Cold Crazy - Not quite a performance video, but most of the footage is of Queen's performance of the song at a 1974 concert at The Rainbow Theatre in London. Directed by ? (possibly The Torpedo Twins, aka DoRo).

One Year Of Love - A clip video featuring clips of Queen videos, Queen concerts, Freddie Mercury videos (especially "I Was Born to Love You" and "Made In Heaven"), and clips from the "Highlander" movie. Directed by DoRo (The Torpedo Twins).

Radio Ga-Ga - Interesting video featuring clips of Fritz Lang's classic 1927 silent film masterpiece "Metropolis". Also features the now-famous clapping chorus. Word is that the extras (the fans, who were recruited from the Queen Fan Club) got the clapping part "down pat" almost immediately, but it took a while for Queen to get it right. Video is also known for John Deacon's "planet-sized afro"...you have to see the afro to believe it. Directed by David Mallett.

I'm Going Slightly Mad - Video was shot in B/W in order to hide the fact that Freddie Mercury was dying of AIDS. Mercury also wore tons of makeup, most likely to hide any Karposi's sarcoma spots. Mercury wore two wigs in this video : a black wig and a banana wig. Features Brian May in a penguin costume. Also includes a real penguin who took a dump on the leather sofa. And includes a man in a gorilla suit (rumored to be Elton John). Directed by DoRo.

I Want It All - Performance video shot in Los Angeles. The first video to feature Freddie with a 1980s George Michael-style beard (rumor is he grew the beard because he was getting black spots on his face from his disease). Directed by Davis Mallett.

Tie Your Mother Down - A performance video shot before a concert in Nassau, Bahamas...no crowd in this one. Directed by Bruce Gowers.

The Miracle - Interesting performance video featuring 4 young boys performing as the members of Queen. Even the young Freddie, a then-unknown Ross McCall, looked the part, complete with a wig and leotards (for 1970s Freddie) and the infamous mustache (for 1980s Freddie). The real members of Queen show up in the end. After the kids finished their take, Freddie Mercury asked them if they would tour for the band as Queen's touring days ended 3 years prior. Directed by DoRo.

These Are The Days Of Our Lives - Inferior to the original British version. Includes parts of the original British video and animation from the Buena Vista company. Directed by DoRo.

One Vision - Basically footage of Queen recording the song at Musicland Studios in Germany. The first Queen video to be directed by DoRo.

Keep Yourself Alive - Includes footage of a Queen "lipsync" performance on "The old Grey Whistle Test" and vintage clips of a Harry S. Truman campaign ad. Directed by ?

Headlong - A cross between a performance video, an in-the-studio video, and a music video. Includes a performance part, an in-the-studio part, and an original part of Queen lying in some bookshelf-type thing parallel to the floor. Directed by DoRo.

Who Wants To Live Forever - A performance video featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Featuring almost 1,000 candles, a boys' choir, Freddie in a tux, Roger Taylor in casual clothing (and rumored drunk), and John Deacon playing a double bass (bass fiddle). Directed by David Mallett.

The Show Must Go On - Clip video including footage from concerts and recent videos such as "Scandal", "The Invisible Man", "The Miracle", "I Want It All", "Breakthru", and "Innuendo". Among the clips from videos are clips from the music video "Back Chat" which is not availale on any official Queen video (rumored to by on a "bootleg" video of Queen videos). Directed by DoRo.


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