We Will Rock You: Queen Live in Concert (Video 1982) Poster

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Almost as good as seeing them live..
Megamike9 March 2000
I saw Queen live in 1980 and this concert is so close to what I saw which is great, when this video first was released it was only a 60 min version missing such great songs like Another One Bites The Dust, We Are The Champions, and a few others, but when in 1992 it was re-released as "The Complete Concert" with NO Omissions, gee, then why in 1998 or 1999 when Pioneer Released it it had another song on it that isn't on the first one. who knows, but this last version is without a doubt THE GREATEST Live video by Queen so far.
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Queen at the Peak of Their Game
Dolemike-214 June 2002
This is an arena concert performed in Montreal in the early 80's. At the time, Queen were riding high on the success of their album The Game; their peak of popularity in North America. The problem is, the crowd isn't as responsive as European crowds, and if you watch Live at Wembley '86 or listen to Live Killers, you'll see how into the show the crowd can be. So on this level, the crowd disappoints, because it seems they are there because Queen is the band of the day. Nonetheless, their popular anthems get a good spark from the crowd, and the performance is great because you get some songs performed live that were taken out of the set on later tours. So if you're in it for the music, this is a great show. If you want to see a huge concert, go to Wembley.
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Good Concert.
Funkypizza20018 January 2003
This is one of Queen's early concerts. They play most of their songs from "Queen" to "The Game." They also add in "Jailhouse Rock" "Under Pressure" and two different versions of "We Will Rock You." This is one to watch, i recommend it.
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Queen Rocks
Desertman8419 September 2012
Warning: Spoilers
We Will Rock You is a concert film by English band Queen. It was filmed in Montreal,Quebec,Canada at the Montreal Forum on November 24 and 25, 1981.

The band perform the definitive versions of all of their greatest hits such We Will Rock You,Bohemian Rhapsody,Another One Bites The Dust,We Are The Champions,Keep Yourself Alive,Somebody to Love,Killer Queen,Under Pressure,Crazy Little Thing Called Love,We Are the Champions,God Save the Queen and many more.

Watch this concert and it is one of the best Queen has ever performed.It will make you truly appreciate both their music and their legend.
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Freddie at his best
Craig Johnston24 June 2005
Being quite a Queen fan but never having had the chance to see them live, I jump at the opportunity to see one of their concerts on DVD.

It's great to see a straight forward rock concert with just the four band members on stage.

It is definitely the best live performance I have seen from Freddie, and of course the rest of the band rocks.....

Picture quality and 4:3 leaves a bit to be desired, but hey it was the 80's.

The 5.1 mix is great.

A concert not to be missed.
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Mid-Period Queen's Most Excellent Showcase...
AudioFileZ6 February 2007
A review is just the opinion of the author...So please do not be upset if mine and yours differ as neither is defacto, but each is, hopefully, interesting. That said, here goes...

I always use "Under Pressure as a dividing line separating early and later Queen, therefore the few years around it is what I refer to as Mid-Period Queen. This concert in 1981 in Montreal fits into that time frame. It's a good time to see them as they are still growing, however they've already achieved major success worldwide. With almost a dozen "hits" to their credit (and "misses" that were not bad either) even casual fans would come away from a Queen show quite impressed. So, we have a setting for a good mid-period Queen showcase.

The show starts out with a much changed tempo, and stripped down, version of "We Will Rock You". It works and I think years later The Eagles must have noticed as they did the same thing rearranging "Hotel California" on "Hell Freezes Over" DVD. What follows is basically a fairly spirited concert version of their hits. It's clear in short order you are watching a very tight band with an extremely unique sound which is in no small order due to the charismatic Freddie Mercury. Freddie Mercury is no cookie cutter front man, he's equal parts Opera, Broadway, Vegas, and Rock. His persona carries the energy with his band-mates providing a solid backup. Speaking of the band: Brian May has the super distorto-crunch chording and saccharine coated double tracked leads that are as indigenous to Queen's sound as Mercury's bombastic vocals. I see May here as not a master guitarist, but a master sound-scapist. What many casual fans will be surprised to witness here is the fact that Roger Taylor was as important as May in the Queen "wall of sound". Mr. Taylor is like a Keith Moon with more control...Plus, he is one heck of an excellent vocalist. Yes, Roger Taylor could have been a front-man as he sings better than Phil Collins for instance. You'll be amazed at just what a big piece of the Queen sound Roger is responsible for, excellent! As for John Deacon, well he's Bill Wymann which is to say boring and but good to the point of being invisible. 2/3'rds the way through the only thing occurs which is out of place, mind you not at show you're physically at, but in the context of a video concert. What am I talking about? Well the obligatory Kettle Drum Solo of course! Seriously, there is a drum solo that segues into a kettle drum solo that culminates with a guitar solo. It's all "noodling" and it's boring in the confines of home video. It is the only break in an otherwise excellently paced DVD. And speaking of the DVD we must address the sound and the video quality. Keep in mind the finest home set up at the time had a VHS-HiFi deck with about 240 (best case) veritcal lines of resolution with a 4:3 aspect ratio and audio that likely had artifacts from helically scanned FM-modulated sound which, though capable of a good frequency range, still sucked when reproduced from mass produced video cassettes. So, what I'm saying is the DVD is a revelation. Video quality is great! It's been converted to 16:9 aspect ratio and it really rocks. The film frames must have been individually tweaked to remove all imperfections while retaining the soft warm quality of analog film. For a 1981 filmed concert the lighting was amazing. Most concert videos of the period were so dark you couldn't turn the brightness/contrast high enough to resolve detail...Not a problem here as this concert is clear and well lighted throughout. I thank the director for that as he correctly understands this is tantamount to the home viewer's enjoyment. As for the sound, well apart from some hard pans of various instruments to mimic the camera's position (common in all 80's and many 90's concert videos) it, too, is great. Sounds warm in a very analog way, but it's with clarity and good upper treble air. I listened on very revealing Martin-Logan electrostatic speakers and I'm happy to report I heard the metallic attack of the cymbals and the upper harmonics very well indeed. Good original sound, and even more importantly very well remastered here.

As you can tell I recommend this concert to both the casual and die-hard Queen fan. The production is solid but very low key due to no slickness or over-the-top special effects. Refreshingly straightforward. I'd go further and include even the non-fan as well since the songs are accessible and eminently listen-able, plus Freddie Mercury is a spectacle that Rock is not likely to see anytime soon again. "We Will Rock You" does his legacy justice. To close it's poignant that ten years later (to the day this Montreal show was recorded many say) Freddie Mercury passed away. Most folks still did not know he was gay at the point of this show. You do see that he was no longer playing up his masculinity but was the more ambiguous cabaret persona which was really him...Just a very flamboyant singer who in another era might have been Rudi Vallee. This stuff is a great time capsule of a great band...Miss it at your own peril!
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Best live show film ever
gil_jade-128 August 2009
Well what can I say ? This film is amazing and Queen is amazing here. The crowd kinda sucks though but it does no detract from the viewing pleasure. And what pleasure it is ! You must , and I repeat must , in this day and age get the Blue-ray. Previous comments before 2007 I guess complained about the poor video quality in the DVD, but the Blue-Ray shows other unsung heroes (at least on the IMDb comments) of this show, and those are the director and also the cinematographer. I really feel that the cinematography here is exceptional, and probably the best one I have yet seen of a live show film. In my view this concert and cinematography are much better than Scorsese's Last Waltz. Freddy just seems so alive and close, and the lighting and colors are as dazzling as the music and performance is. Other people here already commented how good the show is, and Queen are of course legendary, but to this I just have to add - You absolutely must watch this on BlueRay (Or the film theater) otherwise justice would not be done. I give this film a solid 10/10 ....
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Excellent Concert
clucko30 November 2005
Queen is my favorite band, and this was an excellent concert. It was charged from the beginning to the end, including a version of Jailhouse Rock that was almost just as good as Elvis Presley's. Freddy's common eccentric and charismatic acting was as evident here as in any performance he gave. At about 2/3 of the way through, there's a drum and guitar solo, so All the members could take a break. But the guitar solo is good (Brian is no Jimi Hendrix or Eric Clapton, but he is still a very skilled guitarist nonetheless), and i thought the drum solo left a touch to be desired (Sorry Roger, i respect you, but it just seemed partially lacking. But he was performing hard throughout the entire concert). This was an early concert of theirs, and i own it on DVD. Well worth the $15 it cost me, but i bought it at Fry's, and they aren't a discount house for movies. If you have never heard of Queen (god forbid... just think of We Are The Champions and We Will Rock You and Bohemian Rhapsody (Wayne's World). That was them), but you like AC/DC or Aerosmith, or heavy metal/classic rock at all, Queen is well worth checking out.

P.S. I know this is terribly written, but i'm sick, so don't bother me :p
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Great music, but...
spielhaug11 October 2002
What a great collection of classic Queen songs!!! It's a pleasure to listen to, indeed! But I say listen, because the picture quality is not quite up to standards. But close Your eyes, it's the music You want, isn't it?
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Great Concert
abababab4125 December 2000
I thoroughly enjoyed this concert. If you want something a little more polished, view "Rock in Rio" or "Live in Wembley". This concert certainly demonstrates the dynamic vocals of Freddie Mercury aided by a brilliant band consisting of Roger Taylor, Brian May, and John Deacon.
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Queen at their very best.
beker_a2 September 2000
Freddie, Brian, Roger and John performing live some of their greatest songs ever; worldwide smash hits such as 'Bohemian Rhapsody' and 'Another One Bites the Dust' along tender ballads such as 'Love of My Life'. Whether you're a Queen fan or not, you will probably be rocked by the wonderful compositions, the band members playing skills and, of course, Freddie Mercury's fabulous voice. Directed by Saul Swimmer in late 1981, this video gives you a good example of how humble but enjoyable rock shows used to be, before the age of giant video screens and dozens of background dancers. Music lovers, don't miss this one.
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Totally Awesome!!!
ladyace450020 April 2002
I first watched this on video with my cousin, then found the DVD, and had to have it!! It shows Queen well at the peak of perfection. Every song sounded great. I have been a Queen fan for most of my life and miss Freddie's talent and his unique voice.
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Jonathan Horner14 July 2000
Queen are quite simply the best rock group ever. "WE Will Rock You" is one example of how good Queen really were. Performed in the early 80's this concert rocks so much. I've been a Queen fan all my life and this concert has always been one of my favorites but I still think Queens "Live at Wembley 86" was their best concert.

Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon, brung the house down in this brilliant concert, Queen are real quality.

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The Ultimate Irony
scoonman8 November 2005
The concert footage that was used for the majority of this video was taken in Montreal on November 28th, 1981. Freddy died on November 28th, 1991. Talk about irony. Ten years to the day, he passed. Amazing talent that passed too soon. I never got a chance to see Queen live due to the fact that by the time I had disposable income for concerts, they had stopped touring America. I still think their last album, Innuendo, was Freddys strongest. Amazing since he recorded it as he way only months away from dying. I have read a ton of books on the band and this tour had those incredible lights which the band called the "pizza oven" lights. The one thing I found odd was the fact that Queen opened the show with "we will rock you", (a sped up version), and then played the regular version as either a show closer or encore.
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Decent Queen concert
KenB-213 May 1999
This is a decent concert performance of Queen while they were still a great band. The material covers all their pre-1981 material, including such classics as "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "Tie Your Mother Down". However, the lack of spontaneity and improvision during the songs makes it a bit dull after a while. My rating (7 out of 10)
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