Blu-ray review by David Blackwell
DETAILS: 135 minutes, complete movie live aid performance, making-of featurettes, trailers, DVD, digital copy
VIDEO: 2.39:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen) 1080p High Definition
AUDIO: English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, English 2.0 Dolby Digital, English 5.1 Descriptive Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Digital,
Spanish 5.1 DD
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
STUDIO: 20th Century Fox/ New Regency Pictures/ GK Films/ Queen Films LTD
RELEASE DATE: 2-12-2019
Signer Freddie Mercury and the music of Queen are iconic to rock and roll with the wide range of music they did. Freddie
was a crazy music genius/ bisexual/ crazy cat person who got AIDS (due to too many partners) and eventually died from it,
but he and Queen left quite a musical legacy with songs like Bohemian Rhapsody, We Will Rock You, We Are the Champions, the
FLASH GORDON soundtrack, and songs for the soundtrack of HIGHLANDER. BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY (with the cooperation of the members
of Queen) has created a great biopic that chronicles the birth of Queen to their performance at Live Aid in the mid-1980s.
Rami Malek is fantastic as signer Freddie Mercury. The movie uses the actual Queen songs and the actors learned how to play
the musical instruments so the performance in the music scenes didn't come off as fake. Queen members Brian May and Roger
Taylor even lent actual instruments and costumes from the band to the production. The production did have its problems with
director Bryan Signer being fired during production after he sometime failed to show and his erratic behavior (and clashes
with cast and crew). Cinematographer Newton Thomas Sigel stepped in to finish directing the movie and the movie still comes
out as a great movie because everyone stepped up to make it shine. Just think of how different this biopic would have been
if Baron Sacha Cohen played Freddie Mercury, but that film version crashed after director Stephen Frears left the project
due to creative differences with Brian May and Roger Taylor. However, BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY captures the essence of Freddie
mercury and the other members of Queen and I can see why it was a worldwide hit in movie theaters.
The complete Live Aid movie performance is presented as an extra on the blu-ray since the movie does edit the performance
down for the theatrical cut.
RAMI MALEK: BECOMING FREDDIE (16:13)- how Rami Malek was cast and how he became the lead singer of Queen for the movie
and he enjoyed putting on all of the different costumes in the movie
THE LOOK AND SOUND OF QUEEN (21:44)- a behind-the-scenes look at how the cast prepared to play the members of Queen down
to having some of the original instruments and costumes. Interviews with the cast, crew, and Queen members Brian May and
RECREATING LIVE AID (19:55)- a look at how they created the Live Aid scene in the movie from building the stage on an
empty airport runway, dressing the extras to play three different people, using CGI to recreate the stadium and using the
computer to replicate the audience members from green screen footage of each extra
Also on the blu-ray are the teaser trailer, theatrical trailer, and final trailer for the movie. Also in this combo pack
is the movie in standard definition on DVD and a code to download and stream a digital copy of the movie.
FINAL ANALYSIS: Despite a change of directors during production (with Bryan Signer still getting director credit), BOHEMIAN
RHAPSODY works as a fantastic movie which mostly works despite it needing to be edited down a little more and the Live Aid
scene being a little off where it should have focused on the performance in the stadium without it cutting away to people
watching it at a pub and at home. The extras are great despite there being the lack of an audio commentary.
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