DVD Review: Queen – “Greatest Video Hits 1”

Queen’s Greatest Video Hits 1 is a two disc set, which features the band’s music videos from 1973 to 1980.

Disc one contains the videos for: “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Another One Bites the Dust,” “Killer Queen” (taken from Top of the Pops), “Fat Bottomed Girls,” “Bicycle Race” (a new edit from rediscovered lost footage), “You’re My Best Friend,” “Don’t Stop Me Now,” “Save Me,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” “Somebody to Love,” “Spread Your Wings,” “Play the Game,” “Flash,” “Tie Your Mother Down,” “We Will Rock You,” and “We Are the Champions.”

All of the videos are restored and shown in 16:9 widescreen format, and the audio has been remixed for optimal DTS 5.1 Surround Sound. Disc one also features an option to hear audio commentary from Queen. For me, the audio commentary was rather disappointing, because there were a lot of long, silent spots in the commentary. While I don’t expect talking over a whole video without stopping, I felt there were quite a few silent spots that lasted at least 45 seconds, if not longer.

Disc two features six videos: “Now I’m Here [Live],” “Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy” (from Top of the Pops), “Keep Yourself Alive,” “Liar,” “Love of My Life,” and “We Will Rock You [Fast Live Version].” Also included as a hidden Easter Egg is an alternate edit of the “Bohemian Rhapsody” video; this alternate version includes some rather cheesy-looking CG flames during the opening shot of the video, an alternate angle shot of Freddie at the piano, and more cut aways from Brian during the guitar solo. Personally, I felt that, for the most part, the changes to the video weren’t highly noticeable, and question whether this alternate edit should have even been included on the set.

There is also a documentary called, “Inside the Rhapsody,” with Brian May and Roger Taylor talking about making the “Bohemian Rhapsody” video. Included in the documentary is Brian in a studio sharing the elements from the original audio master tape of “Bohemian Rhapsody”, footage of Brian and Roger accepting an award for “Bohemian Rhapsody” being the #1 British single of all-time, and discussion about how the song became so successful.

Also included on disc two is a picture gallery featuring rare and previously unseen photographs; however, the picture gallery is more like a slide show than a gallery. To me, the documentary was one of the highlights of the set.

It is interesting to note that several of the videos that appear on this set are different from versions released on previously available videocassettes; most notably, “Bicycle Race,” “Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy,” and “Now I’m Here.”

Even with its faults, this set is a good collection of Queen’s early videos. The set will definitely appeal to Queen fans, and it could also serve as a good introduction to Queen’s early work to someone who is not as familiar with the band.

I wrote this review after watching a copy of Queen’s Greatest Video Hits 1 that my husband and I purchased.


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