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“Bohemian Rapsody” 4K HDR frame shots – The full Live Aid performance

Updated: Feb 12, 2019


Actor Rami Malek transforms himself into Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. He's already won a Golden Globe for the role and the clear front runner to win the Academy Award for Best Actor on February 24. (4K frame shots courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment)

July 13, 1985 – London’s Wembley Stadium was packed with 72,000 music fans including Prince Charles and Lady Diana, with 1.7 billion watching around the globe on TV. The biggest names in music gathered in London and Philadelphia: David Bowie, The Who, Dire Straits, Paul McCartney, Sting, U2, Phil Collins, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Joan Baez, Run DMC, Bryan Admas, Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan, The Beach Boys ... to raise money to help relieve a famine in Ethiopia.

It's just before 7 p.m. in London and Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, guitarist Brian May, bassist John Deacon, and drummer Roger Taylor charge onto the massive stage as a followup to Dire Straits performance.

For the next 21-minutes, the British band set the crowd on fire with Mercury's magical performance wearing jeans and a white tank top moving from the piano to his energetic dancing with his signature mic on a stick (a cut-off stand) in hand with his four-octave voice.

Many consider it the greatest live gig of all time. Queen's set included “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Radio Ga Ga,” “Hammer to Fall” (their newest single), “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” and the finale with “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions.”

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment presents on the 4K disc, Blu-ray and streaming sites the complete footage from "Bohemian Rhapsody" of Queen's gig from Wembley. Rami Malek's performance as Mercury is amazing and with John Ottman's Oscar-nominated film editing, you are completely transported to 1985.

The 4K imagery from the Live Aid concert will not disappoint, even though its from a 2K master with a number of VFX shots. The real star is the Dolby Atmos soundtrack featuring a thunderous bass, a full midrange for Mercury's vocals and spacious effects from the height speakers enveloping the room.

The complete "Bohemian Rhapsody" 4K review will be available later this week.

Bill Kelley III, High-Def Watch producer


The Live Aid concert footage opens with a VFX Goodyear blimp shot. Then you’re transport via a long dolly shot into the stadium as Queen walks onto the stage.


Queen opens with “Bohemian Rhapsody”


At the end of “Radio Ga Ga,” Mercury leads the crowd in a vocal improvisation, which later was deemed “the note heard around the world.”


British actor Ben Hardy plays drummer Roger Taylor, American actor Joseph Mazzello as bassist John Deacon and British actor Gwilym Lee as guitarist Brian May.


Queen closes their set with the anthem “We Are The Champions.”



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