Updated: Feb 12, 2019
20 FRAME SHOTS
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