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A Night at the Opera (DTS DVD-Audio)

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  • It’s been well over thirty years since this album came out and I finally bought it for its surround mix. I’ve been missing out on a lot of fantastic music. This album is extraordinary in its own merit, but add the surround mix and you understand what “Queen” really was all about – the entire experience! Sure, “You’re My Best Friend” was a really nice song and “Bohemian Rhapsody” defined an entire generation, but hearing it as it was pieced together in one collage of a musical experience and you’ll understand what the big fuss is all about.

    Capitol Records remixed the 5.1 mix (kudos to Ric Wilson and Jeff Levison along with the entire team). Each and every instrument and vocal is separated and cleaned up to appear from various places around your room. Forget about headphones – get the `feel’. There simply is no `best’ song on this album. Every song is its own masterpiece, but I am partial to the anthemic, “‘39″. God Save the Queen!

    Also, includes “Bohemian Rhapsody” video, lyrics and photo album.

    Posted on February 24, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • How do you review a dvd-audio such as this one?A recording from 1975, yet it sounds as if it were recorded only yesterday. Queen at its best, with Freddie’s piano, Brian’s guitar, Roger’s drums and John’s great bass riffs.The piano and bass guitar sound great, and the vocals arefabulous. I’m afraid the standard CD will be collecting asmuch dust as the LP from now on. Should hollywood recordsplan to release more of these beauties in the future, than it’ll cost me a lot of money yet again to collect them all.For all you Queen fans out there a MUST, for music fans andsound addicts another great demo.

    Posted on February 24, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • They say it plays on all dvd players…or almost all.Typicaly, all dvd-audio discs play on both DTS or Dobly Digital, and at least Dolby Digital. This one only plays on DTS and PCM stereo(which I cannot get the PCM stereo to work)All receivers have both DD and DTS today, but the one I have does not have dts, so it looks like I am going to have to return the disk. I am just warning all of you because it does not make anyone aware of this on the front.1/17/2004 -I got a dvd player that decodes the DTS…This disc sounds awesome. It is one of the few that uses the vocals in the surround speakers. Way Cool! I will change my star rating from 1 to 5, but I will keep the advisor atop so that if you donot have dts, don’t get this disc.

    Posted on February 23, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • If I am not mistaken, Paul McCartney once remarked that lavish is vulgar, and if he did, I am sure that he made a few exceptions, one of which would be this 1975 classic with its lavish production and all.On audio DVD, A Night at the Opera sounds so clear, so great. It’s as if you can hear the chart hits You’re My Best Friend and Bohemian Rhapsody for the first time, all over again. Though the rest of the tracks are not remotely as familiar to the casual fan, such as myself, they are nicely arranged and mixed in to help compile what is regarded as Queen’s greatest release.Included are song lyrics displayed on the television screen as the tracks proceed from one to the next and the video of Bohemian Rhapsody, where the sound quality is not quite so stellar as the strictly DVD audio-only version. A musical triumph, A Night at the Opera on audio DVD rekindles and revisits the passion and the grandeur of great musicians and vocalists who would do what it took to get to the top of their game, even if it meant occasionally going over the top.

    Posted on February 23, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • This album – originally from 1975 – has been remastered in 96/24Khz 5.1 surround by the original engineers ( Ray Thomas Baker & Brian May ), so obviously they know the music really well. The disc contains DTS 5.1; DVD Audio MLP advanced resolution 5.1; and standard stereo tracks. On screen lyrics are available – either seperately, or as the song is playing – useful if one is a karaoke fan… Also there is a small picture gallery of Queen from the mid 70’s. The booklet also includes the song lyrics and a few photos, too. The ‘piece de resistance’ is the inclusion of the “Bohemian Rhaspody” video in DTS 5.1, which looks pretty good for it’s age and sounds wonderful…!!! The surround makes one feel as if one is sitting in the middle of the actual recording with the central position being taken by Freddie’s superlative voice. I’ve heard that the members of Queen, their managers, and record company were so impressed by this surround sound mix that all of the Queen albums have been given the go-ahead for surround mixes… Wonderful news!!!!

    Posted on February 23, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now