Queen: Greatest Hits
Queen's Greatest Video Hits 1 is a good example of how the capabilities of the DVD format can be used to enhance the value of its contents. Instead of just presenting a string of videos, this skillfully assembled package offers an array of bonuses to make this disc into an intriguing historical document. The video themselves are presented in an above-average style: they are each presented in a letterboxed format that lends a cinematic edge and the audio for each clip has been remixed to give the songs a new, digitally-enhanced sense of punch. Commentary from band members Roger Taylor, Brian May and John Deacon is provided for each of the clips of the package's first disc: each man doles out fascinating trivia and anecdotes as they discuss the history of each song and its clip. Refreshingly, each participant approaches the task with good cheer and unusual candor: for instance, there's a memorably funny bit during the "Killer Queen" clip where Taylor goes on a tirade about the drudgery of performing songs on Top Of The Pops). The second disc of Queen's Greatest Video Hits 1 that includes six lesser-known clips from the same era, the best of which is a sharp live performance of "Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy." There is also a set of featurettes that deal with "Bohemian Rhapsody," including interview-laden segments about the recording of the song and the making of its video, a snippet of Taylor and May receiving an award that rates "Bohemian Rhapsody" as the all-time greatest British hit single and a fascinating in-the-studio segment where May walks the viewer through all the complexities buried in the song's mix. The package is rounded out by an animated photo gallery set to "Seven Seas Of Rhye" and a lengthy, detailed set of liner notes that chronicle each song and its video. In short, Queen's Greatest Video Hits 1 is a fantastic package that works both as a historical document and as pure audio-visual musical entertainment.