Queen: DVD Collector's Box

Queen: DVD Collector's Box
British-based documentary firm Chrome Dreams presents another cheap duo of unauthorised docs, this time profiling music journalists and friends of Queen. Magic Moments purports to be "packed with exclusive interviews.” True, but the subjects are just peripheral associates of Freddie Mercury, recounting what it was like to know the band. Not one note by Queen makes it into the film, which curiously glosses over Mercury’s lifestyle and the circumstances surrounding his death from AIDS. By comparison, Under Review 1973-1980 is a relative treat, with actual footage of Queen performing live and fruitful discussion by some real experts, who offer genuinely interesting anecdotes about the band’s methodology in their formative and most creative period. Sure, the guitar tech portions about Brian May’s tone are long and alienating for non-shredders but the other commentary is somewhat insightful, which is saying a lot for these Chrome Dream packages. Plus: quizzes, discography. (MVD)