DVD Review: Freddie Mercury

DVD Review: Freddie Mercury

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Freddie Mercury
The Great Pretender (DVD)
Eagle Vision
By David Chiu

One of the greatest singers in rock and roll history, Queen’s Freddie Mercury lived life to the utmost heights through his trademark extravagance and flamboyance. But offstage, Mercury was very private and shy– as told in a new documentary about the singer directed by Rhys Thomas. Continue reading “DVD Review: Freddie Mercury”

DVD: Pink Floyd: The Story of Wish You Were

DVD: Pink Floyd: The Story of Wish You Were

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Pink Floyd
The Story of Wish You Were Here
Eagle Rock Entertainment
By David Chiu

After making probably the most commercially and artistically successful album of all time, how does a band live up to that for the next record? In the case of Pink Floyd, the result was 1975’s Wish You Were Here, the follow-up to the mammoth record Dark Side of the Moon. Continue reading “DVD: Pink Floyd: The Story of Wish You Were”

DVD Review: Queen

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Queen
Days of Our Lives (DVD)
Eagle Vision
By David Chiu

There have been several documentaries about Queen in the past, but this latest one, Days of Our Lives, is perhaps the best one and certainly the most thorough to coincide with the band’s 40th anniversary. Continue reading “DVD Review: Queen”

DVD Review: Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson’s VISION
MJJ Productions/Epic/Legacy
By David Chiu

Other than his music, the essential medium to really understand the impact of Michael Jackson is the videos (or as this new DVD set more artistically refers to as short films. Whatever the term you choose to prefer, it is extremely hard to separate the man from the groundbreaking (and sometimes controversial) videos he made—it’s been engrained in the minds and hearts of generations weaned from MTV. Continue reading “DVD Review: Michael Jackson”

DVD Reviews: The Rolling Stones and The Doors

The Rolling Stones
Stones In Exile
Eagle Rock Entertainment

The Doors
When You’re Strange: A Film about The Doors
Eagle Rock Entertainment

Review by David Chiu

Two documentaries on two of the greatest rock bands in history have been recently released–one focusing on a classic album, the other a searing portrait of a group with a legendary, mythical singer.

Stones in Exile comes on the heels of the recent reissue of the Rolling Stones’ classic 1972 opus Exile on Main St. But the documentary is more than just the making of the record per se– it’s about  the circumstances that brought about its creation. Continue reading “DVD Reviews: The Rolling Stones and The Doors”