Hungarian Rhapsody: Queen Live In Budapest (1986). Freddie Mercury and Queen were one of the star attractions rocking the stadium at the Olympic Closing Ceremony. Huge images of the Queen legendary frontman beamed Mercury back from the dead to an 80,000 strong audience, recreating his famous 1985 Live Aid performance.
The release of Hungarian Rhapsody in cinemas gives audiences an opportunity to see the iconic showman’s performance in full. Originally filmed in 1986, this momentous concert movie has been re-mastered in high definition and superb 5.1 surround sound for its first ever digital cinema screening and opens with a special 25 minute documentary feature following legends of rock, Queen, from just after their historic show stealing performance at Live Aid on 13 July 1985 through the following year leading up to the concert in Budapest.
As part of the hugely successful 1986 Magic Tour that, poignantly, was the last to be played by Freddie Mercury, Queen were for the first time able to include Hungary on the tour schedule. With three years to go before the fall of the Berlin Wall, this was the largest concert ever staged at the Na stadion, Budapest, and the first Western Rock Concert staged in a stadium behind the then Iron Curtain. It was of such significance to the Hungarian authorities and film industry that a group of the country’s top film cameramen and technicians were brought together to film it for posterity.
Staged for 80,000 ecstatic fans, the concert set includes favourite hits like We will Rock You, Who waants to Live Forever?, and Under Pressure. The resulting concert movie has been digitally re-mastered for the big screen and is introduced by a documentary feature that gives the inside track on events leading up to the Budapest concert. Using archive footage from rehearsals, interviews with the band and on the road during the Magic Tour some of which has never been seen before, this fascinating intro feature has been specially created for the cinema release.