Screening Review | Hungarian Rhapsody: Queen Live in Budapest

Screening Review | Hungarian Rhapsody: Queen Live in Budapest

In 1986, Hungary…QUEEN…

Last Thursday (Sept 20th), following the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), cinemas across Canada screened the digitally restored and re-mastered 1986 film Hungarian Rhapsody: Queen Live in Budapest. Imagine seeing rock legends Queen at their best during their Magic Tour, the very last time they would play with the late Freddie Mercury. Thanks to Cineplex Entertainment (Front Row Centre Events) and Eagle Rock Entertainment, Dinosaurus Rex’s Karl was there to cover it all at the Scotiabank Theatre.


Let me first say I’m a huge Queen fan.  Lots of people are – everyone today knows the familiar sounds of the legendary group that brought us hits like ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and ‘We are the Champions’. Their performances shaped our generation and helped change music to go beyond borders.

Queen was on the other side of the iron curtain in 1986 and let me try to put this into a 2012 context… imagine if Britney Spears and Lady Gaga performed in Kandahar… it sounds ground breaking.


The film pays true homage to one of the biggest rock bands in a very familiar Spinal Tap style. The fully digitally restored images bring you closer to Freddie as he wins you over.


During the screening, people were singing and clapping along to ‘Radio Ga Ga’, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, and my personal favourite, ‘Who Wants to Live Forever’. Shivers went down my spine during several moments as nostalgia got the best of me. At the end of the show, true fans in the theatre gave a standing ovation.


Hungarian Rhapsody: Queen Live in Budapest, brings you into the concert and makes you feel like you are back in 1986 with your comrades in the crowd.

The video also showed footage of Queen exploring Budapest – spliced into the concert to give a personal look at the band members. I can’t wait for the DVD and Blue Ray release to add to my collection (Nov 5th, 2012)! Truly an amazing film.

See the trailer here:


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