NEW YORK, Aug. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Screenvision, in an alliance with More2Screen and Eagle Rock, brings Queen, one of the world's most iconic British rock bands, to the big screen with the feature presentation of "Hungarian Rhapsody: Queen Live in Budapest '86." Originally filmed on July 27, 1986, this Queen concert film has been re-mastered for digital cinema in high definition with 5.1 surround sound and features many of the band's most popular tracks, including "Bohemian Rhapsody," "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," "I Want to Break Free" and "We Are the Champions."
Part of the hugely successful Magic Tour, this concert is significant because it was the last time Queen toured with their late lead singer Freddie Mercury. It was also the largest stadium concert ever staged at the Nepstadion in Budapest, in front of 80,000 ecstatic fans – three years before the fall of the Berlin Wall.
This special performance is introduced with a 25-minute documentary feature including rare footage – some of which has never been seen before – that gives the inside track on events, following the band from just after their historic performance at Live Aid in 1985 through the year leading up to the concert in Budapest. Using archive footage from rehearsals, interviews with the band in studio and on the road during the Magic Tour, this fascinating feature has been specially created for this new cinema release. Fans worldwide can be part of this celebration of Queen's global appeal as this event is shown in movie theaters across the U.S. in a limited engagement on September 20, 23 and 27, 2012. For information and tickets go to www.QueenOnScreen.com.
"We're delighted that Queen fans across the world will finally have the chance to relive this amazing moment for the band. We knew a stadium concert in Budapest was ground-breaking, but hadn't quite anticipated what a historic night it would turn out to be. The concert looks fantastic on the cinema screen in all its digitally re-mastered glory and the documentary does a great job of setting the scene – it really was an extraordinary time in the band's history." – Brian May and Roger Taylor
Darryl Schaffer, EVP of Exhibitor Relations, Screenvision said: "We're thrilled to bring Queen's amazing stage performance to the big screen for the first time here in the U.S. With their unique cross-generational appeal, we are certain this will be a must-see event for music lovers and moviegoers of all ages, both their original fans and the younger ones who continue to discover the majesty of their music each passing year."
Throughout the band's 40 year career Queen set precedents within rock music that will never be equalled. With over 170 million global album sales, 18 Number One Albums, 10 Number One DVD's, 700 concerts performed in every corner of the world including their historic appearance at Live Aid, the Queen story is one of the most remarkable in pop history. The band continues to hold the record for having the UK's biggest selling album of all time with Greatest Hits. Their single "Bohemian Rhapsody" is year on year voted the best single of all time. Their classic stadium anthems "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions" have become the most played songs at sporting events throughout the world, including dominating this year's Olympic Games in London.
Headquartered in New York, N.Y., Screenvision is a national leader in cinema advertising, offering on-screen advertising, in-lobby promotions and integrated marketing programs to national, regional and local advertisers and providing comprehensive cinema advertising representation services for its theatrical exhibitors. The Screenvision cinema advertising network is comprised of over 14,300 screens in 2,350+ theater locations across all 50 states and 94% of DMAs nationwide; delivering through more than 150 theatrical circuits, including 10 of the top 15 exhibitor companies. For more information: http://www.screenvision.com.
More2Screen is the UK's leading distributor of alternative content events with more than six years of experience acquiring and distributing world–class opera, ballet, music concerts, theatre and special event films to cinemas across the globe. New content is being added to a fast–growing portfolio on a regular basis and productions released internationally include 2D/3D LIVE and recorded formats.
ABOUT EAGLE ROCK
Eagle Rock Entertainment is an international media production and distribution company operating across audiovisual entertainment programming. Eagle Rock Entertainment works directly alongside talent to produce the highest quality programming output covering film, general entertainment and musical performance. Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices based in London, New York, Germany, France & Toronto.
David Wengrod – Screenvision, 212.497.0463