IMAX Concert Doc ‘Queen Rock Montreal’ Trailer – Playing Jan. 2024
“We are the champions… of the world!!” IMAX & Pathé Live in partnership with Mercury Studios & Queen Films have announced a new IMAX version of the classic 1983 concert film We Will Rock You. The remaster of the original concert film is now titled Queen Rock Montreal, and it will play again in IMAX theaters in January 2024 for one weekend only. Don’t miss it!! The updated Queen Rock Montreal will be released in over 450 IMAX locations globally for four days – beginning January 18th early next year. This concert doc experience not only delivers Queen in their rawest form but captures the unparalleled musicianship and vocal talents of Freddie, Brian, Roger and John performing together. It’s a recording of their iconic concert in 1981 in Montreal, Canada. The new version has been updated specifically for IMAX and will include “12-channel surround sound, crystal-clear images and customized theater geometry.” It showcases footage from two of the band’s best 1981 shows at Montreal’s Forum and features many of the group’s greatest hits. Band member Roger Taylor’s comment on the re-release: “Enjoy. We were young!” Ha. Fire up the trailer below.
Here’s the official trailer (+ poster) for IMAX’s concert doc Queen Rock Montreal, direct from YouTube:
“I don’t think we quite realized it at the time, but this film has preserved one of the highest peaks in Queen’s touring life, on stage in the old glory days. The director was very much focused on Freddie, and this now stands as probably the most precious intimate capture ever of Mr. Mercury at his full awesome power.” —Queen’s Brian May
Queen Rock Montreal (aka “We Will Rock You: Queen Live in Concert”) captures a pivotal moment in the band’s history. When Queen returned for the 4th time to Montreal’s 18,000-seat Forum in November 1981, where this concert was recorded, it was after a 15-month absence during which they became the biggest band in the world. Fueled by the release of The Game album, their smash single “Under Pressure,” and extensive touring, Queen now dominated the charts in every major territory across the globe. The two shows that took place in Montreal – November 24 & 25, 1981 – were arranged specifically to set Queen up for another first: shooting a full-length concert film to properly document their live show, highlighting the state-of-the art sound. Having spent nearly 2 years on the road, the group was ready for such a challenge and hit Montreal in top form for what would end up becoming two consecutive sold out, legendary nights.
Queen Rock Montreal was originally directed by concert filmmaker Saul Swimmer, who passed away in 2007. He also directed the music films The Concert for Bangladesh in 1972 and Queen Rock Montreal & Live Aid in 2007, plus the films Force of Impulse, Without Each Other, Mrs. Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter, Come Together, and The Black Pearl previously. Queen Rock Montreal is executive produced by Geoff Kempin and Alice Webb for Mercury Studios and Jim Beach and Matilda Beach for Queen Films. IMAX & Pathé Live will re-release the new Queen Rock Montreal film in IMAX theaters exclusively starting on January 18th, 2024 playing only until the 21st early next year. For more info, visit the official website.