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Posted: 18 Jun 07, 12:50 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It premiers on VH-1 Classic at 8PM and is repeated later at 1AM followed by the making of A Night at the Opera. Just a heads up!


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Posted: 18 Jun 07, 13:10 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Is this the same thing that was on the Logo channel?

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Posted: 18 Jun 07, 13:16 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I have no idea... :|


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Posted: 18 Jun 07, 14:02 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

That's wonderful!

And yes...I believe it is the same as the one on Logo.

Just a warning though, the A Night at the Opera will not be the complete video! They'll take out a few segments, so if you're planning on recording it don't bother. I suggest actually purchasing the DVD, it's well worth the price!


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Posted: 18 Jun 07, 16:54 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Freddie on US TV?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

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Posted: 18 Jun 07, 21:33 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It will also be broadcast at 3:00 pm on 6/19 too...

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Posted: 18 Jun 07, 22:31 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I encourage everyone to watch it! It does Freddie Mercury some justice.


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Posted: 18 Jun 07, 23:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I have to say, I didn't much care for this. I felt that it focused too much on his sexuality. Yeah. We get it. He was gay. What about the music?

Not only that, but the home movies kind of bugged me. I can almost guarantee that Freddie wouldn't want that kind of this shown to the world. Not with the way he always handled his private life.


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Posted: 19 Jun 07, 09:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Dan Corson VII: Rock Bottom wrote:

I can almost guarantee that Freddie wouldn't want that kind of this shown to the world. Not with the way he always handled his private life.


I agree.

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Posted: 19 Jun 07, 09:52 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

He belongs to history now.

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Posted: 19 Jun 07, 09:52 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Dan Corson VII: Rock Bottom wrote:

can almost guarantee that Freddie wouldn't want that kind of this shown to the world. Not with the way he always handled his private life.
That should say 'thing' and not 'this'. ;)

Mr Faron Hyte wrote:

He belongs to history now.

The PUBLIC Freddie yes, but private should stay private. Dead or alive.


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Posted: 19 Jun 07, 11:10 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Interesting thought Dan. I too wonder how Freddie would be in this day and age with internet access and instant analysis and no mystery about anyone. When he was alive he never courted the press, and always valued his privacy. It's a shame when private stuff is released. I'd hope that he wouldn't turn into an Elton John doing crap sitcom appearances and reality show shit just to keep his name out there. We'll never know.


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Posted: 19 Jun 07, 17:25 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Of course, before 1991 you HAD to keep things in private that you don't have to today. Today I think he'd hopefully be a lot more comfortable and open about his sexuality IMHO. But that's just my opinion and I haven't seen the show yet.


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Posted: 19 Jun 07, 18:05 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I totally agree. I did focus waaaay to much on his sexual orientation. It hardly talked about his music. And the home videos (especially the one of him in the bath) were way to personal. As private as he was, would he want this to be shown on national television? No.

And for the record, he had bad taste in men. xD Jim Hutton? Eeeeeeew. :P

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Posted: 19 Jun 07, 20:29 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I agree with goinback that he would be more open these days....and yes, the show did focus too much on his sexual orientation...and no interviews with Mary.....

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Posted: 23 Jun 07, 21:58 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

My friend who taped it for me said it reveals that Freddie didn't know any gay men without mustaches.


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Posted: 23 Jun 07, 23:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I watched it again yesterday.

It really made me mad. There was hardly ANY mention of his music. At all! All it talked about was his sexuality...What kind of men he liked. Really. I think he would've liked my dad...he's heavy and he has a mustache...lmao...xD

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Posted: 25 Jun 07, 12:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

No interview with Mary!

My lord, is nothing sacred!?

I love the pause--the interminable, clueless, deer-in-headlights pause--in The Untold Story that Mary Austin takes to say that Freddie was "a gay."

Yes, her presence would have added so much to this doc.




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Posted: 01 Jul 07, 21:20 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

<font color=FF0033 face=symbol>Freddie wrote:

I encourage everyone to watch it! It does Freddie Mercury some justice.


I loved it as well...thought they did a great job. Most heartwrenching Queen-related doc I've seen.

I didn't think the home movies went too far, or that the bathtub scene was out of line. Roger had just talked about how lonely Freddie was, then Jim talked about how Freddie was finally in love with him and then seeing them splashing bubbles around was great to see how happy Freddie was. (Jim probably provided the footage anyway.) Then the contrast of him getting AIDS right after he'd found happiness was incredibly sad...especially how he explained that he was "dying"...wow I've never actually had to cry during any Queen documentary before. No other Queen documentary seems to get how AIDS affects someone's personal life quite right. They always skip the part that Freddie seemed to have finally just found happiness when he got the disease.

I didn't think the gay stuff was too much...that WAS his life, and it was all the stuff I was curious about that other documentaries have been too scared to explore. I've wanted to hear what it was like to be a gay celebrity and have to hide it in the '80s and this showed that. If this had been released in the early '90s it may have been exploitive, but doesn't seem out of line today IMHO since it's not as taboo to talk about homosexuality. It seemed pretty balanced: The first half was focused on his childhood, his family, race, religion and where he lived, the 2nd (large) part on his "coming out" process, and the last on his lasting influence. This was about Freddie Mercury finally, not Queen. I really didn't want to hear about Bohemian Rhapsody breaking boundaries by being (gasp!) 5:55 long, etc. Everybody's heard all about the music already.

Loved some of the observances like his childhood friend wondering if it made Freddie feel bad when they were chasing girls as a kid. Thought maybe the nicknames Elton John had made for everyone was kind of ridiculous but didn't seem to ruin the rest of it hah. The only thing that made me uncomfortable was watching some of the tribute performances.

I do hate when non-fans think of Queen simply as "that gay band" (even though I'm gay), since I think of Queen as the idyllic hard-rock band up there with the other "macho" metal bands, more like Queen was viewed in the '70s, without sexual orientation as an issue. So I think a documentary like this a few years ago may have made me worry it was just enforcing the stereotype of Queen being a "gay band". But anymore I get sick of having to pander to the non-fans by feeling Freddie's gayness has to be apologized for and covered up and all that, so anymore it doesn't make me uncomfortable to embrace it more.


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