I have this on four different formats.
For the moment, I will forget about both the Official Laser Disc and VHS versions - because basically, they have been reduced to ornaments.
The Japanese DVD has official stamped all over it.
Queen: We Are The Champions Final Live In Japan
Produced by JEC International.
Manufactured by Victor Company of Japan.
1992 Queen Films Ltd (under exclusive license)
Watanabe Music Publishing Co, Ltd, to JEC International Corp Japan.
The UK DVD has official stamped on in tiny letters.
1992 Queen Films under exclusive License.
Now, I agree the UK version looks and feels like a bootleg, but what makes it kosher is the licensing agreement.
'Ghost Of A Smile' is an 'Official CD' because 'Double Dutch' purchased the license to reproduce a run of the product. After this slip-up Queen PLC bought the license from Mercury records (the original license holders) indefinately.
The Original 'Queen Rocks Montreal' began life as the VHS 'We Will Rock You'. The rights to this VHS belonged to Yellowbill who basically the sold the licensing rights to anyone who came up with the cash.
Therefore there were numerous versions of this concert released, and when DVD came out - was redistributed by Pioneer in one version. Because of all this, Dr. May slated the product.
However, there was nothing he could do about it, until Queen PLC bought the license back, and then re-re-re-issued to Dr. May's liking.
Finally, my point is that the Japanese VHS license rights ran out (around 2 - 3 years ago) and Queen missed the ball yet again.
So the rights to distribute and republish were legally snapped up by a samll independent company. The problem is that - as no one buys VHS anymore - the VHS master (which was essentially sold) was transferred to DVD.
Therefore, this is a legal product, sold legally throughout stores in the UK.
Now that Brian has seen that he has missed this boat also, what are the bets that another 'Official' version of the Japanese version will appear in the UK market?
"Listen to them. Children of the night. What music they make."