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Posted: 09 Aug 11, 10:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I was thinking the other day how, compared to a lot of artists, Queen didn't shy away from paying for the rights needed to include these videos in their various collections over the years. A lot of videos of songs made for films which include actual movie footage get left behind when bands release video collections. Off the top of my head: "He's Back" by Alice Cooper (from Friday The 13th - Part 6)..."You Should Be Mine" by Guns N' Roses (from Terminator 2)..."I Do It For You" by Bryan Adams (from Robin Hood)...

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Posted: 09 Aug 11, 11:53 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

rhyeking wrote: I was thinking the other day how, compared to a lot of artists, Queen didn't shy away from paying for the rights needed to include these videos in their various collections over the years. A lot of videos of songs made for films which include actual movie footage get left behind when bands release video collections. Off the top of my head: "He's Back" by Alice Cooper (from Friday The 13th - Part 6)..."You Should Be Mine" by Guns N' Roses (from Terminator 2)..."I Do It For You" by Bryan Adams (from Robin Hood)...

huh, yeah... i always vaguely assumed that was because the band just WANTED  a different video.  I love the Princes of the Universe video tho!

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Posted: 09 Aug 11, 12:20 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

My understanding was that bands didn't want to pay for the rights to use the film footage after the initial license expired, which is usually soon after the single is released. Years later, when compiling video collections, the cost of using that footage again is something the band or record company can't be bothered shelling out for. It even happens the other way around, when movie companies don't want to pay the band for the song when putting together a comprehensive DVD, so we end up with a great DVD featuring interviews, commentaries, behind-the-scenes documentaries and deleted scenes...but no music video for that hit single, like "Ghostbusters" by Ray Parker, Jr. and "Cleanin' Up The Town" by The Bus Boys (both of which should have appeared on the Ghostbusters DVDs).

When Anchor Bay put out the Highlander DVDs years ago, they went all out and put the three related Queen videos and a bonus CD single into the set. Admittedly, the videos were not sourced from the masters, but from existing video collections, but it was a lot better than nothing.