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Discussion: Queen: A Night at the Opera

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Post by Lute April 3, 2014 (1 of 12)
You made my day, Adam. ;-) Right after I bought a used copy of the DVD-A version (for its Mch mix), I heard the news that this Bluray would be coming out. At the time I could have kicked myself, but thanks to you I am in Mch bliss again. Cheers, Brett

Post by fredblue April 3, 2014 (2 of 12)
Lute said:

You made my day, Adam. ;-) Right after I bought a used copy of the DVD-A version (for its Mch mix), I heard the news that this Bluray would be coming out. At the time I could have kicked myself, but thanks to you I am in Mch bliss again. Cheers, Brett

Thank you Brett! You're very welcome :-) The Blu-ray is useless to me, the DVD-A in 5.1 is wonderful! I do hope you are enjoying it!

Post by rammiepie April 3, 2014 (3 of 12)
fredblue said:

Thank you Brett! You're very welcome :-) The Blu-ray is useless to me, the DVD-A in 5.1 is wonderful! I do hope you are enjoying it!

Ditto: Love my DVD~A and the BD~A is phooey (unless you have nothing to compare it with)!

Post by fredblue April 3, 2014 (4 of 12)
rammiepie said:

Ditto: Love my DVD~A and the BD~A is phooey (unless you have nothing to compare it with)!

Absolutely rammie! Well said! I've seen people say they like the 5.1 on the Blu-ray, each to their own I suppose.

Post by Lute April 3, 2014 (5 of 12)
DVD-A did (and still does...King Crimson) get some things right, doesn't it!? But the new Blu-ray versions of YBR, Tommy, Beck, etc... look promising. I am glad I stayed away from the Zep, though. I am just not interested in wasting money on poor quality recordings anymore.

Post by Jon Benger April 17, 2014 (6 of 12)
There are several other Queen albums which might benefit from a creative 5.1 mix. Certainly those from the mid seventies with lots of multilayering, for example Queen 2, Sheer Heart Attack, A Day at the Races would be "must buys" for me if they were to materialise on a decent multi-channel blu-ray or SA-CD.

Post by fredblue April 17, 2014 (7 of 12)
Jon Benger said:

There are several other Queen albums which might benefit from a creative 5.1 mix. Certainly those from the mid seventies with lots of multilayering, for example Queen 2, Sheer Heart Attack, A Day at the Races would be "must buys" for me if they were to materialise on a decent multi-channel blu-ray or SA-CD.

A Day At The Races was next in line for the 5.1 treatment by Brian May.. unfortunately the DVD-A of The Game, despite getting critical acclaim, did not translate into sufficient sales and DTS called time on the whole thing.

Post by rammiepie April 17, 2014 (8 of 12)
fredblue said:

A Day At The Races was next in line for the 5.1 treatment by Brian May.. unfortunately the DVD-A of The Game, despite getting critical acclaim, did not translate into sufficient sales and DTS called time on the whole thing.

When DTS Entertainment switched from DTS RBCD to DVD~A, one must remember that the base of DVD~A players was not as prolific as it is today with the advent of the Universal Player.

DTS had a slew of EMI recordings slated for DVD~A release and while a few were released (and sounded fantastic except for Cassandra Wilson's botched 5.1 MLP of Traveling Miles.....), the decision to pull the plug on all future DVD~A releases thwarted any further DTS 5.1 releases.

I'm sure THE GAME will be released as a 5.1 BD~A in the future but as a DVD~A 5.1 fanatic, glad I scooped up all those DVD~As at (by today's standards) rock bottom prices (usually under $15 each, delivered)!

Post by fredblue April 17, 2014 (9 of 12)
rammiepie said:

When DTS Entertainment switched from DTS RBCD to DVD~A, one must remember that the base of DVD~A players was not as prolific as it is today with the advent of the Universal Player.

DTS had a slew of EMI recordings slated for DVD~A release and while a few were released (and sounded fantastic except for Cassandra Wilson's botched 5.1 MLP of Traveling Miles.....), the decision to pull the plug on all future DVD~A releases thwarted any further DTS 5.1 releases.

I'm sure THE GAME will be released as a 5.1 BD~A in the future but as a DVD~A 5.1 fanatic, glad I scooped up all those DVD~As at (by today's standards) rock bottom prices (usually under $15 each, delivered)!

afaik, included among those shelved EMI 5.1 DVD-A's was Alphonse Mouzon's "Mind Transplant".. one of my personal favourite fusion records.. can you imagine how that album would work out in surround!? Makes me sad to think it'll probably never see the light of day now.

Post by rammiepie April 17, 2014 (10 of 12)
fredblue said:

afaik, included among those shelved EMI 5.1 DVD-A's was Alphonse Mouzon's "Mind Transplant".. one of my personal favourite fusion records.. can you imagine how that album would work out in surround!? Makes me sad to think it'll probably never see the light of day now.

Luckily, like the good pack rat that I am, I managed to secure ALL of the DTS DVD~As but wasn't aware of the title you mentioned. If it's "in the can" then perhaps some enterprising reissue company will release Alphonse's fusion album in 5.1.

I was, however, miffed, when DTS did not recall the Cassandra Wilson album and offer corrected copies. I can still play the hi rez stereo tracks and the DTS 5.1 track but the MLP track was severely unplayable.

IMHO, DTS Entertainment served a valuable service to the 5.1 community both with their 5.1 DTS RBCDs and foray into DVD~A......one of the more interesting reissue companies at the time, Mr. Adam!

A company like Audio Fidelity could take up DTS' banner and hopefully release more albums on SACD in either 4.0 and 5.1 because if they could secure a list of ALL albums remixed and ready to go in that format, they'd have a lot of hard (but rewarding) work ahead of them.

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