Queen – A Night At The Opera

7 Dec

If this album is one of your favorites then nip over to the ‘SACD-to-DVDA’ blog for something a little special.

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19 Responses to “Queen – A Night At The Opera”

  1. bigheadrascal February 20, 2015 at 10:03 #

    Not sure whether to post this comment here or on the more recent Bluray posting…Yesterday morning I get an email from Amazon informing me that A Night At The Opera is available on a 5.1 Bluray (presumably the Brian May mix) along with notification that Supertramp’s “Breakfast In America” is also available on Bluray. Sweet…really sweet. However it appears the Supertramp Bluray doesn’t include a 5.1 mix. A landmark album such as this and no surround mix of any type? What a serious oversight. One of the user comments is “get over it”.

    • Owen Smith February 20, 2015 at 13:38 #

      The HFPA Blu Rays seem to using existing surround mixes where they exist, but not creating any new ones. The entire project seems to be done on the cheap if you ask me. DVD-As had video clips where appropriate eg. A Night At The Opera included the Bohemian Rhapsody video (with stereo sound only). Blu Ray could play the 5.1 audio mix against the Bo Rap video, which would be lovely to hear. But they are so up themselves with “HFPAs contain no video so that they’re pure” attitude that they are missing unique opportunities that only Blu Ray can provide (ie. lossless multi channel audio with video).

      Get the 2002 Brian May mix DVD-A of Night At The Opera, it’s much better than the Blu Ray.

    • birdycat19 February 20, 2015 at 16:57 #

      Ken Scott himself says the multis for COTC are shot, so a new 5.1 mix is probably out of the question. Frankly, hardly anyone is doing new surround mixes on classic albums outside of Steven Wilson. Audio Fidelity appears to be taking up the gauntlet of releasing legacy quad mixes so that’s a hopeful sign the format hasn’t been totally forgotten. Wish MFSL would consider doing the same as they have a deeper reach into artist catalogs.

  2. lizardking430 December 10, 2014 at 17:04 #

    Thanks sacdtodvda & OD for posting this – I might have missed this otherwise…

    I will compare my DVD-A, DVD-V (30th Anniversary) and also don’t forget the HFPA Blu-ray…

  3. birdycat19 December 8, 2014 at 02:13 #

    I have the 2002 Hollywood/DTS DVD-A (DTS 1091); the booklet claims the 5.1 mix is Scheiner’s, no mention of May re mixing. I do recall faintly that the ES mix was superseded by May’s so I guess the booklet wasn’t edited to reflect that. Really looking forward to comparing this my DVD-A! I’m only lukewarm when it comes to this album (I’m more of a DAY/NEWS/JAZZ kind of guy) but it’s thrilling in surround, so there ya go.

    …speaking of super seeding πŸ˜‰ how about somebody sneaking away with the Scheiner 5.1 mix of LAYLA that’s only available on that big $$ box set? The mix on that old Polydor SACD is…uninspiring.

    • Owen Smith December 8, 2014 at 09:39 #

      The booklets were indeed not updated to reflect Brian’s re-mixing. They may already have been printed, but we’ll probably never know. The year on the disc is what matters.

  4. Glen S. Fleetwood December 7, 2014 at 20:34 #

    The requested URL /-sOXcVm1y_iw/VIP4OZZHsVI/AAAAAAAAAY8/zzhXgE330aY/s1600/http://1drv.ms/1vlOyzy was not found on this server. That’s all we know.

    • oxforddickie December 7, 2014 at 20:55 #

      I’ve just tried the link myself and it appears to be working ok.

    • Owen Smith December 7, 2014 at 21:15 #

      sacdtodvda told me there was originally a mistake with the link which he has now corrected. That would explain the sudden increase in the number of downloaders.

      • sacdtodvda December 7, 2014 at 23:58 #

        Yes, I must remember to always wear my reading glasses when cutting and pasting.

        Well done to everyone who worked it out for themselves and thanks for letting me know.

  5. bigheadrascal December 7, 2014 at 17:01 #

    For now I’ll assume the DTS-CD version I have came from the Brian May mix given the rarity of the Scheiner version. Am looking forward to hearing this and making comparisons.

    • Owen Smith December 7, 2014 at 18:26 #

      I doubt that’s an official DTS CD, it was never issued on that format. It must be a rip and conversion to DTS CD. The links in the SACD to DVD-A site posting include a comparison review, that should be enough for you to identify which mix you have.

      Note there are three 5.1 mixes:

      1) Scheiner 2001 DVD-A

      2) May 2002 DVD-A (based in part on Scheiner, God Save The Queen is an upmix from stereo)

      3) May reworked the mixes a little for the 2005 30th Anniversary DVD-V (minor changes to Prophet’s Song especially intro winds, new mix for God Save The Queen since the multi tracks had been found). But this mix is ruined due to brickwall loudness wars. This mix was used for the Blu Ray HFPA, which gives a losslesss version but it’s still brickwalled.

      The 2002 DVD-A is probably the best of the 5.1 mixes, unless you like brickwalled loudness wars audio.

      • bigheadrascal December 7, 2014 at 23:29 #

        No doubt the DTS-CD is of dubious pedigree, though it sounds terrific. I did read the comparison article which tweaked my curiosity enough to hear it for myself. πŸ™‚

  6. beukenoot December 7, 2014 at 14:05 #

    Does this originate from the SACD? It is not present anymore it seems. And yes, the 5.1 from 2001/2002 was the best. The 2.0 best is from the recent bluray. There they have brickwalled the 5.1 in such a way that you get ping-pong quad.

    • beukenoot December 7, 2014 at 14:14 #

      Hm some link problem here i guess, it is present.. and i guess that this is the version which was turned down by Brian May?
      Well, from any source, even an old cassete tape copy which was my first from this album, this is THE masterpiece from Queen as group for me. (Freddie as solo was later better I think, but that’s just taste..)

      And yes, these music remembers to the many (after)school-party’s (at people’s home most time) when i was young and innocent.. πŸ˜‰

    • Owen Smith December 7, 2014 at 15:31 #

      I prefer Queen II from early Queen. Night At The Opera suffers from Bohemian Rhapsody overshadowing the rest of the album in public perceptions.

      This is indeed the early 5.1 DVD-A mix that Brian May turned down, hence it’s rarity and difficulty getting hold of.

      You’re right about the brickwalling loudness wars too. The only 5.1 not brick walled are the 2001 and 2002 DVD-As, and the only high res stereo not brick walled is the HFPA Blu Ray. Go figure, how can a disc have a great 5.1 and brickwalled stereo or vice versa? Insufficient attention to detail.

    • Owen Smith December 7, 2014 at 15:33 #

      This does not originate from SACD, the only Queen SACDs I am aware of are stereo only SHM-SACDs sold for extortionate amounts in Japan. This is a re-conversion of a rip of the 2001 DVD-A MLP tracks.

  7. Owen Smith December 7, 2014 at 13:27 #

    I have all the other surround releases of this album (Parlophone DVD-A, 30th Anniversary DVD-V, Blu Ray HFPA) but I’ve never been able to lay my hands on the original Scheiner mix. It was only released as a preview/demo in small volumes and only in the USA, so for a UK Queen collector like me it’s been impossible to track down a copy. I’ll keep looking for the disc second hand, but at least I can now listen to the mix.

  8. bayards December 7, 2014 at 13:03 #

    Wow! This blog just gets better and better!

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