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OnSight posts IMAX version of QUEEN ROCK MONTREAL

31st December, 2023

Watch the trailer here.

QUEEN ROCK MONTREAL will be released in over 400 IMAX theatres globally for four days beginning January 18th, 2024.

IMAX and Pathé Live in partnership with Mercury Studios and Queen Films announced, for the very first time, one of the world’s biggest bands will perform on cinema’s biggest screens with the global release of QUEEN ROCK MONTREAL, exclusively in IMAX beginning January 18th, 2024. This exhilarating live concert from 1981 is a window into Queen in their most unalloyed form, giving audiences a larger-than-life, front-row immersive experience. The film was digitally re-mastered for the first time into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience®.

“It’s so wonderful to know that all these years later so many people want to experience the original band that I am so proud to have been a part of,” said Roger Taylor. “What a blast…it felt like actually being on the stage!”

“Experiencing ‘QUEEN ROCK MONTREAL’ in IMAX is like stepping into a time machine — it’s an opportunity to see the band perform their most iconic hits in a visceral, immediate way I thought was no longer possible,” said Rich Gelfond, CEO of IMAX. “The way this film was shot and now restored and presented in IMAX is truly awe-inspiring, and second only to being there in the house back in ’81.”

We provided full picture post on the film including grading, restoration and remastering for the giant screen. With over 30 years' experience, our award-winning team of creatives and technologists are renowned for providing post solutions for this format. Initially OnSight provided Mercury Studios and Head of Post Production Rosie Holley, with some remastering tests of the film back at the beginning of 2019. The results from these tests were so outstanding that our MD Simon Craddock introduced Mercury Studio’s to the IMAX team later that year. 

Most of the restoration and remastering work was completed by OnSight during the Covid-19 lockdown back in 2020 but it still took some time to make it to IMAX. Silver Salt assisted with preliminary film fixes and an open gate 4K scan of the 35mm film print was used to create the full height IMAX version of this historic Queen performance. Revealing new parts of the original frame, extensive restoration was required before finishing and enhancement work could begin. Following grain reduction and image processing a fresh colour grade was applied by Senior Colourist Andy Lee, thereby digitally re-mastering the look of the film to the highest standard possible for the IMAX Experience®. Working directly with IMAX, OnSight optimized for the IMAX format and delivered the film for additional adjustments using proprietary IMAX tools for further image enhancement including the IMAX DMR® (Digital Media Remastering) process.

This important film has been finished to the highest standard possible to be shown on the world's largest screens. It was a labour of love for OnSight who have worked with Mercury Studios for over a decade.

“Working on this special project has been a labour of love and technical first for Mercury Studios. We were in safe hands with OnSight with their vast experience working with IMAX on big screen presentations, they were able to support the collaboration with IMAX on a technical level with the patience and expertise a project and artist of this calibre deserve, it’s been an absolute pleasure.” - Rosie Holley, Head of Post Production, Mercury Studios

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