06.06.1977    London, England [2x]

Version 1

Earl's Evening Race


Date
Venue
City
Country
Running Time
Image Quality
Sound Quality
: 06.06.1977
: Earls Court
: London
: England
: 119 minutes
: A-
: A


Tracklisting:

DVD 1

Procession
Tie Your Mother Down
Ogre Battle
White Queen
Somebody To Love
Killer Queen
Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy
The Millionaire Waltz
You're My Best Friend
Bring Back That Leroy Brown
Death On Two Legs
Doing Allright
Brighton Rock
Guitar Solo
Brighton Rock (Reprise)

DVD 2

'39
You Take My Breath Away
White Man
The Prophet's Song
Bohemian Rhapsody
Keep Yourself Alive
Stone Cold Crazy
In The Lap Of The Gods...Revisited
Now I'm Here
Liar
Rock'n'Roll Medley

*PRO-filmed

BONUS (from the second night)

Killer Queen
Rock'n'Roll Medley
God Save The Queen

More information about the second night can be found here:
https://www.queenrecordings.com/video-list/12482

 

Comment:

This DVD version covers the complete concert. Remastered by Peter Vanek who created the best available version so far. Peter used the Snivlle's version to make it even better. It is now archived on two DVDs to have the best quality possible. Overall image quality is highly enjoyable and very good coloured with almost no lines in the screen. The sound quality is excellent. This concert was originally recorded to be released as Queen's first live video, but due to some technical problems with Freddie's microphone it was never released. The second DVD includes some bonus material from the second night. Alex Solan created the wonderful cover art. It has no copy errors. Not sourced from VCD/SVCD.


Snivlle's comment:

I received a copy of this show from a great trading pal from the UK. As he'd told me before we traded, it was indeed one of the best versions of the show to have ever circulated. To find high quality copies of classic 70s QUEEN shows is very, very rare. After carefully watching the disc that I'd received from my friend a few times, I decided that there was enough picture quality remaining, underneath all the video noise, to facilitate a decent remastering attempt. It took close to 3 weeks of processing, remastering, revising, testing, and finally compiling, to come up with the finished product. It is an unfortunate fact of "video-geek" life that there are only 240 lines of resolution inherent in VHS recordings. This number can obviously not compare to the more the 540 lines of resolution seen in commercial DVDs. The motivation behind all "Snivlle Remastered Edition" DVDs is not to compete with commercial DVD quality; rather, it is to get older VHS footage as close as possible to the quality of SVHS or Laser Disc. 

The original VOB files were extracted from the source disc using DVD Decrypter. The VOB files were analyzed and indexed as a d2v file with DGindex. The VOBs were then frame-served with AVIsynth into Pro-grade NLE (Non Linear Editing) Video/DVD production software. AVIsynth frame-serving was used so that a few very powerful AVIsynth filters could be used on the footage without having to re-encode at this stage, or without having to create 100 GB uncompressed AVI files. In particular, the AVIsynth filters used were UnDot, CNR2, and Guavacomb. In combination, these filters eliminate multi-gen VHS anamolies such as ''dotcrawl'', chromiance shifting, and over all chromiance noise. The nasty chroma disturbances are removed WITHOUT affecting the actual picture details.

Various video noise samples were captured and analyzed from the original footage. Careful video temporal de-noising was applied to remove a substantial amount of analog VHS noise and mpeg-2 artifacts. This portion of the video processing was carefully calculated to ensure that maximum results would be achieved without disturbing the integrity of the original picture. I use the "NeatVideo" noise reduction plug-in in Highest quality/High resolution mode. Remastered editions are never mpeg-2 transcoded! All of my DVD projects are frame-served and encoded with Cinema Craft Encoder SP. The Cinema Craft Encoder is recognized within the DVD Production industry as the leader in high quality mpeg encoding. In order to maintain compatibility with a broad range of SA DVD players, bitrates are kept at 8000 KB/s or lower. I use standard (PAL) GOP settings (N=3/M=4), higher than average quantization settings, and tweaked picture quality parameters within the encoder itself.


Peter's comment:

This is my "pittrek" remaster of the "Snivlle remastered edition" of the Earls Court DVD. I have replaced his audio with a lossless source transfered from a low-generation VHS tape by ''frank39'' (www.queenhouse.de). The video and audio were synchronised using Womble MPEG Video Wizard DVD. The 6 chanel ac3 track was also created in Womble. The subtitles are created from text files by ''SirGH'' (www.queenlive.ca) using SubtitleCreator. I have also created new motion menus and compiled this DVD in DVDLabPro. Or in basic words: I took the Snivlle remaster. I thought it's great until I realised that it contains all the bad editing errors (the repeating section during the rock'n'roll medley is a fine example) and it contains AC3 audio. I have decided that I can do it better, so I have taken Snivvle's set and the old YV DVD and the fantastic lossless audio from ''frank39''. Then I have corrected all the cuts by "shifting" the video on the timeline wherever it was necessary, which means after every song. On disc 2 there were 2 serious errors. First of all was the repeating section during the rock'n'roll medley. I have corrected it and filled a few seconds which were missing from the YV DVD. The second "serious error" was the missing God Save The Queen track, so I have added it from YV's source, of course color corrected. Also during the opera section of Bohemian Rhapsody there was only a black screen, so I have replaced it with the heads from the official video, just like QP does with almost all their concert DVDs. The video is synchronised with 2 tracks, one is a stereo LPCM track, the second is a 5.1 track, which was "upmixed" from the stereo track. There is also a good subtitle track for Freddie's speeches. The bonus is all the footage we have from the second night.


Lineage:

2nd Gen (PAL) VHS > SA DVDR > DVD Decrypter > Elementary Streams > Professional NLE and Video Editing/Remastering software > Frame-served to CCE SP2 > DVD Chaptered/Authored > DVDR (0)


DVD Attributes:

Video Attributes

Video compression mode: MPEG-2
TV system: 625/50 (PAL)
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Display Mode: reserved
Source picture resolution: 720x576 (625/50)
Frame Rate: 25.00
Source picture letterboxed: Letterboxed
Bitrate: Around 7.00Mbps

Audio Attributes

Audio Coding mode: LPCM
Sampling Rate: 48kHz
Audio application mode: Not Specified
Number of Audio channels: 2.0
Bitrate: 1536 Kbps
Number of Audio streams: 2

 

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Version 2

Live at Earls Court 1977


Date
Venue
City
Country
Running Time
Image Quality
Sound Quality
: 06.06.1977
: Earls Court
: London
: England
: 120 minutes
: A-
: A


Tracklisting:

Procession
Tie Your Mother Down
Ogre Battle
White Queen
Somebody To Love
Killer Queen
Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy
The Millionaire Waltz
You're My Best Friend
Bring Back That Leroy Brown
Death On Two Legs
Doing All Right
Brighton Rock
Guitar Solo
Brighton Rock (Reprise)
'39
You Take My Breath Away
White Man
The Prophet's Song
Bohemian Rhapsody
Keep Yourself Alive
Stone Cold Crazy
In The Lap Of The Gods...Revisited
Now I'm Here
Liar
Rock'n'Roll Medley
God Save The Queen

*Pro filmed

 

Comment:

This complete version is remastered by ''Chief Mouse''. It's a very good upgrade in terms of the image quality, the sound quality was already excellent. See all details below about the remastering process. No copy errors.


Chief Mouse's comment:

This perhaps may be an upgrade, *but* it is by no means perfect. It feels more like a compromise since nothing will come close to the official material. Why compromise? Well, this was a new tape transfer done specially for improvement purposes. Thanks to these certain people. They wanted to remain anonymous for their own reasons, so I'll respect that and won't reveal any details. The transfer was made by Brianswig and here's his comment on the lineage: "SVHS source, played back from a Phillips VR1000 via an external TBC and captured digitally on a matrox RT2500 as DV AVI."
So the tape, it is the best one we've had yet, but it had big problems. Firstly, a huge ass timecode, very similar to that of Antiden's version if anyone remembers it. Secondly, two horizontal lines of shifted pixels that randomly appear and disappear throughout the concert. Once you see them you can't unsee them. Just shifting the pixels won't work because as I said it appears randomly, but thankfully in the same place.

For the timecode the raw VHS transfer shared by CMI a few years ago due to my request was very fitting. Back then I didn't find it just good enough, but for a patch job it's perfect. It had some dropped frames throughout the concert so every now and then the sync needed to be adjusted, so that the masked timecode part of the image doesn't drift out of sync with the rest of the image.
For those who don't know, this was the original that was remastered by Sniville and then improved and packaged further by Pittrek thus making what we considered the definitive version for years. My goal was to top that at least as far as image quality. The problem with this source was that it cut off for a few seconds at a few points during the concert, which means that the timecode would be left visible for a few seconds about 3 or so times at certain parts of the show. I dug out some extremely old, crappy and dark looking NTSC version that I had lying around for some reason and used it to patch up these bits of timecode. It was a nightmare making it blend so that it's not very noticeable. I won't tell exactly where this was cos it wouldn't be fun huh? Feel free to notice if you can! :-)

Another problem with the raw VHS version I used for main timecode masking was that the frame position would ever so slightly change angle by angle. Meaning if I aligned it perfectly to a certain shot, it might be a bit off in the next shot. I didn't go through this shot by shot because it would be a nightmare. So if you notice that John has a hint of double legs in a wide shot or whatever - that's just how it is.

Now, about those shifted pixels. TBC was performed so they must have been burned in the tape. Those lines can't be masked with the other source because it would be very noticeable since the area is small. I wasn't quite sure how to tackle that. I'm not that smart in Avisynth as some of you may think. Luckily I have a certain genius friend from another community who kindly helped me out with a solution to this! For the most part the fix works really damn well. You can notice some faint lines if diagonal looking objects in the frame are beneath these masks. So again, not perfect but as good as it gets. Way better than shifted pixels anyway.

The main image was cleaned up as per my usual process, nothing much to say.

The audio was sent to me by our friend Real Wizard. It comes from the Miracle Express VHS. Nitroboy helped out at the end big time when he took it upon himself to EQ, sync and prepare the audio for mixing to the video. He also made the chapters, so special thanks to my friend Nitroboy (Simon Christensen)! Thanks to Chinwonder for ever being willing to help and proof-watching the work in progress video and the final video for me.


Video / Audio Attributes:

Video Attributes

Video extension: MKV
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Source picture resolution: 720x540
Frame Rate: 50.00
Bitrate: Around 4.50 Mbps

Audio Attributes

Audio Coding mode: PCM
Sampling Rate: 44kHz
Audio application mode: Not Specified
Number of Audio channels: 2.0
Audio bitrate: 1411 Kbps
Number of Audio streams: 1

 

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