DTS Entertainment Releases Queen's "Night At The Opera" in 5.1 DVD-Audio 
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Written by Richard Elen   
Tuesday, 27 November 2001

Hitting the streets just a few days ago on November 20th was the latest release from DTS Entertainment, and it's a blockbuster: Queen's classic rock hit, "A Night At The Opera" on DVD-Audio, featuring the landmark "Bohemian Rhapsody" and the epic "Prophet Song".

The 5.1 remix was performed by top engineer Elliot Scheiner, who has previously remixed such classics as The Eagles' "Hotel California" for surround. He was accompanied on the sessions by original Queen producer Roy Thomas Baker.

The fragile 24-track analog master tapes were transferred to 24-bit, 96 kHz digital at London's Abbey Road studios, where the album was originally recorded, using a Apple Macintosh-based Steinberg Nuendo digital audio workstation, fast becoming a popular choice in the pro-audio community. Apparently the Abbey Road engineers were so impressed by the process that they intend to transfer the rest of the Queen catalog in the same way. The hard drives containing the historic digitized masters were then FedExed to Glenn Fry's Hollywood Studio for Scheiner and Baker to begin the task of remixing for surround.

"This 5.1 music re-mix will now help to transform the record industry... as Freddie Mercury's explosive compositions 'come to life' like never before," said David DelGrosso, DTS Entertainment-Vice President of Marketing. "Simply stated," he went on, "once consumers experience Bohemian Rhapsody through a 5.1 home or mobile sound system, their appreciation and demand for surround music will swiftly fuel the DVD-Audio format to new heights."

The disc offers an "Advanced Resolution" 24/96 MLP data stream on the DVD-Audio area of the disc, both in 5.1 and stereo downmix, and there is a 24/96 DTS 5.1 and PCM stereo soundtrack for DVD-Video players. The disc also includes the original 1975 music video of Bohemian Rhapsody in DTS 5.1 surround.

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