Freddie Mercury – The Untold Story doc in full

This is the first major documentary profiling the life of Freddie Mercury, telling the story of his early life in Zanzibar and India, his early days in England, his life in Queen, his solo projects and collaboration with Montserrat Caballe, and his illness and death. It features contributions from many people closest to Freddie, including his mother Jer Bulsara, sister Kashmira Cooke, Brian May, Roger Taylor, long term partner Jim Hutton, former girlfriend and longterm friend Mary Austin, personal assistant Peter Freestone, best friend Peter Straker, and numerous other people who knew Freddie socially or through Queen projects.

There are two full versions of the documentary, but it was also edited and adapted for TV Broadcast, aswell as a short trailer, released on the Italian and Dutch ‘Guide Me Home’ CD single. Essentially the two full documentaries are the same, but there are differences, as they feature different narration (the re-released documentary has narration by actor Sean Pertwee) and have a slightly different selection of interviews.

The original documentary was released in November 2000 as part of the ‘Freddie Mercury – Solo’ boxed set. It features the documentary in normal sound, and also features a DVD-Rom section, featuring an interactive ‘Freddie Mercury Photographic Exhibition’, where viewers can ‘walk’ around a virtual photographic exhibition.

The re-released documentary was released in September 2006 as part of the ‘Lover Of Life, Singer Of Songs’ DVD. The disc adds a ‘Making Of The Untold Story’ 18 minute featurette, which has behind the scenes footage of the filming of the documentary. It also adds subtitles (in English, French, German, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian) and four sound options: normal (stereo), normal (without narration), 5.1 surround sound, and director’s commentary (by Rudi Dolezal and Hannes Rossacher).