In Autumn of 1978, EMI re-issued "Bohemian Rhapsody" in France. This release is noted in the Autumn 1978 Fan Club magazine. The magazine says nothing about BR being edited. Speculation surrounds the existence of the edit. Apparently, one surviving copy of this single containing the edit was sold on eBay a few years ago and there was a good deal of discussion on this board about it, marking one of the more recent resurgences of the topic of the edit.
To my knowledge, neither the eBay seller nor buyer file-shared the track. I recall posting in the thread about the auction that I'd at least love to see a description of the edit (the request was directed at the seller and buyer in the hopes one would read the thread), if for no other reason than to satisfy a large chunk of curiosity surround the edit. No description was forthcoming.
No one in the Queen collecting community at large seems to have heard it or knows much more about it, as far as I can see (correct me if I'm wrong). There are at least two fake files claiming to be the edit out there circulating (or at least there were), but to the best of my knowledge, the authentic edit has not been shared. IF it's in a serious Queen collector's hands right now, they are keeping it under tight wraps.
That's all *I* know. If anyone else can expand on (or can update with corrections) any of those details, I'd love to know more myself.
I guess it takes out the opening section and starts with "mama, just killed a man". The opera section must have been tampered with, too.
Bo Rhap is obviously just great the way it is....but I would be very curious to hear the edit!