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Moulin Rouge
     

Moulin Rouge

4.8 181
Director: Baz Luhrmann

Cast: Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, John Leguizamo

 

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Dancing, music, love, and excitement meet in the lavish romantic musical Moulin Rouge starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor. Fox has done an absolutely stunning job on this 2.25:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. All aspects of this picture, including colors, black levels, and fleshtones, look even, well rendered, and bright. No digital artifacting, edge

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Dancing, music, love, and excitement meet in the lavish romantic musical Moulin Rouge starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor. Fox has done an absolutely stunning job on this 2.25:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. All aspects of this picture, including colors, black levels, and fleshtones, look even, well rendered, and bright. No digital artifacting, edge enhancement, or shimmer is present anytime during the film. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS Surround. Both of these tracks are full and bombastic with both the front and rear surround speakers utilized through most all of the film. No imperfections, such as distortion or hiss, are heard during any of the dialogue, effects, or music. These two soundtracks are very nice and should give any home theater a hearty and hefty workout. Also included on this disc is an alternate French and Spanish Dolby 2.0 soundtrack, as well as English subtitles. This two-disc set of Moulin Rouge includes a ballroom-sized array of extra features. Starting off disc one (aside of the movie) is "Behind the Red Curtain," a group of about eight featurettes about the making of the film. The two commentary tracks -- one by director Baz Lurhmann, production designer and costumer Catherine Martin, and director of photography Don McAlpine, and the second by the director and writer Craig Pearce -- are both informative and entertaining. Each of these tracks includes a lot of technical information about the movie, as well as anecdotes and stories about the cast and crew. Disc two includes a 28-minute "Making of Moulin Rouge" documentary from HBO that is standard promotional material, including interviews with selected cast and crew members. "The Stars" is a unique menu that allows the viewer to look at interview and pre-production test footage from different stars of the movie. "The Story Is About..." is some interview footage with the director as well as some text-only story line and script comparisons. "The Cutting Room" includes a short interview with the director and Jill Bilcock on their approach to the editing and structure of the film, six different "abandoned edits" of scenes, and some "pre-visualizations" of three separate scenes. "The Dance" includes four full-length dance sequences that were eventually trimmed in the final film (for time purposes). There is also a music section with four segments detailing the film's soundtrack (including interviews with composer Craig Armstrong, musical director Marius De Vries, and Fatboy Slim). Also included in this section is a music video for the song "Come What May" as well as "The Lady Marmalade Phenomenon," an MTV performance of the song with behind-the-scenes clips. Six separate sections make up "The Design," including some still archives on the costume and set design, a graphic design animated gallery, two interviews with the designers, and some production footage on the creation of the storyboards, costumes, sets, and concepts. "Smoke and Mirrors" is an area that includes interviews with the conceptual artists and effects team about some of the early 3-D renderings of the film's surreal world. Finally, there is a section on marketing that includes trailers, TV spots, television and media coverage, still galleries (photo, poster, and little red book), a music promo spot for the soundtrack, a Japanese trailer (!) for the film, and a trailer for the director's "Red Curtain Trilogy." Phew! Obviously, Fox has put a lot of work into this two-disc DVD set, and as such, they've turned out a winner. This is a great package that should keep fans busy for hours upon hours.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Virginia McCollam
Director Baz Luhrmann’s latest extravaganza, an exuberant re-envisioning of the movie musical and an operatic salute to 20th-century pop culture, borrows from everywhere yet manages to be a cinematic experience unlike any other. Recalling Puccini’s La Bohème, Lurhmann sets his tale in the world’s original pop-pleasure dome, the Moulin Rouge of fin de siècle Paris. Ewan McGregor stars as Christian, an idealistic and impoverished young writer who, newly arrived in Montmartre, is haphazardly inducted into a circle of absinthe-swilling bohemians led by Toulouse-Lautrec (John Leguizamo). A comedy of mistaken identities ensues, quickly enmeshing the young poet in a Mephistophelean love triangle involving the unobtainable and consumptive Satine (Nicole Kidman), queen courtesan of the Moulin Rouge, and the foppish Duke of Roxbury (Richard Roxburgh), his villainous rival for her affections. Granted, you may find yourself reaching for an oxygen tank, thanks to the centrifugal force of Luhrmann’s MTV editing style, combined with some staggering musical cross-pollination (sources range from David Bowie’s version of the pop standard "Nature Boy" to Beck’s version of Bowie’s "Diamond Dogs"). But it’s worth it. Moulin Rouge is exhausting, but it's also energizing and inexplicably moving. Kidman dazzles in a series of original costumes, and the elaborately constructed sets are equally stupendous. Look for a superb performance from Topsy Turvey’s Jim Broadbent as Zidler, the Moulin Rouge’s soft and fuzzy Faust. He also heads up one of the film’s more hilarious song-and-dance sequences, stomped out to Madonna’s "Like a Virgin." The double-disc DVD of Moulin Rouge -- which includes excellent production commentary, interviews with the director and writer, and at least ten hidden Easter Egg trailers -- offers welcome insight into the method behind the madness of this thoroughly postmodern folly.
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
A bold artistic statement, Moulin Rouge is Baz Luhrmann's first masterpiece. Frantically edited, paced, and photographed, the film is not an easy undertaking; it forces the viewer to accept it on its terms. The sets, costumes, and sound are stylish in the extreme. The greatest risk the film takes is having the characters speak predominantly in song lyrics. The young writer Christian (Ewan McGregor) and the doomed performer Satine (Nicole Kidman) argue about whether they will fall in love while telling each other, "Love lifts us up where we belong" and "I will always love you." When they aren't speaking in song lyrics, they sing to each other, with McGregor doing a better than credible job with Elton John's "Your Song." The barrage of pop songs quickly transcends kitsch. Luhrmann uses the songs to cut across all barriers between audience members and the characters. He's not playing Name That Tune; he's commenting on the universal desire for love. The intention behind the frantic pacing is not to undercut the grand, melodramatic themes; it is not an ironic commentary on musicals or love. The passion that drips from every frame of the film is there to underscore the sweeping emotions the characters feel as they fall in love with each other. The film slows down just enough in its second half to prepare the audience for the emotionally wrenching finale, which transpires in near silent darkness. Where there was once passion, there is now nothing but the remembrance of passion. Luhrmann's film, structured in flashback, elaborates this theme. It remembers when grand passions instead of cool irony were the norm for the moviegoing public. Moulin Rouge is a joyous, elegiac shout to remember why we go to the movies. It may be too much for some people, but for a generation raised in irony, Luhrmann's film is a shocking wake-up call.
Entertainment Weekly - Owen Gleiberman
It slashes through the distance that so many of us feel toward musicals.
San Francisco Chronicle
So cheeky, aggressive and bursting with vitality that it can't help being annoying and exhilarating at the same time. Edward Guthmann

Product Details

Release Date:
10/14/2003
UPC:
0024543008705
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time:
2:08:00

Special Features

Disc one: widescreen version of Moulin Rouge; two audio commentary tracks, one with director Baz Luhrmann, associate producer Catherine Martin and cinematographer Don McAlpine, the other with Luhrmann and co-screenwriter Craig Pearce; 8 "Behind The Scenes Branches"
Disc two: An HBO special feature, The Making of Moulin Rouge; 5 featurettes on the Moulin Rouge; a glance at earlier drafts of the screenplay; 6 extended scenes; 4 recut dance sequences; video interview with choreographers John "Cha Cha" O'Connell and Caroline O'Conner; dance pre-shoot footage; 3 multi-angle dance sequences; 2 Music Videos; live performance of Moulin Rouge; design and marketing gallery; over 10 Easter Eggs

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nicole Kidman Satine
Ewan McGregor Christian
John Leguizamo Toulouse-Lautrec
Jim Broadbent Zidler
Richard Roxburgh Duke of Worcester
Garry McDonald The Doctor
Jacek Koman The Unconscious Argentinean
Matthew Whittet Satie
Kerry Walker Marie
Caroline O'Connor Nini Legs in the Air
David Wenham Audrey
Christine Anu Arabia
Natalie Mendoza China Doll
Lara Mulcahy Mome Fromage
Kylie Minogue Green Fairy
Chris Elliott Conductor

Technical Credits
Baz Luhrmann Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Steven E. Andrews Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Craig Armstrong Score Composer
Martin Ash Set Decoration/Design
Fred Baron Producer
Anne Beauchamp Art Director
Jill Bilcock Editor
Brigitte Broch Set Decoration/Design
Martin Brown Producer
Ed Cotton Set Decoration/Design
Maruis de Vries Musical Direction/Supervision
Chris Elliott Musical Arrangement
Ian Gracie Art Director
Chris King Casting
Catherine Knapman Co-producer
Ronna Kress Casting
Aaron Marsden Set Decoration/Design
Catherine Martin Associate Producer,Costumes/Costume Designer,Production Designer
Donald M. McAlpine Cinematographer
Anton Monsted Musical Direction/Supervision
John O'Connell Choreography
Craig Pearce Screenwriter
Andrew Powell Set Decoration/Design
Louise Rooney Set Decoration/Design
Roger Savage Special Effects Supervisor
Guntis Sics Sound/Sound Designer
Maurizio Silvi Makeup
Angus Strathie Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Turner Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Moulin Rouge
1. Chapter 1 [:21]
2. Chapter 2 [:55]
3. Chapter 3 [1:56]
4. Chapter 4 [2:17]
5. Chapter 5 [5:14]
6. Chapter 6 [:12]
7. Chapter 7 [1:05]
8. Chapter 8 [1:00]
9. Chapter 9 [1:06]
10. Chapter 10 [6:46]
11. Chapter 11 [:03]
12. Chapter 12 [4:05]
13. Chapter 13 [:08]
14. Chapter 14 [:30]
15. Chapter 15 [1:49]
16. Chapter 16 [3:48]
17. Chapter 17 [4:21]
18. Chapter 18 [4:20]
19. Chapter 19 [4:24]
20. Chapter 20 [3:06]
21. Chapter 21 [1:07]
22. Chapter 22 [:12]
23. Chapter 23 [4:31]
24. Chapter 24 [1:37]
25. Chapter 25 [2:35]
26. Chapter 26 [1:52]
27. Chapter 27 [1:49]
28. Chapter 28 [:28]
29. Chapter 29 [3:48]
30. Chapter 30 [2:18]
31. Chapter 31 [4:42]
32. Chapter 32 [:04]
33. Chapter 33 [5:19]
34. Chapter 34 [7:23]
35. Chapter 35 [:19]
36. Chapter 36 [1:17]
Disc #2 -- Moulin Rouge
1. 'Come What May' From Preview Screenign No. 2 [7:17]
2. 'Dance Across the Sky' From Preview Screening No. 1 [7:19]
3. "Sidler's Rap' First Assembly, Slow Tempo [7:01]
4. 'Outside It May Be Raining' to 'Meet the Boho's' First Assembly [3:37]
5. 'Green Fairy Previsualisation' featuring Serena the Visual FX Co-ordinator [:39]

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Moulin Rouge 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 181 reviews.
Alyssamorgn More than 1 year ago
Ok i just turned 12 and i am amazingly in love with this movie the first time i saw it was in first grade ofcourse i didnt understand it or anything but i am in love with this movie me and my friend everytime i go to her house we watch it and i go over like every weekend. We both are good at singing and she is an alto and sings christian's lyrics and i sing satin's lyrics. We sound really good too we kno every word and it is so much fun when we were in fourth grade we were in her parents bedroom and the have a really high big bed with like poles for a canopy(no i dont mean that kinda pole) and we were like singing on the bed like we were on Satin's roof and it was so much fun. This movie may get confusing at points but its amazing and i love it!
nattylight More than 1 year ago
WOW this movie has it ALL. The cast is incredible! I never knew Nicole Kidman OR Ewan McGregor could sing, and wow can they sing! Girls love this movie, guys love this movie, everyone loves this movie!! Its about this woman who wants to become a star and she thinks the way to do that is to marry a duke. Or should we say a penniless writer who she mistakes for a duke. From there is all about their love. The music is perfect, absolutely perfect. The costumes are eye catching. the plot was so intriguing! I must warn you though. The costumes, the colors, the whole movie might be a little too much to handle for some people at first. But after a little while you get used to how the movie is and you'll love it!
H_I_Story More than 1 year ago
Having seen this film before the Blu-Ray makes the home experience even better. It is still cutting edge with perfect casting. I recommend it just as a fim not only as a musical.
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ICPForever101 More than 1 year ago
this movie rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie belongs right up at the top. The cinematography is so magical and colorful you'll never forget it. Plus it's got every kind of music and dance you can name (hip-hop, opera, tango, can-can). If you want to know the truth, beauty, freedom, + love behind the rouge curtain Moulin Rouge! tells you everything in a spectacularly exciting, tragic, romantic way.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie as soon as i watched it
miss_mandy More than 1 year ago
I love musicals, and Moulin Rouge is the best when it comes to unoriginal music. It is beautifully composed and puts an interesting twist on songs you already know and love. The context of the songs is also really cool. Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor are amazing. It's humorous and emotional and you'll laugh and cry and probably both at the same time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this film. It will blow you away. You will laugh and you will cry. The music is magical, along with Lurman's direction. I can't wait to own it - I will watch it over and over again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is hard and cold as Ice and at the same time loving and HOTTER then Ever!!! Love, after seeing it in the movies I NEEDED this movie, I'm complete Moulin addict!!!!
Candy-O More than 1 year ago
I am not normally into musicals but Moulin Rouge changed my mind on them! I watched it once and have been in love with it since. Both Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor do a wonderful job. Ewan gets very into his character. Kidman and McGregor both have very good singing voices. I love the plot aswell. The whole movie is just so cute. It makes you laugh and cry. Christian and Satine I think are the best couple ever in a movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS IS A WONDERFUL BREAK FROM THE NORM- I LOVE THE MUSIC AND THE BEAUTIFUL LOVE STORY! A MUST SEE.....
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie is the best. come what may and roxane are my favorite songs. I never know that it could be such a great movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have never seen a movie that has affected me as this one has. Honestly, I have watched it about ten times in the last week alone and can't get enough. The story line grabs you and won't let go. And Ewan's acting is amazing. You can literally feel all that his character is feeling just by looking at his face.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is one of the best movies ever made...ewan mcgregor and nicole kidman have an amazing voice, and the songs and the story line are just amazing. one of the few movies i cried in. This movie made me laugh cry and in the end, i wish it couldve gone on
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first saw this movie during a whirl-wind band trip to Corpus Christi...and was nearly sobbing at the end. It still exhilarates me, especially when Christian sings. I love how he makes ''The Sound of Music'' sound sexy, and I nearly faint at ''My gift is my song...'' This is such a good movie! I notice new things every time I watch, and I love puzzling over the symbolism. I love it because it's beautiful,exhausting, wonderful
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are not even the words to explain the way I feel about this masterpiece; it gets better and better with each viewing. I should know, I've watched it about fifty times. It is absolutely stunning!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie eas the best i have ever seen with McGregor.Im not normaly into this love stuff but i think this movie changed my mind.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was never a real big romantic fan, but this movie moved me. I didn't cry or anything. I just felt something. Ewan McGregor did great in Star Wars, Episode 2. He is even better in this movie. And I had no idea Kidman and McGregor could sing. That totally surprised me. This movie about love, betrayal and jealosy is one of the best musical/romantic I've ever seen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie makes me happy in a way that no movie ever has before. Sure, its heartbreaking, but my god is it beautiful.... and it just gets better every time I watch it. Easily in my top 5 all-time favorite movies.