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Moulin Rouge [2001] [DVD]

Nicole Kidman , Ewan McGregor , Baz Luhrmann    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (301 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, John Leguizamo, Jim Broadbent, Richard Roxburgh
  • Directors: Baz Luhrmann
  • Writers: Baz Luhrmann, Craig Pearce
  • Producers: Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Knapman, Catherine Martin, Fred Baron, Martin Brown
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Croatian, Czech, Danish, English, Finnish, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Turkish, Dutch
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Oct 2003
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (301 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000DK4PO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,402 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Christian (Ewan McGregor) is an aspiring bohemian writer, eking out a living in late 19th century Paris. An unlikely series of events result in him impersonating a Duke at the Moulin Rouge, Paris' most decadent club, and he falls tragically in love with its biggest star, Satine (Nicole Kidman). Events conspire against young love as the film speeds energetically towards its fateful conclusion.

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Watching Baz Luhrmann's award-winning Moulin Rouge is a lot like falling in love. It is total immersion cinema and while you're experiencing it ("watching" is too passive a word) you can't imagine that cinema could be for anything else. In the harsh, objective post-viewing daylight Lurhmann's gaudy spectacular might seem like a triumph of glossy style over any genuine substance, but as the film unfolds Lurhmann subjects his audience to a such a barrage of overtly stylised music, dance, colour, design and human passion that the senses are overwhelmed and critical faculties put on hold for the duration.

The story is paper-thin, but that's hardly the point. Nicole Kidman's courtesan Satine falls for poor poet Ewan McGregor while pledged to a psychotic English Duke. The show goes on, of course, and we know it will end in tragedy--because that's the sort of story this is, and the only thing that makes it bearable is the knowledge that it's all just brilliant artifice. The third of Luhrman's "Red Curtain" trilogy (after Strictly Ballroom and Romeo + Juliet), Moulin Rouge reinvents musical cinema, acknowledging its debt to past masters like Vincente Minnelli (Gigi) and Michael Powell (The Red Shoes), but taking in the best of rock video along the way. The incessant MTV-style editing might seem like a distraction, but in the end a film insane enough to include Jim Broadbent's cover of "Like a Virgin" defines its own genre rules.

On the DVD: this double-disc package sets new standards of presentation while also having an ideally appropriate light-heartedness. The extra features are as inventive in their use of the format as the film itself. Highlights include not one but two commentaries--one by Luhrmann, his designer and his cinematographer, the other with Lurhmann and his fellow scriptwriter Craig Pearce. We get two videos of "Lady Marmalade" and there are also uncut dance numbers, for example the fabulously dark Tango sequence in all its detail, which come with alternate camera angles so that you can edit your own version. There are whole segments on the glittery costumes, the three-dimensional model of Paris and the transformation of Kylie Minogue into the Green Fairy of absinthe. The film is presented in anamorphic widescreen (formatted for 16:9 TVs) with a visual aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and has lush, velvety Dolby Digital 5.1 or DTS 5.1 sound options. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unmissable 3 Jan 2005
By Beautiful Freak VINE VOICE
Format:VHS Tape
If you dismiss the premise behind Moulin Rouge (a love story set in Bohemian Paris, told largely through song with scant regard for the restraints of reality) as improbable and almost absurd, you may miss one of the best films of recent years. Only in the skilled hands of Baz Luhrman could such a feat be pulled off: it IS pulled off, and spectacularly so. The film flickers from the hilarious to the dark and tragic, and despite the unashamed flamboyance and craziness of the world of the Moulin Rouge, no character (except possibly the naïve Christian - Ewan McGregor) is at all simplified. Behind the scenes and beyond the façade of garish physical pleasure that makes up the Moulin Rouge, we see the human face of the buffoon-like Harold Zidler (Jim Broadbent), the secret hopes and dreams of Satine (Nicole Kidman), the giggling courtesan, and the dark and dangerous core of jealousy behind the apparently absurd and utterly ridiculous Duke (Richard Roxburgh.)
The story itself is extremely powerful, and the use of some of the most famous songs of the last thirty years simply gives it wings. The hilarious take on Madonna's Like a Virgin provides one of the funniest moments of the film, and the declaration of love through Elton John's Song, and the following famous love medley (set in and on a giant jewel encrusted elephant, no less, in which the two lovers dance around a miniature Paris to the crooning of a singing moon) must be one of the most romantic declarations of love in any film, ever. This most powerful scene, however, must go to the 'Roxanne' tango number: the kind of stuff that gives you goosebumps up the back of your neck. McGregor and Kidman actually singing always threatened to be a weak link, but they get away with it, and their acting is solid throughout.
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unmissable 8 April 2005
By Beautiful Freak VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
If you dismiss the premise behind Moulin Rouge (a love story set in Bohemian Paris, told largely through song with scant regard for the restraints of reality) as improbable and almost absurd, you may miss one of the best films of recent years. Only in the skilled hands of Baz Luhrman could such a feat be pulled off: it IS pulled off, and spectacularly so. The film flickers from the hilarious to the dark and tragic, and despite the unashamed flamboyance and craziness of the world of the Moulin Rouge, no character (except possibly the naïve Christian - Ewan McGregor) is at all simplified. Behind the scenes and beyond the façade of garish physical pleasure that makes up the Moulin Rouge, we see the human face of the buffoon-like Harold Zidler (Jim Broadbent), the secret hopes and dreams of Satine (Nicole Kidman), the giggling courtesan, and the dark and dangerous core of jealousy behind the apparently absurd and utterly ridiculous Duke (Richard Roxburgh.)
The story itself is extremely powerful, and the use of some of the most famous songs of the last thirty years simply gives it wings. The hilarious take on Madonna's Like a Virgin provides one of the funniest moments of the film, and the declaration of love through Elton John's Song, and the following famous love medley (set in and on a giant jewel encrusted elephant, no less, in which the two lovers dance around a miniature Paris to the crooning of a singing moon) must be one of the most romantic declarations of love in any film, ever. This most powerful scene, however, must go to the 'Roxanne' tango number: the kind of stuff that gives you goosebumps up the back of your neck. McGregor and Kidman actually singing always threatened to be a weak link, but they get away with it, and their acting is solid throughout.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular Spectacular!!! 21 Jan 2007
Format:DVD
This is one of the most beautiful and heartwarming films that I have ever seen. Crammed full of emotion, you will feel happy, sad and you will sing along and feel uplifted! This is the ONLY film that I am happy to watch over and over and over again. It never fails to entertain me.

The film follows a young writer (Ewan Macgregor) in Bohemian Paris, where he meets and falls in love with a stunning courtesan (Nicole Kidman)working at the Moulin Rouge, however love does not always end happily ever after. The ending will have a significant impact on you for a long time afterwards. All of the actors play their roles perfectly and the film is a perfect blend of romance, tragedy, dance and comedy.

SO: Make yourself a hot chocolate, grab a box of tissues if you're particularly sensitive and prepare for the biggest movie feast of all time! This film is truly beautiful.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The show will go on forever 25 Feb 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Moulin Rouge is one of those rare forms of entertainment that will entice the audience forever. Just when you thought that musicals were done and dusted, Moulin Rouge comes along and opens up a whole new world of music, glamour, cabarets and love. Baz Lurhman has done an excellent job portraying the life at the world famous nightclub, taking you on an exciting ride with the telling of the story.
Altough the start to the film is rather tedious, you are relieved from this as soon as you are introduced to the Moulin Rouge.The choreography is excellent, fast paced to suit the fast editing and you can't help but love the flamboyant costumes and the excellent soundtrack to accompany the film.
This film is an absolute must to anybody who enjoys a soppy romantic movie. Get out your hankies and relive the magic of the Moulin Rouge forever.
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