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Moulin Rouge [2001] [DVD]


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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 (330 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000DK4PO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,001 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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4.3 out of 5 stars

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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Break VINE VOICE on 8 April 2005
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 By M. Wearne on 6 July 2007
Format: DVD
there is only one word to describe this film and that is... AWESOME. i bought this 3 days ago and have watched it 3 times! i just got totally lost in it! this film is amazing and i recommend it to anyone and everyone!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Sat on 18 Jan. 2004
Format: DVD
You either love it or you hate it. I'm one of those people who love it. The camera work may be overdone in the opening minutes but as the film progresses it slows down to a more enjoyable speed which allows you to take in the full splendor of the lush sets and costumes. The music is wonderfully reworked into a dramtic style and is surprisingly well delivered by the cast. The two leads both have good voices but the actor who surpised me the most was Jim Broadbent, who will make you laugh out loud (or cringe with embarrasment!) in Like a Virgin but who is actually quite touching in The Show Must Go On. The plot, though admitably paper-thin, is relitivly involving and I found myself caring for the fate of these doomed, if somewhat shallow, lovers. The reason for losing a star is partly because the villian of the piece who, dispite the hammy nature of the whole film, is over the top and totally unbelievable (and besides, his eyebrows are a funny shape) but mostly because there are far better versions of this DVD available. If you enjoyed this film I suggest you buy the two-disk DVD or better still, a package of all three of Baz Luhrmans films, which are as good as, if not better than this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Mar. 2002
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My favourite film ever from my favourite director. Even though this film is not perfect, somehow I have found myself falling in love with it and going back to watch it again and again at the cinema. As Bas Luhrmann has said in his interviews, this film cannot be enjoyed on a cerebral or ironic level - it works on the level of pure emotion and you either go into the film with an open heart or you else it won't work for you. On that level I think critics have failed to understand just why audiences love this film so much - the film works on the heart, not the head. It's an emotional rollercoater, slashing between comedy and tragedy and it's exhausting, in the most wonderful way! Every time I see this, I leave the cinema feeling so wonderfully uplifted and exalted, which I feel is just what Lurhmann wanted to achieve.
I loved every moment, from the wild, wonderful frenetic editing at the start to the slow, tender emotional love songs in the middle - especially their duet on the elephant where they are singing modern love songs to each other. It assaults the senses on every level - music, acting, visual effects. I could go on about this film forever but I won't - just buy it!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Jan. 2002
Format: DVD
I've seen this film 11 times now (8 at the cinema and 3 at home with the DVD) and it is still a great joy and delight to me. If I try and analyse why I'm so in love with it - or why it's such a great film - I end up realising that a logical, critical approach doesn't work, and I'm left with the thought that Moulin Rouge is a modern equivalent to a 30s MGM musical: I almost feel that I'm a closet gay man and that the story of Satine and Christian and the Duke and Harold and Toulouse is, when all is said and done, is nothing less than "fabulous". Critical faculties, and the ability to maintain a detached or ironic perspective, are shattered by glamour, pathos, gorgeous orchestral music, truth, beauty, freedom and, above all, love.
In some ways it's easier to see what's wrong with the film rather than what's so great about it: the story is spare and simple (and corny); there's too much frenetic cutting (one Australian reviewer likened it to being trapped in an elevator with a circus); some of the more complex scenes (the "Roxanne" sequence, and the massive "Hindi sad diamonds" denouement) almost fall apart under their own weight; but these are minor concerns when placed against the sheer emotionalism and filmic energy of this crazy masterpiece. Baz Luhrmann has defiantly established himself as a genius -- in an audacious pantheon of genius that includes Jimi Hendrix, Charlie Parker and Orson Welles.
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