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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
  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: Croatian, Czech, Danish, Finnish, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Turkish, Dutch
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 3 May 2004
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (331 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005RDOK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,373 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

DVD Special Features:

Disc 1:
Production commentary with Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin and Don McAlpine
Writers' commentary with Baz Luhrmann and Craig Pearce
Behind the Red Velvet Curtain Version: interactive feature that lets you glimpse an historical, technical and artistic view of Moulin Rouge!

Disc 2:
Uncut dance sequence: see the full extent of the choreography on your favourite dance numbers
Behind the scenes featurettes:
The making of Moulin Rouge
The Stars -- interviews with Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor and more
The Story is About -- interview with Baz Luhrmann and Craig Pearce
The Cutting Room -- six abandoned scenes
The Dance -- multi-angled dance sequences: select camera angles for Tango, the Can-Can and Coup D'Etat
The Music -- three music videos and interviews
The Design Gallery including visual effects
Marketing -- music promo and trailers

Picture format: 2.35:1 widescreen version 16:9
Languages: English Dolby Digital 5.1; English DTS 5.1; Audio description 2.0
Subtitles: Croatian, Czech, Danish, Finnish, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Turkish, Dutch, English for the hearing impaired


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

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

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44 of 47 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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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "lucy-taylor-bent" on 11 Dec. 2004
Format: DVD
Baz Lurhmann's third movie in the 'Red Curtain' trilogy has finally arrived. Moulin Rouge is set to be the next 'big thing'. With an all-star cast, I have no reason to doubt that this enticing film will go all the way to the top.
It is Paris, 1899, and romantic poet, Christian (Ewan McGregor) goes to Paris to join the Bohemian way of living. He begins going to the notorious club, the Moulin Rouge. From the moment he sets eyes on the clubs star, Satine (Nicole Kidman), he falls madly in love with her, and she returns his feelings. But with a jealous man and a serious disease hot on their tails, will they ever be together?
Luhrmann creates plenty of amusement throughout the film. Whateve you think is funny, you are bound to find something that will tickle your funny bone, and you can guarantee plenty of laughs.
I also thoroughly enjoyed the way it is modernised. Lurhmann made old meet young very well. The old fashioned dresses to modern songs create bizarre atmosphere. At times it felt like you were watching a party, yet sometimes, like you were watching circus clowns.
However, Lurhmann was unsuccessful in creating suspense. The entire plot is revealed within the first ten minutes of the film. It ruins the end and I almost thought it silly to keep watching until the end. Not only that but I was also unimpressed with the atrocious, unrealistic effects. Cameras flew in from all angles that it was like being on a roller coaster. It made me feel dizzy and nauseas and was frankly, quite pointless.
I could not complain about the main actors though, Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor portray Satine and Christian excellently. They prove to the world that they are not only great actors, but they can sing.
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