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Moulin Rouge! [VHS] [2001]

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  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (431 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000065FXH
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 543,598 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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Format: VHS Tape
I bet that many others who went to see Moulin Rouge at the cinema had mixed expectations of what this film would be like. I was one of them. Before I saw it, I wasn't sure if I'd enjoy it, but oh how wrong I was!! This film took me on a rollercoaster ride of emotions, with some extremely funny and sad bits set in Bohemian Paris and made it the best musical on the big screen...ever!! Yes, even beating Oklahoma! :)
The gorgeous Ewan McGregor is fantastic in his role as Christian (what a singing voice!) as is Nicole Kidman. The entire cast help to make this an unforgetable film (good example is the "El Tango De Roxanne" scene!)
I really enjoyed this film (went to see it 4 times at the cinema!), have pre-booked my copy and would encourage those who haven't seen it to do the same!!
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Format: DVD
I would have to recommend this film to all the cynics out there who haven't yet fallen under the spell of the Moulin Rouge. I watched in utter bewliderment at first at the madness that stunned my fellow cinema goers! I was then swept away in the fairytale like world that Moulin Rouge creates. Both Nicole and Ewan were every bit the entertainers they portrayed, Nicoles voice was strong and etheral, Ewan shocked me in so much as I never knew he could even sing! I was crying like a baby by the end of the film and praying it would not take long for the release of the Dvd! Thankfully I will not have to wait long as America has already released it! If you haven't already seen it go enrich your life!
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Format: DVD
I originally saw this film at the cinema because it starred the talented Ewan McGregor. My opinion of him was not let down by this film, if anthing, I am a bigger fan because of it. The film is superb. It is well written, well directed, has fanatastically choreographed scenes, stunning music and brilliant acting from the two stars (Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman) as well as the awesome supporting cast. The film is hilarious, romantic and tragic all at once. It really makes you feel is if you know the characters and are with them in the Moulin Rouge. There is a wide range of music from Nirvana to David Bowie, and no matter how reserved a person you are, you won't be able to stop yourself from singing along. After watching the film I was forced to agonizingly wait for the film to be released on DVD but luckily, I had the soundtracks to keep me going. The DVD is excellent, containing deleted scenes, commentary, interviews and a look in at the costume designs and dance rehearsals as well as hidden extras for the devoted fan. Moulin Rouge is a must for anyone, anywhere.
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This is a fantastic, weird and wonderful musical. The songs are just brilliant and the story line itself is so beautifully romantic. This film is recommended for people who like something out of the ordinary and is a softy deep down.
Great film, very well made with a fab soundtrack. Highly recommended.*****
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Moulin Rouge was one of those films that I completely loathed when I was younger. A flashy, hyper-energetic musical that had Obi-Wan Kenobi singing in it was not the type of film that suited the tastes of a sci-fi loving nine year old male. My initial disdain for the film left that impression on me for years as I felt the film was nothing more than a pretentious mess from Baz Luhrmann who is often slated for his frantic and over-indulgent style of filmmaking. I eventually gave into rewatching the film after a friend of mine from drama school recommended me to watch it again. After reluctantly giving in, I was utterly blown away by this film. I realised that my original views were really short-sighted and that Moulin Rouge is an excellent piece of cinema.

I've never been much of a fan of musicals aside from Rocky Horror, Sweeney Todd and Les Miserables and I may have been predisposed to dislike the film at first. But Moulin Rouge has a distinct quality to it that separates it from other musicals. Baz Luhrmann's background in opera gives the film a unique sense of grandness and pace. Some like to label this film as a guilty pleasure because of its over-the-top style and thin plot but Moulin Rouge is not technically supposed to be a film with a meaty and original story. The film is similar in fashion to something like Rocky Horror Picture Show or Flash Gordon in that it is intentionally delivered in a campy and tongue-in-cheek manner. It knows how flamboyant it is and has fun with itself.

That's not to say that the film is devoid of anything resembling good filmmaking however. What sells the film are the dynamic performances from the cast.
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