Moulin Rouge! - Moulin Rouge (2001)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Nicole Kidman
Ewan McGregor
Jim Broadbent
John Leguizamo
Richard Roxburgh
Garry McDonald
Kerry Walker
Kylie Minogue
David Wenham
Movie Details
Genre Show
Director Baz Luhrmann
Language English
Audience Rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Running Time 122 mins
Country USA
Color Color
A dazzling and yet frequently maddening bid to bring the movie musical kicking and screaming into the 21st century, Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge bears no relation to the many previous films set in the famous Parisian nightclub. This may appear to be Paris in the 1890s, with can-can dancers, bohemian denizens like Toulouse-Lautrec (John Leguizamo), and ribaldry at every turn, but it's really Luhrmann's pop-cultural wonderland. Everyone and everything is encouraged to shatter boundaries of time and texture, colliding and careening in a fast-cutting frenzy that thinks nothing of casting Elton John's "Your Song" 80 years before its time. Nothing is original in this kaleidoscopic, absinthe-inspired love tragedy--the words, the music, it's all been heard before. But when filtered through Luhrmann's love for pop songs and timeless showmanship, you're reminded of the cinema's power to renew itself while paying homage to its past.

Luhrmann's overall success with his third "red-curtain" extravaganza (following Strictly Ballroom and William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet) is wildly debatable: the scenario is simple to the point of silliness, and how can you appreciate choreography when it's been diced into hash by attention-deficit editing? Still, there's something genuine brewing between costars Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman (as, respectively, a poor writer and his unobtainable object of desire), and their vocal talents are impressive enough to match Luhrmann's orgy of extraordinary sets, costumes, and digital wizardry. The movie's novelty may wear thin, along with its shallow indulgence of a marketable soundtrack, but Luhrmann's inventiveness yields moments that border on ecstasy, when sound and vision point the way to a moribund genre's joyously welcomed revival. --Jeff Shannon

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Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 2
Screen Ratio 16:9 Wide Screen / 2.35 Wide Screen
Layers Single side, Dual layer
Release Date 2003
Subtitles Croatian; Czech; Danish; Dutch; English for the hearing impaired; Finnish; Hebrew; Hungarian; Icelandic; Norwegian; Polish; Portuguese; Swedish; Turkish
Packaging Amaray Transparent
Audio Tracks English
Nr of Disks/Tapes 2
Extra Features
Disc 1: Audio commentary by Baz Lurhmann, Catherine Martin and Donald McAlpine. Audio commentary by Baz Luhrmann and Craig Pearce. Audio description for the visually impaired. 'Behind The Red Curtain' footage - 8 video segments branched into the film.
 Disc 2: 'Making of Moulin Rouge ' featurette. The Stars - introductory segment and 5 video segments, including interviews. The Story Is About - 2 video segments, including interview with Baz Luhrmann and Craig Pearce. The Cutting Room - Jill Bilcock and Baz Lurhman interview. 6 abandoned scenes. The Dance - video intro plus 4 video segments, interview with John 'Cha Cha' O'Connell and Caroline O'Connor. Pre shoot dances. Multi angle dance sequences - Tango, Because We Can, Coup D'Etat Multi. The Music - interviews with Marius De Vries, Craig Armstrong and Fat Boy Slim, 'Lady Marmalade' music video, MTV Movie Awards performance and 'Come What May' music video. The Design - 2 video interviews, video montage of images, 2 static image galleries, visual effects. Marketing - international sizzle reel, theatrical trailer, Japanese trailer, music promo, 7 static image galleries. Easter Eggs.