Moulin Rouge! [Blu-Ray]
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: 10/19/2010
Number of Discs: 1
Director: Baz Luhrmann
Actors: Ewan McGregor, Nicole Kidman, John Leguizamo, Jim Broadbent, Richard Roxburgh
Synopsis: Oscar Winner Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, Jim Broadbent and John Leguizamo head an internationally renowned cast in this musical extravaganza. Baz Luhrmann’s sensual reinvention of the movie musical was Nominated for 8 Academy Award including Best Picture. Set in a Paris nightclub that caters to society’s decadent elite, the exhilarating Moulin Rogue follows the story of the ill-fated love affair between a stunning courtesan (Kidman) and a struggling young writer (McGregor).
Picture In Picture With Audio Commentary
A Creative Adventure Featurette
Uncut Bazmark Vault Footage
Production Featurette And Interviews
The Making Of
Review: While I’ve said it before it may still surprise some that I do in fact enjoy musicals, not all but some. The list is short but the list of musicals I’ve seen is also short which means percentage wise it probably has a better batting average than Sci-Fi at this point.
When Moulin Rouge came out a few years ago I tried watching it and really couldn’t get into it, the modern music just didn’t work for me given that it takes place in 1899. I know it’s about how ahead of the curve the place was and that suspension of disbelief goes doubly so for musicals but first time around I just couldn’t wrap my head around it and gave up.
Part of the magic of high def is that visually striking films like this will look simply amazing thus giving me a new interest in trying to watch this one again so I settled in for a Baz double feature (see Romeo + Juliet) plus Rocky Horror Picture Show and hoped I wouldn’t come out the other side a little too fabulous.
Watching this in High Def I can tell that I think this is Nicole Kidman at her most beautiful, it was before she started looking so alien, there is something very erotic going on in this film and she’s at the center of it. Thank you Blu-Ray!
Having seen a few of Luhrmann’s films now and they all seem to suffer the same thing; a plot that shifts focus too much and a middle that sags and drags. Most films have a second act drag so it’s forgivable given that his films are wall to wall visual treats for the eyeballs. Despite the heavy plot borrowed from/inspired by La boheme and drama the music keeps it light and fun to watch and dirty when its not.
This is a good pick up for anyone that’s a fan of the genre or maybe even just someone who’s a fan of good looking films.