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Moulin Rouge (2001)

Director: Baz Luhrmann     Starring: Ewan McGregor Nicole Kidman
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40175528
UPC: 024543057659
UPC 14: 00024543057659
Rating: Game Rating Code
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A spectacle beyond your imagination.|Truth. Beauty. Freedom. Love.
A poet falls for a beautiful courtesan whom a jealous duke covets in this stylish musical, with music drawn from familiar 20th century sources.

"Luhrmann creates visual miracles...  Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Dazzling!  New York Daily News
"...the first musical that trumps the achievement of MTV, producing whirlwind excitement on a steady schedule...  Elvis Mitchell, The New York Times
"...cheeky, aggressive and bursting with vitality...  Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Cronicle
"Astounding. Electrifying. A monumental achievement.  CNN Radio Network
"...a wonderful postmodern hug of a movie.  Desson Howe, Washington Post
"...a movie like no other before it.  Seattle Times
"A landmark musical movie -- controversial, mercurial, even cheeky.  Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"...dazzling, electrifying...  CNN
"An audacious pop spectacle.  US Weekly
"You've never seen anything like it!  Time Magazine
"Fabulous, sexy, witty, and absolutely amazing!  NBC-TV, San Francisco
"This thing moves brilliantly, sparkling like nothing we've seen domestically since "The Wiz" or "Xanadu."  Gregory Weinkauf, New Times
"An audacious, snappy visual and emotional feast of dishes both familiar and fresh.  Jack Mathews, New York Daily News

Editor's Note
Cross LA BOHÈME with CABARET, throw in a little bit of RENT, and you might almost begin to describe Baz Luhrmann's visually opulent, fast-paced, funny, heartrending MOULIN ROUGE. The film, which premiered as the opener to the 2001 Cannes Film Festival, is a musical set in 1899 Paris at the notorious Montmartre cabaret club, the Moulin Rouge. Directed by Luhrmann (WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S ROMEO AND JULIET, STRICTLY BALLROOM), the movie stars Nicole Kidman as the high-kicking courtesan, Satine; Ewan McGregor as the sensitive poet, Christian; and John Leguizamo as the flamboyant artist and matchmaker, Toulouse-Lautrec. Luhrmann's use of eclectic lighting and saturated color, the fast zooms and quick cuts of his camera, and his magnificent costumes and sets perfectly capture the excess and freneticism for which the Moulin Rouge was famous. Beautifully led by McGregor and Kidman, the flawless supporting cast brings to life the culture of belle époque Paris with magical realism. Above all, the anachronistic, energetic contemporary soundtrack is what drives MOULIN ROUGE, with popular songs by L'il Kim, Christina Aguilera, David Bowie, and Beck--as well as Kidman and McGregor adding their own superb vocals.


Video Features DVD, Special Edition, Sensormatic

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Foxvideo
Video Release Date Release Date: 1/6/2015
Video Play Time Running Time: 128 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2001
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 2259053
Video UPC UPC: 00024543057659
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English, Spanish Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info David Wenham
Video Cast Info Ewan McGregor
Video Cast Info Garry McDonald
Video Cast Info Kylie Minogue
Video Cast Info Nicole Kidman
Video Cast Info Richard Roxburgh
Video Cast Info Jim Broadbent
Video Cast Info John Leguizamo
Video Cast Info John O'Connell - Choreographer
Video Cast Info Donald McAlpine - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Catherine Knapman - Co-Producer
Video Cast Info Catherine Martin, Angus Strathie - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info Baz Luhrmann - Director
Video Cast Info Donald McAlpine - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Baz Luhrmann - Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Jill Bilcock - Editor
Video Cast Info Craig Armstrong - Music
Video Cast Info Craig Armstrong, et al. - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Fred Baron, et al. - Producer
Video Cast Info Fred Baron, Martin Brown - Producer
Video Cast Info Catherine Martin - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Craig Pearce - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Baz Luhrmann - Writer
Video Cast Info Graig Pearce - Writer


Cannes Film Festival (2001)
   Video Award Name Baz Luhrmann, Nominee, Golden Palm

Golden Globe (2001)
Video Award Name Nicole Kidman, Winner, Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture-Comedy/Musical
Video Award Name Craig Armstrong , Winner, Best Original Motion Picture Score
   Video Award Name Baz Luhrmann, Nominee, Best Director--Motion Picture
   Video Award Name David Baerwald, Nominee, Best Original Song--Motion Picture ("Come What May")
   Video Award Name Ewan McGregor, Nominee, Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture-Comedy/Musical

British Academy Awards (2002)
Video Award Name Andy Nelson, et. al., Winner, Best Sound

Oscar (2002)
Video Award Name Catherine Martin, Angus Strathie, Winner, Best Costume Design
Video Award Name Catherine Martin, Brigitte Broch, Winner, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration

Golden Globe (2002)
Video Award Name Craig Armstrong, Winner, Best Original Score - Motion Picture

British Academy Awards (2002)
Video Award Name Craig Armstrong, Marius De Vries, Winner, Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music

MTV Award (2002)
Video Award Name Ewan McGregor, Nicole Kidman, Winner, Best Musical Sequence

Oscar (2002)
   Video Award Name Fred Baron, et. al., Nominee, Best Picture

British Academy Awards (2002)
Video Award Name Jim Broadbent, Winner, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Golden Globe (2002)
Video Award Name Moulin Rouge!, Winner, Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Video Award Name Nicole Kidman, Winner, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

MTV Award (2002)
Video Award Name Nicole Kidman, Winner, Best Female Performance

Oscar (2002)
   Video Award Name Nicole Kidman, Nominee, Best Actress in a Leading Role

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone
"...Luhrmann's technique is flamboyantly operatic...[He] creates visual miracles..." 06/07/2001 p.119-20

New York Times
"...There are more volatile or seductive shades of red than even Toulouse-Lautrec might have dreamed of....Mr. Luhrmann has the eye of an artist..." 05/18/2001 p.E10

"...Baz Luhrmann displays often amazing resourcefulness as he mixes a multitude of film and song styles to relate his quintessential tale of la vie boheme..." 05/14/2001 p.21-8

USA Today
"...Spectacularly drenched in color, décor and other visual oh-la-la..." 05/18/2001 p.8E

"...Astonishing....The sweet-voiced Kidman has never been sexier....Daring..." -- 3 1/2 out of 4 stars 07/01/2001 p.82-3

Box Office
"...Stunning cinematic artistry....Dazzling....It is a powerful impression of Luhrmann as a technically dexterous visual virtuoso..." 07/01/2001 p.99

Sight and Sound
"...Breathless....McGregor's wide-eyed readiness to perform is an undiluted pleasure and he is at his most charismatic here..." 09/01/2001 p.51-2

Los Angeles Times
"...A fever dream of musical spectacle....It showcases excellent work from co-stars Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor..." 05/18/2001 p.1

Los Angeles Times 8 of 10
...A fever dream of musical spectacle, its dizzying visual and melodic panache is operatic by intention and excessive by design. This is a flabbergasting piece of work, nakedly out there, willing to risk looking foolish because it is so in love with the head-turning possibilities of the film medium... it showcases excellent work from co-stars Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor as singing star-crossed lovers in turn-of-the-century Paris... - Kenneth Turan

ReelViews 8 of 10
Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge is a rigorously accurate historical account of events that occurred during the period between 1899 and 1900 in Paris' infamous Moulin Rouge nightclub. Luhrmann's meticulously researched motion picture uncovers several shocking truths previously unknown to historians - for example, it seems that musical luminaries like Elton John and Paul McCartney are guilty of plagiarism - songs credited to them were originally penned by a little-known songwriter named Christian and performed at the Moulin Rouge...Well, not quite...Actually, what Luhrmann has done here is to take an historical locale (the Moulin Rouge did exist around the turn of the last century, in the heart of Monmartre) and a few real people and drop them into an entirely fictional production that uses pop hits (primarily from the '70s and '80s) to populate the soundtrack. In keeping with a recent motion picture trend that anarchonistically applies modern music to period pieces, Moulin Rouge ventures down the same trail explored by the likes of Kenneth Branagh's Love's Labour's Lost and the woefully inept A Knight's Tale...Historical purists and those who enjoy only sedate films are likely to be infuriated by what Luhrmann has done here, but who cares? We live in an age of excess, and Lurhmann takes it to the hilt. There's no area in which he holds back. With a widescreen picture, more edits than any film since Requiem for a Dream, and a soundtrack that demands digital playback, Luhrmann has fashioned the template for a new kind of musical. This is as much a summer film as The Mummy Returns, but with one important difference - it's fresher and more lively. And, while my acclaim may not be as rapturous as that of those who enjoyed it during its Opening Night world premiere at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival, I am still heartily recommending it to anyone who cherishes the thought of a modern day musical spectacle. - James Berardinelli

Chicago Sun-Times 9 of 10
Like almost every American college boy who ever took a cut-rate flight to Paris, I went to the Moulin Rouge on my first night in town. I had a cheap standing-room ticket way in the back, and over the heads of the crowd, through a haze of smoke, I could vaguely see the dancing girls. The tragedy of the Moulin Rouge is that by the time you can afford a better seat, you've outgrown the show..."Moulin Rouge" the movie is more like the Moulin Rouge of my adolescent fantasies than the real Moulin Rouge ever could be. It isn't about tired, decadent people, but about glorious romantics, who believe in the glitz and the tinsel--who see the nightclub not as a shabby tourist trap but as a stage for their dreams. Even its villain is a love-struck duke who gnashes his way into the fantasy, content to play a starring role however venal...The film is constructed like the fevered snapshots created by your imagination before an anticipated erotic encounter. It doesn't depend on dialogue or situation but on the way you imagine a fantasy object first from one angle and then another. Satine, the heroine, is seen not so much in dramatic situations as in poses--in postcards for the yearning mind. The movie is about how we imagine its world. It is perfectly appropriate that it was filmed on sound stages in Australia; Paris has always existed best in the minds of its admirers...The movie is all color and music, sound and motion, kinetic energy, broad strokes, operatic excess. While it might be most convenient to see it from the beginning, it hardly makes any difference; walk in at any moment and you'll quickly know who is good and bad, who is in love and why--and then all the rest is song, dance, spectacular production numbers, protestations of love, exhalations of regret, vows of revenge and grand destructive gestures. It's like being trapped on an elevator with the circus. - Roger Ebert

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Kidman,Nicole
Product attributeLabel:   Fox Home Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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