Home Theater Movie Renter's Guide - November, 2010


"Moulin Rouge" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Heinonen



The bohemian writer Christian (Ewan McGregor) sets off for the Montmarte section of Paris in 1899, obsessed by the idea of true love, despite having never experienced it himself.  Meeting up with fellow artists that inhabit his building and share has passions, he winds up at the Moulin Rouge, a wondrous home of dancing, and women of ill repute.  Here Christian meets Satine (Nicole Kidman), the star of the Moulin Rouge, and proceeds to fall instantly in love with her, despite her lifestyle.  Due to a series of circumstances, Christian winds up as the writer for the new show to be put on at the Moulin Rouge, "Spectacular, Spectacular", starring Satine and funded by the Duke (Richard Roxburugh), who agrees to do so on the condition that only he can be with Satine.


  • 20th Century Fox
  • 2001, Color, Rated PG-13, 2 Hr 8 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
  • English DTS-HD MA 5.1
  • Starring Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor
  • Directed by Baz Luhrmann
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  • Violence: Mild
  • Sex: Yes
  • Language: Mild


Words can not really do justice to describing Moulin Rouge, Baz Luhrmann's attempt to reinvent the movie musical.  Though people seem to strongly love or hate Moulin Rouge, I fall firmly on the side of loving it.  Too often movie musicals do nothing but put a stage show on screen, without taking advantage of what you could do with film.  Moulin Rouge does not hesitate to take full advantage of this, and is a feast for the eyes and ears.  It was a film that was spectacular in theaters, but wasn't done justice by DVD, but now once again is splendid on this Blu-ray version.


Moulin Rouge is a very stylistic film, and it comes across in Blu-ray in all that visual splendor.  With great blacks, fantastic detail, and very little that I can find to take away, this is the best this film has looked outside of the theaters, and was a wonderful experience to get to watch it again.  Similarly, the soundtrack in the theater was alive and engulfing, but DVD wasn't able to bring that across to the home viewer that well, but the Blu-ray is fantastic.  With a 5.1 lossless track, the viewer is constantly assaulted from all around, as musical numbers take place all around you, with clear dialog and plenty of detail.


A commentary track with the director, production designer, DP, and co-writer that also features a PIP option, deleted and alternate scenes, featurettes, trailers, music videos, and more, and almost all presented in 1080p.