Hot & Spicy: William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet/Moulin Rouge [2 Discs] [DVD]

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Overall Customer Rating:
67% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2 out of 3)

Synopsis


Moulin Rouge
The third film from pop-music-obsessed director Baz Luhrmann tweaks the conventions of the musical genre by mixing a period romance with anachronistic dialogue and songs in the style of his previous Romeo+Juliet (1996). Ewan McGregor stars as Christian, who leaves behind his bourgeois father during the French belle époque of the late 1890s to seek his fortunes in the bohemian underworld of Montmartre, Paris. Christian meets the absinthe- and alcohol-addicted artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (John Leguizamo), who introduces him to a world of sex, drugs, music, theater, and the scandalous dance known as the cancan, all at the Moulin Rouge, a decadent dance hall, brothel, and theater that's the brainchild of Harold Zidler (Jim Broadbent). Christian also meets and falls into a tragically doomed romance with the courtesan Satine (Nicole Kidman), who becomes the star of the play he's writing, which parallels the couple's romance and utilizes rock music from a century later, including songs by Nirvana, Madonna, the Beatles, and Queen, among others. Loosely based on the opera Orpheus in the Underworld, Moulin Rouge was shown in competition at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet
The classic Shakespearean romantic tragedy is updated by director Baz Luhrmann to a post-modern Verona Beach where swords are merely a brand of gun and bored youths are easily spurred toward violence. Longtime rivals in religion and business, the Montagues and the Capulets share a page from the Jets and Sharks of West Side Story when they form rival gangs. Romeo (Leonardo DiCaprio) is aloof toward the goings-on of his Montague cousins, but after he realizes that Juliet (Claire Danes) is a Capulet at the end of one very wild party, the enmity between the two clans becomes the root of his angst. He relies heavily -- and with serious consequences -- on his rebel gender-bender of a friend, Mercutio (Harold Perrineau Jr.), and Father (not Friar) Lawrence (Pete Postlethwaite) for protection and support. Romeo is, of course, exiled, and it looks like Juliet will be forced into an arranged marriage with the bland Paris (Paul Rudd). It ends, as Romeo and Juliet must, when Romeo hears a tragic piece of misinformation and brings his suicide wish to what was meant to be Juliet 's temporary tomb. This time, though, the turf and the weapon of choice have taken a turn toward the surreal. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Nicole Kidman
    Nicole Kidman - Satine
  • Ewan McGregor
    Ewan McGregor - Christian
  • John Leguizamo
    John Leguizamo - Toulouse-Lautrec
  • Jim Broadbent
    Jim Broadbent - Zidler
  • Richard Roxburgh
    Richard Roxburgh - Duke of Worcester



Overall customer rating

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67%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    A little dark, but fun sets and costumes

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    juto
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    We got the movie due to being invited to a Moulin Rouge party. The movie was a little dark (we expected light hearted), but it was interesting to see the costumes.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very Romantic

    Posted
    getupradio
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    You cannot beat this deal. 2 for 1 romance for you and your other to watch and enjoy. Good deal indeed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great romantic movie for couples.

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    Terminate777
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    • Top 250 ContributorTop 250 Contributor

    The movie is a tragic romantic story, great film inspired by Shakespeare.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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