Moulin Rouge/Australia [2 Discs] [DVD]

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Overview

Special Features

  • Moulin Rouge features
  • Production commentary with Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin and Don McAlpine
  • Writers' commentary with Baz Luhrman and Craig Pearce
  • Behind the velvet curtain: interactive feature that lets you glimpse a historical, technical and artistic view of Moulin Rouge
  • Australia features deleted scenes
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis

Australia
Set against the scenic backdrop of pre-World War II Australia, Baz Luhrmann's romantic period adventure stars Nicole Kidman as an English aristocrat who inherits a sprawling ranch, and Hugh Jackman as the rough-and-tumble cattle driver who helps protect her property from greedy English cattle barons. As the pair attempt to herd 2,000 head of cattle hundreds of miles across the treacherous Australian outback, they are stunned to bear witness to the bombing of Darwin by Japanese forces -- who just a few months prior launched a devastating attack on Pearl Harbor. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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

Cast & Crew

  • Nicole Kidman
    Nicole Kidman - Lady Sarah Ashley
  • Hugh Jackman
    Hugh Jackman - Drover
  • David Wenham
    David Wenham - Neil Fletcher
  • Bryan Brown
    Bryan Brown - King Carney
  • Jack Thompson
    Jack Thompson - Kipling Flynn
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