Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, John Leguizamo, Jim Broadbent
Special edition two-disc set; widescreen; closed caption; audio commentary with Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin and Don McAlpine; "Behind the Red Curtain Version" interactive feature that lets you glimpse a historical, technical, and artistic view of the film; three music videos "Lady Marmalade," "Lady Marmalade" live from MTV, "Come What May"; uncut dance sequences see the full extent of the choreography on the dance numbers; multi-angles select camera angles for Tango, the Can Can and Coup d'Etat; rare, unseen recording-session footage; concept-to-screen comparisons of sets; trailers.
|If nothing else, Baz Luhrmann's kaleidoscopic pastiche of Art Nouveau-era Gallic romance, old fashioned song-and-dance routines, smarmy pop and classic rock tunes is bold. Bold? It's downright audacious, sometimes inspired, frequently jittery, certainly amusing and always visually arresting. Luhrmann is the Aussie director who made his first big splash with "Strictly Ballroom," the blithe feature about dance competitions. Here, he uses a palette of splendid colors, ornate and blatantly artificial sets and stunning computer-generated imagery to create a dreamlike, anachronistic vision of 1890s Montmartre and tell the tale of a doomed love affair between a writer (Ewan McGregor) and a gorgeous courtesan/cabaret star (Nicole Kidman). The whole production is so post-modern that its Busby Berkeley-style extravaganzas and idyllic duets feature the actors singing excerpts from hits by Nirvana, Madonna, U2, The Police and so on. With motormouth John Leguizamo as Toulouse-Lautrec.|