DVD Features: Disc one: widescreen version of Moulin Rouge; two audio commentary tracks, one with director Baz Luhrmann, associate producer Catherine Martin and cinematographer Don McAlpine, the other with Luhrmann and co-screenwriter Craig Pearce; 8 "Behind The Scenes Branches"
Disc two: An HBO special feature, The Making of Moulin Rouge; 5 featurettes on the Moulin Rouge; a glance at earlier drafts of the screenplay; 6 extended scenes; 4 recut dance sequences; video interview with choreographers John "Cha Cha" O'Connell and Caroline O'Conner; dance pre-shoot footage; 3 multi-angle dance sequences; 2 Music Videos; live performance of Moulin Rouge; design and marketing gallery; over 10 Easter Eggs
Nicole Kidman stars as the most famous courtesan and star of the colorful, decadent Moulin Rouge night club in 1900 Paris. Ewan McGregor is the poor young writer who falls madly in love with her. Both of them are perfectly cast and have wonderful singing voices. They also did all their own singing of the mostly contemporary score which includes snippets of almost every love song you've ever heard. They are surrounded by some wonderful actors, particularly Jim Broadbent (of Topsy Turvy) as the larger-than-life impressario of the Moulin Rouge and John Leguizamo as a lisping Toulouse- Lautrec. There are more songs than you've ever heard in one film, and lots of spectacular dancing too, but none of it lasts long enough for you to get much more than a momentary glimpse. The settings both real and digital are amazing. The glittering elephant (that's right - elephant) where Nicole lives is typical of the ludicrous but luscious sets, and there are moments of great fun in this familiar but basically melancholy tale of doomed lovers. Baz Luhrman who first gave us the delightful "Strictly Ballroom" certainly has proved that he's a first rate director, capable of anything he chooses to set his sights on. There's far too much to see and hear in one viewing.