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Contains: *Moulin Rouge *Moulin Rouge Bonus Disc *Romeo and Juliet Special Edition *Stricly Ballroom *Behind the Red Curtain
Baz Luhrmann has coined the term red curtain cinema for his technique of using theatrical conventions to invigorate films to dazzling and dizzying heights, as shown in the three contained in this set: Strictly Ballroom (1993), William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet (1996), and Moulin Rouge (2001). Luhrmann notes the important characteristics of this style: take a well-known myth or fable and set it in a heightened creative world that the audience can participate in. In Strictly Ballroom, it's both David and Goliath and the Ugly Duckling set in the supercharged world of ballroom-dancing competition. For Romeo & Juliet, it's the star-crossed lovers transplanted to modern-day Verona Beach yet still peppered with Shakespeare's iambic pentameter. Moulin Rouge takes the story of Orpheus descending into the underworld in search of love then sets it in 19th-century Paris and adds modern pop songs.
The Red Curtain Trilogy includes these three films in loaded special-edition DVDs (all available separately), with featurettes and commentary tracks by Luhrmann and production designer (and Luhrmann's wife) Catherine Martin among others, and, in the case of Moulin Rouge, a second disc of features. Fans may opt for this trilogy rather than the separate discs because of its exclusive bonus DVD, "Behind the Red Curtain," the centerpiece of which is the documentary "Red Curtain Cinema," in which Luhrmann explains his theory behind this system of storytelling. It's 20 minutes if you watch it straight through, but numerous onscreen links offer two hours of older interviews, clips from other Luhrmann works, scripts, and an example of the Bollywood style. Other items include a 6-minute tour of the "House of Iona" (the home of the Bazmark creative team), and a grab bag of other materials such as all three scripts, DVD-ROM features, and an early example of the "red curtain" style, a pop interpretation of a Benjamin Britten opera excerpt called "Now Until the Light of Day." No doubt Luhrmann fans will consider the Red Curtain Trilogy "spectacular spectacular." --David Horiuchi
I haven't seen any of Baz Luhrmann's films so I decided to buy his red curtain trilogy for a look. when it arrived I was pretty excited to see it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Michael Boyle
Loved the extras and it was a pleasure to "binge" on all three movies by very talented person. Strictly Ballroom is still my favorite movie.Published 13 months ago by Lockett F. Ballard
If you like Baz Luhmann's movies and don't already have these three movies separately, this collection nicely ties them together. Read morePublished 18 months ago by AIROLF
These movies are an awesome collection. Baz Luhrmann has such a creative, artistic style that really comes across in all three of these films. A must for any movie lover!Published on June 12, 2013 by MrsH84
Ended up getting Strictly Ballroom for free if purchased seperately. Turns out I love that movie as well. Read morePublished on March 26, 2013 by Ikarus S.
If you are the artistic and/or musical type with a sensibility that enjoys artistry in filmmaking then GET THIS. Read morePublished on November 27, 2010 by Natalie A. Hall
Either you love Baz Luhrmann or you hate him. I love him--the color, the dancing, the whole singing, blooming, fuzzy overdoneness of his musicals, and, yes, I'm a sucker for love,... Read morePublished on October 12, 2010 by Elaine O. Chaika
The dvds were in good condition and arrived on time. I even had problems with my mail delivery and they re- sent the items again!Great service!Published on September 11, 2009 by F. Thenoux