106 of 106 people found the following review helpful
on May 13, 2002
Format: Audio CD
If you have already purchased the first two Moulin Rouge individual soundtracks, then do not waste your money buying this one. All the tracks are the same (and in the same order) as the first two discs. There is only a single "Lady Marmelade" remix added.
Of course all the music in this edition is absolutely fantastic. But having purchased the first two single discs, I already knew that. I would have hoped that this disc would at least have put the songs from the two discs together in ORDER that they appear in the movie...but it isn't so. Basically it's like having the same two discs, in a different case.
If you have not purchased either of the previous soundtracks, then I WOULD recommend buying this one. Most of the songs directly from the movie are on here, and the instrumentals are beautiful...it's funny how a simple song ("Your Song") can take on such different meanings depending on the tempo/dynamic/instrumentals used. The instrumentals really show how well the music fit the mood of each scene.
There are some songs from the movie NOT included on here, that I really want to hear, including the Green Fairy bit, some of the intro dance mixes, and the final Satine/Christian/company song. Maybe there will be another collector's edition that we can pay even more money for, that will include all these songs.
Until then, enjoy this music which I highly recommend, unless you have already purchased the previous single discs.
66 of 68 people found the following review helpful
on September 12, 2003
Format: Audio CD
If you are hoping that the whole score and all the musical numbers are found in the collector's edition, you will be disappointed. First, the tracks are not ordered in the manner as they occurred in the film. Song bits from the "Sound of Music" and from the Green Fairy are missing. You don't get the film version (which sounds way better!) of "Your Song" or "Children of the Revolution" on either disc. "El Tango de Roxanne" would've been better if the intro dialogue was included. I personally would've liked the soundtrack collection to include some of the notable lines/quotes from the movie as supplemental tracks. The collection is good, but you aren't getting everything that you hope to. My solution to this problem, buy the dvd, capture the songs to your computer, and create your own soundtrack! I created my own "soundtrack" (for my own use) and it's better than the collector's edition could ever be!
269 of 296 people found the following review helpful
on June 24, 2001
Format: Audio CD
After I saw this movie I dashed out to buy the CD to hold me off until I can buy the DVD. What blew me away was the great original soundtrack by Craig Armstrong, especially the ending credit music... I was appalled to find out that not only was that not on the CD, but the original actors were not singing on most of it and were instead featuring well known music stars which was Extremely Disappointing. How can you call a soundtrack original if it doesn't play the music featured in the actual movie?
This also happened on Luhrmann's Romeo and Juliet soundtrack. I don't buy the CD because what's her name or what's his face is singing on it, I buy it because the music, with the original actors, moved me in the movie--so I can listen to it and feel what I felt in the movie.
Although I LOVE David Bowie, I wanted to hear John Leguizamo sing the "Nature Boy" which is very key to the whole movie. Even the "Hindi Sad Diamonds" is different from the movie. And they put an old record filter on Nicole's voice when she sings the "Sparkling Diamonds" intro which changes the mood from how it was in the movie. ! This type of "creative license" is actually detrimental to the integrity of the true cut of the film.
I feel cheated...I am not sure why they are doing this or who is making these nonsensical decisions. I even wrote to Interscope of which they never replied. Don't people listen to what the customer's want anymore? It's just like how on TV nowadays they squash the ending credits on a movie with advertising together so you can't enjoy a proper closure--what's the point because you can't even see the credits anymore? It destroys the end of the movie and no one seems to care that it feels improper anymore. I don't like being force fed, hell I've been out of diapers for many many years now. Are you listening out there you big dudes in the Business out there?
But I digress...
I loved the ending credit music from Moulin Rouge so much I was thinking of recording it on a tape snuck in the theatre but it's probably illegal or something. Grrr!
37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on August 30, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I've had my cd for over 3 months now and I do love what music from the movie they decided to put in there, but like many others I'm disappointed there wasn't more. I too have been looking (for THREE months) for a second (more songs from Moulin Rouge) soundtrack to come out. I was hoping there would be the "lady marmalade" remix that they played in the movie. (it's much more tolerant than the original) I'm also disappointed that the soundtrack version of "Come What May" wasn't even ONE of the film versions. In all actuallity I was hoping they'd have both film versions on the CD. (I love the version @ the end of the movie) I was also looking for the remakes of "Like A Virgin," and "The Show Must Go On." One other one that I enjoyed a lot that wasn't on the soundtrack was the "Spectacular Spectacular" song. In all honesty I believe they wasted their money putting Beck, Fatboy Slim, Valeria, etc. on the soundtrack beacause the only tracks I listen to are "Nature Boy" (while David Bowie is no John Leguizamo.....lol just kidding) "Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend," "Your Song," "One Day I'll Fly Away," "Elephant Love Medley," "Come What May," "El Tango De Roxanne," "Complainte De La Butte" and "Hindi Sad Diamonds."
The sad thing though is that none of the songs that I actually listen to (with the exception of Elephant Love Medley) are as they are originally in the movie.
While the soundtrack will hold me over until the DVD is released, I'm still sadly disappointed in the big wigs who decided to edit this CD.
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on June 12, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Truth! Beauty! Freedom! Love!
This is a great CD. So much so I can't stop playing it. (It's going as I write this.) So let's go track by track...
1) Nature Boy- From the Ewan's first spine chilling line "This story is about love, and the woman I loved is dead." you *know* this is going to be a good movie. The song really captures Christian's character and contains the movie's theme "The greatest thing you'll ever learn is..." four Stars.
2) Lady Marmalade- One of my least favourite tracks, I can't get into Lil' Kims voice. It's so raunchy. I like the original of this song better, but it's a good remake. I'm just glad it didn't factor as much into the movie as it played on the radio! Overall it's catchy so 3 1/2 stars.
3) Because We Can- A fun loud track this is great it makes you want to get up and dance. One of my favourites. Five stars because we can can can!
4) Sparkling Diamonds- This is a fast paced track and the "Diamonds" is effectively mixed with "Material Girl". Nicole pulls it off nicely. Four stars!
5) Rhythm of the Night- I enjoy this song. It makes me energetic. It's not the best remake, and the "Moulin Rouge" lyrics added in seem forced. It's still a nice song though. 3 1/2 stars.
6)Your Song- Wow! I don't like Elton John, but Ewan can *really* sing and pulls of this song. It's a beautiful scene in the movie and a great song. Four stars.
7) Children of the Revolution- Not bad, but not my favourite. It has a catchy tune, and good vocals though. 3 stars.
8) One Day I'll fly Away-Soft, and swelling to great heights this song showcases Nicole's sweet but inexperienced voice well. It's a nice song, and a very poignant scene of the film. 5 stars.
9) Diamond Dogs- I like the tune of this song but I don't think Beck is the best singer. The introduction and the chourus are the best bits. 2 1/2 stars.
10) Elephant Love Medley- Despite its odd name this is by far my favourite track. It's a fabulous mix of so many different songs. Didn't you just want to clap when Ewan broke out into Heros? "You'd think the world would've had enough of silly love songs....I look around me and I see it isn't so!" 5+ stars.
11) Come What May- It's an original for the movie and it's so sweet. I loved the "secret song idea". I've been singing this and ELM(10) over and over for the past week, so I obviously like it. A lot. 4 1/2 stars.
12) El Tango De Roxanne- The Police aren't my favourite band, but I think that this song is *so* much better. The tango number is so intense, and so is Ewan. It's a great song, but maybe more so on film than on the CD. 4 stars.
13) Complainte De La Butte- My French is rather rough, but this song is nice and mellow, and I love the translated verses. 4 stars.
14) Hindi Sad Diamonds- This is another song that might not transfer movie to soundtrack easily. I personally liked it, but then I like listening to Hindi chants. 3 1/2 stars.
15) Nature Boy- I already mentioned that I like Nature Boy, but I like the version in track 1 much better. I'd have picked another song from the movie for this final track. 2 1/2 stars.
It's really a great CD, and you *should* buy it! I'm just hoping for another CD (they've certainly got enough music), and that "Come What May" is the next single.
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on January 10, 2002
Format: Audio CDVerified Purchase
As the title of the CD itself says on the front, "Music from Baz Luhrmann's film Moulin Rouge". NONE of the score (what little there is) made it on this CD (ie: the end credits roll didn't make it), and the tracks which do exist sound different than the music heard in the film (often times, you'll hear an extra vocalist in addition to Ewan McGregor or Nicole Kidman, apperently in an effort to "improve" the music somehow-- this in fact detracts from the music, in my opinion). Missing sequences includes any sequence involving the "Sound of Music", or any sequence including Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (the long dance sequence towards the beginning of the film). A worthy buy if you REALLY enjoyed the music listed in the track listing, but if you're looking for any of the music I've listed as missing above, you'll need to look elsewhere. (I've seen on CDNow that a new Moulin Rouge CD is due out sometime in January '02, but can't find it on Amazon-- perhaps this newer CD will address these issues.)
33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on June 25, 2001
Format: Audio CD
don't get me wrong, on its own this is a fine enough album. BUT, it's missing some of the best numbers in the film, and i'd much rather hear John Leguizamo sing "nature boy" (as he did in the film) instead of the faux-coolness of David Bowie. where is "like a virgin?" where is "spectacular spectacular?" and where is "zidler's rap?" i hope they release a CD that plays ALL the music & songs from the movie, in their proper order. meanwhile, this album only makes me hunger for the songs it's missing.
26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on December 20, 2001
Format: Audio Cassette
Well, what can be said? Ummm... It's excellent? Stunning? Heartrending? Yup. All of them. If you've seen the movie then you know what I'm babbling about. ...
...I'll tell you about the music. The first song is "Lady Marmalade." I hate this song. It ruins the CD. There are SO many better things to listen to. Next is "Diamond Dogs" done by Beck. It's nice and suitably poppy. "Children of the Revolution" is one I could do without most of the time, but sometimes I feel like acting goofy and I listen to it. "Nature Boy" is sung by David Bowie. Wow. It is SO pretty and it fits the story PERFECTLY! One of the lyrics is the main grab line for the movie, "The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return." The next song is "Le Tango de Roxanne". It is SUPERB! The song is filled with passion, pain, anger, and hurt. Ewan McGregor's voice on this track is EXCELLENT. "Because We Can" is a goofy little medley made for dancing and capering around your room when you're alone. "Sparkling Diamonds" is deep and sultry. "One Day I'll Fly Away" is Nicole Kidman's most stunning song on the CD next to "Hindi Sad Diamonds." "Rhythm of the Night" is also made for capering. "Hindi Sad Diamonds" will be liked by anyone that liked Sting's Desert Rose. It is very much alike to that song - what with combining a bit of traditional with Hindi music. Very cool. The next is "Your Song" originally done by Elton John and redone by Ewan McGregor. This song is so earnest and heartfelt. "Elephant Love Medley" is my second favorite on this CD. It combines so many songs together. The first time I heard it, I had a good bit of fun trying to figure out what songs they had used. "Come What May" is the biggest hit to the CD. This is a song to play at wedding receptions. I actually think that I will. LOL. Anyways, the last song is "Complainte de la Butte." This is a song that is in French and it is very beautiful. It is nice and mellow and it puts me to sleep when I'm having trouble falling asleep. It's very much like a lullaby.
...I hope that you buy this CD and that you love it as much as I do.
48 of 55 people found the following review helpful
on May 23, 2001
Format: Audio CD
There will always be two schools of thought concerning the film MOULIN ROUGE
There will be those who hate it and those who love it. I am in the later category.
MOULIN ROUGE is without question, a landmark achievement of a film. The first 45 minutes alone,rank as some of the most exhilarating moments ever captured on celluloid. Director,Baz Luhrmann creates a world full of color, sound and movement that effect the senses completely. It's impossible not be swept into it and impossible not to step back and note the greatness Mr.Luhrmann possesses as a director.
Luhrmann takes every old musical comedy cliché (From "Love me tonight" to "Babes in Arms" and even "Viva Las Vegas") and mixes it with operatic storylines (echoes from "Boheme" to "Traviata" abound) and injects them all with a invigorating sense of freshness. The effect is as if Mr. Luhrmann had never seen a musical comedy or opera before and had come up with all this by himself while drinking a cappuccino at Starbucks.
The inventiveness doesn't end there. Luhrmann sense of music knows no boundaries. He will take a piece of music by Offenbach and insert Nirvana's "Smells like Teen Spirit" into it. The amazing thing is it makes sense and comes off as if Mr.Offenbach and Mr.Cobain had been formally introduced.
During the "Diamonds are a girls best friend" production number, the music morphs for a few moments into Madonna's "Material Girl" thus pointing up the structural similarities between two pieces of music written 40 years apart as well as paying homage to the original performers who performed it.
It's a statement, within a statement, within a statement and that happens often in this film and that's called genius, folks.
All the actors are quite good with the two leads more than up to the task at hand.
From the moment Nicole Kidman enters the frame, one realizes one is watching an honest to goodness "movie star". The word "movie star" has both good and bad connotations and Ms. Kidman is aware of that. She delivers a performance loaded with a screwball comedy timing and offset by touching vulnerability. More importantly, she looks like she's having fun up there and her serviceably pleasant singing voice works to her advantage. This is the surest and most likable performance she's given on film to date.
The real revelation, however, is Ewan MacGregor. A performance with this much charm, energy, earnestness and naiveté would normally be considered obnoxious in any actor over the age of 11. What MacGregor does though, is imbue every moment of his performance with enough heart and sincerity to make it real. He believes totally in what he's doing thus making you believe. It is that sincerity that gives the film it's foundation to rest upon. Also, MacGregor, is one hell of a singer. His untrained but robust voice is used with a fine sense of musicality and when he volleys up to one of the many high notes in his role (up to and including a rock solid high A), the sheer sense of glee he gives off is infectious.
So, in a summer made up of what looks to be mostly mindless fare, where does Moulin Rouge fit in? Nowhere really. However, it is more than likely that Moulin Rouge will be discussed, analyzed, probed and used as inspiration long after the "Mummy returns" and "Tomb Raiders" of the world have become but a distant memory.
...and that's the important thing.
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on June 12, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I loved Moulin Rouge. The movie was a cinematic masterpiece as far as I'm concerned. I loved every moment and every song -- which is why I must admit to being somewhat disappointed with the CD. There were so many wonderful music moments left off of this recording, not to mention that this isn't truly the soundtrack to the movie since the artists on here in several cases never actually sing in the movie (the extremely popular version of Lady Marmalade doesn't appear in the movie at all). Although I liked the song, how did the producers of this CD justify Bono's "Children of the Revolution" which appears for literally 10 seconds and then leave off "The Sound of Music," "The CanCan," "Like a Virgin," and "The Show Must Go On" -- all significant moments in the movie. What IS on this CD, though, is great. "I'll Fly Away," "The Elephant Love Medley," "Come What May" and "Your Song" are especially beautiful. A Moulin Rouge Vol. 2 is a necessity. It's a shame they couldn't get it right the first time around.