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Baz Luhrmann's Red Curtain Trilogy (Strictly Ballroom / Romeo + Juliet / Moulin Rouge)

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Contains: *Moulin Rouge *Moulin Rouge Bonus Disc *Romeo and Juliet Special Edition *Stricly Ballroom *Behind the Red Curtain

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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


Special Features

  • Includes:
  • Strictly Ballroom:
  • Commentary by director and co-writer Baz Luhrmann, production designer and co-costumer Catherine Martin, and choreographer John "Cha Cha" O'Connell
  • "Samba to Slow Fox" dance documentary (1986, 30 min.)
  • Design gallery: Behind the Red Curtain (backstage snapshots), That's Looking Good (production design), Dance to Win (promotional & various), Yesterday's Hero (Baz's family album), Love Is in the Air (Scott and Fran)
  • William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet (Special Edition):
  • Commentary by Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin, Don McAlpine, and Craig Pearce
  • Cinematographer's Gallery: Scene selection by Don McAlpine
  • Director's Gallery: Go behind the scenes with Baz Luhrmann
  • Cast & crew interviews
  • Music videos: "Young Hearts Run Free" by Kym Mazelle; "Kissing You" by Des'ree
  • DVD-ROM: Screenplay Comparison Excerpts
  • Moulin Rouge:
  • Production commentary by director Baz Luhrmann, production designer Catherine Martin, and cinematographer Don McAlpine
  • Writing commentary by writers Baz Luhrmann and Craig Pearce
  • 8 behind-the-scenes branches
  • Audio track for the visually impaired
  • "The Making of Moulin Rouge" HBO special
  • 5 "Star" featurettes: Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, John Leguizamo, Jim Broadbent, Richard Roxburgh
  • The Story Is About...: interview with writers Baz Luhrmann and Craig Pearce; Craig Pearce reads early treatment; old storyline and script comparisons
  • The Cutting Room: interview with Baz Luhrmann and editor Jill Bilcock; unseen footage of abandoned edits (Come What May, Twice Across the Sky, Eidler's Rap, Outside It May Be Raining, Green Fairy Previsualisation); director's mock previsualisations
  • The Dance: A Word with Baz, Tango (extended & multicam), Hindi (extended), Can Can (extended & multicam), Coup d'Etat (extended & multicam)
  • The Music: The Musical Journey, interview with Fatboy Slim, The Lady Marmalade Phenomenon, Come What May
  • The Design: Interview with production designer and co-costume designer Catherine Martin, set design, interview with co-costume designer Angus Strathe, costume design, graphic design, smoke and mirrors
  • Marketing: International sizzle reel, photo gallery, the little red book, poster gallery, trailers, music promo spot, extended scenes & 4 re-cut dance sequences
  • Behind the Red Curtain (exclusive bonus disc):
  • "The House of Iona": tour of the home of the Bazmark creative team
  • "Red Curtain Cinema" documentary with branching archival footage
  • "Now Until the Break of Day" music video
  • DVD-ROM features
  • Screen savers
  • "One Day I'll Fly Away" music video
  • Final scripts
  • "Strictly Ballroom" comics

Product Details

  • Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, Paul Mercurio
  • Directors: Baz Luhrmann
  • Writers: Baz Luhrmann, Andrew Bovell, Craig Pearce, William Shakespeare
  • Producers: Baz Luhrmann, Antoinette Albert, Catherine Knapman
  • Format: Anamorphic, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: September 10, 2002
  • Run Time: 342 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000682UD
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,298 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Baz Luhrmann's Red Curtain Trilogy (Strictly Ballroom / Romeo + Juliet / Moulin Rouge)" on IMDb

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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 30, 2004
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The colorful, whirling world of Baz Luhrmann is brought to life in the Red Curtain Trilogy, comprising "Strictly Ballroom," "Romeo + Juliet," and "Moulin Rouge." While there are sticky patches -- particularly the pairing of Danes and DiCaprio in "Romeo + Juliet" --the overall effect is beautiful and poignant.

"Strictly Ballroom" is the problem in Scott's (Paul Mercurio) life. He's an outstanding dancer, but he refuses to conform to the Australian ballroom rules -- he wants to dance his own steps. When he loses his partner, awkward Fran (Tara Morice) enters the scene and asks to dance with him. These two outcasts of the ballroom start to fall in love as they try to win a major competition.

"Romeo + Juliet" gives a modern Californian twist to the classic tale of feuding families and starcrossed young lovers. Romeo (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Juliet (Claire Danes) come from a pair of families locked in a deadly feud, but they fall in love anyway. Their desperate efforts to be together lead to tragedy...

"Moulin Rouge" gives us another kind of bittersweet love story -- a musical rather than a revamped classic. Bohemian poet Christian (Ewan McGregor) dips into the sensuous, flashy world of Moulin Rouge. There he falls in love with the beautiful, sickly Satine (Nicole Kidman), a star at the club, and a well-known courtesan. Unfortunately, their growing love is threatened by a duke, who wants Satine all for himself.

As a boy, Baz Luhrmann grew up around ballroom competitions, which give the heart to these movies. But the soul is in the presentation. It's theatrical, colorful, dazzling to the eyes and centered on classic tales of doomed love and succeeding against the odds.
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This is an awesome DVD set. It has two of my favorite movies, Moulin Rouge and Strictly Ballroom.

Moulin Rouge
I had no desire to watch this movie as I do not enjoy musicals. I usually get embarrassed for the characters who break into song, but with this movie I was amazed. The acting of Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor (what a hottie!) was superb. I was amazed a what good voices they had. I was mesmerized from the very beginning. The songs are just beautiful.
Listening to Ewan McGregor's woefull voice tell the tale of his beloved Satine was heartbreaking. I was sucked into the vortex of Moulin Rouge. I cannot understand how anyone who watched this movie did not fall in love with it and the characters. Granted the main character is a courtesan, but who cares? She falls in love with the penniless writer and true love prevails, she understands what 'true love'is. From the very beginning we know that their love was doomed, but we still rooted for them, for love is 'like oxygen' and we wanted them to be happy.
All in all, this was an amazing movie. I would suggest that you watch it before believing the hype. Amazing movie, I loved it!!
Strictly Ballroom
I must admit, it took me approximately 20 minutes to actually get into this movie. I so wanted to shut if off, but I gave it the benefit of the doubt and decided to give it more time. I am extremely happy that I did.
While this is not a 'masterpiece' as 'Moulin Rouge', it is definately VERY good. The acting was stupendous. The actors made me feel that the story was very real. In a very 'slight' way, I was reminicant of 'Dirty Dancing'.
Scott is this Awesome ballroom dancer who does not adhere to 'Strictly Ballroom' rules. He loses a major competition due to his unorthodox dance moves.
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As you watch this collection of DVD's you will see Baz Luhrmans style develop into a well-formed art. As he hones his talent into a unique craft, Baz has made himself a name in the world of filmmaking with these three flicks. All of the stories revolve around intense love stories filled with glamour, great music, tons of glitz, and avant garde cinematography. While all of the stories have familiar echos to other famous films, they are all completely unique in setting and feeling.
"Strictly Ballroom" is probably the lesser known of the 3 movies in this set, and is a typical underdog dance story, where the main character Scott Hastings is snubbed by a Ballroom dance society for his unique moves. He hooks up with a newbie to the scene and passion arises as they try to work together to win a big dance competition despite what people think of them. The storyline is somewhat similar to "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" but I must say, this is the best movie about Ballroom Dancing ever made...quite possibly the only one mind you.
Next we have the Shakespeare remake of his classic play 'Romeo and Juliet' that tells the tale of two lovers that cross paths but everything in their lives is trying to pull them apart. This movie is filmed in a different standard then strictly ballroom, with a lot more avant garde shots and mixing of scenes. Leonardo Dicaprio and Claire Danes lack chemistry, but while Leo really works as the Romeo, Claires preformance is lackluster at times and almost downright funny in the final scene. You have to give Luhrman the upmost props for adapting this story in a way that doesn't make you question the loop holes, including having a newscaster tell the nararration, having sloppy fed-ex message delivery men, and fights with guns instead of swords.
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