My brief review of this disc. I wasn't a fan of Luhrman's "Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet" , but can appreciate his visceral style of directing and I think it really carries over well in "Moulin Rouge". I'm a big fan of stage productions and musicals and the one thing that I can say about "Moulin Rouge" is that it is most successful at translating a atage musical onto a 2 dimensional medium. Like a stage production, there are relatively few sets and there is a "prop-like" quality only seen in Tim Burton films. Also, like a stage show, one gets a sense that the background dancers and extras could easily have played multiple roles and functions in this film as well. What the audiences misses from a LIVE performance is made up with the use of visual flair in the camera work, special effects, editing and many of the directorial devices used in music videos. From the start, one might find the use of such musical excerps from "The Sound of Music" and various music artists such as Air Supply, Billy Joel a bit laughable and ridiculous. However, after about 1/3 of the film, Luhrman is able to dispense with much of the chaotic pace (in the story and music) and successfully condition his audience into accepting the musical narrative and oftimes, somewhat distracting use of non-original music from modern day pop stars like Madonna and Whitney Houston. The Second half of the film gets into the emotional content of the film and the pace is much more moderate, but a pleasant change from the high-paced start. I personally don't think that I could have kept up with everything that was going on, escpecially with so many colorful, "in-your-face" characters. The principals, played by Ewan McGregor and Micole Kidman are perfect. I was most impressed with McGregor's playwright and his willingness to bare all of his character's sensitivity. Kidman displays surprising range as a courtesan and both of their voices work very well. All in all, I really enjoyed this film in the theaters and I have to say the effect is different in an HT system as the screen and audience gets smaller. I actually liked watching this film in a packed theater. Nonetheless, this is a dvd that, unlike many other discs, can be viewed much more than once - if not for the story, the musical sequences are worthwhile, even if you are busy in the kitchen with just the audio soundtrack. Packaging - Similar to the Fight Club disc except with the back cover cheaply pasted to the box. Easily removable Same old FOX dvd "get into it" featureing XMEN, ABYSS and Big MOMMA'S HOUSE Video - Unfortunately, I can't comment on the video quality yet. I've only had a chance to view about 1/2 of it on my non-calibrated 32" Toshiba. Colors are very vivid. Interior shots have a devilish red quality and most of the flesh tones also have a red bias. Exterior shots are very blue, but pleasant and can be visually impressive on a properly set up display. Audio - Again, not watching this one on my main audio system, but the DTS track sounds exactly like what I thought it would. Most of the sound is in the fronts with very limited use of the surrounds. The fidelity of the rears are not as impressive as some of the more recent DTS titles. DIALOGUE was perfect. I have always felt that some reviewers gave too much credit to loud soundtracks that made heavy use of the surround speakers. I prefer a more subtle use of the surrounds and appreciate more sonic fidelity in the rears. Too often, I have felt that many films have suffered from unintelligable dialogue especially during quiet passages and scenes with a lot of whispering. Not so on Moulin Rouge - everything was clear, even Kidman's high pitched voice and Leguizamo's funky accent come through wonderfully. Extras - no time. However, I would have like a McGregor ad Kidman commentary. oh well.... Elbert Sorry, but I can't disclose information on where I obtained the dvd.