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Hello, Gang. I just got this Region B dual format edition of John Huston’s “Moulin Rouge” today from the UK.

It’s produced by the BFI, so there’s lots of fun extras, commentary and a booklet.

How does it look, you ask? Well, according to the little white letters that appear before the feature, this is a 4k scan from the original negative funded by the Film Foundation and supervised by Grover Crisp.

I’ve used my entire supply of adjectives for 2019, so let me just say

1) I haven’t watched the whole film yet, just the first few scenes, but what I’ve seen has a clarity and beauty I haven’t seen in this film before, or in many others, for that manner.

OK. I just talked to the adjective police, and they allotted me three words: limpid, lovely, glowing.

For the first rime in my memory, the smoke in the Moulin Rouge seems lighter than air, and forms around Ms. Gabor’s features into an aura, translucent, as she sings. (Yes, “translucent” is indeed an adjective, but I couldn’t help myself.)

It’s possible the rest of the film will look dreadful, but I doubt it. This disc is so lovely I wanted to let the people who are Region Free–and if you’re not, why not?–know about this right away.

2) Though it’s a very different film with very different lighting and production design, the Blu-Ray that this disc of “Moulin Rouge” reminds me of the most, in terms of its clarity and purity, is “A Matter of Life and Death,”

3) Need I say that thanks to this impeccable master, this is a much greater film than I heretofore thought? It’s possible this film looked just as stunning in theaters in1952 when it was brand new, but considering I was only a year old at the time, I don’t think I would have appreciated it.

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Hello, Gang. I just got this Region B dual format edition of John Huston's "Moulin Rouge" today from the UK.

It's produced by the BFI, so there's lots of fun extras, commentary and a booklet.

How does it look, you ask? Well, according to the little white letters that appear before the feature, this is a 4k scan from the original negative funded by the Film Foundation and supervised by Grover Crisp.

I've used my entire supply of adjectives for 2019, so let me just say

1) I haven't watched the whole film yet, just the first few scenes, but what I've seen has a clarity and beauty I haven't seen in this film before, or in many others, for that manner.

OK. I just talked to the adjective police, and they allotted me three words: limpid, lovely, glowing.

For the first rime in my memory, the smoke in the Moulin Rouge seems lighter than air, and forms around Ms. Gabor's features into an aura, translucent, as she sings. (Yes, "translucent" is indeed an adjective, but I couldn't help myself.)

It's possible the rest of the film will look dreadful, but I doubt it. This disc is so lovely I wanted to let the people who are Region Free--and if you're not, why not?--know about this right away.

2) Though it's a very different film with very different lighting and production design, the Blu-Ray that this disc of "Moulin Rouge" reminds me of the most, in terms of its clarity and purity, is "A Matter of Life and Death,"

3) Need I say that thanks to this impeccable master, this is a much greater film than I heretofore thought? It's possible this film looked just as stunning in theaters in1952 when it was brand new, but considering I was only a year old at the time, I don't think I would have appreciated it.
I got mine the other day, but, haven't watch it yet as my pile of un-watched discs keeps growing.
 

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I don’t understand how people can budget hundreds or thousands of dollars a year for discs, but absolutely refuse to set aside $100 for a region free player that would allow them access to the films they want from around the world, often faster and cheaper than their eventual U.S. releases, if they’re released in the U.S. at all. Just boggles the mind.
 

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I posted as below in the John Huston thread but this film certainly deserves a thread of its own.


I've waited a long time for a good presentation of MOULIN ROUGE (1952) and the recent Film Foundation restoration is now available on the BFI label in the UK. I previously had the Spanish Blu-ray which apparently is the same master as the French version but the picture quality - especially the color - of this BFI disc is vastly better.

I became a fan of the film many years ago when it used to have regular showings on TV in black and white days - which of course defeated much of the point of the film. Although the life of Toulouse-Lautrec is too fictionalised, there are many great moments in the film, especially the dazzling scenes set in the Moulin Rouge itself. John Huston didn't want the usual Technicolor look so he used a fog filter for much of the film in order to tone down the vibrant color.

A special word of praise for the audio commentary which is given by legendary script supervisor Angela Allen who worked on MOUL:IN ROUGE and many other of Huston's films. Although now 90, her recall of the details of making the film and her general reminiscences are wonderful. Neither does she hold back on giving her opinions on actors and directors she worked with (she was not a fan of Marilyn Monroe!).
 
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I only saw this film within the last year and a half. For some reason, I could never quite catch up to it. I certainly plan on adding this to my collection.
 

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I don’t understand how people can budget hundreds or thousands of dollars a year for discs, but absolutely refuse to set aside $100 for a region free player that would allow them access to the films they want from around the world, often faster and cheaper than their eventual U.S. releases, if they’re released in the U.S. at all. Just boggles the mind.
Well, you stated something that I wanted to say, but I didn't because I'm trying to dial back such posts that might be consider a criticism by a moderator.
 

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Well, you stated something that I wanted to say, but I didn't because I'm trying to dial back such posts that might be consider a criticism by a moderator.
I didn’t mean it to sound quite so harsh; I just think it’s a reasonably low cost of entry to open up such a vast world of treasures from Region B. They’re getting so much good stuff over there and it’s such a small investment to be able to have access to it.
 

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I didn’t mean it to sound quite so harsh; I just think it’s a reasonably low cost of entry to open up such a vast world of treasures from Region B. They’re getting so much good stuff over there and it’s such a small investment to be able to have access to it.
It didn't sound harsh. You didn't criticize anyone; you said only that you didn't understand it . . . . and you are not alone in that.
 
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I didn’t mean it to sound quite so harsh; I just think it’s a reasonably low cost of entry to open up such a vast world of treasures from Region B. They’re getting so much good stuff over there and it’s such a small investment to be able to have access to it.
It wasn't harsh at all. You were simply stating the obvious, which sometimes needs to be done!
 
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I don’t understand how people can budget hundreds or thousands of dollars a year for discs, but absolutely refuse to set aside $100 for a region free player that would allow them access to the films they want from around the world, often faster and cheaper than their eventual U.S. releases, if they’re released in the U.S. at all. Just boggles the mind.
Well, some keep on rationalizing this, yet continue to complain that a given import title is region B locked. I don't get it, either. My two region-free players, both 3-D capable, totaled approx. $380.
 

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I didn’t mean it to sound quite so harsh; I just think it’s a reasonably low cost of entry to open up such a vast world of treasures from Region B. They’re getting so much good stuff over there and it’s such a small investment to be able to have access to it.
Your post wasn’t harsh. I was talking more about why l’m trying not to make posts which can be misconstrued as criticism.
 

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I now have the BFI MOULIN ROUGE. It is a best representation of the film on video I have ever seen! Truly a major 4K restoration. It makes the VUDU HDX look like VHS.
 
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I have the Spanish Blu ray of Moulin Rouge issued by Vertice. It is a pressed disc, licensed from ITV, and plays in Region A.
 

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I have now compared the Spanish pressed disc with the BFI. While the BFI is very cleaned up, the Spanish disc better represents the IB prints I know. Ceneric's work often tends to cooler desaturated color. The sound is also fuller on the Spanish disc as it has not gone through the "Chace porcess."