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.