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Baz on Blu-ray! “Romeo” and “Moulin Rouge!” getting hi-def treatment

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Certain filmmakers seems born for Blu-ray. Take Baz Luhrmann, for instance. The Aussie talent’s flair for vibrant visuals should go with the crisp, clear Blu-ray conversion like peanut butter goes with jelly.

We’ll find out for sure come Oct. 19, when two of Luhrmann’s groundbreaking films get the Blu-ray treatment from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

“William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet,” with Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes in the tragic leads, and Luhrmann’s stunning musical, “Moulin Rouge!,” will make their way to Blu-ray on extras-laden platters.

As per Fox’s release:

Flaunting a new high-definition transfer and spectacular picture-in-picture experience, both Blu-ray discs of the award-winning films boast new uncut footage, BD-LIVE: Live Lookup Powered by IMDb, as well as a host of other never-before-seen material produced by Luhrmann and his creative team at Bazmark. And for first time ever, Moulin Rouge! includes an alternate opening sequence featuring the Cat Stevens hit “Father & Son.”

Discussing the latest in home-video technology, Luhrmann said,
“As a fan, I’ve seen examples where the technology is so powerful, a much-loved film goes in for a Blu-ray treatment and, somewhat like a friend who has had too much surgery, you no longer recognize them.

“Mindful of the relationship evolved with many fans of these two films, the esteemed digital intermediate colorist Jan Yarbrough, who recently completed color restorations of North by Northwest and The Godfather films, and I sat together day in and day out seeking to maintain the color philosophy forged in the cauldron of shooting, while giving full reign to the power of high-definition technology to deliver a Moulin Rouge and an R+J that audiences will recognize but are nevertheless realized at the highest possible visual quality.

“As a filmmaker you never know whether you will ever have a chance to revisit movies again, and so we have gone about this with the attitude that this could be for the last time.”

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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