Wednesday, July 27, 2005

DVD: Love Actually & Moulin Rouge

DVDs worth the wait.

For the prices to drop that is. In buying DVDs it would seem at least for those released in the Philippine market it is prudent to wait a while before one buys.

DVDs are not essential products. They do fill in a need but not a direct need. Hence you can afford not to buy it at once.

And again, at least for me, these DVDs are worth the wait.

Love Actually DVD (2003)

The DVD release of Richard Curtis' Christmas Romantic Comedy. This ensemble movie is quite well-known and its eitheir you hate or love it. I bought it so that means I love this movie. And the repeatability factor, x amount of times I will be watching it, for me is quite high. Suffice to say its a movie filled with stories of romance, comedy, friendship, relationships, complications and love.

It has all that and now the nice thing about this DVD version is the extra features. Now what I was able to purchase is not a double-disc set. Frankly, I do not know it there is one. It comes with the standard extra features commentary from the actors and the director, a commentary on the soundtrack and the best extra feature were the deleted scenes.

The film was supposed to originally run around three hours. Curtis was forced to trim it down to two hours. And because of this a lot of funny plots and acts were taken out. No they were not restored to the film, but a special featured was added to showcase these scenes and each scenes comes with an introduction from Curtis. The deleted scenes were funny and touching.

Moulin Rouge (2001)
The other DVD that significantly dropped its price was the double disc DVD of Baz Luhrman's Moulin Rouge.

Moulin Rouge will probably be remembered as the best example Luhrman's red curtain cinema. The term was coined by Luhrman to describe his techniques of using theatrical conventions in his film. His other films, Strictly Ballroom (1993) and William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet (1996), closely followed the red curtain cinema technique.

Luhrman's highly stylised worlds uses theatrical conventions, and breaks formal storytelling technique. To heighten the participation of the audience and remind them that this is an imaginative world, despite the familiar storyline. So anything goes.

"Once you agree that you're always watching a movie, you're happy to
accept a moment of high comedy, then tragedy - then break out into song."
Baz Luhrman

When I first saw this movie I was mesmerized by it. The use of popular songs of our era to tell the story of the pre World War I society and the environs of the Moulin Rouge, Monmarte. Luhrman even has Ewan McGregor singing songs made famous by Julie Andrews and Jim Broadbent with Richard Roxborough dancing and singing Madonna's Like a Virgin.

For a long time the DVD version was of this was priced at 900 pesos. Only now did the price drop to 299 pesos.

Moulin Rouge is a double disc set and crammed with a lot of features.

My nephew likes the "pitch" scene, this is the scene where they try to sell the musical to the Duke. And he also likes the song and dance number in the Moulin Rouge. I still like Broadbent and Roxborugh's
take on Like a Virgin.

Now I have to wait for the price of the Incredibles and Shrek's DVDs to drop.


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