Moulin Rouge and Romeo + Juliet are both coming out on Blu-ray very soon. But you, dear reader, have a chance to win both for free in our giveaway! Aren’t you lucky? The special features included seem really cool, and I think everyone needs these DVDs in their collection. Check out the website:!

From the press release:


Acclaimed Ground-Breaking Films Debut On Blu-ray Disc October 19,
Featuring new high-definition tranfers from the original camera negative supervised by director Baz Luhrmann, brand new content and never-before-seen material.

Two of famed director Baz Luhrmann’s unconventional, poetic and mesmerizing films get the star treatment October 19, when Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment debuts the Blu-ray discs of William Shakespeare’s Romeo+Juliet and Moulin Rouge!.

Flaunting a new high-definition transfer and spectacular picture-in-picture experience, both Blu-ray discs of the award-winning films also boast new uncut footage, BD-LIVE: Live Lookupä Powered by IMDbÒ, as well as a host of other never-before-seen material produced by Luhrmann and his creative team at Bazmark.

For the first time ever, Moulin Rouge! includes an alternate opening sequence featuring Cat Steven’s hit “Father & Son”. William Shakespeare’s Romeo+Juliet and Moulin Rouge! Blu-ray Discs will each be available for the suggested retail price of $34.99 U.S. / $37.99 CAN.

Widely credited with reinventing the modern movie musical, Moulin Rouge! exploded onto screens when it debuted in 2001. Celebrating some of the best-loved popular music of the twentieth century, the film found audiences ready to enjoy the same break-into-song storytelling currently enjoying its latest reincarnation in the popular television series Glee.

Along with a multi-platinum selling soundtrack led by the single “Lady Marmalade”, the film went on to broadly influence fashion, music, design and popular culture, and was nominated for eight Academy Awards including best picture, winning two for Catherine Martin’s production design and costume design.

Nicole Kidman (The Hours, Australia) sizzles in her Oscar®-nominated role as Satine, the seductive courtesan and star of a popular French nightclub that caters to society’s decadent elite. When she unwittingly draws Christian, a struggling writer played by Ewan McGregor (Amelia), into her spell, true love turns to tragedy. Moulin Rouge!offers a kaleidoscopic ride through a world of song, dance, romance and drama that celebrates truth, beauty, freedom and above all things, love.

Inventive, unconventional, controversial, William Shakespeare’s Romeo+Juliet, in Luhrmann’s Oscar®-nominated* adaptation, finds Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers in the modern created world of Verona Beach where Romeo drives a car and Juliet packs a gun. To a thumping soundtrack, and by turns the threat of gunfire through to the delicate embrace of forbidden love, the audience is invited to drink from an intoxicating cinematic cocktail that takes them on a ride from Romeo and Juliet’s budding love, their first kiss, through to their separation and ultimate demise.

Considered a modern classic, this iconoclastic film adaptation that redefined the timeless tale for a new generation stars a pre-Titanic Leonardo DiCaprio (Shutter Island, Inception) and Claire Danes (The Family Stone, Shopgirl), as the youthful star-crossed lovers. The film went on to achieve box office success and widespread acclaim, a multi-platinum soundtrack album, and winning four BAFTA Awards (including the David Lean award for best direction) and two further awards at the Berlin Film Festival including the Silver Bear for Leonardo DiCaprio’s performance as Romeo.

Luhrmann says:
“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 has 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.”

Moulin Rouge! Blu-ray Disc
New High Definition Transfer supervised by Director Baz Luhrmann

Spectacular, Spectacular Picture-in-Picture Mode* with Audio Commentary by Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin, Donald M. McAlpine and Craig Pearce and featuring Behind-the-Scenes Footage and Stills
All-New Featurette A Creative Adventure and Introduction by Baz Luhrmann A Word from Baz
Uncut Footage from the Bazmark Vault including:
Father & Son – A Look at an Alternate Opening
Nicole Kidman’s First Vocal Test
Production Featurettes and Interviews: The Stars, The Writers, The Design, The Dance, The Music and The Cutting Room
The Making of Moulin Rouge and More!
BD-LIVE:** Live Lookup™ powered by IMDb

William Shakespeare’s Romeo+Juliet Blu-ray Disc

New High Definition Transfer supervised by Director Baz Luhrmann

Shaking Up Shakespeare Picture-in-Picture Mode with Audio Commentary by Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin, Donald M. McAlpine and Craig Pearce and featuring Behind-the-Scenes Footage and Stills
Uncut Footage from the Bazmark Vault
Romeo + Juliet: The Music Documentary
Filmmaker and Interview Galleries
BD-LIVE**: Live Lookup™ powered by IMDb®

William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge! Blu-ray Disc releases are just one aspect of Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment’s yearlong campaign to honor the studio’s 75th birthday. This year the division will debut several select fan-favorites on Blu-ray for the first time ever including The Sound Of Music 45th Anniversary Edition, The Rocky Horror Picture Show: 35th Anniversary, The Last of the Mohicans and the Alien Anthology.

GIVEAWAY PRIZE: Two (2) winners will receive a copy of  both Moulin Rouge (Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGreggor) on Blu-ray and Romeo + Juliet (Claire Danes, Leonardo DiCaprio) on Blu-ray. This prize is offered by Fox Home Entertainment and the approx. value is $70.

– Giveaway ends on October 24, 2010

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