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"Moulin Rouge" DVD Easter Eggs
Moulin Rouge

"Moulin Rouge" DVD

 

The "Moulin Rouge" DVD set contains at least 15 Easter eggs, and I first came upon a description of them on the Told You So Productions Web site in an article attributed to Kyle Milligan. Below I've given my own set of detailed instructions for how to find the Easter eggs, but since all DVD players don't function exactly the same way, you might have to tweak around a little. In no particular order, here's my version of the list of the 15 Easter eggs on Disc Two:

1. On the first menu, highlight "The Cutting Room" and press Enter. Press the down arrow three times to highlight "Main Menu." Then press the left arrow button, and a red windmill will appear. Press Enter to see what appears to be an outtake of the scene where Ewan McGregor sings "Your Song" to Nicole Kidman.

2. On the first menu, highlight "More" and press Enter. Press the down arrow four times to highlight "Back," then press the right arrow. A red fairy will appear. Press Enter to see Jim Broadbent in character as Zidler in what appears to be an outtake of him prancing around to the tune of "Cancan."

3. On the first menu, highlight "More" and press Enter, leading to the second page of the main menu, where "The Dance" is highlighted. Press Enter, leading to another menu where "The Dance" is again highlighted, this time in red letters. Again press Enter, leading to a menu where "A Word from Baz" is highlighted in the upper left of the screen. Press the right arrow and a green fairy will appear. Then press Enter to see Baz Luhrmann, presumably at a rehearsal, apparently describing to some performers their motivation for the tango sequence.

4. On the first menu, highlight "The Stars," press Enter and wait for the montage of shots of Kidman and McGregor to run to its end. You will be at a menu that has "Satine" on the left of the screen and "Christian" on the right. Press the button on the remote labeled 9, then press Enter. Next, you need to enter 17 on the remote. On some remotes, you can simply press the button on the remote labeled 1, followed by the button labeled 7. On other remotes, you may need to press some other key to indicate that you're entering a two-digit number. In any event, once you've entered 17 on the remote, press Enter (although some systems may not require Enter to be pressed here). You will see Luhrmann presiding over a farewell to McGregor, presumably when he has finished principal shooting.

5. On the first menu, select "More," then on the second page of the main menu choose "The Design." Press the down arrow once to highlight "Set Design" and press Enter. Press the down arrow three times to highlight "Spectacular Spectacular" and press Enter. You'll see some instructions on the screen about pressing special buttons on the remote to navigate through the frames. Press twice the button recommended there to step forward and you will arrive at a screen containing the words "Spectacular Spectacular" set against a blue sky. Press the up arrow, and when a green fairy appears, press Enter. You will see Luhrmann claiming that he is about to reveal the magic of ADR.

6. From the second page of the main menu, choose "The Design." Press the down arrow three times to highlight "Costume Design" and press Enter. "A Courtesan's Wardrobe" will be highlighted." Press Enter. Press the button recommended to step forward four times. Then press the up arrow and when the green fairy appears, press Enter. You will see Kidman and McGregor in what appears to be an outtake where McGregor has a microphone problem.

7. From the second page of the main menu, choose "The Design." While looking at the screen that has "The Design!" in big red letters at the top, punch in the two-digit number 18 on the remote, then press Enter. Then enter the two-digit number 99 on the remote, then press Enter. You will see some bare nipples being dusted with something, presumably some sort of makeup. (But don't get your hopes up that you'll see something sexually provocative.)

8. From the second page of the main menu, choose "Marketing." Press the down arrow to highlight "Photo Gallery," then press Enter. Press the down arrow to highlight "Mary Ellen Mark" and press the right arrow button. When the red windmill appears, press Enter to see John Leguizamo in some sort of a test.

9. From the second page of the main menu, choose "The Design." Then press the down arrow once and choose "Set Design." Again press the down arrow once and choose "The Gothic Tower." Press the button recommended to step forward five times. Press the up arrow, and when the red windmill appears, press Enter. You'll see Kidman in street clothes and wearing eyeglasses, apparently rehearsing for a scene.

10. From the first page of the main menu, choose "The Story Is About ...." Highlight "3. Old Storylines & script comparisons" and press Enter. Then press the down arrow four times to highlight the word "return." Press the right arrow and when the green fairy appears, press Enter. You'll see Luhrmann and co-writer Craig Pearce kidding around.

11. From the second page of the main menu, choose "The Design." Then press the down arrow three times and choose "Costume Design." Again press the down arrow twice and choose "The Bohemians." Press the button recommended to step forward five times. Press the up arrow, and when the red windmill appears, press Enter. You'll see McGregor, Leguizamo, and others in a kick line as "Cancan" plays in the background.

12. From the second page of the main menu, choose "The Design." Then press the down arrow five times and choose "Smoke and Mirrors." A screen will appear where "The Evolution of the Intro" is highlighted. Press the button on the remote labeled 5, then press Enter. Then punch in the two-digit number 18 on the remote, followed by Enter. You will seen how the scene in the movie when the formally attired men in the Moulin Rouge throw their top hats into the air is done.

13. From the first page of the main menu, choose "The Stars." Wait for the montage of shots of Kidman and McGregor to run to its end, then highlight "More" and press Enter. You will be taken to a screen where "John Leguizamo as Toulouse Lautrec" is highlighted. Press the up arrow, and when the green fairy appears, press Enter. You will see what is presumably a costume test of Leguizamo dressed as a sitar.

14. From the second page of the main menu, choose "The Dance." From the next menu, choose "Choreography," which will take you to a menu that offers the choices "Interview," "Rehearsals," and "Main Menu." Press the down arrow twice to highlight "Main Menu." Then press the right arrow and when the red windmill appears, press Enter. You will see Luhrmann prancing around on the set, probably attempting to give some guidance as to how he would like certain movements to look.

15. From the second page of the main menu, choose "The Music." From the next menu, choose "The Lady Marmalade Phenomenon." Then press the down arrow twice to highlight "Main Menu." Press the right arrow, and when the red windmill appears, press Enter to see Luhrmann and another man riding in an automobile.

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Have fun!

~ Ivana Redwine

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