Having been released multiple times previously on DVD, the new Blu-ray still manages to have some new bonus items beyond just Luhrmann's explanation of what went into creating the Blu-ray. There is a picture-in-picture commentary mode with Luhrmann, Pearce, Catherine Martin (production designer, costume designer, and associate producer), and Donald McAlpine (cinematographer). Beyond the interviews, the picture-in-picture track contains extra footage and stills. There is also a new behind the scenes featurette, "A Creative Adventure," as well as a previously released making of piece and individual featurettes on specific aspects of how the film got put together ("The Stars, "The Writers," "The Design," "The Dance," "The Music," and "The Cutting Room"). One of the more interesting extras the disc contains is a look at an alternate opening of the film in which Christian sings Cat Stevens' "Father & Son."
In short, Moulin Rouge! is spectacular, spectacular. It is a love story, it is a romance, it is a tragedy, and a comedy. It has just about anything anyone would ever go to the movies to see and it packages it all around beautiful visuals, a fast pace, and great songs. Luhrmann may not succeed in every endeavor he has ever ventured into, but he does so here and he does so marvelously.