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Rosemary's Baby [Blu-ray]
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For starters, to pander to today's audiences' bloodlust, a lot of graphic gore has been added, something that was completely absent in the magnificent original. For instance, when Rosemary is told that her apartment building once housed the notorious "Trench Sisters," who allegedly indulged in cannibalism, instead of learning about it through a casual reference in conversation, as in the original, here we have to be subjected to a flashback sequence showing the sisters kill and graphically dismember a man, blood squirting in their faces, a hatchet hacking off his arm, etc. And where Rosemary's friend Hutch, who tries to warn her, discreetly dies off camera in a coma in the original (and teasingly leaves us wondering what exactly happened), here he (changed now to an investigative police officer) has convulsions in his car with blood running out of his nose before being squashed like a bug by a large truck that smears him all over the pavement like a giant packet of ketchup. What was gained by this?
More detrimental is the fact that this remake gives away too much, way too soon. What made the original such an effective chiller was the fact that so much was left ambiguous up until the end. The viewer of that version has to piece together the various bits of evidence at the same time Rosemary does, so that we share in her gradual discovery and growing horror.Read more ›
The miniseries opens with a grim sequence depicting a young woman plummeting to her death. Soon thereafter, we meet our young heroes (the appealing Patrick J. Adams and Zoe Saldana) as they acclimate to their new Paris digs. Having suffered a deep tragedy, the lovely pair are trying for a fresh start in the City of Lights. He's an aspiring writer joining the faculty of a Parisian college, she's a former ballerina content to spend her time in cooking classes.Read more ›
It isn't that this take on Ira Levin's classic is awfully bad - it just isn't terribly good. In listening to the director and star/producer Zoe "Rosemary" Saldana talk of their undertaking and the need to offer this day and age a newer perspective on Rosemary's character just made me laugh - for there is nothing in this vision and version of Rosemary that isn't in the character as first exquisitely embodied by Mia Farrow - and, in all honestly, there is a far amount less. Also postulated - especially by director Agnieszka Holland - is that in her version she tried to offer up not so much a horror tale, but a psychological one wherein viewers never quite know what is real or what is merely imagined by Rosemary in her eventually pregnant and possibly paranoidal state. But this is hogwash!Read more ›
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You'll needed to try it l loved the movie. I love everything on my Amazon Fire HD tablet and Amazon.com . I love to look and shop on Amazon.com. Thanks again. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Patty's Kindle
I had taped the first half but did get the second I love the showPublished 6 months ago by Robin Hinton
I ordered this as a gift and the recipient was pleased with the product. The DVD arrived in a timely manner and I was happy that it arrived before Christmas. The price was great.Published 6 months ago by Manda
I love Halle Berry as Rosemary and she really made it believable.Published 8 months ago by Stephanie E. Horn
I really liked rosemary with zoe saldana. I like the fact that the movie wasn't exactly like the original. It was nice that the movie was filmed in such a beautiful place. Read morePublished 10 months ago by anna