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Rosemary's Baby (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
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It was once a venial sin to watch this film, condemned by the Catholic Church and the Legion Of Decency, now you can own it in glorious High-Definition, with a genial satisfaction only Criterion could bestow.
This film only gets creepier and creepier with time. There are several different ways to watch this film. And this film, in turn, tries to tell us many several different things. As film scholar David J. Skal points out in his fantastic book 'The Monster Show':
"Whether Levin's strategy was conscious or not, the plot of Rosemary's Baby was a brilliant metaphorical distillation of the widespread ambivalence and anxiety over sex and reproduction, concerns overshadowed by the garish glare of the swinging sixties. On a simplistic level, both Rosemary and the reader share lingering doubts about the chemical-occult tinkering of their reproductive systems. Rosemary drinks the stinking tannis-root cocktail that her neighbor provides while the reader(likely) swallows the magic candy of birth-control pills. Neither has a deep understanding of the effects of either substance on their bodies and their lives; they rely trustingly on patriarchal authority.Read more ›
Like so many other great movies, ROSEMARY'S BABY was suffering the ravages of time, and earlier VHS and DVD releases prove it. The print was fuzzy, the colors were faded, and the sound had a muffled, indistinct quality. Now, the wonderful folks at the Criterion Collection have done something about it. The picture and sound have been newly remastered from original materials, and they've added a lot of extras as well. I'm very grateful for the Criterion Collection--they've already rescued and improved hundreds of classic titles, and they're still going strong. ROSEMARY'S BABY is the latest addition to an impressive list of Criterion gems on DVD and BluRay. On behalf of film fans and collectors everywhere, I thank them.
PS: Polanski is still going strong, too. If you haven't seen The Ghost Writer yet, check it out. It's another perfect thriller.
The BD quality of this disc manages to still retain the gritty look of the original film print while delivering a significant improvement from previous DVD transfers. The problem with many BDs these days is that some of the essence is lost. It all looks digital now. Everything is too sharp, too crisp, too "perfect" but with this transfer, you can still see film grain, slight imperfections in sharpness that give a resonating feeling of uneasiness and perhaps a vintage sort of rustic quality. Another great improvement is the richness and depths of the colors and contrast of the film. Some of the "blooming" effects of overexposure are minimized. More details can be picked up. The nuances of the wallpaper, the trinkets in the Castavet's house, the chunks of tanis root. This film is brilliant!
The supplemental documentary offers interviews with Farrow, Polanski, and Evans. This is different from the Paramount DVD, some of the same content is included, some is left out, but there is plenty more that has been added. I have read many books on Polanski, interviews, and different essays on the film and still have been given new insight into the film and what went into it. A very worthwhile supplement, indeed. The other is a bit about long time collaborator who did the score, and yet another with the author of the book Ira Levin.Read more ›
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Superb! This Criterion Collection of Rosemary's Baby is a MUST HAVE!Published 3 months ago by Paige Harper
There's really nothing left to say about this movie. It's a masterpiece and a must watch. The Criterion Collection has an amazing remaster of the film and is the definitive way to... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Andrew
What a disappointment! It wasn't scary until the last 15 minutes, but then the end didn't pay off well at all!Published 5 months ago by Eric Harvey
I love this movie and have owned it in many different ways. I had to get the blu-ray and I am glad I did. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Vicky Aguero
"Rosemary's Baby" is one of the most suspenseful films I have ever seen. The film is about a young expectant mother, played by Mia Farrow, who increasingly comes to believe... Read morePublished 9 months ago by B. Adducchio
25 bucks for a blu ray with no commentary track or any remarkable supplements. Criterion is out of their mind with the prices they charge which is why so many people have never... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Tony