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Rosemary's Baby (Criterion Collection) (1968)

Mia Farrow , John Cassavetes , Roman Polanski  |  R |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, Sidney Blackmer
  • Directors: Roman Polanski
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Special Edition, Widescreen, Anamorphic
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Criterion Collection
  • DVD Release Date: October 30, 2012
  • Run Time: 136 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008MPQ112
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,066 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES • New high-definition digital restoration, approved by director Roman Polanski, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition • New interviews with Polanski, actor Mia Farrow, and producer Robert Evans • Komeda, Komeda, a feature-length documentary on the life and work of jazz musician and composer Krzysztof Komeda, who wrote the score for Rosemary’s Baby • 1997 radio interview with author Ira Levin from Leonard Lopate’s WNYC program New York and Company on the 1967 novel, the sequel, and the film • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Ed Park and Levin’s afterword for the 2003 New American Library edition of his novel, in which he discusses its and the film’s origins

Editorial Reviews

Terrifying and darkly comic, Rosemary’s Baby marked the Hollywood debut of Roman Polanski (Repulsion). This wildly entertaining nightmare, faithfully adapted from Ira Levin’s best seller, stars a revelatory Mia Farrow (Hannah and Her Sisters) as a young mother-to-be who grows increasingly suspicious that her overfriendly elderly neighbors, played by Sidney Blackmer (High Society) and an Oscar-winning Ruth Gordon (Harold and Maude), and self-involved husband (actor and filmmaker John Cassavetes) are hatching a satanic plot against her and her baby. In the decades of occult cinema Polanski’s ungodly masterpiece has spawned, it’s never been outdone for sheer psychological terror.

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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All Of Them Witches! October 31, 2012
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Rosemary's Baby is my favorite horror film of all time. Its got it all: a genius director, marvelous actors, a haunting tale, spooky neighbors, dastardly witches, and, of course, Satan. The film revolves around a young woman named Rosemary Woodhouse. Rosemary and her husband are expecting a child. But Rosemary doesn't look so good. Rosemary is starting to believe that she has been impregnated by evil itself and everyone she knows might be in on it. As a thriller it works on a level Hitchcock only hinted at. Its a film that surpasses masterpiece and classic, and rests snug atop the terrain of legend.

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.
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43 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At Last! Thank You, Criterion! August 21, 2012
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Roman Polanski's 1968 film version of Ira Levin's bestseller is one of the finest horror films ever made. Polanski adapted Levin's terrifying novel of ancient evil in a modern setting with every thrill intact. He filmed on location in NYC, and he somehow managed to convey a sense of claustrophobia and quiet panic on busy streets and sidewalks. To create suspense is very difficult; to sustain that suspense for 2 hours and 16 minutes is all but impossible. But he did it, with the help of excellent photography and production design, a wonderfully creepy musical score, and a terrific cast. Mia Farrow is simply magnificent as Rosemary, and she's matched by John Cassavetes, Sidney Blackmer, Maurice Evans, Oscar-winner Ruth Gordon, and an A-list of Broadway veterans. From start to finish, it is a perfect film.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pray for Rosemary's Baby. November 2, 2012
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Traditionally, this has been my favorite movie and probably holds that position for the longest amount of time. Over the years, other films have come and gone and even some of Polanski's other films have stolen the top spot. I admire his entire body of work, but after viewing the BD version of this film there is no doubt that once again Rosemary's Baby is definitely my favorite Polanski film.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent blu ray for an unparalleled masterpiece
Rosemary's baby belongs to that small number of horror masterpiece where you don't see but you jist feel. It's all about atmosphere, setting, acting. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Elleppi
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful transfer!
Rosemary's Baby has finally received justice. This Criterion addition is well worth the money. Picture quality and sound are 10 out of 10!
Published 1 month ago by Arabia80
5.0 out of 5 stars Horror classic.
My daughter, a student of film, requested this film for her collection. She loves it and she enjoys it above newer versions. Great addition.
Published 4 months ago by Bee
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Greatest Horror Films of All time
In my opinion, the best horror anyone can truely experience is when we are never shown the horror, it's when it is suggested & our own mind fills it in. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Brian
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST MOVIE EVER MADE!!
YIKES! There are no words to express the magnitude of this motion picture. Ruth Gordon is as the nosy next door neighbor is remarkable. Read more
Published 5 months ago by BRIANNA
5.0 out of 5 stars Look at his hands...his feet! The Criterion DVD deluxe edition...
"Rosemary's Baby" is not a film that really says all that much; it's something of a joke-movie, very much a brilliant satire, but NOT nearly as significant/scary as some... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Leslie Karen Rigsbey
5.0 out of 5 stars Rosemary's Baby will become a byword for satanic movie lovers
This is one of the best satanic movies from the 1960's. Roman Polanski direction and the ensemble cast of mostly New York regulars including the location at The Dakota which has... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Diceman
5.0 out of 5 stars A film worth buying on a criterion blu-ray
Not only have I got the ball rolling on converting my dvds to blu-ray, there are a select few that are upgraded to Criterion Blu-Ray. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Emanuel
5.0 out of 5 stars What is your price?
A classic film with classy actors and views of The Dakota!!
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Published 8 months ago by Carol Anne Griffitt
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow paced, but well worth watching.
1968 I was eighteen, and love visiting that time, I enjoyed all the sights and sounds, that said, Rosemary's Baby was an interesting enough story to follow, with a compelling... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Michael McCollum
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