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5.0 out of 5 stars At Last! Thank You, Criterion!, August 21, 2012
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This review is from: Rosemary's Baby (Criterion Collection) (DVD)
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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Initial post: Oct 8, 2012 2:37:41 PM PDT
dustman says:
Tom

Thank you for putting into words my precise feelings about Criterion. I've never joined a fan club (except for the one for Famous Monsters of Filmland back in the early sixties-LOL) but I would certainly consider it should such an organization ever be formulated.

Posted on Oct 8, 2012 2:38:44 PM PDT
dustman says:
Tom

Thank you for putting into words my precise feelings about Criterion. I've never joined a fan club (except for the one for Famous Monsters of Filmland back in the early sixties-LOL) but I would certainly consider it should such an organization ever be formulated.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 19, 2012 1:10:04 PM PDT
Tom says:
Criterion discriminates - wait for the day when they start releasing region free blu-rays!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 20, 2012 10:55:38 AM PDT
Criterion doesn't discriminate Tom. It has to do with licensing and ownership. Some studio different from the one Criyerion license these films from have ownership over the film in other countries. If it bothers you, get an inexpensive region free blu ray player so you can enjoy the great titles Criterion offers. I got a region free player here in the states so I can enjoy region B Masters of Cinema titles that Criterion has not released. It is well worth it!!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 21, 2012 5:05:28 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 21, 2012 5:08:13 PM PDT
Tom S. says:
Hi, I'm "Tom S.," the author of this review, and I just want you all to know that I am *not* the "Tom" who commented above. According to his profile, he's in Oslo, Norway, and I'm assuming he's frustrated because this Criterion Collection release of ROSEMARY'S BABY is "Region 1 only."

Tom In Oslo, here's a quick lesson in international economics: Criterion Collection does not discriminate--they simply follow the rules of international trade. There are laws and trade union rules that define and regulate "regions," allowing American, European, Asian, and other DVD manufacturers to cater to their specific, local markets without intervention from outside (foreign) competitors. Also, as Monty points out (above), it allows the owners of each title to enter into multiple, international contracts that follow the laws of each specific country. This has the further advantage of employing DVD manufacturers and packagers in many countries.

If the concept of fair trade bothers you, Monty's excellent solution (above) is to purchase an "all-region" DVD/Blu-Ray player that plays all discs, regardless of their origin. Then you can watch anything you want, even in Norway. But don't expect Criterion Collection--or any other reputable entertainment provider--to break federal laws and risk fines and imprisonment just for you.

I hope some European company makes ROSEMARY'S BABY available in Norway soon, but that isn't the business of Criterion Collection. It's an American company, and it obeys American laws.

Thanks for your comments, everyone, and enjoy ROSEMARY'S BABY.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2012 4:19:43 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 26, 2012 4:21:28 AM PDT
MelAus says:
Zone / Region Free DVD & Blu-ray players are so common in most parts of the world, I don't know why the movie houses persist with the coding.
Here in Australia there has never been a problem with "Open Coded" players for DVD or Blu-ray, infact the majority of big name equipment importers either have their products modified off-shore by the manufacturers or do it themselves here prior to sale.
No government restriction whatsoever!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2012 10:13:24 PM PDT
Tom S. says:
MelAus--G'day in Australia! The "open-coded" players are technically illegal in the US (although we do have them). But altering disc players that are intended for specific regions in the way you describe, and selling them in retail stores, is strictly illegal in the US and the European Union. I don't know the laws in Australia--they must be different. The only way we could end government restriction on this is to get our federal lawmakers to change the rules, and that would take some doing. And it would never get past our labor unions! I think it will be a long while before we have a region-free world of DVD entertainment.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 27, 2012 12:16:56 AM PDT
MelAus says:
G'day back,

Yep, it's a little more difficult to search out the "Open Coded" Blu-ray machines, but certainly no problem and as I say above, directly over the counter from your favourite store.
I've never actually seen the written law as far as Blu-ray is concerned, but right from the outset the Government okayed the DVD Players and I know the Panasonics, Sony's etc etc leave the factories able to play 'all' DVD's, with many open to play all BR's as well.
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