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Rosemary's Baby [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [1968]

  • SKU: 6673507
  • Release Date: 10/30/2012
  • Rating: R
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    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (29 out of 29)

    Special Features


    • New documentary featuring interviews with Polanski, actress Mia Farrow, and Producer Robert Evans
    • Interview with author Ira Levin from a 1997 broadcast of Leonard Lopate's public radio program New York and Company, about his 1967 novel, it's sequel, and the film
    • 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
    • Plus: a booklet featuring an essay by critic Ed Park; Levin's afterword to the 2003 New American Library Edition of his novel; and Levin's rare, unpublished character sketches of the Woodhouses and floor plan of their apartment, created in preparation for the novel

    Synopsis


    Rosemary's Baby
    In Roman Polanski's first American film, adapted from Ira Levin's horror bestseller, a young wife comes to believe that her offspring is not of this world. Waifish Rosemary Woodhouse (Mia Farrow) and her struggling actor husband, Guy (John Cassavetes), move into the Bramford, an old New York City apartment building with an ominous reputation and only elderly residents. Neighbors Roman and Minnie Castevet (Sidney Blackmer and Ruth Gordon) soon come nosing around to welcome the Woodhouses to the building; despite Rosemary's reservations about their eccentricity and the weird noises that she keeps hearing, Guy starts spending time with the Castevets. Shortly after Guy lands a plum Broadway role, Minnie starts showing up with homemade chocolate mousse for Rosemary. When Rosemary becomes pregnant after a mousse-provoked nightmare of being raped by a beast, the Castevets take a special interest in her welfare. As the sickened Rosemary becomes increasingly isolated, she begins to suspect that the Castevets' circle is not what it seems. The diabolical truth is revealed only after Rosemary gives birth, and the baby is taken away from her. Polanski's camerawork and Richard Sylbert's production design transform the realistic setting (shot on-location in Manhattan's Dakota apartment building) into a sinister projection of Rosemary's fears, chillingly locating supernatural horror in the familiar by leaving the most grotesque frights to the viewer's imagination. This apocalyptic yet darkly comic paranoia about the hallowed institution of childbirth touched a nerve with late-'60s audiences feeling uneasy about traditional norms. Produced by B-horror maestro William Castle, Rosemary's Baby became a critically praised hit, winning Gordon an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Inspiring a wave of satanic horror from The Exorcist (1973) to The Omen (1976), Rosemary's Baby helped usher in the genre's modern era by combining a supernatural story with Alfred Hitchcock's propensity for finding normality horrific. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Mia Farrow
      Mia Farrow - Rosemary Woodhouse
    • John Cassavetes
      John Cassavetes - Guy Woodhouse
    • Ruth Gordon
      Ruth Gordon - Minnie Castevet
    • Maurice Evans
      Maurice Evans - Hutch
    • Ralph Bellamy
      Ralph Bellamy - Dr. Sapirstein



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    Rating 4.9 out of 5 stars with 29 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      What a Great, Classic Film!

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      arnieb

      There's always a movie that comes along and single handedly redefines a genre. After finally watching this film, I can understand why horror films took a turn for the best. This film explores such freakish themes that remind me of The Omen and The Exorcist. Some of the performances in this film are plain great, and others, like Farrows aren't so great. This film had me on the edge of my seat trying to guess what was really going on and that means I loved every minute of it. I'm kind of disappointed I waited so long to see this classic film, but I will definitely recommend it now!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      One of the greatest movies ever

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      ShamusO2L
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      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 and continued having a history of its own. I believe this was released just a year before the Manson killings and the Farrow/Sinatra divorce and has rumor and innuendo enough to make a class study at any film school. Big on story and short on the gore which became so standard in horror films to come. Rosemary's Baby can stand with Polanski's best work.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Outstanding Film/Poor Special Features

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      Filmreviews773

      Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby is one of the greatest horror films of all time. It has genius cinematography, outstanding acting, great plot twists, and some really paranoid and creepy moments! If you not seen this film you must see it! __________________________________________________ However, the DVD release is somewhat poor it has a good print of the film but not very good features. It includes one not very well made featurette about the film and a trailer. Never the less, this DVD is highly suggested!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Will never tire of this Classic Movie

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      jjules
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      I had this movie in my VHS collection for so long, because I just didn't want to give it up. So happy when I found it on DVD at an affordable price. The movie's NYC setting is nostalgic. I am in awe each time I see the NYC buildings and apartments during that time. Mia Farrow's acting abilities were so fitting for this character. I never tire watching from this classic movie that horrified me as a child. I even had my daughter just watch it with me, hoping she will view it with her children.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      CULT CLASSIC!

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      gusvelasco94
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      Roman Polanski's classic horror film is one of the best films of the late 60's. The cast is amazing and HD is absolutely stunning! Stars Mia Farrow & Ruth Gordon. It's definitely a must have to your collection if you love horror. Winning an academy award for best supporting actress(Ruth Gordon) Great to watch with friends and the soundtrack is great.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Criterion and Polanski.

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      Cineman
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      One of my favorite genre movies that not only transcends its script due to its director but that also hangs on its stars performance! Everything is delivered here! Criterion gives the best picture ( along other genre labels such as scream factory and arrow films) and includes the most attentive and appropriate extras for any lover of film.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      CLASSIC!!!

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      Alessa679

      This is one of the best horror film i saw in my life. The movie and the music is just amazing. If you havent seen this movie you must watch it. I waited so long for a blue ray release and its here now. Definitely recommend it to those who like horror movie or even for those who want to see something that they will never forget

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Fantastic Blu-Ray

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      mrnico
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      Another wonderful offering from the Criterion collection. I've seen this film a handful of times and it's never looked better. Like all Criterion discs it's a little expensive compared to you typical blu-ray release, but the extra features and the top notch transfer is well worth the extra money.

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