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Rosemary's Baby [Blu-ray] [1968] [Region Free]

Mia Farrow , John Cassavetes , Roman Polanski    Suitable for 18 years and over   Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, Sidney Blackmer, Maurice Evans
  • Directors: Roman Polanski
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Japanese, Castilian, Italian, German, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, French, Spanish, Portuguese Brazilian
  • Dubbed: Italian, Castilian, German, French
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Oct 2013
  • Run Time: 136 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DW671HE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,180 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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For Rosemary’s Baby, his modern horror tale about Satanic worship and a pregnant woman’s decline into madness, Roman Polanski moves from the traditional monolithic mansions of Gothic flicks to an apartment building in New York City. Based on Ira Levin’s novel, the story concerns Rosemary (Mia Farrow) and Guy Woodhouse who find the apartment of their dreams in a luxurious complex in Manhattan. Soon after moving in and making friends with a group of elderly neighbours, Guy’s career takes off and Rosemary discovers she is pregnant. Their happiness seems complete. But gradually Rosemary begins to sense that something is wrong with this baby, and slowly and surely her life begins to unravel.

Polanski uses such subtle means to build up the sense of preternatural disquiet that initially you suspect Rosemary’s prenatal paranoia to be a figment of her imagination. But the guilty parties and their demonic plan to make Rosemary the receptacle of their master’s child are eventually revealed and, as Rosemary looses her grip on reality, she realises that no one can be trusted. The performances are excellent throughout; Farrow as the young wife is so fragile that you wonder how she made it unscathed to adulthood and John Cassavetes is horrifyingly duplicitous as her husband Guy. But the real star is Polanski’s masterful direction. The mood is at the same time oppressive and hysterical with the mounting terror coming from the situation and gradually unravelling plot rather than any schlock horror moments.

On the DVD: the Dolby 5.1 soundtrack shows off Christopher Komeda’s eerie "lullaby" score to it’s haunting best. The film is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen and is relatively free of speckle and dust, some scenes filmed in low light are slightly grainier but this adds to the oppressive tension that Polanski is building up in the film. In terms of extras there is a 20-minute "making of" feature from 1968 and retrospective interviews with Polanski, production designer Richard Sylbert and producer Robert Evans. --Kristen Bowditch

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Exciting horror film with Mia Farrow as an innocent pregnant wife betrayed by her ambitious husband to a cult of devil-worshippers.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Polanski's urban horror classic 15 Nov 2000
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Format:VHS Tape
Rosemary's Baby is regarded by many as Roman Polanski's finest achievement. Although it is now 32 years since Poland's enfant terrible brought his adapation of Ira Levin's 1967 novel to the screen, it stands up well to the test of time. Starring Mia Farrow, Ruth Gordon, and John Cassavetes, Rosemary's Baby is a stylish and brilliantly executed set piece, accurately reflecting the New York of the late 1960's.
Set in the famous Dakota building - later to become infamous, following the senseless assassination of John Lennon, on its' doorsteps some two decades later - this masterpiece of suspense will chill even the most hot blooded spine. Polanski coaxed brilliant performances from his stellar cast, also featuring Sidney Blackmer, and Ralph Bellamy as Rosemary's insidious gynacologist, and Ruth Gordon won an Academy Award for her star turn as the nosy parker next door.
Rosemary's Baby is not simply a classic tale of suspense and horror, but a fine example of how a feature film of the genre need not lose it's impact when viewed on the small screen. A 20th century classic! 5 stars. Kym Jones
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Timeless Horror Classic 26 Oct 2008
Format:DVD
'Rosemary's Baby' is without doubt Roman Polanski's best movie.
Still after fourty years this film scares me. Not in the kind of gruesome (torture-porn) kind of way that the Saw franchise do, but in a deeply psychological way, in the spirit of all the great twentieth century horror films. Rosemary (Mia Farrow) is the young married woman who's just moving into an upstate New York appartment block with her husband, actor Guy (John Cassavetes). The pair soon get to know their neighbours (mainly) Minnie Castevet & her husband Roman Castevet (Sidney Blackmer).
Rosemary's baby is a very scary film, not gruesome (sometimes mildly explicit) but it has that claustrophobic eery feeling & after the first half of the film the feeling that no one can be trusted & that the world is conspring against Rosemary is very apparent.
The story is set into motion when Guy announces to a broody Rosemary that he wishes to have a baby. Which leads to probably the only prorper 'horror' scene in the film.
The performances in the movie are phenomenal, particularly that of Ruth Gordon, who plays the nosy meddling neighbour (she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance). Mia Farrow is also very convincing as Rosemary, the trapped individual whose intentions are always good.
A stupendous film that will give the viewer a taste of a good horror movie, before the directors of this genre got lazy & decided to just give B list actors a vague & undeveloped plot line, just to accomodate 'torture-porn' (which I do like, but it doesn't compare to the creepiness & subtlety of a horror movie like this.)
I would recommend this movie to all fans of Alfred Hitchcock, other works of Roman Polanski & Stanley Kubrick.
In conclusion a great film, everything is right about this, a true horror great that would be in at least the top five best horror pictures of all time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Roman Polanski's career would have been very different if he hadn't been head-hunted by Paramount's Robert Evans to direct a film version of Ira Levin's classic horror thriller Rosemary's Baby. Evans and producer William Castle had recognized the book's potential commercial worth even before it had been published by Random House and with a highly successful apartment-based psycho-suspense shocker already under his belt in the shape of Repulsion (1965), Polanski was the obvious choice to bring the project off.

It's true that Rosemary's Baby is a very highly regarded film which appears in many top 100 lists. It's also true that for a Hollywood commercial film the hype is deserved. It's an extremely accomplished thriller, beautifully made, finely cast and performed and above all is that rare thing in Hollywood - an original. It created a new genre in the paranormal demonic psycho-suspense thriller and spawned several pretty awful satanic thrillers (Black Noon, Mark of the Devil, Blood on Satan's Claw, etc - does anyone remember these?) cashing in quickly on the film's success. More importantly, William Friedkin's 1973 The Exorcist (considered the benchmark of the genre), The Omen (1976) and Demon Seed (1977) all would have been unthinkable without it. So why am I less than overwhelmed by Polanski's achievement?

No doubt in 1968 when Rosemary's Baby was released it seemed to American audiences to be the ultimate scary movie and the exciting new European director Roman Polanski the by-name for cinematic innovation. The trouble is he had already peaked in three fantastic films made in Poland and Britain (Knife in the Water [1962], Repulsion [1965] and Cul-de-sac [1966]) which in retrospect we can say amount to the best work he ever did.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tension filled slow burner. 9 May 2014
Format:DVD
Indeed Rosemary's Baby is a classic but let's get the bad points out of the way first. Some scenes are awkward, Mia Farrow and her new found friend in the washing room really doesn't belong in a movie hailed as a classic. Terrible dialogue and acting from both. Farrow seems to change accents throughout the movie, even in her same lines which is a little off putting. However she is terrific in this role as the quiet naive woman who senses over the films two hours that something is very wrong. The movie has been directed much like Nicolas Roeg's classic, Don't Look Now, that classic 70s look of chopping and changing scenes during dialogue. Rosemary's Baby is also very sexually aware of itself, and one could say with all validity was the bridge between censorship issues and what would follow in the glorious 70s.

The movie was shot in the Dakota Buildings, and looks dreadfully eerie, director Roman Polanski makes New York like that too, which all fits with the mood of the film. John Cassavetes has some great lines and is particulary good, though isn't needed once he plays his cards too early. But two actors outstage Farrow and Cassavetes and that is their old nosey could be witch neighbours played delightfully well by Ruth Gordon and Sidney Blackmer.

Rosemary's Baby may well be lost on a younger horror generation, but the movie works on so many levels. For example we have all had nosey neighbours that interfere and the film of course on a technical level is great.
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