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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Blu Ray Release., 30 May 2013
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This review is from: Rosemary'S Baby (Blu-ray)
Not available at present in the uk,this italian import is a clear step up from the dvd with excellent picture quality and sound,apart from the 60's fashions it looks as if it could have been made last week.Would highly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic and underated, 17 Nov. 2013
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This review is from: Rosemary's Baby [DVD] (DVD)
This is one of Sidney Blackmer's last films and he is one of the main satanists in the film. There is a kind of faint menace in his voice and his voice has a kind of beguiling rhythm to it; standout performances from all.

I guess you have to be a fan of these films (Satan and the genre) to really appreciate it. The camera work has these 'uneasy' odd angles thing going on but it is not overdone. Lots to analysis in this film, especially about the way that the Satanic promise is a 'quick and easy progress and profit'; a metaphor for our financial times perhaps.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Devil of a good movie, 22 Feb. 2015
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No hands coming through walls, no faces melting, no insects pouring out of mouths or ears, no hooded figures in the corner. Nevertheless, this is a very disturbing movie. Mia Farrow grows increasingly paranoid over the actions of her neighbours. Are they really just cosy elderly folk? Is she actually going nuts? This was the one that led the way, spawning a thousand rip-offs, send-ups and copies, some of them good, most of them rubbish. Polanski, as always, shows the art of subtle directing. Classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The devil is in the detail, 9 Aug. 2007
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russell clarke "stipesdoppleganger" (halifax, west yorks) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Rosemary's Baby - Paramount Originals (includes Limited Edition reproduction film poster) [DVD] (DVD)
Roman Polanski,s first American film released in 1968 is generally viewed as a horror film though if it is it's a horror film its one with no traditional horror elements in it. There is no blood , or bogeyman (Satan makes a blurry cameo appearance in that famous rape scene) or chases down corridors or really any of the machinations associated with horror. However it does deal explicitly with the horror of alienation , paranoia , fear and sheer hopelessness. In many ways these are ephemeral horrors more conducive to most of our life's than we would like to admit and therefore much more relevant.
This DVD is part of a slew of re-issues fronted by Paramount (All with accompanying posters) and might just be the best of the bunch -though I am sure others would disagree virulently (On another day I might plump for "Shane" myself) Adapted from Ira Levin's novel the film was shot in the Dakota building (Famous as the building where John Lennon lived and was shot outside of) though its renamed "The Bramford" for the film. The adaptation is unusually faithful to the source novel with Polanski obsessing on minor details from the novel .
The plot has young couple Rosemary Woodhouse(Mia Farrow) and her husband Guy (John Cassavetes) an aspiring actor moving into their new apartment , still in a period of post honeymoon bliss. They quickly become friendly with their eccentric older neighbours Minnie (Ruth Gordon) and Roman (Sidney Blackmer) who are a tad over bearing and obsequious but whose hearts seem to be in the right place and who swiftly assume a surrogate parent role. The young couple decide to try for a baby but on the night they plan to conceive Rosemary passes out after half eating a chocolate provided by their neighbours that "Has a chalky taste" and has a lurid dream where she is raped by a beast with yellow eyes in the presence of her neighbours and husband. It's at this point that what has before seemed almost like a gentle mildly unsettling sit-com turns into an increasingly fraught deterioration into suspicion, obsession and terror.
Rosemary discovers she is pregnant but then becomes convinced there is a plot to steal her baby and that her neighbours are Satanists with her husband in league with them . She is immerged into deep mistrust about the drinks Minnie brings round , she develops a taste for raw meat(Farrow actually ate raw liver for a scene) and has excruciating abdominal pains .She is referred to one Doctor a friend has used but is quickly persuaded by Minnie, Roman and Guy to go with their choice Dr Abraham Sapirstein, a man she mistrusts instantly . The audience is cleverly placed into Rosemary's head, we know as much as she knows . Are her suspicions unwarranted or are they based on some form of implausible truth.?
Rosemary's fear and uncertainties affect her health. She is losing weight when she should be gaining it, but her growing concerns are fed by Guy suddenly getting a part in a sitcom when the previous actor is struck blind and when Rosemary's long time friend Edward Hutchings (Maurice Evans) falls into a coma. Then he dies ,but not before leaving her a terrifying clue as to what is going on around her and who her neighbours really are. Desperate she turns to her original doctor , Dr C C Hill(Charles Grodin) for help , but thinking her unstable he contacts her husband and she is returned to the apartment to give birth and it's then she discovers what has actually occurred and that its actually much worse than she feared. Actually that is a common assumption , but the film ends with Rosemary giving into her maternal instincts so we can only assume that she is willing to accept the horrible truth as long as her child survives.
Rosemarys Baby is arguably Polanski best film . A quite brilliantly sustained and then escalating lesson in suspense and incremental dread. Polanski like William Friedkin did for "The Exorcist " knew how to unsettle his actors to illicit better performances. He wasn't quite as reckless as Friedkin who fired live rounds on set , but he used Tony Curtis, a friend of Farrows to voice a scene where she calls Don Baumagaurd the blinded actor . And her confusion is genuine as she try's to place the voice on the phone. The scene where Rosemary walks out into traffic was spontaneous-Polanski told Farrow "No one will hit a pregnant woman ". A year later Polanski,s pregnant wife Sharon Tate was murdered by the Manson family , a group who many compare to the Satanic cult featured in Rosemarys Baby . That is possibly the scariest thing of all .
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4.0 out of 5 stars Italian bluray, 15 Aug. 2013
This review is from: Rosemary'S Baby (Blu-ray)
just the film but it looks fab in HD and is still one of the best horror films ever.

Region B, uncut. English audio and optional subtitles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars superb classic chiller, 13 Dec. 2011
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i wanted this version for along time with the movie poster. it is expensive but rare with the slip case. ruth gordon is a genius of an actress very powerful performances. very disturbing watch out for a young charles grodin.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tony Curtis, 6 April 2011
This review is from: Rosemary's Baby [DVD] (DVD)
This movie does not star Tony Curtis, you will not see him in the movie. Tony Curtis is just a voice on a phone call Rosemary recieves for her husband.
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