Conclusion: Rosemary’s Baby was a giant misfire. If you want to see the real deal then go forth and seek out the excellent Criterion Collection Blu-ray of the original and skip this one altogether. The averaged out grade give the Blu-ray a benefit of the doubt, because the video and audio are above average, with below average special features. A 3-star is about right for the remake of Rosemary’s Baby on Blu-ray.
Summary: Zoe Saldana, in an Electronic Press Kit interview included on this new Blu-ray, manages to keep a completely straight face when she insists that this Rosemary's Baby is not a remake of Rosemary's Baby . Some cynics may aver that this constitutes some of the most bravura acting Ms. Saldana accomplishes with regard to anything related to this largely lamentable—remake.
Summary: Winner of Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Roman Polanski's "Rosemary's Baby" (1968) arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Paramount Pictures-UK. There are no supplemental features included on this release. In English, with optional English, English SDH, Danish, German, Spanish (Spain), Spanish (Latin America), French, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Norwegian, Portuguese, Finnish, and Swedish subtitles for the main feature. Region-Free.
Excerpt: When you think of great horror filmmakers, you probably think of names like David Cronenberg, John Carpenter, maybe even Alfred Hitchcock. But one name that comes up infrequently in these discussions is Roman Polanski. This has always struck me as a little odd. John Landis is referred to as a Master of Horror despite the fact that he’s only made a small handful of genre movies.
Conclusion: One of the great masterpieces of horror and suspense is also Roman Polanski's American debut. It's a macabre tale of the supernatural and black magic started a film trend throughout the 1970s and also made the Polish auteur into respected name. It's an involving and frightening story based on Ira Levin's novel about the secret lives of neighbors and the paranoid suspicions of one young woman played terrifically by Mia Farrow.
Conclusion: The Criterion Collection's Blu-ray release of one of the greatest horror movies ever made prompts celebration and sky-high expectations. In light of that, Rosemary's Baby feels a little light on extras given Criterion's reputation and high list price. Still, on the basis of the outstanding feature presentation, enduring film, and the studio's always appreciated standard touches, this disc is easy to recommend buying and easy to recommend for a Halloween night viewing.
Summary: Winner of Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Roman Polanski's "Rosemary's Baby" (1968) arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Criterion. The supplemental features on the disc include a new documentary film, featuring interviews with director Roman Polanski, actress Mia Farrow, and producer Robert Evans; radio interview with author Ira Levin; and a feature-length documentary on the life and work of Polish jazz composer and musician Krzysztof Komeda.
Excerpt: What makes Krzysztof Komeda's opening lullaby from Rosemary's Baby so uniquely unsettling? Is it that Mia Farrow isn't given any words to sing? That by giving disaffected voice to a musical statement that has no context, she's essentially acting as a vessel? Roman Polanski's hit adaptation of Ira Levin's occult novel may focus on Farrow's harrowing performance as Rosemary with nearly as much centrality as the director did on Catherine Deneuve in Repulsion , but the devil...