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.
Conclusion: The iconic tagline of Polanski's classic film version of Levin's classic novel read "Pray for Rosemary's baby." My hunch is not even prayer could have helped this sad excuse for a miniseries. The scenic values of Paris at least partially compensate for one of the more boneheaded attempts to revisit a property that should have been left resolutely alone. Technical merits here are very strong for those who are interested in purchasing. Did you find this review helpful?
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...
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.
Conclusion: Rosemary's Baby has been given a complete makeover and the final result is indeed mighty impressive. Fans of the film who have been asking and waiting for a solid Blu-ray release are in for a very, very special treat. Criterion's release also comes with an outstanding new documentary featuring brand new interviews with director Roman Polanski, actress Mia Farrow, and producer Robert Evans, as well as a very interesting new Polish documentary about the life and legacy of...