Blu-ray, DVD Release: Rosemary’s Baby

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Oct. 30, 2012
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95
Studio: Criterion


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Mia Farrow fears for her future in Rosemary's Baby.

Roman Polanski’s (Carnage) masterful Rosemary’s Baby (1968) remains one of the filmmaker’s finest works and one of the greatest horror-thriller films of the past half-century.

Young Mia Farrow (The Last Unicorn) stars as young mother-to-be Rosemary Woodhouse, a newly married New Yorker (by way of Nebraska) who grows increasingly suspicious that her over-friendly elderly neighbors (High Society’s Sidney Blackmer and Harold and Maude’s Ruth Gordon) and self-involved actor-husband (John Cassavetes, Too Late Blues) are hatching a Satanic plot against her and her unborn baby.

Increasingly terrifying and darkly comic, Rosemary’s Baby was faithfully adapted from Ira Levin’s best seller by writer/director Polanski. It regularly pops up on “Top Ten Horror Movie lists,” as it rightfully should, including a couple of ours — Big Bad Daddies for Father’s Day and 31 Scariest Movie Moments for Halloween!

Though it’s been available on DVD and Blu-ray from Paramount for years, the new Criterion editions offer a new high-definition digital restoration approved by Polanski and a handful of bonus features, including the following:

• Uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
• New interviews with Polanski, actor Mia Farrow, and producer Robert Evans
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
• 1997 radio interview with author Ira Levin from Leonard Lopate’s WNYC program New York and Company on the 1967 novel, the sequel, and the film
• A booklet featuring an essay by critic Ed Park and Levin’s afterword for the 2003 New American Library edition of his novel, in which he discusses its
and the film’s origins

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.