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Rosemary’s Baby

Roman Polanski

 
Rosemary’s Baby (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • United States
  • 1968
  • 136 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
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  • Spine #630

Horrifying and darkly comic, Rosemary’s Baby was Roman Polanski’s Hollywood debut. This wildly entertaining nightmare, faithfully adapted from Ira Levin’s best seller, stars a revelatory Mia Farrow as a young mother-to-be who grows increasingly suspicious that her overfriendly elderly neighbors (played by Sidney Blackmer and an Oscar-winning Ruth Gordon) and self-involved husband (John Cassavetes) are hatching a satanic plot against her and her baby. In the decades of occult cinema that Polanski’s ungodly masterpiece has spawned, it has never been outdone for sheer psychological terror.

Cast

Rosemary WoodhouseMia Farrow
Guy WoodhouseJohn Cassavetes
Minnie CastevetRuth Gordon
Roman CastevetSidney Blackmer
HutchMaurice Evans
Dr. SapirsteinRalph Bellamy
Laura-LouisePatsy Kelly
Mr. NicklasElisha Cook, Jr.
Elise DunstanEmmaline Henry
Dr. HillCharles Grodin
Grace CardiffHanna Landy
Dr. ShandPhilip Leeds

Credits

DirectorRoman Polanski
Produced byWilliam Castle
From the novel byIra Levin
ScreenplayRoman Polanski
Production designRichard Sylbert
Director of photographyWilliam A. Fraker
Edited bySam O’Steen and Bob Wyman
MusicKrzysztof T. Komeda
Associate producerDona Holloway

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION

  • New, restored digital transfer, approved by director Roman Polanski, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • New documentary featuring interviews with Polanski, actress Mia Farrow, and producer Robert Evans
  • Interview with author Ira Levin from a 1997 broadcast of Leonard Lopate’s public radio program New York and Company, about his 1967 novel, its sequel, and the film
  • 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
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic Ed Park; Levin’s afterword to the 2003 New American Library edition of his novel; and Levin’s rare, unpublished character sketches of the Woodhouses and floor plan of their apartment, created in preparation for the novel

    Cover based on a theatrical poster by Stephen Frankfurt

Film Essays

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“Stuck with Satan”: Ira Levin on the Origins of Rosemary’s Baby

November 05, 2012

The following originally appeared as the afterword to the 2003 New American Library edition of the novel Rosemary’s Baby. Having observed that the most suspenseful part of a horror story is . . . Read more »


Film Essays

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Rosemary’s Baby: “It’s Alive”

By Ed Park October 30, 2012

All of them actors? Nearly everyone wears a mask in Roman Polanski’s devilishly clever work of horror. Read more »

Interviews

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Big Screen

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Repertory Pick: Polanski Comes to Pennsylvania

December 10, 2015

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Clippings

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November 06, 2015

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Photo Galleries


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Photo Galleries

(Almost) All of Them Witches

By Chuck Stephens November 06, 2012


Film Essays

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“Stuck with Satan”: Ira Levin on the Origins of Rosemary’s Baby

November 05, 2012

The following originally appeared as the afterword to the 2003 New American Library edition of the novel Rosemary’s Baby. Having observed that the most suspenseful part of a horror story is . . . Read more »


10 Things I Learned

10 Things I Learned: Rosemary’s Baby

By Karen Stetler October 31, 2012


Film Essays

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Rosemary’s Baby: “It’s Alive”

By Ed Park October 30, 2012

All of them actors? Nearly everyone wears a mask in Roman Polanski’s devilishly clever work of horror. Read more »


Three Reasons

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