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(aka "Dziecko Rosemary" or "La Semilla del diablo")

 

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USA 1968

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.

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Perhaps not worthy of the fright-fest moniker it seems to have achieved, 1968 Roman Polanski's "Rosemary's Baby" is a taut psychological thriller anxiously building in tension with suburb performances by Cassavetes and Farrow. Adapted from the chilling novel by Ira Levin it attacks the one vestige of normal society that all child-rearing parents must cross - pregnancy and the desperate fear for a healthy newborn. Yes, it certainly is a horror with its satanic overtones but I would say the most abundant expression might be one of paranoia. Rosemary's Baby continued to announce Mr. Polanski as a viable directorial force and it easily ranks as one of his best films.

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Theatrical Release: June 12th, 1968

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Comparison:

Paramount (Golden Classic) - Region 2 - PAL vs. Paramount - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Arvid and Gregory Meshman for the DVD Screen Caps!

1) Paramount (Golden Classic) - Region 2 - PAL - LEFT

2) Paramount - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - RIGHT

 

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Distribution

Paramount

Region 2 - PAL

Paramount
Region 1 - NTSC
Criterion Collection - Spine #630 - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 2:11:0 (4% PAL speedup) 2:16:30 2:16:58.835
Video

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.44 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.81 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 47,454,732,278 bytes

Feature: 28,387,799,040 bytes

Video Bitrate: 23.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Paramount (Golden Classic)

 

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Paramount

 

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Blu-ray

 

Audio English Dolby Digital Mono, German Dolby Digital Mono

English Dolby Digital Mono, French Dolby Digital Mono

LPCM Audio English 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit
Subtitles Arabic, Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Polish, Swedish, Turkish, Hungarian, Bulgarian, English, Dutch, Norwegian, Rumanian, Czech, German, none English, None English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Paramount

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• Golden Classic, same disc as the ordinary but with a extra slipcase and booklet.
• 'Mia & Roman': bonus featurette
• 'Rosemary's Baby - A Retrospective': bonus featurette

DVD Release Date: October 4, 2004
Keepcase with Slipcase

Chapters 32

Release Information:
Studio: Paramount

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• 'Mia & Roman': bonus featurette
• 'Rosemary's Baby - A Retrospective': bonus featurette
 

DVD Release Date: August 19, 2003
Keepcase

Chapters 32

Release Information:
Studio: Criterion

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 47,454,732,278 bytes

Feature: 28,387,799,040 bytes

Video Bitrate: 23.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Edition Details:
• New documentary - Remembering Rosemary's Baby - featuring interviews with Polanski, actress Mia Farrow, and producer Robert Evans (46:54)
• 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 (19:21)
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 91:10:43)
• PLUS: A booklet featuring an 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
 

Blu-ray Release Date: October 30th, 2012
Transparent Blu-ray case

Chapters 18

 

Comments

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray (October 2012): Advertised as 'restored digital transfer, approved by director Roman Polanski'. The 1080P looks solid - dual-layered with a decent bitrate and colors gain some vibrancy and tightness. The image quality has wonderful film grain textures and contrast is at Criterion's usual Hallmark standard. Everything is sharper and the more intense colors breathe new life in the viewing presentation.

Krzysztof Komeda's score is brilliant - haunting and brooding and gains some notable prominence with a lossless linear PCM mono track at 1152 kbps. It is a large part of the presentation and comes across authentically flat but with some perceived depth in uncompressed. There are optional English subtitles on the region 'A'-locked Blu-ray disc.

We get a new 47-minute documentary - Remembering Rosemary's Baby - featuring interviews with Polanski, actress Mia Farrow, and producer Robert Evans. There is also a 20-minute audio-only 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 and Komeda, Komeda, a 1-hour 10-minute documentary on the life and work of jazz musician and composer Krzysztof Komeda, who wrote the score for Rosemary’s Baby as well as Polanski's Dance of the Vampires and Cul-de-sac among others. There is a liner notes booklet included in the transparent Blu-ray case featuring an 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.

Great release - one of the most anticipated of the year - and it doesn't disappoint. As well as getting this brilliant film in magnificent HD - with all its benefits - the extras are worth the price alone. Buy this Blu-ray with extreme confidence.  

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ON THE DVDs: Not an appreciable difference here. I think the PAL edition may be marginally sharper, but I suppose only you can judge whether it is enough for an upgrade. The Pal edition has the preferable white removable subtitles as opposed to the gaudy yellow of the NTSC. Both offer an audio dub and subtitle options are more plentiful in the PAL release. The digital extras are the same but the PAL "Golden Classic" gives and extra slipcase and booklet. PAL is marginally superior in all areas.

 - Gary Tooze

This is the Paramount PAL Golden Classic edition which compares very favorably with the Paramount Region 1 release (we will compare a frame soon). It is the same as the original release but with an extra slipcase and a booklet. Lines are tight and the image is excellent. Color balance is good and its only flaw is that it may look a bit heavy, but not to the level of saturation. Strongly recommended!

This is my favorite Polanski movie, its the second one in his building block trilogy. The other ones are Repulsion and The Tenant. I really like the performance of the two main characters played by Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes.

 - Arvid

The Region 1 NTSC DVD comes from the same color-poor analog master Paramount used for TV broadcast and the old 12" LaserDisc, material obviously repeated for the PAL version. After having the NTSC edition for a long while, I had a chance to screen the film in a decent 35mm print and was shocked just how superior the colors were on film with a difference that should not be the case versus the DVD format. The sound was also more compressed on the DVD than expected. Since they are supporting HD-DVD, Paramount should make this one of their first classic titles to get the upgraded treatment. Hopefully, the fact that it has monophonic sound will not cause a delay versus multi-channel titles.

Nicholas Sheffo from FulvueDrive-In.com

 


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2) Paramount - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE

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3) Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 

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Region 2 - PAL

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Region 1 - NTSC
Criterion Collection - Spine #630 - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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