I was hesitant when I first heard that there was going to be a television miniseries of Rosemary's Baby. The original Polanski film is one of my absolute favorites, and so naturally, I was dreading a remake.
And then I did some research. I found out that Agnieszka Holland was directing, that Zoe Saldana was taking on the role of Rosemary, and that Jason Isaacs and Carol Bouquet were playing the creepy Castevets. I was sold.
I finally viewed the entire four hour miniseries in its entirety on Blu-ray the other night, and I was not disappointed at all. It was highly effective, and the subject matter of Ira Levin's novel did not seem dated at all. As I expected, the performances were all superb. Zoe Saldana gives her all in this role and then some. This is an awards worthy performance.
And there are plenty of chills.
There is not a dull moment in the entire film. For those of you who were worried that the film would lose its edge being a television offering, I'm here to tell you that you can lay those worries to rest. Rosemary's Baby is surprisingly explicit and highly disturbing. Put the kiddies to bed before you start this one.
The Blu ray is available for purchase now. I highly recommend this release.
BLU-RAY/DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
“Fear is Born: The Making of Rosemary’s Baby” featurette
“Grand Guignol: Parisian Production Design” featurette