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Criterion Adds ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ to the Collection

Rosemary's Baby
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Criterion rumored a release of Romany Polanski’s 1968 classic ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ earlier this year, so it’s great to know it’s hitting the collection just before Halloween. Also in the mix, a Blu-ray upgrade for Wong Kar-Wai’s ‘In the Mood for Love’ and more.

First here’s ‘Rosemary’s Baby,’ which streets October 30:

Rosemary's BabyAnd here are the specs:

  • New high-definition digital restoration, approved by director Roman Polanski, with 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
  • PLUS: 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

And here’s the ‘In the Mood for Love’ Blu-ray upgrade, with some new features, which streets October 2:

'In the Mood for Love'

And the specs:

  • High-definition digital restoration, approved by cinematographer Mark Lee Ping-bin, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • @ “In the Mood for Love,” director Wong Kar-wai’s documentary on the making of the film
  • Deleted scenes with director’s commentary
  • Hua yang de nian hua (2000), a short film by Wong
  • Archival interview with Wong and a “cinema lesson” given by the director at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival
  • Toronto International Film Festival press conference from 2000, with stars Maggie Cheung Man-yuk and Tony Leung Chiu-wai
  • Trailers and TV spots
  • The music of In the Mood for Love, presented in an interactive essay, on the DVD edition
  • Essay by film scholar Gina Marchetti illuminating the film’s unique setting on the DVD edition
  • Photo gallery on the DVD edition
  • Biographies of key cast and crew on the DVD edition
  • Two new interviews with critic Tony Rayns, one about the film and the other about the soundtrack, on the Blu-ray edition
  • Plus: A booklet featuring the Liu Yi-chang story that provided thematic inspiration for the film, an essay by film critic Li Cheuk-to, and a director’s statement (DVD edition); a booklet featuring an essay by novelist and film critic Steve Erickson and the Liu Yi-chang story that provided thematic inspiration for the film (Blu-ray edition)

Then comes classic ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday,’ which hits October 23:

'Sunday Bloody Sunday'And here are its specs:

  • New high-definition digital restoration, supervised by director of photography Billy Williams, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • New video interviews with actor Murray Head, Williams, and production designer Luciana Arrighi
  • Illustrated 1975 audio interview with director John Schlesinger
  • New interview with writer William J. Mann (Edge of Midnight: The Life of John Schlesinger) about the making of Sunday Bloody Sunday
  • New interview with photographer Michael Childers, Schlesinger’s longtime partner
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay and screenwriter Penelope Gilliatt’s 1971 introduction to the film’s screenplay

Finally, there’s ‘The Forgiveness of Blood,’ one of the films that’s a part of Criterion’s deal with IFC films, and which will be released October 16:

'The Forgiveness of Blood'

And here are the specs:

  • New high-definition digital transfer, approved by producer Paul Mezey, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary featuring director and cowriter Joshua Marston
  • Two new video programs: Acting Close to Home, a discussion between Marston and actors Refet Abazi, Tristan Halilaj, and Sindi Laçej, and Truth on the Ground, featuring new and on-set interviews with Mezey, Abazi, Halilaj, and Laçej
  • Audition and rehearsal footage
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film writer Oscar Moralde

We’ll definitely be picking up at least two of these titles.

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