Rosemary's Baby - Hell a Cometh Swift Edition
...I give you the 'Hell a Cometh Swift Edition' (Which is another anagram for "All of Them Witches").
-cut the awkward first dinner/sex scene in the empty apartment
-cut the dream after Terri dies since we never understand the nun reference (which I understand is from the book) and we hear Minnie talking to Roman about being a leader and I just felt it gave away too much too soon
-cut Guy's last line in the scene with Minnie, Roman, and Rosemary as they are eating breakfast. We get it, Guy, you don't think you'll ever be a big actor
-cut Guy needing to take a walk after getting the call about Donald Baumgart. Second and third viewing of the movie you can assume he is going to talk to Roman and Minnie, but first time I felt the scene played on a little too long and yes I understand he was upset, but I wanted to keep things moving
-I hated to do it, but I cut out all of the random stuff Rosemary sees as she is hallucinating. My fiance and I didn't get it and it wasn't relevant to the plot as a whole. Now as she passes out, we see Guy undress her, then she is walking naked down the steps and into the basement
-cut Rosemary returning the cups to Minnie
-cut the Dr. Hill visit. Now it plays that Rosemary and Guy make the bet that her period is coming, she then gets the phone call that says congrats, then we cut right to Rosemary standing by the door holding I think a nickel
-cut the scrabble scene with Guy and Rosemary. He already made a crack about her hair right before this and there are still plenty of scenes of her in pain
-cut Rosemary letting Minnie know she is going out. It was frustrating because she was letting Minnie know waaaaay too much (and I understand overall and this is a pre-feminist film, but Rosemary is allowed to go out without letting the nosy neighbor know)
-cut Rosemary running into Minnie after Hutch doesn't show up. I love Minnie, but this was an eye roller for us
-fix continuity error of Guy walking up to talk to the bartender at their party and then doing it AGAIN in the background of a scene with Rosemary talking to her friends immediately afterwards
-cut Rosemary she is ok after her friend asks. Now her friend asks if she is ok and we cut right to the kitchen of Rosemary having a meltdown. I did this because I felt like no one really cared how she was doing and she finally had a breakdown because someone asked and wasn't saying oh it'll go away in a day or so
-for pacing, I cut Rosemary explaining the whole movie to Dr. Hill. Now after she gets off the phone with him we cut right to her sitting in his office saying how she is glad he believes her and responds how there are a lot of crazy people in the world
-cut first time Rosemary wakes up after giving birth and Guy tells her everything is ok. Not she wakes up and is told the baby has died
-cut Rosemary asking to see Guy's shoulder. I feel like she would've asked him a looooong time ago and we already know he is involved. They tried to give us a red herring, but we didn't buy it
-fix continuity of shelves in the mysterious closet. First time Rosemary goes in there to investigate she takes down all of the shelves. When she goes back with the knife the top shelf has reappeared. The movie had its own jarring cuts, so this one, while a bit jarring, shouldn't stick out too much (though me pointing it out will make you realize it)
-cut the foreign man in the white outfit. They made a big deal of him arriving and yet we don't know who he is and what his importance is
Brooding, atmospheric black n white rendering of Polanski’s classic. To improve pacing, MusicEd trimmed scenes here and there. Few will notice or mind. No major plot alterations.
Video - 720p, MP2V. As noted, black n white. Image is rather soft, though nice looking. My preference would have been for boosted contrast, aiming for the Noirish feel. Still, this edit is served well by black n white. Cuts and transitions are smooth and well done.
Audio - 2 Channel, 192 Kb. No subs, though not necessary because the dialogue is wonderfully caught. This has always been an insidious film where viewer are forced to eavesdrop on to uncomfortable conversations and sounds, yet denied audio information in other scenes. As before, MusicEd’s editing is top notch.
Narrative - The edit is cohesive and flows quicker than before. Note to “modern viewers” this remains a leisurely paced experience. This is also not a pick-up, put-down, pick-up film, or one to screened whilst multi-tasking. This is best seen in one full sitting. MusicEd’s edit progresses logically with nothing awkward.
Note - I think the foreign man in the white outfit was referenced more in Levin’s book, but I’m not sure. I leafed through my wife’s vintage paperback without success. In it’s day, Ira Levin was wildly popular and “Rosemary’s Baby” was a monster best-seller. Many more people read then and film makers relied on collective memory to fill in details.
Enjoyment - I enjoyed this a lot. I understand - actually, I don’t understand - I realize many viewers do not like black n white. The pace is also deliberate, which often causes impatient sorts to scratch the FF button. Know thyself.
During a second look, at one point I switched off the audio, liked what I saw, and kept it off until the credits. The actors were mostly old pros, accustomed to conveying a great deal of emotion and intensity with their faces alone. Expressions, facial tics, and reactions were arresting. If you know the film, this works great as a silent and is a tour de force for drama buffs.
Applause to MusicEd for the anagram for All Of Them Witches (also in Levin’s book). Great touch.
I was hesitant to watch because of the black and white but it was a really nice touch and was very watchable.All the edits where seamless and I was very much entertained.Thank you very much MusicEd921 for your time and effort with this edit.
This was a pretty great edit. Long ago I bought Rosemary's Baby but just never got around to watching it. Simply put, I knew the ending already (due to pop culture osmosis) and I've never been a fan of Polanski's films. I saw that Ed was uh... ed-iting it, I decided to finally give the original a watch. And it was damn good. A bit too slow (but that's understandable, a good many "older" films feel slow compared to today's flicks) but very moody and some fine acting on display.
Enter the "Hell a Cometh Swift Edition". The black-and-white treatment looks superb to me, this is how it should have been filmed. The pacing is much better (although I think it still could be a little shorter) and overall Ed has improved upon a classic!