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Rosemary's Baby: Hell a Cometh Swift Edition by musiced921

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Just in time for Halloween, I will soon be releasing this. A little background first.....

I had never seen Rosemary's Baby before and rolled me eyes when I found out NBC was making it into a mini-series. The fiance and I have a Sunday ritual where we drink coffee with a nice bagel sandwich and watch a classic film (from any genre really). Some weeks were Bringing Up Baby, some were Some Like It Hot, even I convinced her that Star Wars counts! This past week was Rosemary's Baby. I can see why it is a classic and it is really good, but some parts are too in your face and some stuff I just didn't get and had to look it up online to understand it (mostly the rape scene).

So, here is my idea. I'm not trying to improve this film as it is a classic. I just want to tighten it up a little and after being inspired by an article talking about how well this movie would work in black and white (http://www.fangoria.com/new/shadowvision-rosemarys-baby/), I give you the Hell A Cometh Swift EDITION (which is another anagram for All of Them Witches.

Cut list:

(whole movie converted to black and white)
-editing was a little strange after the bureau is moved. Now Guy and the landlord move it and the landlord asks if there is anything else and we cut right to Guy and Rosemary walking outside talking about the apartment
-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

Original running time: 136 mins.
Fan edit running time: 120 mins.
Time cut: 16 mins.

The initial editing is done. Just need to find a better program to convert it to black and white and make the DVD.
 

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Watched Rosemary's Baby not so long ago and agree, great idea for a project.
As you mention this film is a classic, all the over long scenes, all the artistic hallucinating and the fact at times it seems a little slow but always totally absorbing, arguably Polanski at his best. I think this film is a child of it's time and a great piece of cinema that delivers a true horror story and captures the spirit of the period it was made.

Looking at your cut list it looks just about spot on to me and the change to Black and White great idea.

Rosemary's Baby is a near perfect film for me but this tightened up Black and White Fanedit will make a great companion piece .....Cheers :)
 

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sounds like a good idea, I was actually thinking to myself what I could watch that was different for halloween, and this appeared on my radar as I have never seen it. I'll probably get around to watching this edit next year ;) but for now I think I owe it to myself to at least see the original first.
 

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Omaru1982 said:
sounds like a good idea, I was actually thinking to myself what I could watch that was different for halloween, and this appeared on my radar as I have never seen it. I'll probably get around to watching this edit next year ;) but for now I think I owe it to myself to at least see the original first.

Definitely check out the original! It's great and you will understand why it is a classic. By the end I was surprised at some of the things I saw in the film considering it is from the 60's. Keeping in mind that Satan worship stuff hadn't taken the world by storm quite yet and this was a new kind of terror really added to the enjoyment.
 

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Review:

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!

A/V quality - 10
Editing - 10
Narrative & Enjoyment - 9
 

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Thanks a lot Neg! After the DVD was written and uploaded, I still kept thinking I wish I was able to cut more. Hope it added to the Halloween feel for you!
 

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This cover art is Jay Shaw's artwork for Waxwork records cover design for their release of "Rosemary's Baby" with a green background. I met jay Shaw at MondoCon with a autographed print of the original artwork on a "Rosemary's Baby" Waxwork released, as well as my Blood Filled Friday the 13th vinyl. I had him autograph the iris of the cover of the vinyl artwork, very amazing!!! Jay is a great guy!!

on a side note i would love to view your FE of this amazing movie!!! please??
 

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scrapesky said:
on a side note i would love to view your FE of this amazing movie!!! please??

PM sent sir.

Interesting info! I've found that artists are way nicer to meet than actors of the films. [MENTION=4677]bionicbob[/MENTION] definitely found some cool art to work with and perfect for my edit.
 
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