DVD: “Rosemary’s Baby,” Kathy Griffin, “Genesis and Lady Jaye,” And More!

Halloween week offers up some ghoulish—and completely non-ghoulish—films: Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan have a storybook romance in Ruby Sparks, while Mia Farrow brings new meaning to mother’s intuition in the re-release of Rosemary’s Baby. Kathy Griffin brings the laughs with Red, White & Raw; while cult director David DeCoteau offers up even more hunky boys in danger in 2: Voodoo Academy (above). The Kathy Griffin Collection: Red, White & Raw ($24.00 DVD, Shout! Factory) The bawdy redhead dishes on celebrities, reality television and more in this three-hour-plus uncensored compilation from comedy specials “Pants Off,” Tired Hooker,” “50 and Not Pregnant” and “Balls of Steel.” Rosemary’s Baby (Criterion Edition) ($39.95 Blu-ray, $29.95 DVD; Criterion) Criterion offers a crisp new release of this horror masterpiece from Roman Polanski. Mia Farrow stars as a young Manhattanite who slowly realizes something is up with her  creepy neighbors (including Oscar-winner Ruth Gordon) and unexpected pregnancy. Both suspenseful and funny, this re-release is a must for film buffs and would make a great holiday present. Extras include a new documentary, an interview withRosemary’s Babynovelist Ira Levin and an illustrated booklet with an essay by critic Ed Park.
The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye ($29.95 DVD, New Yorker Films) Experimental rocker Genesis P-Orridge broke new ground with bands like Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV, but now he’s become one of his own most notable art projects: Starting in the 1990s he and partner Lady Jaye (neé Jacqueline Breyer) began undergoing extensive plastic surgery to look nearly identical, with P-Orridge going so far as to get breast implants. Here, documentarian Marie Losier explores Genesis P-Orridge’s life and career,  his unique relationship with Breyer, and the mercurial nature of gender. Extras include outtakes and interviews, as well as Losier’s short film “Papal Broken-Dance” and Bryin Dall’s “Waiting to Go.”
Ruby Sparks ($29.98 Blu-ray and DVD, Fox) Suffering from writer’s block, author Calvin (Paul Dano) creates the character Ruby (Zoe Kazan) to inspire him—but he’s shocked when his  fictitious muse come to life. Directed by Little Miss Sunshine‘s Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, Ruby Sparks is a fantastical journey of self-discovery with an A-list cast including Antonio Banderas, Annette Bening, Steve Coogan and Elliot Gould. Special features include a behind-the-scenes featurette and a segment about real-life couples Dayton and Faris and Dano and Kazan.  

2: Voodoo Academy
($19.98 DVD, RapidHeart)

The sequel to 2000’s Voodoo Academy is directed by David DeCoteau, who has become a one-man industry when it comes to softcore horror with no pay-off. This time, a group of impossibly hot guys find shelter in a gigantic Malibu mansion. Inside they encounter all manner of spooky goings-on, all while shirtless and smothered in baby oil. Includes an audio commentary—not that anyone will see it.





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  • northwest

    “Rosemary’s Baby” is one of those movies that I watch over and over and never get tired of it.

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