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Why 'Ruby Sparks' Tops Indiewire's 5 DVD/Blu-ray Picks of the Week

Photo of Nigel M Smith By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire October 30, 2012 at 11:42AM

This week on DVD/Blu-ray: The altogether winning screenwriting debut of actress Zoe Kazan; one of the biggest crowd-pleasers at this year's Sundance Film Festival; a unique love story that's not to be missed; a documentary sure to win over the "So You Think You Can Dance?" crowd; and a horror classic, perfect for viewing on Halloween.

#4. "First Position" Criticwire Page

A hit at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival, where it won the Audience Choice first runner-up award for best documentary, "First Position" follows six young dancers as they compete at one of the most prestigious student ballet competitions in the world: the Youth American Grand Prix.

Extras: Footage of unedited and extra dances.

#5. "Rosemary's Baby" (Criterion Collection) Criticwire Page

Just in time for Halloween, the Criterion Collection releases Roman Polanski's horrifying (and darkly comic) classic "Rosemary's Baby" on their label for the first time. Faithfully adapted from Ira Levin’s best seller, "Rosemary's Baby" stars a never-better Mia Farrow as a young mother-to-be who grows increasingly suspicious that her overfriendly elderly neighbors (played by Sidney Blackmer and an Oscar-winning Ruth Gordon) and self-involved husband (John Cassavetes) are hatching a satanic plot against her and her baby.

Extras: A new documentary featuring interviews with Polanski, Farrow and producer Robert Evans; an interview with author Ira Levin from a 1997 broadcast of Leonard Lopate’s public radio program "New York and Company" about Levin's 1967 novel and its sequel; and the film "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."

This article is related to: Small Screens, Ruby Sparks, Rosemary's Baby, First Position, The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye, Safety Not Guaranteed, DVD / Blu-Ray, On Blu-Ray

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