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The Omen (Special Edition, Widescreen) (Bilingual)


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  • Actors: Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, Harvey Stephens, David Warner, Billie Whitelaw
  • Directors: J.M. Kenny, Richard Donner
  • Writers: David Seltzer
  • Producers: J.M. Kenny, Charles Orme, Christopher Raimo, Harvey Bernhard, Mace Neufeld
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Sept. 5 2000
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004TS0G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,431 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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When his wife Katherine's (Lee Remick) pregnancy ends in a stillbirth in a Rome hospital, U.S. diplomat Robert Thorn (Gregory Peck) adopts another baby, whose mother died. Damien thrives as a normal child until, at his fifth birthday party, his nanny mysteriously dies; Father Brennan also dies after warning Thorn that he has adopted Lucifer's son. Thorn's fears escalate when a photographer shows him pictures from Damien's party with marks suggesting how the nanny and Brennan would die. Thorn seeks out an exorcist who confirms Damien's identity and tells Thorn that the only solution is to kill his adopted son.

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After The Exorcist sparked a lengthy trend of supernatural thrillers, this 1976 horror film scored a hit with critics and audiences for mixing gothic horror and mystery into its plot about a young boy suspected of being the personification of the anti-Christ. (No doubt it's a favorite of shock-rocker Marilyn Manson.) Directed by Richard Donner (best known for his Superman and Lethal Weapon films), The Omen gained a lot of credibility from the casting of Gregory Peck and Lee Remick as a distinguished American couple living in England, whose young son Damien bears "the mark of the beast." Mysterious deaths and unexplained incidents draw the attention of a photographer (David Warner), whose investigation leads to the young boy--and also to the photographer's shocking decapitation (in a scene that has since been inducted into the horror hall of fame). At a time when graphic gore had yet to dominate the horror genre, this film used its violence discreetly and to great effect, and the mood of dread and potential death is masterfully maintained. It's all a bit hokey, with a lot of biblical portent and sensational fury, but few would deny it's highly entertaining. Jerry Goldsmith's Oscar-winning score works wonders to enhance the movie's creepy atmosphere. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein on June 22 2004
Format: DVD
Kathy Thorn (Lee Remick) really wanted a child. Unfortunately, she lost her baby during the delivery. Not to worry! She's unconscious and knows nothing of the stillbirth. Her husband Robert (Gregory Peck) has just been offered another child by a priest. Robert accepts the infant boy, never telling his wife that he's not hers. Big mistake! They name the kid Damien. Little Damien starts growing up, and weird things begin happening! His nanny hangs herself on his 5th birthday. A new, creepy nanny named Mrs. Baylock moves in, seemingly from out of nowhere. A strange priest starts following Robert, talking about crazy prophetic stuff. Damien goes berzerk at a church. The baboons at the zoo go berzerk after catching a mere glimpse of Damien. A rotweiler (aka: devil doggy) is brought in by Mrs. Baylock to guard Damien. Ah yes, typical family life! Meanwhile, Robert meets a photographer (David Warner) who has some odd pictures to show him. The two join forces to get to the bottom of Damien's true identity. This leads to unexplained deaths and bizarre coincidences. Just who is Damien's real daddy? Will anyone survive Damien's teen years?? A definite classic of evil dread...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By anthony nasti on Feb. 25 2004
Format: DVD
1976's "The Omen" has always been my favorite horor film of all time. I found it more frightening than "Halloween", "Friday The Thirteenth" or even "The Excocist", simply because it does not frighten you with blood and gore (despite bloodshed every now and then). It is meant to frighten you with the plot, which, while fictional, seems disturbingly realistic.
"The Omen" stars Gregory Peck and Lee Remick as Robert and Kathy Thorn, wealthy political figures who have everything they want... except a child. When Kathy unknowingly gives birth to a stillborn baby, Robert quickly adopts another child in place of the real child, which Kathy apparently never finds out about. Young Damien seems like the perfect child, but strange mortalities soon arise when Damien turns five. First, his nanny hangs herself at his 5th birthday. Next, a priest who tries to watn Peck about his son's birth mother is impaled by a lightning rod. These strange deaths attract the attention of a photographer, ably played by the grossly underrated David Warner. Together, Warner and Peck go looking for Damien's real mother. A new nanny, played with fervor by Billie Whitelaw, comes along, knowing who Damien really is. Remick's character soon suffers a miscarriage, and she and the photographer both meet an untimely end. Peck receives seven daggers from an aging archeologist named Bugenhagen. Peck then realizes his son's true identity, building up to a terrifying closing sequence.
Overall, "The Omen" is a horror masterpiece. The acting is superb, Richard Donner directs exceellently and Jerry Goldsmith's score is breathtakingly scary (I'm still haunted by the music played in the opening credits). Extras include a making - of documentary and trailers.
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By Michael Butts on Dec 16 2003
Format: DVD
Even though "The Omen" spawned countless copycats and its own less than perfect sequels, it is one of the eeriest and most suspenseful films of this genre. Director Richard Donner uses extremely moody and malevolent atmospherics to form the backdrop for this tale of the birth of the Anti-Christ. One of the scariest and most disturbing is the death of Patrick Troughton, who plays the errant priest who tries to warn Robert Thorne of his disastrous son. The wind howling in the park, the intensity of Troughton's manic performance and the final impaling is outstandingly filmed. Other classic moments: the look on Lee Remick's face when she realizes what her nanny has done; the terror in Damien's fear of going to church; the attack of the baboons in the drive through park; the awful moment when Remick tumbles off the second story of her house, and even more in her fall from the hospital window; Billie Whitelaw's animalistic attack on Peck to preserve the Antichrist; and of course, the awful fate awaiting David Warner via a plate glass. And the scene in the graveyard with its music and ferocious barking Rotweiler's---wow, this is suspense at its finest.
Jerry Goldsmith's Oscar winning score is perfect, and the cast is superb. Gregory Peck and Lee Remick bring a professional dignity to their performances; never overacting, never underacting; their class is evident and it's a shame we've lost these two brilliant performers.
The Omen is a thriller I have high on my list of favorite "horror" movies.
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Those who first saw THE OMEN back in 1976 were swept away more by the theme of the anti-Christ reborn than by any high quality production values. Only a few years ealier, THE EXORCIST had made its huge splash with its own devilish content, and comparisons with THE OMEN were inevitable. A comparison between THE EXORCIST's Regan and THE OMEN's Damien are helpful in fixing why the former rings true even today while the latter is seen mostly as a period piece whose shock value has diminished over the last quarter century. Regan generated empathy and sympathy as a young girl whose demonic possession made the audience feel the angst that both she and her mother endured during the transformation scenes. With Damien, there were no such transformation scenes. He is born of the devil, lives as the devil, and rules as the devil. This is a straight line development that does not allow the viewer to build up any feeling for him. Either he will rule as the anti-Christ or he will be stopped. Since the audience does not care much one way or the other, the dramatic focus is on sound effects and creepy background shots. In nearly every other scene, director Richard Donner has one actor or another intone in the most solemn of notes a never ending series of biblical quotes, the purpose of which is to justify the ascension of the devil-child. Allied to this is Donner's use of what an earlier generation used to call the heavenly chorus. In family oriented films like MRS.MINIVER, a church chorus resounded a spiritually uplifting paen to hope and morality. In THE OMEN, this chorus has morphed into its demonic variant that resoundingly pervades nearly each scene that indicates some new piece of the infernal puzzle.Read more ›
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