- Format: NTSC
- Language: English, French
- Subtitles: English, Spanish
- Dubbed: Spanish
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
- Release Date: Oct. 17 2006
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- ASIN: B000HEWHDW
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #137,296 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
The Omen (Full Screen) (Bilingual)
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In this chilling remake of The Omen that is even more terrifying than the original man's darkest fears are manifested as an unspeakable terror is unleashed on the world! U.S. diplomat Robert Thorn (Liev Schreiber) substitutes an orphan for his own stillborn baby in order to spare his unknowing wife (Julia Stiles). But after a series of grotesque murders and dire warnings, the Thorns come to the horrifying realization that their child is the son of Satan!
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On a grand scale the film was efficiently catered with well established cinematography and polished set-pieces that had penetrating might, which director Richard Donner handled with precise skill. Even when there wasn't much happening he knew how to keep things compellingly tight with good pacing and impressible imagery. Though, when it came to the essential thrills, he caps off some remotely tense (dogs' attack) and macabre moments (infamous decapitation) that display bite and flair. The climax is great and the ending is a fitting imprint too. The plot is filled with shocking revelations, interesting characters and it emits a glorious amount of excitement and dread from it mysterious outset.
there are some Horror scenes in it but it's mainly a Thriller with lots of suspense
one of my favourite 70's thrillers, Great performances, Great Directing and Great script, one of the best for sure
get rid of the old dvd release of this film and get this new Blu-ray release
which has a all new High definition quality of the film in beautiful widescreen presentation
the picture quality does look amazing, very very clear no Doubt about it
and the Audio has a new 5.1 master audio mix aswell, much better than the dvd release
about the special features, everything from the dvd release and 2 disc special edition release
are on this 1 blu-ray Disc
666 OMEN REVEALED Documentary, Jerry Goldsmith on the omen score
and other featurettes
the Omen Legacy Documentary is on this blu-ray aswell
the Audio commentaries are on here aswell
over 2 hours worth of extras
incredible Blu-ray release no Doubt about it., scrap the old dvd releases
and get this new blu-ray, i gave it 5 stars for sure.
The strongest highlight in this classic for me is the original score which is one of greatest unsettling scores from a horror film in my opinion. Jerry Goldsmith won the Oscar in 1976 for his original musical score and deservedly so. However the creepiest music is played only during the beginning credits and the end credits. Although the words on the screen at the end albeit confusing I gather refer to man being the devil then followed by the most unsettling music of the film leaving you with an eerie feeling, very effective being it's the last thing you see.
The other notable highlight I'd like to remind viewers of is Damien's nanny cheerfully hanging herself at his birthday party as she tells him it's all for him. This was also a chilling visual.
Other than the two above highlights The Omen is a good story and makes the son of the devil believable, the acting is solid, and it has some interesting ideas. It is a very good film and story not just for the horror genre but for any genre.
The Omen at times did move slow, and that's fine, I like time to digest my films and experience them. I also felt it choppy at times and didn't flow as well. For example if you've seen it a couple of times it's like here comes the part with the babysitter, now here comes the part at the zoo, now here comes the part the wife gets hurt. Now a film like The Exorcist after multiple viewings I still get so wrapped up in the story I forget what scary part is going to come and then it hits me, oh no, here comes that part and with The Omen I don't get that, I know exactly what's coming next. I believe The Omen deserves to be under the horror genre but for me besides the two parts I mention above it lacked any real scares and was more of a mystery and political drama to me then horror, however the ending as I said does leave the viewer with a sense of dread.
It's been nominated for a Razzie (which is bad) and hated on by everyone from the anti remake crowd, to lovers of the classic (I love classic horror), to just about everyone. Why? Ready folks here comes all the unhelpful votes and hate comments, I actually liked the remake and thought it did justice to the film. As pure entertainment purposes it was also a funner watch for me, but that isn't to say it's better and I enjoy films for all different types of reasons.
To the anti remake crowd who would complain remakes don't follow the original:
The Omen remake was almost the exact same film frame for frame and also had some pretty solid acting. I realize Julia Stiles was in Save the Last Dance but put that aside she seemed more distraught then Lee Remick.
For those that say it didn't have an original spin I also disagree:
The passage referred to from revelations "When the Jews return to Zion / And a comet rips the sky / And the Holy Roman Empire rises, / Then You and I must die. / From the eternal sea he rises, / Creating armies on either shore, / Turning man against his brother / 'Til man exists no more":
The examples they give in the 2006 version are a lot more frightening (9 11, Katrina) and similar and have the bonus of being recent, which should hit home more.
To paraphrase another line [ the son of the devil will rise through politics ] I can't see that line ever ringing more true than when this remake was released. So the film keeps true to the original just relates it to our time and perhaps leads a younger generation to seek out the classic, a generation that might be anti older movie.
The freaky images that appear in the remake with a great Dolby Digital 5.1 track playing as when Stiles closes the bathroom mirror, they are cheap tricks to scare someone and make them jump, but with the volume jacked they will in fact make you jump, and the visuals are pretty creepy.
Specific example: In the original in the cemetery they have dogs appear slowly and start growling then attack. In the remake those dogs come out of no where and have you jumping out of your chair.
KEEPING IT "REEL":
To keep it real, if you want to see a film about the son of the devil that is filled with terror and dread I'd go with Polanski's Rosemary's Baby. If you want to see the greatest good v. evil movie about the devil there is no greater film than The Exorcist. The Omen does belong in every horror fan's movie collection without question and it has a great and original concept. As I said it transcends beyond just the horror genre and goes into political, adventure, drama, and mystery themes as well.
All new 46 Mn doc. 666 The Omen Revealed, Comment by Richard Donner and Stuart Baird. Jerry Goldsmith on Four of his favorite themes..6 minute short curse or coincidence. Orig Theatrical trailer. Newly mixed english stereo (was ok the music was real good and the dialogue sometimes ahrd to make out) I would still go with this version over the only other choice mono because of the films effective score and just turn up your volume to soak that priceless score in.