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The Omen (Widescreen Edition) (2006)

Liev Schreiber , Julia Stiles , John Moore  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Liev Schreiber, Julia Stiles, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick, David Thewlis, Predrag Bjelac
  • Directors: John Moore
  • Writers: David Seltzer
  • Producers: John Moore, David Harfield, Giovanni Lovatelli, Glenn Williamson, Jeffrey Stott
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: October 17, 2006
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (164 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HCO87W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,650 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Omen (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by director John Moore, producer Glenn Williamson and editor Dan Zimmerman
  • "Revelation 666" Featurette
  • Unrated extended sequences
  • Unrated extended ending
  • Omenisms Documentary
  • Abby Road Recording Sessions Featurette
  • Trailers

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Additional Features

As typically happens with horror films, the unrated extended scenes and extended ending of The Omen are an opportunistic excuse to show more gore than the theatrical release. In this case, the unrated extended scenes are "The Impaling" of the priest played by Pete Postlethwaite (showing that character's grisly fate in longer shots and different angles, so we see his face sliced up by shards of fallen glass); and "The Beheading" (of the photographer played by David Thewlis) includes a few insert shots of splattering blood and the severed head rolling down a flight of stairs. In the extended ending, Liev Schrieber's character is shot multiple times by the police (instead of just once, as shown in the theatrical version), and the camera lingers on his death. "Omenisms" is an excellent and candidly revealing behind-the-scenes documentary that emphasizes the difficulties (or curses?) encountered during production, and it's one of the few "making of" featurettes to show the director (John Moore) actually losing his temper over unforeseen delays like a full day's shooting lost to damaged negative or an important night scene delayed by faulty dolly track. Lighter moments are also included, giving the viewer an excellent idea of what it's like to actually be on a movie set. The "Abbey Road Sessions" featurette offers an in-depth look at composer Marco Beltrami as his superb score for The Omen is recorded in the legendary London studio. "Revelations 666" is a 22-minute program produced for British TV that explores our social fascination with good and evil, and the historical significance of the number "666," with interviews from a variety of "experts" including Christian author Tim LaHaye and Brian Moore, a warlock from the Church of Satan; it's a bit silly and sensational, but otherwise enjoyable and informative. The feature-length commentary by director John Moore, producer Glenn Williamson and editor Dan Zimmerman is a mixed bag of casual observations, but dedicated Omen fans should give it a listen for a few interesting comments about set design, editing, visual technique, and other filmmaking details. Also included are the film's theatrical teaser, two theatrical trailers, and a trailer for the 1976 Omen Collector's Edition DVD. --Jeff Shannon

Product Description

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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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars RE-MAKE OF A CLASSIC GOTHIC CHILLER... April 15, 2007
This is a decent re-make of a first class, gothic chiller. It is not, however, as creepy as the 1976 original, which starred Gregory Peck and Lee Remick, as it lacks Jerry Goldsmith's pulse pounding musical score. It also has a younger cast that lacks the gravitas of the original. Still, the film is still worth viewing, if only to see how it fares in comparison to the original, especially as the screenplay used appears to be the original one.

Katherine (Julia Stiles) and Robert Thorn (Liev Schreiber) are a young, affluent American couple. Katherine is pregnant and, while in Italy, gives birth to an ostensibly stillborn boy, a fact that is kept from her. Knowing how much his wife wanted the baby and the difficulty that she had in conceiving, Robert agrees to have the dead baby supplanted by a living newborn whose mother died in child birth, keeping this information from Katherine. They name this baby Damien.

All goes well for the prosperous Thorn family, until Damien (Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick) turns five. A series of dramatic, unusual events begin to occur around the Thorns, all seemingly stemming from Damien. Well guarded by a somewhat creepy nanny (Mia Farrow), there are those who would believe him to be the Antichrist. By the time that Katherine and Robert begin to realize who Damien may truly be, their lives are out of control. With the aid of an inquisitive photographer, a repentant priest, and an mysterious man who holds the key to the destruction of the Antichrist, Robert Thorn becomes a man with a mission. Will Damien let him complete that mission? Watch this movie and find out.

Both Liev Schreiber and Julia Stiles give credible performances, though they are no Gregory Peck or Lee Remick.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An Unnecessary Re-make June 6, 2006
A re-make of the original horror classic of 1976, this film offers nothing more than the original film has already given us, besides some admittedly impressive death scenes.

This re-make is far below the standard set by the original film. The acting is stiff and stilted, with Liev Schreiber (as Robert Thorne) giving a thoroughly one-noted performance which proved to be quite frustrating to watch for over two hours. Even when he finds out about the incredibly terrible events that consistently occur throughout the film, Schreiber keeps an indifferent expression on his face. This undoubtedly makes many problems arise; how can the audience get involved in a movie if the actors are unconvincing in their roles? Julia Stiles does well, but she doesn't work in her role as Robert Thorne's wife, but Mia Farrow as Mrs. Baylock gives the film a bit of a spark in an otherwise dull film.

The main thing is, is it scary? Damien is creepy enough, and there are some OK dream sequences that offer a couple of good jump scares. But this is all it offers in scares. The film is basically just a re-shooting of the original scenes, except they lack the energy and tension. There is no sense of foreboding, and it's almost as if the film makers and actors were just bored and wanting to get it over and done with; it's as if they hardly cared about making a good film. What was meant to be a gripping, horrific and intense viewing experience right up to the stunning climax becomes a boring and plodding time, and you just about lose interest in the whole story, and the characters.

Overall, a very disappointing re-make, which begs the question: Why did they re-make it in the first place?
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad February 12, 2007
Avoid at all costs! This remake didn't translate at all. The whole movie is bad joke. Many of the character's actions are illogical to the point of stupidity. This may be a good on a rainy day when there's nothing good to do.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Abysmal Remake November 2, 2008
In standard Hollywood fashion, this remake of the Gregory Peck classic thinks it's making things better by making things more extreme. So here, hellish dogs in a cemetery don't just threaten and terrify, they physically lock on to Liev Schrieber. That's the pattern throughout -- ratchet things up, hope for the best, or the worst in this case. The air of foreboding and menace in the original is traded here for thin thrills, more gore.

The movie suffers further from a poor cast poorly directed. Schrieber, Stiles, and Farrow have done good stuff. Here, all seem wooden, emotionless, cardboard cutouts. Stiles is utterly devoid of presence. Schrieber (39, and the best of the lot, but too young to plausibly be ambassador) and Stiles (25 at release) are both too young for their roles. This is the kind of casting decision that's made solely for marketing.

Schrieber is an excellent actor, though he doesn't have the sheer force of presence that Gregory Peck brought to every role. The character of Katherine Thorn has been considerably expanded, but Stiles is no Lee Remick.

Mia Farrow is the worst of all -- truly terrible -- the worst I've personally seen her. And of all the characters, she fares worst in comparison to the original -- Billie Whitelaw as Mrs. Baylock in '76. Whitelaw conveyed such an air of pure malevolence. I can imagine Farrow cringing as she took direction.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Mistake purchase
I bought this thinking it was the original. I wasn't disappointed but how can you expect Liev Schreiber to compare to Gregory Peck?
Published 14 days ago by unnecessaryandnotimportant
3.0 out of 5 stars The original is better
Something lost in the remake. I was expecting it to be more like the original. This was a bit boring
Published 1 month ago by Donna
1.0 out of 5 stars Wifi was not working
Bc my wifi was not working and we did not even get to watch it and wouldn't play on phone with airplay bc airplay requires wifi
Published 2 months ago by Vickie Downing
2.0 out of 5 stars NOT AS GOOD AS THE ORIGINAL..
I wish I had just stuck with the original.. the acting is just not very good in this film, and it lacks the suspense and excitement of the first film.
Published 5 months ago by Miss Ella
4.0 out of 5 stars A great end of days movie.
Kept the main plot of the original movie and enhanced the tension level. Good choice of actors. Good cg effects.
Published 5 months ago by Cherry J Williams
1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong movie Amazon
I ordered a blu-ray of the original Omen (with Gregory Peck) and was pleased to note that Amazon had provided a free digital rental of it for me. Read more
Published 5 months ago by David Beaumont Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars The Omen
The "Omen" is a Great movie however this is not the same cover as the Blu Ray that I ordered and received! I ordered the one with Gregory Peck and a Angel on cover! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Deborah C
4.0 out of 5 stars Eerie, Passive, Effective
I enjoyed this movie, though it's a remake. I'm not a big fan of remakes, but this one gets my endorsement because it has a certain atmosphere to bring out the story. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Todd7
3.0 out of 5 stars As remakes go, you could do a lot worse!
I must admit I really enjoyed this remake of the original 'Omen' for numerous reasons. Primarily this is one of those films that really works where the majority of remakes of prior... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Amazon user against Genocide
2.0 out of 5 stars A Boring Horror Film!!!
I thought I would just watch this movie and see for myself, despite most of the reviews were negative. I never had been more bored with a movie ever. Read more
Published 10 months ago by E.Most
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