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The Omen [Blu-ray] (2006)

Liev Schreiber , Julia Stiles  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (174 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Liev Schreiber, Julia Stiles
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: November 14, 2006
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (174 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ICLRH0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,581 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Omen [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Abbey Road Sessions Featurette
  • Revelations 666 Featurette
  • Two Extended Scenes: Impaling, Beheading
  • Exclusive Blu-Ray trivia track: The Devil's Footnotes

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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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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars RE-MAKE OF A CLASSIC GOTHIC CHILLER... April 15, 2007
Format:DVD
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 15 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
Format:DVD
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 What were the producers thinking? March 13, 2007
By Midge
Format:DVD
Why anyone would try to remake a hit movie like "The Omen" starring Gregory Peck and Lee Remmick is the epitome of poor judgement. This movie is a "line for line" and "scene for scene" poor copy of the original with actors who never stood a chance in reprising the roles of great stars like Peck and Remmick. I can't imagine what manner of insanity overcame the minds of those who bankrolled this pale reproduction of a timeless classic. Surely there was some other Original, unfilmed storyline waiting to be produced that their money and effort could have been utilized on? Of course, that would require the talent of creative thinking to create something new from an unused storyline and not waste time and money to copy someone else's already successful film. If the original had been a silent film or a deteriorating black and white film, I might understand the need for a remake, but this copied reproduction was a pure waste of the money and effort that went into it. Obviously, Hollywood would rather copy and piggyback on the work of others rather than relying on original creativity.... which doesn't say much for the level of talent currently directing and producing in Hollywood.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Speak of the Devil: Another Horror Remake June 6, 2006
For those of you keeping tabs on the slew of remakes invading Hollywood, you can cross another one off your list. "The Omen"--originally released in 1976 and directed by Richard Donner--was a film I found to be quite overblown, the story and characterizations stretched a little too thin to do justice to the idea behind it. Now, thirty years later, we have John Moore's remake. I had my doubts going into the theater because I knew it was reinterpreting something that wasn't very good to begin with. But for whatever reason, this new version works. At least, it works for me. At first I couldn't understand why; this is a very faithful adaptation of a baffling film, and because of that, I expected this to be equally as disappointing.

I have to admit that it was an entertaining reinterpretation. Unfortunately, the story had nothing to do with why I liked it; I think it had more to do with the film's style. It relied on pure atmosphere and mood to convey the impending terror that occurs. There are many moments encased in shadow, most of which are only lit by the occasional flash of lightening. We also get to look inside an open grave in Rome, a scene accentuated by snowy, dismally gray weather. Most importantly, we get subtle yet significant character expressions, most of which come from Damien (Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick), the young but not innocent Devil incarnate. There's a moment when he's in a dimly lit kitchen fixing himself a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. When his mother, Katherine (Julia Stiles), enters the room, he gives her one of the creepiest stares I've ever seen a child give.

It also helped that most of the famous scenes from the original were brought back.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great movie
Published 2 days ago by david hedge
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent.
Published 7 days ago by laura green
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Pretty good movie
Published 19 days ago by David Waters
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as dramatic as the first one.
Was a okay movie but the boy who played Damien had no acting ability.
Published 1 month ago by Susan Barrera
4.0 out of 5 stars Love The Omen
Love the look of this movie. A remake that is so much better than the original. I'm a fan of Liev Schreiber.
Published 2 months ago by Patricia A. Schmutz
4.0 out of 5 stars Holds Up Well
After thirty-years the OMEN still holds up well thanks to the great acting by Gregory Peck and Lee Remick. Classic actors, classic film.
Published 2 months ago by Steve Hodel
1.0 out of 5 stars Burned myself
Bought this movie thinking it was the wonderful original version, but turned out to be the one-tenth as good remake - - will teach me to look a little closer at the descrription.
Published 3 months ago by Andrew Haynes
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the 1976 original but an okay flick
The Omen (2006)
This remake is completely unnecessary because the original is perfect and isn't in need of a modern update. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ron2900
3.0 out of 5 stars not as good as the original
I had thought I was renting the original but didn't realize there was a newer version. It's ok. I don't think they added anything to the story by updating it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mhara
3.0 out of 5 stars Not great, but not bad. Liev Schreiber's acting carries the picture.
This Omen remake matches the original word for word. It has a great cast, good locations, and photography. It is not a bad film. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Koreatown Krooner
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