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The Omen (1976)

Gregory Peck , Lee Remick , J.M. Kenny , Richard Donner  |  R |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (257 customer reviews)

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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: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: September 4, 2001
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (257 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004TS0G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,167 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Omen" on IMDb

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The first film in classic, four-part legacy of terror stars Gregory Peck as an ambassador who is talked into switching his wife's (Lee Remick) stillborn baby with an orphaned infant. When young Damien is Five, the horror begins with his nanny's dramatic s

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59 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING GOTHIC CHILLER... April 6, 2002
Format:DVD
This is a first class, gothic chiller with an outstanding cast, a riveting story line, and a musical score that will make the viewer want to sleep with the lights on! A first rate film, it had audiences riveted to the screen when it was first released in the mid nineteen seventies. I know. I was one of that audience. This film has withstood the test of time, as it is as gripping today, as when it was first released.

Katherine (Lee Remick) and Robert Thorn (Gregory Peck) are a wealthy, older 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 turns five. A series of dramatic, unusual events begin to occur around the Thorns, all seemingly stemming from Damien. Well guarded by a self sufficient, somewhat creepy nanny (Billie Whitelaw), 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 archaeologist 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. You will not be disappointed. I guarantee that you will be sleeping with the lights on and the covers over your head.

David Seltzer wrote a terrific screenplay.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
The Omen (horror, mystery)
Directed by Richard Donner
Starring Gregory Peck, Lee Remick and Billie Whitelaw

20th Century Fox | 1976 | 111 min | Rated R | Released Oct 07, 2008

Video:
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Video resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1

Audio:
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
French: Dolby Digital Mono
Spanish: Dolby Digital Mono

Subtitles:
English SDH, English, Spanish

Disc:
Single 50GB Blu-ray Disc

The Film: 4/5

Modern horror movies are very different from films such as The Omen. Released 35 years ago, the movie wasn't gory and certainly wasn't a slasher movie. It relied on creating suspense and tension and was in the tradition of Hitchcock. The characters have proper motivations for their actions and we are shown what those motivations are. It justifies some of the difficult choices made by Robert Thorn (Peck) as he learns the truth about his son.

Director Richard Donner's next movie was Superman, but The Omen, was easily the biggest project of his career at that point. Peck's involvement proved to be a huge draw and the remainder of the cast was happy to join the project.

The story opens in Rome. Thorn is the American ambassador and his wife, Katherine (Remick), is giving birth in hospital. The doctors tell him that his baby has died, but offer him another baby who lost its mother during the birth. Thorn reluctantly accepts, but hides the fact from his wife. Thorn is made ambassador to Britain and the family relocates to London. Things seem normal until Damien is five years old, when his nanny commits suicide at his birthday party.

Father Brennan, a priest from Rome, pays Thorn a visit.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Thrilling Masterpiece In Gothic Horror October 26, 2003
Format:DVD
When The Exorcist was released in 1973 the world stood in awe at the horror and gore than was presented before their very eyes. Rip-offs came thick and fast and then came the masterpiece The Omen. This 1976 horror film scored a hit with both critics and cinema-goers alike who had embraced a deep interest in gothic horror and its history. It has a first-rate cast, superb acting, brilliant shock tactics and a soundtrack to send shivers down your spine whatever your state of mind! It's no wonder Jerry Goldsmith won an Academy Award as the composer of the theme! I first saw this film last night when it was shown on UK TV. My mum recommended it to me, as it was a favourite of hers as a teenager and I absolutely loved it.

In The Omen, Katherine (Lee Remick) and Robert Thorn (Gregory Peck) are a rich married couple who move to England from America. Katherine is pregnant and gives birth to an ostensibly baby boy while in Italy. This news is kept from her. Her husband knows how much his wife has wanted a baby and the problems she had conceiving, so he agrees to have the dead new-born supplanted by another new-born, whose mother died at child birth. Katherine thinks that the child is her own, but Robert knows it's not and keeps this a secret from her. They name the baby Damien (Harvey Stephens).

Five years pass and we see the family growing up joyfully in their big mansion. They're happy and content with their lives and love their son more than anything. Everything is going well for the Thorn family until Damien turns five. A series of very creepy and unexplainable events happen around the time of his fifth birthday, which all seem to stem from Damien. The family employ a creepy and weird nanny (Billie Whitelaw) and things begin to spiral out of control.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grab it!
A must see for horror and occult enthusiasts; David Selzer's script is enthralling and chilling, and Billie Whitelaw and Peck give masterful performances. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Dr. M.
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty scary (spoiler)...
Damien is quite something. If you like horror you'll probably like this story of child believed to be a child of Satan.
Published 1 month ago by Stacy Hackney (formerly customerS)
5.0 out of 5 stars The Omen
Whew. This one was a true psychological thriller. I have to say, it was up there with THe Exorcist. It bothered me for days after, weeks after, months after. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Debbie
3.0 out of 5 stars I would rent this one!
Remembering the initial effect this movie had on me when I was just a kid made me want to see it again. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kate70
5.0 out of 5 stars We have nothing to worry about with this collector edition......
This 2 dvd collector's edition of the Omen does justice to this classic 5 star film.

Video: The film is presented in 2:35 anamorphic widescreen. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ron2900
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best
Gregory Peck again displays his awesome talent in this excellent horror film about the birth of Satan on earth in modern times. The movie is suspenseful and very well written. Read more
Published 2 months ago by unnecessaryandnotimportant
5.0 out of 5 stars A CLASSIC SUSPENSE THRILLER/HORROR GETS A NEW HIGH DEFINITION RELEASE
THE OMEN, Classic 70'S Thriller, it's more of a suspense thriller than a Horror
there are some Horror scenes in it but it's mainly a Thriller with lots of suspense
one of... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ben30
5.0 out of 5 stars Didn't disappoint.
This movie is just as good as i remember but it in better quality this time around. Still creeps me out some.
Published 3 months ago by always lookin' for toys
5.0 out of 5 stars The Omen
another great Classic, did not care for the remake, such timeless piece with Gregory peck again a good creepy movie
Published 4 months ago by Laura
5.0 out of 5 stars The Omen is just as exciting as the first time I saw it.
The original Omen is a well done horror movie with excellent actors and acting. What sets it apart from the 2006 remake is the graveyard scene when they discover who was Damien's... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Melanie Greer
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