Omen, The: The Complete Collection Blu-ray
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Bottom Line: If you love the Omen series as much as I, you won't be disappointed with the actual movies. However, be warned that the packaging is really not in keeping with other sets in this price range (e.g. The Matrix, The Godfather)
THE OMEN - ***** STARS
This is the jewel in this collection. It is a first class, gothic thriller 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 and has withstood the test of time, as it is as gripping today, as when it was first released.
David Seltzer wrote a terrific screenplay in which an older, affluent, and socially prominent couple, Kathy and Robert Thorn (Lee Remick and Gregory Peck), have a baby, whom they name Damien. The baby turns out to be the Anti-Christ, who ends up causing a lot of trouble. This first class production, which is deftly directed by Richard Donner, is played with straightforward sincerity by its outstanding cast. The casting of Gregory Peck and Lee Remick was pure genius, as their distinguished reputations infused the movie with a believability not thought possible, given the theme of the script. Playing it straight, as a couple caught in a vortex of events over which they have little control, they sweep the viewer along with them. Supported by a fine cast, there are notable performances given by Billie Whitelaw, as the nanny with a mission, David Warner, as the photographer who begins to notice that something odd seems to be going on, and Harvey Stephens, as Damien, whose angelic countenance belies his satanic nature.
This is a riveting, subtle film that, with a few well planned, shocking moments, and an effectively creepy musical score that builds suspense to a crescendo, manages to thoroughly engage the viewer.Read more ›
Although, it is drifting from the likeliness of following the tiresome "Book of Revelation" biblical writings of the future coming of Satan and Jesus Christ Revisiting, I still thought that "The Omen IV: The Awakening" is still a worthy addition to "The Omen" series.
If anything, I think the 2006 remake of the original first Omen film was totally pointless. It actually seems to follow the first story, word for word, and with no surprising new spin on the subject. Just new actors, but the same written story. Therefore, the original is all that you would need.
If this Blu-Ray box set had the made-for-TV film "The Omen IV: The Awakening", and NOT the remake of the first film, I would have bought this box, so I guess I'll have to pass.
Good acting, mixed with good and chilling stories make these the one to own.
This is a TRILOGY. Unfortunately Fox Studios tried to rehash it for TV a fourth time without even coming near to the first and only three original ones. It is divided like an opera in three acts.
Remember that the Calibre of cast members in the first three ranges from Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner to William Holden, Lee Grant and finally Sam Neill.
A cast who could never be assembled for a TV movie.
The first act, "The Omen", is perhaps the best of the trilogy because it introduces us to the Evil one. The protagonists are as shocked and horrified when they learn, step by step as we do, who and what the Evil one is and is planning to do.
From there on we are involved in an intensive investigation and a race against time to save the world from what is to come, if at all possible...
The second act, "Damien - Omen II", is the natural evolution of the first one, in which we follow the growth in strength and power of Lucifer (or Satan if you prefer, although his name is never openly pronounced in all three movies). The interesting part is when the Evil one gets confirmation of who He really is and suddenly has a "panic attack" followed by sheer despair!
Act three, "Omen III - The Final Conflict", is the Apotheosis of the Trilogy in which Damien is at the top of the world, literally. He is finally ready to take possession of his Kingdom on Earth. People are ready, conditions are ready and it seems there's nothing able to stop him. Nothing, except...
Less gory than the Exorcist, The Omen Trilogy still has vicious and very graphic death scenes.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Some of the worst packaging I have ever seen in boxsets. They did not even care to use carton in the construction when regular wrapping paper could suffice to make impression of... Read morePublished 1 day ago by netscorer
Gregory Peck is my number one actor. All his stuff is great.Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
Most of the movies in the series are good, or at least watchable. The original Omen is a largely underrated gem. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Lt. Frank Bullitt
This is more about the item itself instead of the movies. The movies are all in great condition and work perfectly, BUT- the case looks as if somebody ran over it with their car,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nathan
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