Final Conflict

Final Conflict

Director: Graham Baker

Cast: Graham Baker, Sam Neill, Rossano Brazzi, Don Gordon

     
 

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Fox's DVD of The Final Conflict presents a solid package for the theatrical finale to the Omen series. The anamorphically enhanced widescreen image captures the film's lush cinematography much better than previous video and laserdisc editions and a new Dolby Surround stereo remix gives the film's soundtrack a newly vibrant sheen, especially in itsSee more details below

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Fox's DVD of The Final Conflict presents a solid package for the theatrical finale to the Omen series. The anamorphically enhanced widescreen image captures the film's lush cinematography much better than previous video and laserdisc editions and a new Dolby Surround stereo remix gives the film's soundtrack a newly vibrant sheen, especially in its treatment of Jerry Goldsmith's gothic operatic musical score. Extras include theatrical trailers for each of the Omen films (as well as several other Fox fantasy titles) and a full-length commentary from director Graham Baker. The commentary suffers from the occasional dull patch, but Baker provides a few interesting tidbits about the attempts to push leading man Sam Neill to stardom and what inspired the film's understated finale. The package is rounded by some stylish animated menus that utilize footage from the film and Goldsmith's music in a memorable manner. All in all, Fox's DVD edition of The Final Conflict is a quality presentation of this film that is well worth the time for Omen fans.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
There's a scene in this dreary horror sequel in which Sam Neill, taking on the role of grown-up devil-child Damien Thorn, engages in a long, dimly lit "debate" with a life-sized, extremely agonized-looking statue of Jesus. "Nazarene charlatan, what can you offer humanity?" Neill practically chortles. "Since the hour you vomited forth from the gaping wound of a woman you've done nothing but drown man's soaring desires in a deluge of sanctimonious morality." Such are the bloated, overblown speeches that give The Final Conflict its only entertainment value. It's not that the first two installments of the series weren't totally over the top. It's just that the Gregorian chanting, portentous establishing shots, cheesy neo-Catholic rhetoric, and egregious scenery chewing have almost completely eclipsed the element that made the other movies at least scary -- the frequent, inspired, and gruesome deaths of anyone who cottoned on to little Damien's true nature. We do get an inventive suicide and a spectacularly bungled assassination attempt, but that's about it. This time out, Damien seems more interested in off-camera infanticide than in shedding blood on camera to conceal the facts of his hellish lineage. In fact, The Final Conflict turns the identity of the Antichrist into the worst-kept secret ever. At one point, the guy even brags to his secretary about that whole "I was borne of a jackal" thing. If the movie were shot today, it would be played for laughs, with Damien doing a guest spot on The Rosie O'Donnell Show to "come out" as Satan's only son. This being dour old 1981, however, the laughs are unintentional and the schtick is laid on thick.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/05/2000
UPC:
0024543004509
Original Release:
1981
Rating:
R
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:48:00
Sales rank:
9,348

Special Features

Commentary by Graham Baker; Theatrical trailers; Anamorphic widescreen [aspect ratio 2.35:1]; Audio: English Dolby surround; French mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sam Neill Damien
Rossano Brazzi De Carlo
Don Gordon Harvey Dean
Lisa Harrow Kate
Leueen Willoughby Barbara
Barnaby Holm Peter
Mason Adams President
Robert Arden American Ambassador
Tommy Duggan Matteus
Louis Mahoney Paulo
Richard Oldfield Brother Simeon
Milos Kirek Martin
Tony Vogel Antonio
John Baskcomb Diplomat
Hazel Court Actor
Larry Martyn Orator
Norman Bird Dr. Philmore
Marc Boyle Brother Benito
Frank Coda Orator
Arnold Diamond Astronomer
William Fox Diplomat
Arwen Holm Carol
Al Matthews Workman
Hugh Moxey Manservant
Eric Richard Astronomer's Technician
Marc Smith Press Officer
Richard Williams Vicar
Ruby Wax US Ambassador's Secretary
Harry Littlewood Orator

Technical Credits
Graham Baker Director
Martin Atkinson Art Director
Harvey Bernhard Producer
Andrew Birkin Associate Producer,Screenwriter
Roy Charman Sound/Sound Designer
Richard Donner Producer
Dusty Symonds Asst. Director
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
Phil Meheux Cinematographer
Mace Neufeld Producer
Lionel Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
Robert Paynter Cinematographer
Maude Spector Casting
Alan Strachan Editor
Herbert Westbrook Production Designer
Freddie Williamson Makeup

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. scene selection
1. Main Titles [4:06]
2. Damien Thorn At Work [4:18]
3. The Old Ambassador [:14]
4. The New Ambassador [4:58]
5. Stars In Alignment [3:48]
6. The Seven Daggers [:30]
7. Damien And Kate [1:35]
8. An Attempt Gone Awry [3:09]
9. The Purity Of Evil [3:27]
10. The Convergence [2:26]
11. Hunting [5:41]
12. The Fox Hunt [3:31]
13. Disciples Of The Watch [3:42]
14. Infant Mortality [5:59]
15. A Sign [:16]
16. A Moth To The Flame [4:38]
17. Damien's Demand [1:22]
18. To Save Peter [8:38]
19. Looking For God [:49]
20. End Titles [5:06]

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