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Director: Richard Donner

Cast: Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner


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Fox's impressive DVD of The Omen is guaranteed to please this horror classic's legion of fans. The anamorphically enhanced widescreen transfer of the film benefits from a nice remastering job that effectively re-creates the film's glossy look while also adding a new level of color and detail that was missing in previous video editions. The audio is also quite…  See more details below


Fox's impressive DVD of The Omen is guaranteed to please this horror classic's legion of fans. The anamorphically enhanced widescreen transfer of the film benefits from a nice remastering job that effectively re-creates the film's glossy look while also adding a new level of color and detail that was missing in previous video editions. The audio is also quite good, utilizing a new stereo remix that makes excellent use of Jerry Goldsmith's thunderous score and adds a new level of punch to the film's many shocks. In terms of extras, fans will find themselves treated to a variety of informative documentaries: "The Omen Revealed" is a 46-minute program that chronicles the film's origins with a series of interviews with the filmmakers; a second segment offers composer Jerry Goldsmith's analysis of four themes he created for it; and "Curse or Coincidence?" is a six-minute short that speculates about the occult nature of a bizarre series of incidents that plagued the film's production. There is also a commentary track featuring director Richard Donner and editor Stuart Baird; it accidentally recycles some of the material revealed in the documentaries, but Baird and Donner have an appealing sense of camaraderie and the track offers enough insight into the production (especially the realization of the film's classic shock scenes) to make it worthwhile. An original theatrical trailer for The Omen rounds the extras out nicely. All in all, Fox's DVD of The Omen delivers the film in high style and also functions as a fairly definitive chronicle of its history.

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Barnes & Noble - Jason Bergenfeld
Longtime television director Richard Donner made a significant leap into feature-film direction in 1976 with The Omen, a harrowing chiller that ranks with the other occult masterpieces of the day: William Friedkin's The Exorcist (1973) and Rosemary's Baby (1968) from Roman Polanski. On the sixth hour of the sixth day of the sixth month, American diplomat Robert Thorne (strong-jawed Gregory Peck) adopts a newborn baby in place of the stillborn child delivered by his wife, Kathy (Lee Remick). The baby's name: Damien. All is well with the Thorne clan until at Damien's fifth birthday party, when his nanny commits suicide in a gruesome fashion in front of the guests. Inexplicable deaths follow, accompanied by a strange new nanny (Billie Whitelaw). With the help of a curious photographer (David Warner), Thorne then traverses two continents hoping to disprove the biblical revelations that point toward his precious bundle of joy being the Antichrist. With gothic religious undertones, The Omen delivers the scares in full, from subtle creeps to over-the-top shocks, and sets up two inadvertent sequels documenting Damien's devilish life -- Damien: Omen II and The Omen: The Final Conflict. A misguided fourth installment, Omen IV: The Awakening, followed on TV, but the original trilogy remains sharp. The DVD's superior sound does justice to Jerry Goldsmith's Oscar-winning score -- which also included the Oscar winner for Best Song, "Ave Satini."
Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
A well-turned-out remake of the 1976 chiller directed by Richard Donner, this Omen could not hope to match the original's freshness and edge-of-the-seat intensity. Even so, this version avoids feeling like a cynical retread of classic material, thanks mainly to the accomplished performances of its principal players, every one of whom appears here at the top of his or her game. The story revolves around American diplomat Robert Thorn (Liev Schreiber) and his wife, Katherine (Julia Stiles), who adopt a baby under strange circumstances and are pursued relentlessly by the crazed Father Brennan (Pete Postlethwaite), a Roman Catholic priest convinced that their child is the Antichrist. Years later, when the young Damien (Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick) acquires a full-time nanny named Mrs. Baylock (Mia Farrow), sinister and tragic things begin happening at a feverish pace, and Robert begins to think that perhaps Father Brennan's ravings had a nugget of truth to them. Together with journalist Keith Jennings (David Thewlis), he attempts to ferret out the truth about Damien's lineage. Director John Moore (Behind Enemy Lines) re-creates the original Omen's most memorable scenes with commendable fidelity, and viewers who haven't seen the earlier film will find this one perfectly acceptable as something calculated to raise the hackles. Schreiber, a fine actor, brings the requisite credibility and gravitas to his role -- which was played in the 1976 version by Gregory Peck -- and the youthful-looking Stiles is surprisingly effective in a mature characterization designed for someone at least a half-dozen years older. Farrow invests the nanny with a surfeit of sinister charm and Postlethwaite does right by the passionate prelate whose grisly demise is one of the movie's highlights (as it was in Donner's original). It's no classic, but this Omen deserves a close look and may well offer rewards for those who give it a second or third look as well.
All Movie Guide
Fueled by advances in special effects, the birth of the midnight movie, and a cultural fascination with mysticism, the horror genre achieved a status in the 1970s not seen since its glory days of the 1930s. Of all the occult horror films that surfaced in the wake of 1968's Rosemary's Baby, Richard Donner's phenomenally successful The Omen (1976) was the slickest and least subversive. Derivative but effective, the film was Gregory Peck's box-office comeback, and it offered a convincing turn from Lee Remick as well. The Omen never achieved the cult status of other specimens of the genre, but it paved the way for such 1980s big-budget mystical horror films as The Howling (1981) and Poltergeist (1982). The film's success also ensured more big-screen projects for Donner, including the Lethal Weapon series.

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Performance Credits
Gregory Peck Robert
Lee Remick Katherine Thorn
David Warner Jennings
Billie Whitelaw Mrs. Baylock
Leo McKern Bugenhagen
Harvey Stephens Damien
Patrick Troughton Father Brennan
Martin Benson Father Spiletto
Anthony Nicholls Dr. Becker
Holly Palance Young Nanny
John Stride Psychiatrist
Robert MacLeod Mr. Horton
Richard Donner Actor
Ronald Leigh-Hunt Gentleman
Nancy Manningham Nurse
Robert Rietty Monk
Freda Dowie Nun
Sheila Raynor Mrs. Horton
Bruce Boa Thorn's Aide
Don Fellows Thorn's Second Aide
Patrick McAlinney Photographer
Miki Iveria First Nun
Betty McDowall Secretary
Nicholas Campbell Marine
Burnell Tucker Secret Service Man
Yacov Banai Arab
Tommy Duggan Priest
Roy Boyd Reporter

Technical Credits
Richard Donner Director
Stuart Baird Editor
Harvey Bernhard Producer
Tessa Davies Set Decoration/Design
Carmen Dillon Art Director
Gordon Everett Sound/Sound Designer
Stuart Freeborn Makeup
George Gibbs Special Effects
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
Claude Hudson Production Manager
Mace Neufeld Executive Producer
Charles Orme Associate Producer
John Richardson Special Effects
George Richardson Art Director
David Seltzer Screenwriter
Maude Spector Casting
Gilbert Taylor Cinematographer
David Tomblin Asst. Director

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The Omen 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
it's gory, scary , All of that make a good horror film!!! The Greatest move that has to do with satan! It Is great!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first saw The Omen, I thought it was one of the scariest films I have ever seen. When the priest gets killed by the lighting rod, I thought that was a bold move. Gregory Peck and Lee Remick are amazing, as well as the supporting cast especially Billie Whitelaw, and Harvey Stephens. The Music of Jerry Goldsmith is absolutely terrifiying, and very ominous. The direction of Richard Donner is chillingly beautiful. The film is briskly evil, in a good way.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Always avoid people born on the 6th June – especially if they are called Damien and bizarre violent accidents seem to happen to those around them! Since this film has recently been remade, I thought it would be a good time to look back at the original – a horror classic! In 1973, ‘The Exorcist’ broke all boundaries previously, horror movies had only concentrated on the dark side, there were hardly any references to main stream religions. The basic rule was if the Devil was in it, God wasn’t. Even Rosemary’s Baby released five years before has hardly any reference to God or a more heavenly supreme being. The reaction that followed the release of The Exorcist was that the public loved it but the censors didn’t and it was banned in the for twenty five years. The Exorcist may have fallen foul of the censors but it opened the flood gates for this sort of movie and three years later The Omen was released on 06/06/1976. What do you think a good horror movie should have? Is it a superb cast, a brilliant score, a battle of good versus evil artfully portrayed on screen, or maybe a sinister and ambiguous open ending? No matter which of these sways your opinion ‘The Omen’ has all these and much, much more!!! Firstly, let’s look at the cast, Lee Remick and Gregory Peck are the leads, these two names are nothing short of Hollywood elite. Lee Remick is perfect as the mother who as the movie progresses realises there is something very wrong with her child. (I’m not sure what tipped her off – was it the baboons attacking her car or her son’s feral reaction at the thought of entering a church?) Gregory Peck again is perfectly cast, as no one does noble and principled like Mr Peck. However, it is not only the leads that are terrific, the supporting cast includes David Warner and Tommy Duggan who both put in notable performances but it is Billie Whitelaw that eclipses them all as Damien’s overly polite yet sinister nanny. The score of a horror movie is very important, it has to chill to the bone and help create and maintain a feeling of an ever present danger. Jerry Goldsmith’s soundtrack is probably one of the best scores ever written for a horror movie. It is perfect for The Omen, gloomy, disturbing, chilling music, interlaced with what sounds like religious choirs portending the end of the world. It really is that good and if you don’t believe me, consider the fact that it won Jerry Goldsmith an Oscar the following year. By this stage, I know that most of you who were considering going to see the new Omen film at the cinema are now thinking to yourselves ‘maybe I will rent the old one instead!’ but for the few that are still on the fence here are a few other points to convince you. The 1976 version had a great plot, a child adopted into the corridors of power, whose destiny is to destroy the world, this is a simple and perhaps unoriginal premise however David Seltzer quotes Revelations at every turn and comes up with very original ideas to kill people off. Today, we are used to seeing a lot of blood and gore when people get killed in this genre but this is one thing that the omen lacks. Gore is pre-empted by well choreographed violent outbursts, each one being more frightening and compelling than the last, from a priest being impaled by a church spire to a reporter being decapitated by a pane of glass. These events all build to the foreboding finale. In the last scene we see a little boy, holding the hand of the President of the turning around and smiling at his father’s funeral. What greater ending could there be!?! The Omen stands out in this genre and has stood up to the test of time. To-day horror movies are packed with the latest teenage idols and gratuitous violence has replaced good plots and imaginative thinking. (There are exceptions to this
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A Ludrid chiller about an ambassador who unwittingly adopts the son of Satan. Enormously popular at its release,this still pleases thriller fans with its ominous soundtrack and imaginative death scenes!