The Omen

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A child that will steer humankind down the road to hellfire has been born, and as his evil flourishes in a world full of hate, the ominous Biblical prophecies slowly begin falling into place in director John Moore's remake of Richard Donner's 1976 horror classic. Robert Liev Schreiber and Katherine Thorn Julia Stiles were as loving parents as any young boy could ask for, but as fate would have it, their new son Damien is far from the typical child. Now, as the mysterious boy's growth begins to share frightening ...
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A child that will steer humankind down the road to hellfire has been born, and as his evil flourishes in a world full of hate, the ominous Biblical prophecies slowly begin falling into place in director John Moore's remake of Richard Donner's 1976 horror classic. Robert Liev Schreiber and Katherine Thorn Julia Stiles were as loving parents as any young boy could ask for, but as fate would have it, their new son Damien is far from the typical child. Now, as the mysterious boy's growth begins to share frightening parallels with the Biblical passages detailing the rise of the Antichrist, and the lives of all who seek to reveal his true nature are cut gruesomely short, Robert and Katherine are forced to face the horrifying prospect that their child has been sent from Satan to hasten the fall of modern civilization, and that there is little they can do to curb his prophesied path of ultimate destruction.
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Special Features

Unrated extended scenes and extended ending; Commentary by director John Moore, producer Glenn Williamson, and editor Dan Zimmerman; Omenisms documentary; Abbey Road Recording Sessions featurette; Exclusive behind-the-scenes featurette: Revelation 666
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Editorial Reviews

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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/17/2006
  • UPC: 024543374336
  • Original Release: 2006
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Full Frame
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:50:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 53,202

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Julia Stiles Katherine Thorn
Liev Schreiber Robert Thorn
Mia Farrow Mrs. Baylock
David Thewlis Keith Jennings
Pete Postlethwaite Father Brennan
Michael Gambon Bugenhagen
Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick Damien
Pedja Bjelac Vatican Observatory Priest
Carlo Sabatini Cardinal Fabretti
Bohumil Svarc Pope
Giovanni Lombardo Radice Father Spiletto
Baby Zikova Damien - Newborn
Baby Morvas Damien - Newborn
Baby Muller Damien - Newborn
Baby Litera Damien - Newborn
Tomas Wooller Damien - 2 Years Old
Rafael Sallas Rome Embassy Marine
Marshall Cupp Ambassador Steven Haines
Martin "Mako" Hindy Haines' Limo Driver
Amy Huck Nanny
Vince "Vinnie" Valitutti Birthday Party Photographer
Klára Low Mom at Birthday Party
Laurie Tallack Tabloid Reporter #1
MyAnna Buring Tabloid Reporter #2
Harvey Stephens Tabloid Reporter #3
Kammy Darweish Saudi Ambassador
Reggie Austin Tom Portman
Tonya Graves Thorn's Secretary
Changa Bell London Embassy Guard
Janet Henfrey Mrs. Horton
Pavel Cajzl Wedding Limo Driver
Sara Houghton Mom at Zoo
Richard Rees Psychiatrist Hugh Greer
Nikki Amuka-Bird Dr. Becker
Federico Pacifici Rome Cab Driver
Alessandra Vanzi Elderly Nun
Massimo Bellinzoni Subiaco Monk
Vee Vimolmal Katherine's Nurse - London Hospital
Joe Towne Hospital Guard
Curtis Matthew Secret Service Agent
Pete Anthony Conductor
Technical Credits
John Moore Director, Producer
Ciaran Barry Camera Operator
Marco Beltrami Score Composer
Jakub Berdich Stunts
Nancy Bishop Casting
Zuzana Bursíková Costumes/Costume Designer
Vera Cerbara Translator
Chris Carpenter Sound Mixer
Nik Cooper Special Effects
Frantisek Deak Stunts
Zuzana Drdacka Stunts
Dave Dunsterville Special Effects
Pavel Dvorscik Stunts
James Ferguson Special Effects
Susie Figgis Casting
Bela Friedlova Costumes/Costume Designer
Ann Goulder Casting
Rene Hajek Stunts
Alan Hawes Special Effects
Petr Hnetkovsky Stunts
Ron Hone Special Effects
Jessica Horvathova Casting
Peter Kang Executive Producer
Jindrich Klaus Stunts
Katerina Kopicova Art Director
Andy Koyama Sound Mixer
Pavel Kratky Stunts
Jiri Kraus Stunts
Tomas Kuchta Makeup
Martin Kurel Art Director
John Kurlander Sound Mixer
Miroslav Lhotka Stunts
George Little Costumes/Costume Designer
Jan Loukota Stunts
Petr Lukavec Special Effects
Patrick Lumb Production Designer
Mirek Lux Asst. Director
Jiri Maran Special Effects
Ivan Mares Stunts
David Mottl Stunts
Martin Mottl Special Effects
Matthew Mungle Makeup Special Effects
Martin Oberlander Special Effects Supervisor
Hutch Parker Executive Producer
Tomas Petrak Special Effects
Jan Petrak Special Effects
Jan Petrina Stunts
Ondrej Pryca Special Effects
Jaroslav Psenicka Stunts
Shaila Rubin Casting
Jan Schmied Stunts
Jaromir Sedina Camera Operator
Jonathan Sela Cinematographer
David Seltzer Screenwriter
Patrice Soptenkova Costumes/Costume Designer
Jeffrey Stott Executive Producer
Tomas Tobola Stunts
Karel Trojan Stunts
Rudolf Tudzaroff Special Effects
Miroslav Valka Stunts
Jirí Vater Special Effects
Karel Vavrovec Stunts
Peter Veverka Associate Producer
Jakub Vit Special Effects
Ian Voigt Sound/Sound Designer
Brian Wade Makeup Special Effects
Julian Wall Asst. Director
Glenn Williamson Producer
Ian Wingrove Special Effects Supervisor
Kamila Zenkerova Stunts
Dan Zimmerman Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Omen
1. Main Titles [3:18]
2. The Eve of Armageddon [1:47]
3. Baby Damien [1:45]
4. To London [3:00]
5. House Hunting [3:13]
6. The Birthday Party [:16]
7. Father Brennan's Plea [3:37]
8. Mrs. Baylock [2:49]
9. The Church [:16]
10. He's Different [4:52]
11. A Mother's Fear [:41]
12. Sensing Evil [4:19]
13. The Child Must Die [1:05]
14. Pregnant [1:36]
15. Attempted Murder [5:01]
16. 666 [:06]
17. The Search for Answers [4:12]
18. Father Spiletto [:26]
19. Cervet [3:40]
20. Killing Katherine [3:24]
21. Bugenhagen [1:13]
22. Birthmark [4:07]
23. Sacrifice [1:19]
24. End Titles [2:33]
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Disc #1 -- The Omen
   Language Selection
         English 5.1 Dolby Digital
         French Dolby Surround
         Spanish Dolby Surround
         Commentary by John Moore, Glenn Williamson and Dan Zimmerman
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Commentary by John Moore, Glenn Williamson and Dan Zimmerman: On/Off
      Abbey Road Sessions
      Revelation 666
      Extended Scenes and Alternate Ending
         Alternate Ending
         Play All
         Theatrical Teaser
         Theatrical Trailer #1
         Theatrical Trailer #2
         The Omen (1976) Collector's Edition
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    This remake of the Omen sucks!!!!!

    I've seen all the Omen movies including this remake!!! (I also have the collection) This is the worst one. I say that because its not anything like the original. And the actors that the director picked for this movie were terrible. I did not picture Julia Stiles to be Mrs.Thorn. I also didn't think Liev Streiber was good in this movie and I know he's a better actor than that. The boy that they picked to play Damien is just creepy. In the 1976 one the boy was adorable. This movie wasn't even that scary. They didn't play the same creepy music that the other Omen movies have. Watch the original Omen movies but don't watch this remake!!!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great thriller

    I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, even though I don't believe the mythology in it. It's an exciting thriller.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Remembering the 1976 new film THE OMEN this viewer recalls someone making a dog growling sound in the parking lot at movie's end and how that effect sent gasps and chills through those who had just witnessed Damien and his dogs - a sign of a thoroughly successful thriller. Now thirty years later (and having the original effect watered down by the subsequent three sequels) out comes a remake of THE OMEN and once again the story and production values of the film jolt even the more staid viewers. Armageddon now seems frightfully at hand! Though the script is essentially intact form the original version, this OMEN is cast with actors who make the story more credible because they imbue it with more humanly drawn character interpretations. Much of the power of the film lies in the superb performance by Liev Schreiber as the politically important father of a 'stillborn' son that was 'exchanged' at birth: he gives a warmth and honesty that were elusive in Gregory Peck's performance. Much the same can be said about Pete Postlethwaite's tormented priest who tries to alter the events threatened if the 'adopted' strange son Damien is allowed to mature, and to David Thewlis as the photographer who helps Schreiber's character come to grips with the decision he made about child swapping on the day of the birth of Damien. Mia Farrow, cosmetically enhanced to look oddly young, is the smarmy nanny and Michael Chabon gives a bit of class to the priest with the dreaded secrets on how to end the impending destruction if Damien is allowed to live. The weak link in the cast is Julia Stiles who here just can't seem to inhabit the role of the increasingly terrified mother of Damien: likewise the child selected to portray Damien (Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick) appears more a makeup artist's vision rather than a child whose apparent normalcy could have made the evil within more terrifying. The special effects are used well as is a musical score by Marco Beltrami (though not nearly as memorable as that by Jerry Goldsmith in the original). An interesting finding is that the original 6-year-old actor portraying Damien (Harvey Stephens) is cast in a tiny part here as a tabloid reporter, giving the feeling that the spirit of Damien is still pervasive. Director John Moore gets most of right. Not a bad movie as many have stated and one that certainly could have been more powerful with some casing changes, but this film still causes the jitters in an otherwise tranquil evening! Grady Harp

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Don't bother!

    This remake of the 1976 classic is a total waste of time.David Seltzer's new script is silly and unintentionally hilarious.John Moore's direction is totally suspenseless and scare-less.The production looks cheesy. Most of the cast is awful,led by the stiff Liev Schreiber and a lifeless Julia Stiles. As Damien,Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick has all the charm,charisma,and talent of a potato. The star is for a nicely restrained Mia Farrow and Marco Beltrami's effectively creepy score.Forget this piece of junk and watch the original instead.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A remake to like!

    The Omen remake has a amazing cast and not to mention this was a remake to love and watch.It did not change anything from the orignal movie,but except for the cool scene they added to spice up the movie a bit more.Plus the kid is creepy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is it

    A very good, faithful remake of the original, minus the bellbottoms. 5 stars.

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