The Omen (2006) DVD Review
Written by Peter West
DVD release by Fox Home Video
Directed by John Moore
Written by David Seltzer
2006, Region 1 (NTSC), 110 minutes, Rated R
DVD released on October 17th, 2006
Giovanni Lombardo Radice
Movie (From Fox Press Release):
In “this truly terrifying film” (E!), man's darkest fears are manifested as an unspeakable horror is unleashed on the world! U.S. diplomat Robert Thorn substitutes an orphan for his own stillborn baby in order to spare his unknowing wife. But after a series of grotesque murders and dire warnings, the Thorns come to the chilling realization that their child is the son of Satan!
My first thoughts on this film was why??? Watching it, I realized this is virtually the same film with updated special effects. Then why did I enjoy it? Well, it's actually a really well done remake! Initially I was going to pan the crap out of the movie, now I'm a bit more positive...
The original Omen really doesn't stand the test of time special effects wise and the remake gives a newer generation a chance to see the story about the Antichrist in a better visual and audio presentation.
Fans of the original will like that the story is almost exactly the same, no weird twists as in some other remakes of classic horror films. The fact that the original musical themes were used as well was also comforting. While Liev Schreiber is no Gregory Peck, he is a very good actor and gives a decent performance. Mia Farrow is extremely creepy as Damian's nanny, so creepy that you forget about her relationship with Woody Allen... Julia Stiles is a bit out of her league in the film, you don't miss her when she gets it... Pete Postlethwaite who Steven Spielberg has called "The best actor in the world" is fantastically over the top as Father Brennan who warns Thorn about the true birth heritage of his "son". Fans of the Italian "cannibal" films of the late 70s will grin when they see Giovanni Lombardo Radice (AKA John Morghen) as Father Spiletto, who arranges the Thorn's adoption of Damian.
So don't dismiss this film without seeing it. What was to be a dreadful experience for me turned out to be okay!
Video and Audio:
The Omen iis presented in a 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen and looks incredible on a 16x9 HDTV. The location shots from Italy are visually amazing. A great presentation that will not disappoint the most discreet viewer!
A Dolby Digital 5.1 surround track that is full of classical and erie music works well with the film. Original Music by Marco Beltrami along with the Jerry Goldsmith themes from the original make this a top notch release audio wise!
- Commentary By Director John Moore, Producer Glenn Williamson and Editor Dan Zimmerman
- Abby Road Sessions
- Revelation 666 Featurette
- Unrated Extended Scenes: Impaling, Beheading, Extended Ending
- Unrated Alternate Ending
- Theatrical trailers
Maybe more special features than the film deserves?
Films that Peter West reviews are played on a Pioneer Elite DV-59AVi DVD player, viewed on a Mitsubishi WS-55413 HDTV and listened to on a THX Ultra 2 Pioneer Elite VSX-59TXi A/V Receiver through a 7.1 setup of JBL Northridge E series Speakers.
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