The Omen Collection (Blu-ray Review)

The Omen Collection (Blu-ray Review)

The Omen Collection (Blu-ray Review)

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The Omen Collection (Blu-ray Review)
Rated: R/Region A/Number of Discs 5
Available from Scream Factory

The Omen (1976)
Directed By: Richard Donner
Starring: Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner
Rated: R/Region A/2:35/1080p

American diplomat Robert (Gregory Peck) adopts Damien (Harvey Stephens) when his wife, Katherine (Lee Remick), delivers a stillborn child. After Damien’s first nanny hangs herself, Father Brennan (Patrick Troughton) warns Robert that Damien will kill Katherine’s unborn child. Shortly thereafter, Brennan dies and Katherine miscarries when Damien pushes her off a balcony. As more people around Damien die, Robert investigates Damien’s background and realizes his adopted son may be the Antichrist.

While I think part 2 is better overall, here we have one of the creepiest and most eerie horror films you will find out there on the market in The Omen. Richard Donner’s The Omen tells the story of a creepy kid that comes into the world in some very evil ways and it is all done because he is indeed the Antichrist, even if he himself isn’t aware of this fact yet. What this ushers in is one of the most legit scary movies you’ll see out there and it’s one that even works to make me a bit uneasy, especially when you look into the history that comes with the film and its history of being a bit of a cursed film. All of that is covered here in this stacked disc when it comes to the extras, but the movie is one to keep you creeped out and on your toes as well.

This is also a new 4K scan of the movie that Scream Factory has on here. You will notice the difference right from the jump here and it makes this one of the many reasons to buy this set despite owning the old Fox release of the set. You just have that bad vibe from the jump here with this one and that is a feeling that lasts and ultimately makes this movie what it turns out to be. It isn’t always a bloody movie, but it does also have moments of such things that will catch your attention as well. I don’t know if I’d toss it up there neck to neck with such things as The Exorcist, but I think it is at least hardcore and creepy enough to be mentioned in the same conversation regardless.

Extras

– 4K Transfer From The Original Negative, Approved By Director Richard Donner
– NEW The Devil’s Word – An Interview With Screenwriter David Seltzer
– NEW It’s All For You – An Interview With Actress Holly Palance
– NEW The Devil’s Music – An Interview With Composer Christopher Young Talking About Jerry Goldsmith’s Legendary Score
– NEW Audio Commentary With Special Project Consultant Scott Michael Bosco
– Audio Commentary With Director Richard Donner And Editor Stuart Baird
– Audio Commentary With Director Richard Donner And Filmmaker Brian Helgeland
– Audio Commentary With Film Historians Lem Dobbs, Nick Redman, And Jeff Bond
– Isolated Score Track
– Richard Donner On The Omen
– The Omen Revelations
– Curse Of Coincidence?
– 666: The Omen Revealed
– Screenwriter’s Notebook – An Interview With Writer David Seltzer
– Introduction With Director Richard Donner (2006)
– Deleted Scene With Commentary
– An Appreciation – Wes Craven On The Omen
– Jerry Goldsmith Discusses The Omen Score
– Trailers From Hell Featuring Commentary By Filmmaker Larry Cohen
– Theatrical Trailer
– TV Spots
– Radio Spots
– Still Galleries – Behind The Scenes, Movie Stills, Posters, And Lobby Cards

Quality of Transfer: 98%

 

Damien: Omen II (1978)
Directed By: Don Taylor
Starring: William Holden, Lee Grant, Jonathan Scott-Taylor
Rated: R/Region A/2:35/1080p

Richard (William Holden) and Ann Thorn (Lee Grant) have taken their 13-year-old nephew, Damien (Jonathan Scott-Taylor), into their Chicago home following the death of Richard’s brother seven years earlier. The Thorns love the child, whom they are sending to military school, but not everyone is so sanguine about his presence. Soon after Great Aunt Marion (Sylvia Sidney) expresses concerns about the boy, she dies suddenly and unexpectedly. And she is certainly not the last.

I am one of those wacky movie reviewers that happen to think this one tops the original for the most part. I think it’s much better paced and seems to document Damien losing his last bit of humanity and accepting what he is in a very well written and drawn out fashion. It makes for some dramatic moments, even if some of the film’s scenes and death do come across a bit more random than one would prefer. Still, I believe when someone is killed on screen it’s done in a very dramatic and clever fashion. Death by everything from being run over to a major mishap in the elevator, this film does a great job keeping you interested and has some nice gore as well. At the end of the day, that’s all we can really ask. Sure, it may not be as creepy as the original, but it does right what was done wrong there in my humble opinion.

Credit also needs to be given to Jonathan Scott-Taylor for his role as the teenage, Damien. It’s a subtle performance, but he seems to bring out the inner conflict of the character with expressions and body language. Perhaps even more so than he does with anything he says in the entire movie. The bond between him and his cousin (Mark), are the stuff that keeps this thing as dramatic as it is. It’s just a real shame that it seems to lead to one very awesome scene that might have been best if saved for closer to the film’s end than it actually is. Still, it’s very well put together and does seem to keep things rolling along very smoothly with twists, turns, and shocks here and there for good measure. If the original Omen wasn’t for you, you might find this one a bit more to your liking. It is what it is, a story of a kid that will be the anti-Christ coming of age and accepting what he is. It’s pretty complex, but interesting stuff.

Extras

– NEW Damien’s Guardian – An Interview With Actress Lee Grant
– NEW The Devil’s CEO – An Interview With Actor Robert Foxworth
– NEW The Harbinger – An Interview With Actress Elizabeth Shepard
– NEW Elizabeth Shepherd’s Scrapbook – A Look At Her Behind The Scenes Photos With Commentary By Elizabeth Shepherd
– NEW Audio Commentary With Special Project Consultant Scott Michael Bosco
– Audio Commentary With Producer Harvey Bernhard
– Vintage Featurette – Power And The Devil: The Making of Damien: Omen II
– Theatrical Trailer
– TV Spot
– Radio Spot
– Still Gallery

Quality of Transfer: 96%

 

The Final Conflict – Omen III (1981)
Directed By: Graham Baker
Starring: Sam Neill, Rossano Brazzi, Don Gordon
Rated: R/Region A/2:39/1080p

The third film in the OMEN series. Damien the anti-Christ, (Sam Neill) is now a wealthy and powerful ambassador. When he sees a cosmic sign that may foretell the second coming of the Christ child, he sends out his minions to kill as many babies as possible. Meanwhile, a group of monks is trying to assassinate him with the seven sacred daggers of Megiddo. Will good or evil triumph?

By the time we’ve reached Omen 3, we’ve clearly gone hog wild in regards to the plot of the film. We have a plot about killing babies as well as Damien now being full-grown and even taking on a young man to be his minion of sorts. There are some creepy moments as always when it comes to this entry fo The Omen, but I will admit that some of the appeals is gone with Damien now being full grown. It isn’t that he’s being done wrong by the actor, it’s just the creepy kid aspect of it is a better fit than what we get here, even if it is the most logical step in the series. I also hate to admit it, but there are some portions of this one that even comes across as a bit dull and that might ultimately be what makes this one take a deep dive after arguably the best entry, part 2. The ending might be a thing that saves this one for some, but I think we are clearly off the rails in more than one way at this point.

Extras

– NEW The Devil In The Detail – An Interview With Director Graham Baker
– NEW Resurrecting The Devil – An Interview With Screenwriter/Associate Producer Andrew Birkin
– NEW Interview With Production Assistant Jeanne Ferber
– NEW Audio Commentary With Special Project Consultant Scott Michael Bosco
– Audio Commentary With Director Graham Baker
– Theatrical Trailer
– TV Spots
– Still Gallery

Quality of Transfer: 94%

 

Omen IV: The Awakening (1991)
Directed By: Jorge Montesi, Dominique Othenin-Girard
Starring: Faye Grant, Michael Lerner, Madison Mason, Ann Hearn
Rated: UR/Region A/1:85/1080p

Even though Damien Thorn is dead, his legacy as the spawn of Satan lives on in the form of his charming young daughter, Delia. But the orphaned girl’s unsuspecting adoptive parents — kindly politician Gene York and his wife, Karen — have no idea that her family tree is so warped.

Omen 4 is a dive into the early 90s and made for TV horror. That’s not the best combination in the world to be honest. But none the less, here they have tried to backtrack a bit on the last movie by once again introducing a child that is set to be the Antichrist into the mix. Also, hopefully, you will have already seen these movies by the time you’ve read this because the plot description and the movie is a clear indication that Damion is now dead and he wasn’t able to do what he was supposed to do. This is an OKAY try but the shine is off at this point and it is clear that they are just rehashing stuff with a new kid that is a different gender. While it’s awesome to finally have an Omen set with this movie in it, it isn’t THAT good of a movie, unfortunately.

Extras

– NEW The Book Of Evil – An Interview With Screenwriter Brian Taggert
– Theatrical Trailer
– Still Gallery
– The Omen Legacy – A Documentary On The Omen films

Quality of Transfer: 90%

 

The Omen (2006)
Directed By: John Moore
Starring: Julia Stiles, Liev Schreiber, Mia Farrow
Rated: R/Region A/1:85/1080p

In this chilling remake of The Omen — that is even more terrifying than the original — man’s darkest fears are manifested as an unspeakable terror is unleashed on the world! U.S. diplomat Robert Thorn (Liev Schreiber) substitutes an orphan for his own stillborn baby in order to spare his unknowing wife (Julia Stiles). But after a series of grotesque murders and dire warnings, the Thorns come to the horrifying realization that their child is the son of Satan!

If you’ve seen the original film from 1976, then you know where this one is going. It gets there in a few different ways than in the original, but those changes aren’t good. In a way to avoid spoilers, I’ll just state that for a prime example, what happens with the character of Katherine in the ’76 version is a whole lot better than what happened here in the ’06 version. I think they were trying to go for a much more emotional impact with this one, but ultimately it falls short. The kid is still creepy. Some of the stuff that happens is still freaky. Yet I still just felt like something with this one was missing.

I do like Liev Schreiber in the role of Robert. I think he puts enough emotion and all that important stuff into his performance. I just don’t think anyone around him in the movie kept up with him that well. Ultimately the film goes about like you’d expect it to. The changes were not changes that we’d find better than the original. I do have to say that the transfer at least looks really good. Just wish it had gone a more Night of the Living Dead 1990 route when it comes to remaking styles. This isn’t horrible, but it’s a little underwhelming.

Extras

– Audio Commentary With Director John Moore, Producer Glenn Williamson, And Editor Dan Zimmermann
– Unrated Extended Scenes And Extended Ending
– Omenisms – Behind The Scenes Of The Omen (2006)
– Abbey Road Recording Sessions Featurette
– Revelation 666: Behind The Scenes
– Theatrical Trailers

Quality of Transfer: 96%

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