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  • Actors: Liev Schreiber, Julia Stiles, Mia Farrow, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick, David Thewlis
  • Directors: John Moore
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Oct. 2006
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HN315G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,145 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Remake of Richard Donner's 1976 horror classic. Katherine (Julia Stiles) and Robert (Liev Schreiber) Thorn are 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 civilisation.

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3.0 out of 5 stars

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Raven Shaddock on 2 Feb. 2010
Format: DVD
The original Omen is an excellent film - endlessly re-watchable, tense, atmospheric and brilliantly acted (surely the person who has left a review saying the original was poorly acted mis-typed...?)

This film, like so many other pointless recent remakes like The Wicker Man, just illustrates the paucity of talent and creativity in Hollywood. Who possibly thought that a scene-by-scene remake of a classic 70s film would be a good idea? It would seem the only reason for this remake was to make the beheading scene much more explicit and gory. Which completely misses the point of the original - it didn't rely on gore, it relied on psychological terror and atmosphere to generate chills. This film is utterly bereft of any of the qualities that made the original. In fact, this is a perfect example of modern film-making (and TV production too) - flash, slick visuals with lots of deep shadows and colourful splashes and the odd jump cut and editing flourish. But the story is empty, the direction unengaging, and the acting is wooden.

Gregory Peck was one of America's greatest actors. Lee Remick was an excellent actress (also see her performance in the under-rated 70s horror thriller, The Medusa Touch). Together they are compelling and believable as the Thorns. Liev Schreiber and Julia Stiles cannot hold a candle to either original actor. They are so flat and unbelievable it is shocking. But this highlights another key problem with modern Hollywood - everyone's pretty, but no-one is remotely interesting or convincing.

The cast list looks impressive, but no-one is memorable or believable other than perhaps Thewlis, though even he cannot achieve anything like the performance of David Warner.

This film is important in some ways - it perfectly underscores the decline of Hollywood over the last decade.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alexio on 7 April 2008
Format: DVD
When I learned about this film being remade, my first thought turned to other remakes such as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, which i quite enjoyed, so I was all for giving this film a chance. However, after watching the first 20 minutes, I realised how much of a waste of time and money this film was. If you have seen the original, and seen this remake, then you will completely understand my opinions on it.

The original was brilliant, it was unique, scary, and a genuine thrill ride. Whereas the remake is the EXACT same film as the original. Everyone dies in the same way and in the same places as the original, with a few noticeable differences, the remake isn't scary, it's not unique, its boring, and actually made me want to put a bullet through my brain! I mean, just what is the point in this remake??

If you want my advice, buy the original and leave this film where it is!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Russell C. Witheyman on 10 Nov. 2006
Format: DVD
When i heard they were going to remake the omen i cringed..my all time fav horror film was being remade..blasphemy!!..after a while i cooled and thought id see it with an open mind even though i knew it wouldnt be as good as the original. Well..the verdict?...pants..thats the verdict!! Director john moore has made an almost shot for shot remake with all the suspense,great music score and good actors taken out leaving us with a bland remake..it would take me 3 pages to explainall the problems with this film but i dont have the time or space..briefly though liev schriber..awful and dreary..not a patch on gregory peck. Marco beltramis music score could have come out of any final destination/scream film..by the numbers and boring...bring back Jerry goldsmaiths oscer winning score...finally maia farrow ..dreadfully mis-cast as mre baylock,this actually sounded a good bit of casting but she completely falls flat on her face compared to the amazing billie whitelaw. Save yourself a few quid and go get the original and best..you'll have a much better time..i promise.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By O Hooligan on 13 Nov. 2006
Format: DVD
Do yourselves a favour - see the vastly superior original first!
Believe me - I'm a film lover and have been driven to write this review after seeing this big piece of blandness! Ok it looks good and you can see where the money went but the acting in certain sequences from the lead couple Schrieber/Stiles is as wooden as the church seats in the final scenes with some ropey dialogue not helping at all.
This oddly cast pairing comes across as weak and this wasn't helped when I found myself thinking of the solid & believable performances from Gregory Peck & Lee Remick in the original.Even Mia Farrow can't better the truly terrifying Billie Whitelaw as the nanny - surely one of the most evil nannies in film history!!
Damien isn't really believable,looking more like he's waiting for someone to sit on the whoopee cushion - not a patch on the original kid Harvey Stephens who oozed evil.
In summary,nothing new has been brought to the table - the story is exactly the same as the original film but with mediocre actors/acting,which leads me to ask the question - was there really any point in a remake ? Of course some of the CG effects are what you'd expect but the only reason I can see for it's remake is that some overpaid,underworked ponytailed studio exec thought 'we've gotta remake the Omen and release it on 06/06/06.'
Seriously,this film stinks of this decision.
I gave this film 1 point as I couldn't go any lower.
It really is a pointless remake.
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